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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Ronald D. Owston

Technology In Practice

University   York University
E-Mail Address   rowston@edu.yorku.ca
Phone Number   (416) 736-5019
Office Location   TEL 1029
Office Hours   TBA

Education

B.Sc. (Sir George Williams); B.Ed. (UNB); M.Ed. (UNB); Ph.D., Education (Ottawa)

Biography

Professor Owston is Professor of Education and founding director of the Institute for Research on Learning Technologies (formerly the Centre for the Study of Computers in Education) at York University. He has spoken at numerous national and international conferences, and published in a variety of fields including technology in education, program evaluation, and teacher development in journals such as Research in the Teaching of English, Journal of Computer-Based Instruction, Journal of Information Technology in Teacher Education, Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, and Journal of Research on Computing in Education.

Research Interests

Web-based teaching and learning; evaluation; technology in schools.

Selected Publications

Wideman, H.H., & Owston, R.D. (2001). Lessons learned: Three case studies of ICT in teaching and their implications for practice. In B. Barrell (Ed.), Technology, teaching, and learning. Calgary, AB: Detselig.

Owston, R.D. (1998). Making the Link: Teacher professional development on the Internet. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann Books.

Owen, T., & Owston, R. D. (1998). The learning highway: Smart Students and the Internet. Toronto: Key Porter.

Owston, R. D., & Wideman, H. (2001). Computer access and student achievement in the early school years. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 17(4). 433-440.

Owston, R. D. (2000). Evaluating Web-based learning environments: Strategies and insights. CyberPsychology and Behavior, 3(1), 79-87.

Owston, R. D., & Wideman, H.H. (1997). Word processing and children's writing in a high computer access setting. Journal of Research on Computing in Education, 30(2), 202-220.

Owston, R.D. (1997). The World Wide Web: A technology to enhance teaching and learning? Educational Researcher, 26(2), 27-33.

Owston, R.D., MacDonald, S., & Cook, K. (2001). Evaluation of the Health Canada Skills Enhancement for Health Surveillance pilot online module on epidemiology (Institute for Research on Learning Technologies Technical Report No. 2000-3). Toronto, ON: York University.

Wideman, H. H., & Owston, R. D. (2000, June). Learning with eMates in Etobicoke final project report (Centre for the Study of Computers in Education Technical Report No. 2000-2). Toronto, ON: York University, Faculty of Education.

Wideman, H. H., & Owston, R. D. (2000, March). An evaluation of TVOntario's video-on-demand pilot project (Centre for the Study of Computers in Education Technical Report No. 2000-1). Toronto, ON: York University, Faculty of Education.

 

 

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Harold [Innis] taught us how to use the bias of culture and communication as an instrument of research. By directing attention to the bias, or distorting power of the dominant imagery and technology of any culture, he showed us how to understand cultures.
~ Marshall McLuhan