About Us

The BYU-Idaho Online Instruction Community is a professional online gathering space where those involved in teaching and learning online at BYU-Idaho come together to build and share experiences and resources.

Each of our Online Faculty are part of a teaching group. Teaching groups gather synchronously once a month and use their Community teaching group space to engage asynchronously to provide support and treasured associations.   

Online Learning is dedicated to BYU-Idaho's Mission and Standards. We are deeply dedicated to our students. This cause unites us and provides purpose in our gathering.  You will see the mission and standards of the University also reflected in BYU-Idaho's Online Instructor Standards

We are thrilled to have a place to gather!

Mission & Central Aim:

The Mission of BYU-Idaho is to:

1. Build testimonies of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and encourage living its principles.
2. Provide a quality education for students of diverse interests and abilities.
3. Prepare students for lifelong learning, for employment, and for their roles as citizens and parents.
4. Maintain a wholesome academic, cultural, social and spiritual environment.

The Central Aim of the Online Courses organization is to:

Extend the BYU-Idaho experience through the creation and delivery of Learning Model-based courses with remote instructors who build student testimony and skill.

Note: this is not a student community, more about BYU-Idaho Student programs and support is available here: http://www.byui.edu/online/online-support-center 

Your Community Team!

Chelsey Wilson

Hometown: Riverton, Utah

Education: Master's degree in Instructional Design in progress from Utah State University. Bachelor's degree in Communications from BYU-Idaho.

Mission: Madrid, Spain; Spanish

Hobbies: I enjoy building webpages and blogging.

Job Description: I help organize and facilitate the online instruction community. My job is to make sure you are not disappointed each time you visit.

Family: My husband is a custom home builder in Sun Valley, Idaho and we welcomed our first child, Holland, late 2016. We love road tripping to visit family.

Nicholas Aiello

Hometown: Boise, Idaho                  

Major: Business with an emphasis in finance                                          

Mission: St Louis, Missouri            

Hobbies: I love Movies, sports, and Podcasts                                        

Family: My Dad is from New Jersey and I am one of 5 kids.                                   

Job Description: Online Community Data Analyst                                               

What is your favorite part about working at BYU–Idaho? Working here given me great work experience for my future career and BYU-Idaho has such a great work environment.

Emily-Rose Taylor

Hometown: Oundle, England

Married: To Marshall Taylor

Major: Psychology Cluster: Human Resources

Hobbies: Gymnastrics and Track & Field

Job Description: Online Community management and support specialist.

Family: My little family is amazing, yet quite ridiculous, full of sarcasm, and fun.

What is your favorite part about working at BYU–Idaho? I love working for this university and helping the online community reach out to more and more members each semester. 

Smith Mainoo

Hometown: Takoradi, Ghana

Education: Geoscience Computing with Emphasis in Geographic information Systems (GIS) and minor in Computer science at BYU-Idaho

Mission: Nigeria Port Harcourt Mission, Nigeria

Hobbies: I enjoy writing codes, Dancing, playing the piano and the Violin, Volley ball and Soccer.

Job Description: Web Publisher/ Web content moderator

Family: I am the oldest of seven kids. We love family outings at the beach, and singing together. We enjoy clean jokes and Comic movies.

What is your favorite part about working at BYU–Idaho? I love the opportunity to work with team members who share the same values with me to accomplish goals that will help the community to be successful.