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Athabasca University

Dr. Robert Power

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Course(s) Taught : MDDE 610 Survey of Current Educational Technology Applications

Rob Power was born in East York, Ontario, in October 1974, and moved to Newfoundland in 1981 with his family, where he grew up living in Mount Pearl and St. John’s. Rob graduated from O’Donel High School in Mount Pearl in 1992, after which he served as a Supply Technician with 56th Field Engineer Squadron in the Canadian Forces Reserves, while studying for his Bachelor of Arts at Memorial University.

After graduating with a BA in 1996, Rob earned an Honours Diploma in Journalism and Communication Arts at Lawrence College in St. John’s. From April 1997 until August 2000, Rob worked as a broadcast journalist at VOCM Radio in St. John’s, during which time he published his first novel, The Caster. He returned to Memorial University in September 2000 to study for a Bachelor of Education (Intermediate/Secondary) degree, and completed the Master of Education (Information Technology) program with Memorial University and the University College of Cape Breton in August 2003. Rob successfully defended his dissertation research for the Doctor of Education in Distance Education program at Athabasca University in January 2015.

From September 2003 until September 2005, Rob worked as a Technology / Learning Resources teacher at John Burke High School in Grand Bank, Newfoundland. From September 2005 until September 2013, Rob worked as an Information Technology Instructor and the International Computer Driving License (ICDL) Training & Testing Centre Coordinator with the College of the North Atlantic - Qatar. Rob worked as an Instructional Developer with the Advanced Learning Technologies Center, part of the Center for Teaching Excellence at CNA-Q, from October 2013 until October 2015.

Rob is currently Leader, Online Learning, with the Fraser Health Authority in BC, Canada. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Educational Technology, teaching courses with Athabasca University and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). Rob is a member-at-large with the Executive of the International Association for Mobile Learning (IAmLearn), and he has worked as the Project Manager and Conference Chair for the 12th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn 2013). Rob has also been named by the GSMA as a judge for the 2016 Global Mobile Awards (Best Educational Innovation category). His research interests include teacher preparation for, and pedagogical approaches to instructional design for mobile and ubiquitous learning. He is particularly interested in pursuing further studies and research into:

  • * Pedagogical approaches and instructional design for mobile learning
  • * Teacher preparation of the use of mobile and ubiquitous technologies
  • * Teacher self-efficacy with educational technology
  • * the use of educational technology to increase academic collaboration among educators and students

Updated November 03 2017 by CDE

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