Nathaniel Taeho Yu

Instructional Designer, Associate Professor

About me

Nathaniel Taeho Yu, Ph.D.
is an Associate Professor and Instructional Designer at JMU. Prof. Yu possesses expertise in instructional design and technology, teaching pedagogies, competency-based learning, adaptive and personalized learning, Generative AI for education, learning analytics, as well as student satisfaction and learning outcomes.

Prior to joining JMU, Prof. Yu served as an Assistant Professor in Instructional Design and Technology at UVA’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS). He also held the position of Director at the Korea Competency-Based Education Research Institute in South Korea.

Prof. Yu has taught a variety of courses related to instructional design and educational technology, including “Introduction to Educational Technology and Computing”, “Learning Theory and Instructional Design”, “Foundations of Distance Education”, and “Advanced Practices in Learning Systems Design”. He has also instructed undergraduate pre-service teachers in the use of educational technologies in online and face-to-face environments, and graduate students in the principles of distance learning, its theoretical underpinnings, related literature, and delivery technologies.

Furthermore, Prof. Yu is recognized internationally as a bestselling author and keynote speaker. His publications include bestsellers such as “Education is Hope in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution” (2017), “Transcripts with No Grades” (2018), and “AI Education Revolution using ChatGPT” (2023). He is currently writing a book entitled “Educational Generative AI for Teaching and Learning,” slated for publication with VA open access.


  • Ph.D. in Learning Design and Technology, Purdue University
  • M.A. in Learning Design and Technology, Purdue University
  • M.A. in International Politics, University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
  • B.S. in Optometry, Seoul National University of Science and Technology
  • B.A. in Journalism and Media Production, Kyung Hee University


About Instructional Design

We are committed to building an engaging and inclusive learning environment at JMU by consulting with instructors and programs on instructional design (ID) for courses, curricula, and learning initiatives.

As instructional designers, our practices are informed by learning sciences, systems thinking, and pedagogy-driven community building. Centering equity, accessibility, and inclusion, we support instruction, learning, and scholarly work by providing instructional design solutions to enhance and sustain learners’ success. Our work simultaneously holds space to explore evidence-based emerging teaching and learning trends, tools, and methods while centering an ethic of care and a learner-centered experience

Request a consultation (select “Instructional Design & Technology” on the form) to design and develop inclusive and engaging assignments, courses, program orientations, learner-oriented resources, and curricula.

Learn more about our services.

About Learning Innovations & Design

We create virtual and physical spaces, programs, and services for the JMU community to enhance, experiment with, and innovate in their teaching, learning, and scholarship.

Departments in this unit include Classroom Technology Services, Educational Technology Services, Instructional Design, Learning Technology Services, and Media Production & Makerspace Services.

To get started using our services, visit the Learning Innovations & Design Desk online or in Rose Library.