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Joann Kozyrev

Joann Kozyrev

Vice President of Design and Development | Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Joann Kozyrev serves as Vice President of Design and Development at Western Governors University.

Areas of Expertise: 

Competency-Based Program Design, Design Thinking in Program Design, Optimized Learner Pathways, Activity-Driven Design, Teaming and Communication for Curricular Change, Credential Design, Stackable Credentials, Skills-Driven Design, Delivering Value in Online Learning


Juniata College: B.A., Russian/English and Penn State University: MA-TESL

Social:  LinkedIn


Joann Kozyrev is Vice President of Design and Development at Western Governors University, a position she has held since January 2018. In this capacity, Kozyrev leads WGU’s student-centered team of skills architects, assessment and curriculum specialists, learning designers and developers, and content specialists to provide students with personal, flexible and affordable education based on real-world high demand skills and competencies.

Prior to taking on her current role, Kozyrev was Executive Director of Learning Innovation at the University of Texas System Institute for Transformational Learning, where she was a founding member of the Institute’s leadership team. She also led teams that developed college content in the fields of Psychology, Philosophy & Religion, Developmental English, Literature, and ESL at Houghton Mifflin and Cengage Learning.

Joann Kozyrev holds a B.A. in Russian/English from Juniata College and earned her MA-TESL from Penn State University.


Selected media appearances and articles


Better Serving the Underserved Through Personalization

The Evolllution, Sept. 15, 2021

Personalized learning in higher education doesn’t need to be a far-off feature. Institutions of higher education can start implementing personalized learning strategies now to better serve their underserved learners and create a more equitable educational space.

Fast Forward: Looking to the Future Workforce and Online Learning

The Evolllution, Dec. 2, 2020

COVID-19 will be a flashbulb memory for many lifelong learners—it’s important for postsecondary institutions to lean on the advantages that learners found in remote learning to illustrate the benefits of true online environment. 

Fast Forward: Looking to the Future Workforce and Online Learning

The Evolllution, May 29, 2020

A discussion of the impact remote learning has on an online institution, concerns about the future of online learning and how to get people back into the workforce fast and efficiently.  

9 Thoughts for Dealing with Online Learning in a Crisis

Campus Technology, March 27, 2020

Colleges and universities everywhere are rushing to move courses online and keep teaching and learning going during the coronavirus pandemic. Here's how to cope with what may feel like an impossible task.

Moving to Digital Learning Fast: Where to Start

Campus Technology, March 18, 2020

As coronavirus changes life as we knew it, education experts offer advice on how to make the transition to online instruction.