As the Director of the Center for Online Learning at Metropolitan State University, Robert Bilyk provides university-wide leadership and advocacy for online and hybrid teaching and learning for a diverse student population, including nontraditional adult students. He joined Metropolitan State in 2011 and has worked with faculty across the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.
His work experience includes instructional design and computer programming for Allen Interactions, Minnesota Department of Human Services, Minnesota Department of Revenue, EMA, 3M and Thrivant Financial. He designed courses in computer science, chemical technology and multicultural sensitivity. He also helped Saint Paul College start information technology programs and founded Cyber Village Academy, the first elementary school in the United States to offer a hybrid program of online and on-campus classes for the International Baccalaureate Organization Middle Years Program.
Before joining Metropolitan State, he served on the ZebraZapps team at Allen Interactions working on a next-generation eLearning development environment. Prior to that, he developed training, computer programs and documentation in support of geospatial applications developed by ObjectFX.
Robert Bilyk is also the author of the LodeStar eLearning authoring system, which is used by higher education institutions throughout the United States and abroad.
Robert has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Education degree in curriculum and instructional systems from the University of Minnesota.