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Robin Kay, PhD - University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Oshawa, ON, CA

Robin Kay, PhD Robin Kay, PhD

Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director | University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Oshawa, ON, CANADA

Moving the metre on the use of meaningful technology to enrich learning environments






Robin Kay - Impact of web-based learning tools, trends in e-learning




A fundamental shift in the education system from a predominantly curriculum-based platform to a problem-based, technology driven learning environment is necessary to stay relevant and connected globally. Robin Kay, PhD, Director of Graduate Studies and Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) is advancing the use of technology to engage learning in face-to-face, blended, and online learning environments.

A cognitive science expert, Dr. Kay’s research program examines how technology impacts human behaviour in a variety of ways. Through UOIT's EILab, he is exploring the effective use of video podcasts in online learning and mathematics at the secondary school level. At the post-secondary level, his research focuses on the benefits of video podcasts in administering student feedback. He is also examining the qualities for effective e-learning in high schools; the challenges and benefits of virtual classrooms within UOIT, and the use of social media tools in the classroom. Another major area of his research looks at the effective use of web-based learning tools for mathematics and science students Grades 3-8.

Dr. Kay has published over 120 articles, chapters and conference papers on the role of technology in education and developed highly effective technology based tools to enhance learning across a variety of platforms. His popular video podcast learning object module has helped thousands of new university students around the world review mathematics concepts from high school; and his research on the benefits of classroom response systems has prompted hundreds of elementary and secondary school teachers to adopt their use to increase student engagement and participation. His extensive research on laptop use and web-based learning tools in preservice education continues to influence classroom use of laptops in meaningful ways.

Dr. Kay joined UOIT as an Assistant Professor at its inception in September 2003. Previously, he taught mathematics, computer science and technology for over 20 years at the high school, college and university level in Canada and the United States. Fascinated by the relationship between technology and human behaviour, Dr. Kay pursued post-secondary studies at the University of Toronto earning his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Computer Science in 1984, his Master of Arts in Computer Applications in Education in 1988, and his Doctorate in Educational Psychology in 1996.

Industry Expertise (5)


Social Media


Program Development


Areas of Expertise (5)

Web-Based Learning Tools

Classroom Response Systems

E-Learning in Secondary and Higher Education

Video Podcasts

Laptop Use in Teacher Education

Accomplishments (2)

Director, Graduate Studies, Faculty of Education, UOIT (professional)


Beyond his teaching and research, Dr. Kay aims to elevate UOIT’s Master of Education program to one of the top online programs in North America, creating a vibrant international community.

Professor, Faculty of Education, UOIT (professional)


During his time at UOIT, Dr. Kay has received over $240,000 in research funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Canadian Council on Learning. He is currently Dean of the Graduate Studies Committee and Chair of the Graduate Program Committee. Nominated for a UOIT Teaching Award, Dr. Kay previously served as an associate professor and an assistant professor.

Education (3)

University of Toronto: PhD, Educational Psychology 1996

University of Toronto: MA, Computer Applications in Education 1988

University of Toronto: BSc, Psychology and Computer Science 1984

Affiliations (1)

  • Ottawa District School Board

Event Appearances (12)

Best Practices for Using Classroom Response Systems in the Mathematics Classroom

OAME Annual Conference - Think Big  Toronto, Ontario


Best Practices for Developing Effective Online Course in Mathematics

Ontario Association for Mathematics Education (OAME) Annual Conference - Think Big  Toronto, Ontario


Choosing and Using Web-based Learning Tools for the Mathematics Classroom

OAME Annual Conference - Think Big  Toronto, Ontario


Transforming your Mathematics Classroom with Video Podcasts (Jing)

OAME Annual Conference - Think Big  Toronto, Ontario


Exploring the Use of Laptops in Higher Education: An Analysis of Benefits and Distractions

E-Learn 2012  Montreal, Quebec


A Model for Creating Effective Instructional Video Podcasts

Global Learn: Global Conference on Learning and Technology  Virtual Conference


A Model for Evaluating Online Learning in Secondary School Environments

The Sixteenth Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning  Orlando, Florida


Evaluating and Using Web-based Learning Tools for K-12 Online

The Sixteenth Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning  Orlando Florida


Best Practices for Delivering Effective Instruction in Virtual Classrooms

Ed Media 2010, World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications  Toronto, Ontario


Evaluating the Use of Instructional Video Podcasts for Middle School Mathematics Students

Ed Media 2010  Toronto, Ontario


Examining the Use of Educational Video Clips on Distance Education

Global Learn Asia Pacific 2010  Penang, Malaysia


Exploring the Benefits and Challenges of Using Laptops in Higher Education Classrooms

Global Learn Asia Pacific 2010  Penang, Malaysia


Courses (3)

Advanced Research Methods


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Learning Tools


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Technology in the Curriculum


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