Skip to main content

Kevin Oliver

Professor of Learning, Design, and Technology (LDT)


Coordinator (LDT Undergraduate Program, LDT Doctoral Program, Learning Analytics Certificate, CED Distance Education and Remote Learning)

402-T Poe Hall


Dr. Oliver has served on the faculty in NC State’s College of Education since 2005, and was promoted to full Professor in 2017. He teaches and provides mentorship to both undergraduate and graduate students in four different Learning, Design, and Technology (LDT) program areas. He serves as current Program Coordinator for LDT undergraduate, doctoral, and learning analytics certificate programs, and was past Coordinator for LDT master’s programs. He serves in a current supplemental administrative role for the College of Education as Distance and Remote Learning Task Force coordinator. Prior to arriving at NC State, Dr. Oliver served as Co-Director of the Southeast Regional Technology in Education Consortium affiliated with the SERVE Regional Education Lab (REL) at UNC-G, providing technical assistance to technology divisions within six southeastern state departments of education (2002-2004). He also served as an Instructional Design and Evaluation Specialist with the Educational Technologies faculty development group at Virginia Tech (1999-2002).

Research Description

Dr. Oliver’s research examines how to promote student acquisition of cultural and scientific outcomes in technology-rich distant (online/abroad) and informal learning settings. He has received more than $3 million in externally funded grants and contracts as PI or Co-PI. He is currently serving as PI on a Burroughs-Wellcome Fund grant to seed programmed robotics activities into new school makerspaces in the four-county Piedmont Unifour region of NC (2020-2022, $177k), and co-PI on a National Science Foundation STEM+C grant to build problem solving and computational thinking skills among elementary students through a storytelling platform with combined coded/digital and fabricated/physical elements (2019-2022, $1.6 million). He serves as PI on a recurring annual award from the Triangle Community Foundation’s Borchardt Fund to offer summer in-service teacher professional development programs in international locations with opportunities to practice technical cultural representations toward fostering more culturally responsive teaching in local classrooms (2011-present, ~$60k/yr).

Dr. Oliver is currently listed on the Fulbright Specialist Roster with a four-year tenure (October 2021 through October 2025) and is eligible to be matched with short-term projects designed by host institutions globally through the Fulbright Specialist program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). He also serves as an officer (Treasurer) with the North Carolina chapter of the Fulbright Association.

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught

  • ECI 513, Teaching and Learning with Digital Video
  • ECI 515, Cultural Investigations and Technical Representations in Education
  • ECI 721, Technology and Informal Learning Environments
  • ECI 722, Theory and Research in Distance Education

Editorial Boards


Ph.D. Instructional Technology University of Georgia 1999

M.Ed. Educational Media and Instructional Design UNC-Chapel Hill 1993

B.S. Communications-Advertising University of Tennessee 1990


View all publications 


  • 2022, UNC System Faculty Fellow
  • 2020, Distance Education Journal Article Award (Quantitative), 2nd Place, AECT Division of Distance Learning
  • 2020, Outstanding Journal Article Award, 1st Place, AECT Design and Development Division
  • 2018, Outstanding Paper Award, AACE Ed-Media Conference
  • 2018, Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award Finalist (not awarded), NC State University
  • 2017, 2018, 2019, Global Engagement Award, NC State College of Education (represented college at university-level competition)
  • 2016, NC State Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension (AOFEE)
  • 2016, Outstanding Extension Service Award, NC State University
  • 2015, Gertrude Cox Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching and Learning with Technology, NC State University
  • 2014, UNC System Instructional Innovation Incubator (i3@UNC) Faculty Fellow
  • 2013, Friday Institute Research Fellow
  • 2011, Outstanding Poster Award, AACE SITE Conference