Ron Owston

University Professor

Location(s) / Contact Info:

242, Winters College - WC
Keele Campus
Phone: 416-736-5667

Email: rowston@edu.yorku.ca

Website: Ron's website; Institute for Research on Learning Technologies; Future Campus; Open Virtual Usability Lab

Biography

Dr. Ron Owston is Dean of the Faculty of Education and former Director of the Institute for Research in Learning Technologies (IRLT) 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

Research Projects

Website accessibility

Role: Principal Investigator

Year Funded: 2011

Duration: 2

Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Project to assess methods of accessibility testing.