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Rafael Leonardo da Silva, Ph.D.

rafael da silva

Clinical Assistant Professor

(208) 426-3330

Office: RUCH 325




Educational Background

  • Ph.D. in Learning, Design, and Technology, University of Georgia
  • M.Ed. in Learning, Design, and Technology, University of Georgia
  • B. A. in English as a Second Language and English Language Literatures, State University of Londrina, Brazil

Professional Experience

Dr. da Silva has experience teaching and developing innovative educational practices in a variety of instructional contexts. He has used his expertise and passion for instructional design to create engaging governmental training materials, as well as creative English as a Second Language (ESOL) tools and approaches, such as interactive training modules and educational games. Dr. da Silva’s research has been featured in TechTrends and the International Journal of Designs for Learning. These publications led him to receive the Robert M. Gagné Award for Graduate Student Research in Instructional Design in 2020. His research interests include game-based learning, project-based learning, and game-based moral development.


  • OPWL 523 E-Learning Authoring and Development
  • OPWL 525 E-Learning Content and LMS
  • OPWL 592 Portfolio
  • OPWL 597 Special Topics: Game-Based and Gamified Learning

Scholarly Activities

Visit Dr. da Silva’s ScholarWorks