I have taught face-to-face and online courses and developed materials and curriculum in various undergraduate and graduate programs since the beginning of 2011. I enjoy integrating my research interests in the concept and application of open source technologies, philosophy and Web design with my courses, and have used and developed cutting-edge learning technologies for my classes. In 2013-2014, I was the manager over other instructors at the Digital Media Zone, providing them with direction, mentoring, and feedback on their course materials and delivery.
I am currently an associate professor of information systems and philosophy at Trinity Bible College & Graduate School, a small private college in North Dakota. I am developing the curriculum for the Information Systems (IS) program, and teach courses online and face-to-face in the areas of IS, philosophy, theology, biblical studies, and English, and am a learning technologies consultant. I hope to continue teaching and working in this program for the rest of my career, as I see a need for ministers to be able to be proficient in new media production, critical thinking and deep reflection, as well as to be able to support themselves in poor rural areas through Web related work. My educational and research background helps make me an ideal fit for my current position.
Intro to Web Development, 16 week (Spring 2014), MU, online, grad/undergrad
Intro to Web Development, 8 week (Spring 2014), MU, online, grad/undergrad
Intro to Digital Media, 16 week (Spring 2014), MU, online, grad/undergrad
Information Storage and Retrieval, 16 week (Spring 2014), MU, online, grad
Intro to Web Development, 16 week (Fall 2013), MU, online, grad/undergrad
Intro to Web Development, 8 week (Fall 2013), MU, online, grad/undergrad
Intro to Digital Media, 16 week (Fall 2013), MU, online, grad/undergrad
Intro to Web Development, 8 week (Summer 2013), MU, online, grad/undergrad
Intro to Digital Media, 8 week (Summer 2013), MU, online, grad/undergrad
Intro to Web Development, 16 week (Spring 2013), MU, online, grad/undergrad
Intro to Web Development, 8 week (Spring 2013), MU, online, grad/undergrad
Intermediate Web Development (Spring 2013), MU, online, grad/undergrad
Intro to Web Development, 16 week (Fall 2013), MU, online, grad/undergrad
Instructional Technology Foundations (2009), Indiana University, face-to-face, grad
Invited Guest Lecturer / Instructor
Cross-cultural Ministry Strategies (section on Business as Missions/Tentmaking), 16 week (Spring 2017), Trinity, face-to-face, undergrad
Introduction to Global Missions (section on Business as Missions), 16 week (Fall 2016), Trinity, face-to-face, undergrad
Seminar: Digital Humanities and Information (section on Open Source and Open Access), 16 week (Spring 2016), MU, blended, grad
World Religions (weekly face-to-face discussions on the great religions of the world), 16 week (Fall 2014), Trinity, blended, undergrad
Seminar: Digital Humanities and Information (section on the technical facets of the Digital Humanities), 16 week (Spring 2014), MU, blended, grad
Project Management (section on Agile development and SCRUM methods), 16 week (Fall 2013), MU, online, grad/undergrad
Development of Course Instructional and Evaluation Materials
Intro to College & Spiritual Formation, Trinity, created all instructional materials (online)
Hermeneutics (2017), Trinity, created all instructional materials (face-to-face and online) and wrote the textbook
Mobile App Design (2017), Trinity, created all instructional materials
Philosophy (2016), Trinity, created all instructional materials (face-to-face and online)
Introduction to Computer Science (2016), Trinity, created all instructional materials
World Religions (2015), Trinity, created all instructional materials
Independent Study in Analytic Philosophy (2014), Trinity, created all instructional materials
Intro to Digital Media (Fall 2013), updated course to html5
Intermediate Web Development (Spring 2013, Summer 2013), updated course to html5, new textbooks, created new assignments and core instructional materials
Intro to Web Development (Spring 2013), updated rubrics, updated course to html5
Flash Authoring (Spring 2013), updated rubrics for assignments, created new assignments
Graphic Design 1 (2012), Stevens-Henager College, created all instructional materials
Web Page Design Principles (2011), Stevens-Henager College, created all instructional materials
Flash (2011), Stevens-Henager College, face-to-face, created all instructional materials
Package Design (2011), Stevens-Henager College, created all instructional materials
Illustrator (2011), Stevens-Henager College, created all instructional materials
Web Design (2011), Stevens-Henager College, created all instructional materials
Research & Writing
My publications center on assessment, analytics, hermeneutics, open source, philosophy and theology, all of which integrate with information science and learning technologies. I have written several books, and have presented at diverse conferences on learning, knowledge and hermeneutics. In the area of information science and learning technologies, I have been involved in research projects at MU in the areas of automated analysis of philosophical and religious texts, automated chat activity analytics, analysis of Massive Open Online Courses, assessment of pedadogical usability, and evaluation of a certification program.
In my research, I often focus on the intersection of technology, philosophy, and hermeneutics. Using technology, I have attempted to automate analysis of texts (including chat logs and Twitter feeds for online learning analytics) and to display themes and organization of compositions in various texts. I also enjoy analyzing philosophical issues in technology with a focus on open knowledge. A background in biblical hermeneutics and philosophy informs my computational analyses of ancient texts in various languages, and this allows me to integrate strands of my formal education across fields with my research in information science and learning technologies.
Philosophy figures large in my research and in my coursework. I use philosophy as a lens for understanding the fields of information science and learning technologies, and use information science and learning technologies concepts and applications as a way to analyze and understand philosophy.
In the summer of 2014 I published a collection of essays on metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, aesthetics, and scientific research titled Essays in Philosophy. Topics include situation ethics, pacifism, use of formal language in the writing of research reports, complexity theory, arguments about ontology, skepticism, dogmatism, and the aesthetic attitude. These essays help to provide a basis for philophical discussion in more applied areas such as the ontology, epistemology, and the ethics of information, and highlight my particular style of philosophical analysis. Much of this book was written throughout my PhD coursework at Missouri University.
Wadholm, R. (2018, September). Homesteading the noosphere: The ethics of information ownership and development of biological entities. Paper presented at the NDSU and Concordia College Philosophy Conference, Fargo, ND.
Wadholm, R. (2016, March). Identity & identicality. Paper presented at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, San Dimas, CA.
Gibson, T., & Wadholm, R. (2014, July). The Greek key: New technologies for the analysis of rhetorical figures in classical and biblical texts. Paper presented at the International Meeting of the Society for Biblical Literature, Vienna, Austria.
Xing, W., Wadholm, R., & Goggins, S. (2014, June). Assessment analytics in CSCL: An exploratory study of activity-informed method. Poster presented at the International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Boulder, CO.
Technology Evaluation Subcommittee of the MUITC, University of Missouri-Columbia (2014)
Journal Language Editor
Open Information Science (De Gruyter)
The Pentecostal Educator (2014-2015)
Created the Mizzou Server Hackerspace, a group of undergrad/graduate students who meet weekly at the Digital Media Zone to learn about Web servers and other Web technologies (2014-present).
Co-founded the Socratic Club, a group of undergrad/graduate students, staff and faculty who meet weekly to discuss questions in theology, biblical studies, philosophy, literature and culture (2015-present)
Professional Journal Editing and Technical Support
20 peer-reviewed journal articles for Dr. Yonjoo Cho (Indiana University), 2009-2013 (15 were published in journals like Performance Improvement Quarterly, Human Resource Development International, Action Learning: Research and Practice, Action Learning in Practice, International Journal of Human Resource Development and Management, Human Resource Development Review, Human Resource Development Quarterly, and the British Journal of Educational Technology, as well as an article in the Encyclopedia of Management Theory and chapters in several books, all on instructional design, action learning, HRD, HPT, organizational learning, and PBL).
Kang, I., Song, J., & Woocheol, K. (2012). The mediating effect of team-level knowledge creation on organizational procedural justice and team performance improvement. Performance Improvement Quarterly.
Cheol, L., & Mikesell, J. (2014) The impact of public officials’ corruption on the size and allocation of U.S. state spending. Public Aministration Review.
I am an active member in professional organizations in the fields of learning technologies (AACE), philosophy (SCP), and Biblical/theological studies (SBL, SPS). I believe there is a place for learned individuals to meet and dialogue on key issues in a field in an open and straightforward manner. Through my participation, I have had a chance to discuss current research and to involve myself in critical peer evaluation and fellowship. Conferences are an excellent place to be exposed to new ways of thinking, and to meet key figures in a particular field, and are an excellent platform for sharing my own work on learning analytics, philosophy, information and knowledge, technology integration in learning, text analysis, and interpretation (hermeneutics).
In 2014 I submitted an abstract for presenting a paper at the Midwest conference of the Society of Christian Philosophers, quoted in full below:
"Should a Christian be a hacker? Ought knowledge to be free and open? I will attempt to address this question by sketching a three-fold Christian philosophical argument for open knowledge, involving ethical, ontological, and epistemological bases for openness of knowledge. First, I will address the hacker ethic (betterment of society through freedom and cooperation) and relate this to Christian ethical formulations. Second, I will argue that knowledge can exist as a good, and that open knowledge is a fundamentally different kind of good than non-open knowledge. Third, I will propose that if knowledge includes justification, truth and belief, the nature of knowledge carries with it an ethical mandate that touches on how and why knowledge is created, disseminated, accessed and used. I will then briefly address arguments against open knowledge, and summarize how a Christian philosophy of open knowledge might be unique."
International Professional Membership
Society of Biblical Literature
Society for Pentecostal Studies
National Professional Membership
Society of Christian Philosophers
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
Society for Pentecostal Studies, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2010, & 2007 (Paper presentations on hermeneutics, philosophy, and learning technologies; Chaired sessions in the Philosophy SIG in 2017, 2016)
Midwest Society of Christian Philosophers, 2016 (Abstract reviewer, Paper presentation on the philosophy of open knowledge)
International Meeting of the Society for Biblical Literature, 2014 (Paper presentation on intertextual analysis)
Learning, Analytics & Knowledge, 2014 (Peer-reviewed paper presentation on learning analytics)
International Conference of the Learning Sciences, 2014 (Poster presentation on learning analytics)
3rd Annual Educational Technology Conference, Mexico Military Academy, 2013 (Presentation on open knowledge)
Professional Seminar Participation
Writer’s Group, Trinity, 2016-present
Science Club, Trinity, 2016-present
Socratic Club, Trinity, 2015-present
PhD Writer’s Group, SISLT at University of Missouri, 2013-2014
My system development activities have centered on designing, developing and assessing Web applications. I have built a content management system, a cross-device digital library, a virtual research environment, an activity analytics application, a Web audio book platform, a newsletter application, an iPad application for a museum kiosk, as well as over 100 instructional and informational Web sites and applications. I have been a Web/instructional design consultant for many academic and non-profit organizations including Indiana University, Missouri University, the Oakland Museum of California, Mission Aviation Fellowship Learning Technologies, and Trinity Bible College & Graduate School. I have released much of my work as open source under an MIT/GPL license, and have a passion for training others in the creation and evaluation of Web applications.
I am also involved in analyzing and evaluating the systems I have built. There are several articles and presentations in which I describe and evaluate The Little Library (a digital library I created), an activity analytics application (a UI for assessing online chat analytics in an online math environment), and VRE (Virtual Research Environment, an online cross-language text analysis platform). In these examples I have used activity theory several times as a basis for analysis (as it focuses on holistic evaluation of entire socio-technical environments), as well as pedagogical usability tests and phenomenological methods, all from a constructivist bent.
In 2013, I coauthored a paper in which we described and evaluated the Little Library, a digital library I designed and developed at Mission Aviation Fellowship Learning Technologies. I developed the application over several years using the scrum method for project management. I used Github for my open source hosting and documentation, and a WordPress blog to describe the process and design decisions along the way (http://www.thelittlelibrary.com/). I implemented this application in several of the courses I taught at the Digital Media Zone, and presented my preliminary findings at E-Learn 2013, in a paper titled Assessing the pedagogical usability of a digital resource sharing library.
Activity Analytics, described and analyzed in Xing, X., Wadholm, R., & Goggins, S. (In review). Group learning assessment in CSCL: Developing a theory-informed analytics. Educational Technology & Society.
Virtual Research Environment (VRE), described and analyzed in Gibson, T., & Wadholm, R. (2014). The Greek key: New technologies for the analysis of rhetorical figures in classical and biblical texts. International Meeting of the Society for Biblical Literature.
Consultant on the design, information architecture, and development of the following Web sites and applications: CultureU, Yellowwood Solutions (a print and Web design company), The Oakland Standard (a blog of the Oakland Museum of California), Mayacamas, and Wedding Fish & Chip Catering.
Graphic design consultant for the book 11th of Av (2010), and the journals Law & Disorder (2012) and The Pentecostal Educator (2014)
Current consultant on the design, information architecture, and development of the following Web sites and applications:
NM-CMS, a PHP/jQuery/JSON-based content management system (ongoing)
Gracetoread.com, an online audio/visual book application for literacy development (ongoing)
iPad application for a museum exhibit kiosk for the Oakland Museum of California (2012)
Trinity Bible College & Graduate School’s Online BA: Major in Church Ministries, 2015
Trinity Bible College & Graduate School’s Information Systems emphasis (9 undergraduate courses), 2014
Missouri University Digital Media Zone (graduate and undergraduate online courses on digital/web design and development), 2012-2014
Mission Aviation Fellowship’s Instructional Design Consultant Training Program (along with the director of education services, I analyzed, designed, developed, implemented and evaluated objectives, schedules, syllabi, content, readings, and assignments for a four-month international instructional design consultant program), 2010-2012.
Indiana University Alumni Association Web team training (Instructional Designer), 2009.