This Tiger helped design and build digital media and learning labs. The spaces feature advanced technologies to educate, excite and empower students with the tools to create.

Meet Matthew Boyer.

Title: Assistant professor of digital media and learning

Years at Clemson: Six years

What I do at Clemson: I teach an undergraduate general education and teacher education course, Foundations of Digital Media & Learning and graduate courses for the Learning Sciences program and the College of Education, including qualitative research methods taken by students from a range of majors and colleges. I study technology-enhanced learning focused on learning environments and analytics with my current research and development projects funded by the National Science Foundation and Department of Energy. On those projects, I work with aspects of learning, related to virtual reality environments and game-based simulations. In service to the Clemson Family and in addition to advising graduate students, I’m a faculty advisor to the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity, an active DEN Mother of the Design & Entrepreneurship Network (DEN), and a co-director of the Digital Media & Learning Labs in Tillman Hall– open to everyone!

What I love about Clemson: I love that I can create actual innovation and change, rather than just talk about them as ideas. As a land-grant institution, we are connected to our region and our neighbors, with a mission to improve our collective knowledge as well as our communal daily lives. At Clemson, I’m able to collaborate with passionate colleagues in other disciplines to create innovative research and development projects that focus on implementation. We are able to make a real impact.

My defining moment at Clemson: I realized that I should be at Clemson early in my first year, when my director, Dr. Suzanne Rosenblith in teacher education held a workshop with Dr. Juan Gilbert from human-centered computing. They brought our faculties together to meet, learn about our connected interests and create new collaborations. In addition to meeting several future collaborators at that workshop, I decided then and there that Clemson lived up to its reputation as a place to perform collaborative, interdisciplinary research and development work.

Accomplishment I’m most proud of: It isn’t a single event. Rather, it’s the opportunities I have to help different students from a range of majors to explore their interests, engage in their passions and pursue their ambitions. Especially through Creative Inquiry and the DEN, I’ve had the chance to support so many students with varied backgrounds and interests as they achieve their research and learning goals.

Where I see myself in five years: I hope to be collaborating on interdisciplinary research and development projects with talented colleagues that focus on innovative technologies.

Last thing I watched on TV: Desus & Mero

Guilty pleasure: Riverdale

One thing most people don’t know about me: I lived and worked in Singapore and Turkey before moving to South Carolina.

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