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Roland van Oostveen, PhD - University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Oshawa, ON, CA

Roland van Oostveen, PhD Roland van Oostveen, PhD

Associate Professor, Director, Faculty of Education | University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Oshawa, ON, CANADA

Creating equality in education through advanced online learning environments






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Promoting open access education as a basic human right drives the work of Roland van Oostveen, PhD, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). For the past few years, he has been leading the implementation of new technologies in education and rigorously using social media to allow people to better themselves and follow their dreams for the benefit of society.

His pinnacle work includes UOIT's EILAB, an advanced research network focused on the development of collaborative online learning environments, offering bold, new insights and helping to shape the way students learn in the 21st century. As Administrative Director, his research also involves the development of assistive technology, and testing of tablet-based stylus editing software; the development of a theoretical model for Problem-Based Learning Objects (PBLOs); and the investigation of technologies involved in e- and m-learning.

Dr. van Oostveen is the founding director of UOIT’s BA in Adult Education and Digital Technology (recently renamed as the BA in Educational Studies and Digital Technology) program, which brings together learners from around the world in a vibrant online community where collaborative, problem-based learning (PBL) can occur. Students are given remote access to synchronous and asynchronous video conferencing, blog space, Google Drive and Skype.

Inspired by the revolutionary learning philosophy of MIT’s Dr. Seymour Papert, Dr. van Oostveen joined UOIT in 2003 as an Assistant Professor with a unique vision for integrating technology in education. In 2008, he became an Associate Professor (tenured), and served as Director of Bachelor of Education programs between 2010 and 2011.

He earned his Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Marine Biology from the University of Guelph in 1981, and obtained both his Master of Education and Doctorate in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Concentrations in Science Education at the University of Toronto’s (U of T) Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) in 1997 and 2005, respectively. For 18 years he taught science to elementary and secondary school students and served as Science Department head in Alberta and Ontario, and curriculum coordinator with the Toronto District School Board. He also served as Instructional Leader of the Intermediate/Senior Mathematics/Science Department at York University’s Field Development Office.

Industry Expertise (3)



Program Development

Areas of Expertise (5)

Educational Informatics

E-Learning and M-Learning

Online Learning Curriculum Development

Problem-Based Learning (Pbl) in Online Environments

Virtual Environment Creation

Accomplishments (2)

Director, BA in AEDT, Faculty of Education, UOIT (professional)


Founding Director of UOIT’s BA AEDT, Dr. van Oostveen is advancing collaborative online learning environments using Adobe Connect AV conferencing systems to create virtual face-to-face learning where students work together in small groups to solve problems. He has developed and taught undergraduate courses including Foundations of Digital Teaching and Learning Technologies, and Teaching and Learning Problem-Based Learning. He has also taught the graduate course Learning With Technology.

Administrative Director, EILAB, UOIT (professional)


UOIT’s EILAB is a state-of-the-art observational research hub for university based projects and research collaborations from around the world. Facilitated by Dr. van Oostveen, the highly equipped facility supports social-scientific research in the field of learning and digital technology.

Education (3)

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto: PhD, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Concentrations: Science Education, Action Research 2005

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto: MEd, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Concentrations: Science Education, Project Work in Science and Technology Education 1997

University of Guelph: BSc (Hons), Marine Biology 1981

Media Appearances (1)

Crossing a new line in the digital technology sandbox

UOIT News  online


Dr. van Oostveen and a team research colleagues co-authored an award-winning paper outlining how online environments provide accessible learning opportunities, where learners can also be teachers and teachers can also be learners. The research was recognized at the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education’s (AACE) 2016 World Conference on Educational Media and Technology in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Event Appearances (7)

Integration of PBL Methodologies into Online Learning Course and Programs

IADIS e-Learning 2014 Conference  Lisbon, Portugal


I’m Larger Than a Thumbnail: Student, TA, Faculty and Program Director Experiences in a PBL Informed Online BA in Adult Education and Digital Technologies Program

Canadian Network for Innovation in Education Annual Conference  Kamloops, British Columbia


An Introduction to 21st Century Technologies in Support of Learning or Give it a Boost: Using Technology to Enhance Learning

Kyiv National Economic Univeristy Conference  Kiev, Ukraine


A Study of Views and Uses of Digital Technology by Students in Two Approaches to Technology Integration: A Laptop Program and an Online Program

Canadian Society for the Study of Education Annual Conference  Montreal, Quebec


Learning Outcomes in e-Learning: Maintaining Internal Coherence from Program Design to Pedagogical Strategy and Student Assessment

Learning Outcomes Assessment Workship, Practically Speaking  Toronto, Ontario


Exploring Pre-Service Teachers’ Views Regarding Use of Computer-Based Technologies in Their Teacher Preparation Program

Canadian Society for the Study of Education Annual Conference  Montreal, Quebec


Online Graduate Studies in Education: Examining Student Uses and Attitudes Towards Digital Technology

Canadian Society for the Study of Education Annual Conference  Montreal, Quebec