Bob Edmison

Bob Edmison

Collegiate Assistant of Computer Science

Virginia Tech


I’m Bob Edmison, and I am a Collegiate Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. My research interests center on developing new ways to provide feedback to computer science students, using tools and techniques originally developed for software engineering.

Previously, I was the Director of Software Development for Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies, TLOS, in the Division of Information Technology at Virginia Tech. I’ve also done extensive work in industry, not-for-profits, and government, include the US Department of Energy and US Department of Defense.


  • Computer Science Education
  • Contextualized Feedback
  • Learning Analytics


  • PhD in Computer Science and Applications, 2019

    Virginia Tech

  • M.IT in Information Technology, 2006

    Virginia Tech

  • M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, 1995

    Virginia Tech

  • B.A. in Economics, 1992

    Virginia Tech

Recent Publications

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Depth of Use: An Empirical Framework to Help Faculty Gauge the Relative Impact of Learning Management System Tools
Exploring the Context of Course Rankings on Online Academic Forums
The Problem of Packaging Curricular Materials



Collegiate Assistant Professor

Virginia Tech Department of Computer Science

Aug 2020 – Present Blacksburg, VA

Director of Software Development

Virginia Tech Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS)

Sep 2014 – Aug 2020 Blacksburg, VA
Managed the team responsible for developing and integrating our enterprise learning systems portfolio, including Canvas, Kaltura, and Zoom

Senior Research Associate

Virginia Tech Software Technologies Laboratory

Oct 2001 – Sep 2014 Blacksburg, VA
Led a variety of software engineering research projects for industry, state and federal government sponsors. Our research portfolio exceeded $1.5M per year.

Web Application Engineer

Interactive Design and Development

Aug 1999 – Sep 2001 Blacksburg, VA
Developed web applications and point-of-presence sites for industry and government customers.