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Athabasca University

Dr. Roger Powley




  • CD PhD., The Florida State University


Dr. Powley has spent over twenty years facilitating and managing the creation of alternative delivery, distance education, and distributed learning systems for clients in the military, government, academia and private industry. He has acted as an instructional designer, performance consultant, project manager, and director of training and instructional design for a variety of private and public organizations. In the early 1990s, Roger guided the development of the Canadian Forces distributed learning strategy and implementation plan. Dr. Powley has managed multi-million dollar government and corporate distributed learning and performance improvement projects for the military, and the systems integration, software development, telecommunications and marine industries.

Roger has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in instructional design, performance technology, the learning organization, web-based and computer-based design and development, analysis of distance education, multimedia project management, e-learning management, online instructor delivery and the management of training systems. Dr. Powley has taught and supervised graduate studies at the University of Calgary, University of Victoria, University of West Florida, Simon Fraser University, Athabasca University and Royal Roads University. As a consultant he has assisted a number of universities and colleges in their transition to a distributed learning environment. In 1998/99, Dr. Powley was appointed by the University of West Florida as a John C Pace Jr. Eminent Scholar for his leadership in the development of the university's distance learning efforts. In 1999 - 2000, Roger, as the Program Director, led the implementation of a fourteen course Master of Arts in Distributed Learning at Royal Roads University. In 2000, Roger led a team of consultants that assisted the Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology of Ontario to produce a business plan to support a consortium of 25 colleges to deliver online and technology supported instruction to over 220,000 students. In 2001, Dr. Powley guided the development of a Technology Strategic Plan on behalf of Langara College. The aim of the plan was to identify how to transition the college to an environment which embraced a number of different distributed technologies that could support student learning for over 15,000 students and how to use technology to improve faculty performance. In 2002, Dr. Powley in conjunction with a number of other colleagues, designed and delivered an e-Learning Summer Institute for Simon Fraser University that was targeted at the senior administrators in higher education across Canada who were exploring e-learning as a potential delivery method.

Currently, Roger is the President and CEO of Innovative Training Solutions Inc. ( a company that specializes in the implementation of distributed learning systems, leadership support and executive development. Dr. Powley has completed his BA in Political Science (1971) from McMaster University and his MS (1990) and PhD (1994) in Instructional Systems from The Florida State University. He also possesses formal certification in Human Resource Development and Project Management.

Updated May 29 2017 by CDE

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