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Athabasca University

Dr. Robert Power




Curriculum Vitae 

Courses Taught 

  • MDDE 604: Instructional Systems Design
  • MDDE 610: Survey of Current Educational Technology Applications
  • MDDE 620: Technology in Education and Training


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.

In November 2015, Rob undertook the position of Leader, Online Learning with the Fraser Health Authority in BC, Canada, where he led a team of developers, educational consultants, and systems coordinators to develop and manage online training resources for Canada's largest health authority. He also served as a representative on the BC Provincial Steering Committee and Operations Working Group for the LearningHub initiative -- a course catalog and record management system that integrated one of the world's largest implementations of the Moodle learning management system by user volume. Rob is currently an Instructional Development Consultant with the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). He is also an Adjunct Professor of Educational Technology, teaching with Athabasca University (AU), Cape Breton University (CBU), Mount Royal University (MRU), the University of Manitoba (UMan) and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), and he has worked as a Course Consultant and Content Developer with Athabasca University, Thompson Rivers University, and the University of Manitoba (UMan).

Rob is currently President of the Executive of the International Association for Mobile Learning (IAmLearn), and has also served as a Member-at-Large. 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 served as a judge for the GSMA Global Mobile Awards (Best Educational Innovation category) since 2016. 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 February 21 2019 by CDE

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