Kyle Carr (he/him) is a Learning Designer in the Center for Digital Innovation in Learning (CDIL) at Boston College. Kyle first interacted with the field of learning design during the COVID-19 pandemic when he transitioned his summer course online. During this time, he had the opportunity to engage with a learning designer, which sparked his passion for consulting faculty on evidence-based high-impact practices in online learning. Upon this discovery, Kyle began to engage more frequently with pedagogical methodologies for digital learning and was offered a role as a contractor at CDIL in the fall of 2020. In this capacity, Kyle consulted faculty on instructional technologies, content development, and digitally-enabled assessments. Kyle was then hired in the summer of 2021 as a full-time learning designer at CDIL.
In addition to his work in CDIL as a learning designer, Kyle develops and teaches a range of in-person and online courses in the sociology department at Boston College. This includes Introductory Sociology, Deviance and Social Control, and Sociology of Health and Illness. Through leveraging his sociological training and education, Kyle aids faculty in fostering a sense of belonging for all learners within their online classrooms. To better support the Boston College community, Kyle centers on researching learning design practices that infuse diverse pedagogy and culturally responsive practices to construct engaging and socially just online courses.
Kyle double-majored in sociology and psychology at College of the Holy Cross where he received his bachelor’s degree. He then went on to receive his master’s degree in sociology from Boston College. Currently, Kyle is completing his doctoral dissertation in sociology at Boston College. His research uses quantitative methods to examine depressive symptoms as an embodied consequence of social disconnections, or relational disadvantages, accumulated over the life course and why there is an increase in depressive symptoms from mid-to-late-life for aging adults. As a scholar in sociology, Kyle is a published author and co-author having published articles in several peer-reviewed journals in his field such as Social Science & Medicine, The Journals of Gerontology, and SSM – Population Health.
Beyond Kyle’s work in higher education, he enjoys spending time with his partner, Rame, and their beautiful goldendoodle named Korra. Together they live in Colorado where they have recently been exploring the many hiking trails and natural sites the state has to offer.