Tom's Two Cents

About Tom

Tom Caswell has over 15 years of experience in instructional technology and learning sciences. His passion is increasing student success through improved learning designs and delivery. Tom has worked with a variety of higher education institutions to implement data-driven learning models. As Director of Instructional Design at Western Governors University, he developed over 120 courses and shared competency-based models with numerous community colleges. In 2010 Tom led the Open Course Library in building 81 open courses for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC).


Tom holds an Ed.S. in Instructional Technology & Learning Sciences from Utah State University and a Masters in Educational Technology from Cal State University. He has been featured in EDUCAUSE’s Game Changers for his work on the Open Course Library of the Washington State Colleges. Tom also has 9 years of High School and university teaching experience in Utah and California.

Consulting and Other Interests

In 2009 Tom founded Dynamic E-Learning Strategies, Inc. to offer consulting around curriculum development, instructional technology, and open content. Past clients include MIT, the Open CourseWare Consortium, Creative Commons, FL Distance Learning Consortium, Blackboard, and the Open University of Catalonia. For more about Tom’s services please see the consulting page.

In his spare time Tom helped build, a project to create and share online historical reenactments using Twitter. TwHistory has received support from the Utah Education Network (UEN) and the Talis Incubator for Open Education. Tom also enjoys blogging and has written for,, and a number of Open Education blogs. These days he is most interested in competency-based education, open education, and personalized learning.