David Kniola

David Kniola

David Kniola

Visiting Assistant Professor


1750 Kraft Dr., Room 2108
Blacksburg, VA 24060


Office: 540-231-2246


Department Membership

School of Education


  • Assessment methods in Higher Education
  • Program evaluation methods
  • Remote sensing methods in social science and education
  • Learning Environments
  • International Higher Education

Professional Activities

  • Co-founder and co-director, Boosting University Infrastructure for Learning + Discovery (BUILD) Project
  • Core Faculty Member, Smart Infrastructure Laboratory (College of Engineering) Virginia Tech,
  • Founding Director, Riva Institute for Quality in Higher Education, Riva S. Vitale, Switzerland
  • Pink Time Project on Student Learning


  • Ph.D., Virginia Tech
  • MA, Bowling Green State University
  • BS, Oakland University

Research Interests

    Current and Recent Projects

    Evolution of university classroom learning community, 2016-present. An investigation of student engagement in classrooms over time using dynamic sensors to measure changes in student behavior in response to varied pedagogy.

    Collaboration and creativity, 2015-present. An investigation using instrumented buildings to study collaboration and creativity in academic environments with the goal of identifying “creativity signatures” from human-building interactions while engaged in scientific and artistic behaviors.

    Self-regulated learning and academic motivation, 2014-present. An investigation of the efficacy of certain types of classroom activities that contribute to self-regulated learning behaviors and academic motivation in undergraduate and graduate students attending post-secondary institutions.

    Selected Publications


    Baird, T. D., Kniola D. J., Hartter, J., Carlson, K, Russell, D., Rogers, S., & Tise, J. (2017, under review). Adapting Pink Time to promote self-regulated learning across course and student types.

    Baird, T. D., Kniola D. J., Lewis, A. L., & Fowler, S. B. (2014). Pink Time: Evidence of self-regulated learning and academic motivation among undergraduate students. Journal of Geography. doi: 10.1080/00221341.2014.977334

    Kniola, D. (2013). Accountability through assessment of non-academic organizations in higher education. European Journal of Higher Education. Special issue: Transatlantic perspectives on assessment and accountability. doi: 10.1080/21568235.2013.778044

    Sponsored Research

    Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) and Institute for Society, Culture, and the Environment (ISCE), Virginia Tech, 2016-2017

    Received full funding ($30,000) to advance study of intelligent infrastructures in academic settings including formal and informal learning spaces.

    Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT), Virginia Tech, Fall 2015

    Seed grant ($3,500) to conduct pilot study to measure collaboration and creativity in instrumented buildings. Purpose of study is to establish proof of concept for extramural funding.

    School of Education Faculty Research Grant, Virginia Tech.

    Institution grant to study factors that influence success among graduate students in STEM fields. Study resulted in published paper.

    Research Associate, School of Education, Virginia Tech, Summer 2008

    Microsoft funded research project ($300,000) to study the use of tablet computers in engineering classrooms. Lead data analysis and report writing of faculty survey on technology integration. Constructed web-based surveys using survey software.

    Additional Information

    University faculty member and leader with experience in teaching, academic research, administration, and outreach at private and public institutions. Teaching experience includes graduate-level (master’s and doctoral) courses in quantitative methods, assessment, evaluation, and higher education. Leadership roles comprise university assessment and evaluation, student affairs, international projects, and innovative technologies. Areas of expertise include big data in education, collaboration in academic environments, teaching and learning, globalization of higher education, and quality assurance.