Dr. Ron Owston is a professor of education and former Dean of the Faculty of Education and founding Director of the Institute for Research in Learning Technologies (now IRDL) at York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In June 2007, York University awarded him the honorary title of University Professor for his “extraordinary contribution to the University as a colleague, teacher, and scholar.”
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 Educational Researcher, Teachers College Record, Research in the Teaching of English, Journal of Computer-Based Instruction, Journal of Information Technology in Teacher Education, Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, Internet & Higher Education, and Journal of Research on Computing in Education. His recent projects include: external evaluator for the ABEL/Learning Connections online teacher community, a study on games to support literacy at grade 4, and an evaluation of Moodle use and lecture capture in large undergraduate courses in York’s Faculty of Health.
Currently, he is evaluating blended learning courses at York and collaborating with the Inclusive Design Institute, a project aimed at increasing the accessibility and usability of academic software. In this project, he is leading the development of the Open Virtual Usability Lab (OpenVULab), an open source application for remote accessibility and usability testing.