Richard is the Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies for the Virginia Community College System where he works with the 23 colleges on system-wide initiatives to identify, evaluate, and promote educational technologies that promise to improve student outcomes and foster deep engagement in learning. He is currently exploring issues around mobile learning, effective online and blended learning, and open educational resources. His current OER projects include co-chairing the VCCS Reengineering workgroup on Textbook Costs & Digital Learning Resources and leading the development of openly licensed course materials for the Chancellor’s OER Adoption Grant.

Prior to working at the VCCS, Richard worked at Virginia Commonwealth University where he led the development and initial pilot evaluation of the PluggedIn VA curriculum. Dr. Sebastian earned his doctorate in Educational Technology from the University of Virginia. He is the director of exactly one (1) Bigfoot film.