Dr. Rolin Moe is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Institute for Academic Innovation  at Seattle Pacific University. Rolin has over 15 years of experience leading education initiatives and working alongside professionals within formal, informal and non-formal learning institutions, with the overall goal to empower all members of the community to engage emergent teaching and learning. In formal education settings, Rolin works across the environment to conceptualize, design, implement, assess and operationalize learning environments and models.  His research tackles both practical and cultural aspects of educational technology, and his writing spans academic and mass media publications. Outside of formal education, Rolin celebrates the ‘gap’ between artifact design and learning assessment, at organizations such as the Museum of Modern Art, LinkedIn, and the nonpartisan Annenberg Learning Center at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.


I have been an educator for more than 15 years, working with all ages in a multitude of formal, non-formal and informal learning spaces and face-to-face, blended and online learning environments.  I take a social constructivist, ‘less us, more them’ approach to facilitating knowledge gaps and novice-to-expert growth.  My domains of discipline knowledge include rhetoric & composition, film studies, social science research, and various topics surrounding education theory & practice.


For past, recent and upcoming courses, visit my CV.


My speaking engagements reflect the breadth of my teaching, writing and development of innovative learning spaces/artifacts. I bring a critical yet thoughtful lens to discussions of higher education, with emphasis on how a nuanced understanding can directly relate to practitioner and pragmatic efforts.


  • A conversation with the Future Trends in Technology & Education Forum, hosted by Bryan Alexander, coming from the OLC Accelerate conference (11/16/17)

  • The Research in Action podcast with Oregon State University’s Katie Linder (9/11/17)

  • Discussing the ‘Defining Innovation’ installation at the OLC Innovate conference with Sundi Richard at Virtually Connecting (4/6/17)

For other speaking engagements, presentations and workshops, visit my CV.


My scholarship & publications cover a wide array of educational elements within practical and cultural/critical spaces. My work places a sociocultural lens on educational technology and media, exploring how popular and media discourses shape our expectations, practices and policies about education.  The results are a series of negotiated histories and challenged assumptions regarding dominant practices in educational discourse, and practical takeaways on how to address and further the practice of education.


Prior to my time in education, I worked as a literary agent for a boutique television & film agency in Los Angeles.

For a history of publications, visit my CV.


An educator is a scholar as well as a practitioner.  I spend the majority of my time as an administrator helping to facilitate and construct learning spaces of high quality, rigorous design, interactivity and authenticity. In my work at Seattle Pacific University and in the general education arena, I bring leadership as a director and producer for the conceptualization, development, implementation, assessment and continuation of academic innovations.


  • Defining Innovation – a three-year study designed as an on-demand learning environment and space of critical conversation, addressing the past (2016), present (2017) & future (2018) of academic innovation (OLC Innovate Conference)
2017 OLC Innovate Conference (from left): I talk with Bryan Alexander about the present context of innovation, a selection of the information posters surrounding the working lab.
  • The ‘Untitled School of Business, Government & Economics Project on Ethics in Business’ – a grant and donor-funded learning experience designed around Seattle Pacific University’s Another Way of Doing Business model. Online course production designed through a series of in-house documentary films rather than instructor-led lecture. Expected launch of course on the Canvas network: January 2018.
SBGE Multimedia Pedagogy (from left): Production begins in the partnership between SPU and Untamed.BE productions, organizational developer Mark Mayhew leads the production team through a ‘target learner’ mind map.
  • BioCORE – an initiative headed by the SPU Biology Department with support from the Institute for Academic Innovation, BioCORE is designed to support first-year Pre-Professional Health students from historically underrepresented populations both in their coursework as well as their transition to the expectations of a university student.

For further innovations in teaching and learning, visit my CV.