Philip C. Duchastel, Ph.D.
 Curriculum Vitae

      

I was an active researcher in the field of instructional technology for some 30 years before retiring in the early millennium, at which point I began actively exploring philosophical topics in a wide range of domains and writing in an informal manner, although my most recent musings are not online.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
EDUCATION:
  • Ph.D. 1973 Instructional Research, Florida State University, USA.
  • M.Sc. 1971 Instructional Research, Florida State University.
  • B.A. 1967 Psychology, University of Montreal, Canada.
PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY:

Expertise in information theory and learning technologies with a background in instructional technology and computing. Scholarly involvement over the years in educational innovation, distance learning, professional education, artificial intelligence, and advanced learning technologies. 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
  • Retired Academic. Currently exploring various facets of cognition, including learning, disembodied cognition, information and knowledge, artificial cognition, all with a philosophical bent.
  • Knowledge Consultant, CastelNet, Fredericton, Canada, 2004-2005    Directed the online Information Design Atelier, which was dedicated to innovation in information science. 
  • Executive Director, TeleEducation NB, Department of Education. 2003-2004. This agency of the New Brunswick (Canada) government was dedicated to the promotion of e-learning within the province, at all levels of education both formal and informal, as well as within government and industry. With a staff of 10 professionals, the organization administered R&D efforts, developed relevant communities of practice, and ensured the dissemination of information to e-learning practitioners. My role was one of leadership within New Brunswick and Canada.
  • Internet Consultant, CastelNet, Fort Lauderdale, USA, 1999-2003. Consulting in e-learning development for a Latin American dot.com start-up, including business planning, partnership negotiations, marketing, and leadership. Interactive experience design for the web-site of an institute of higher education in Lausanne, Switzerland. External consultant for e-learning instructional design at the Multimedia University, Cyberjava, Malaysia; for the eTeach project of the University of Geneva, Switzerland; and for the Telemap European advisory system project at the Universität Koblenz-Landau, Germany. Directed the Information Design Atelier, which is dedicated to R&D in information science.
  • Program Professor of Instructional Technology, Fischler Graduate School, Nova Southeastern University (NSU), Fort Lauderdale, USA, 1996-99. NSU is an innovative university that specializes in graduate education for active professionals, generally in a distance education format. I worked in the area of Learning Technology within the Program in Education and Technology at the Fischler Graduate School. Program development and innovative technology management were key responsibilities within the future-oriented leadership role I filled in the Program. I was responsible for the design and administration of courses in learning technologies, in instructional design, and in advanced trends. 
  • Researcher, Computer Research Institute of Montreal (CRIM), Canada, 1995-96. CRIM is a university-industry partnership research center that conducts pre-competitive R&D in information technology application areas. I provided leadership in the area of network-based learning systems that can help organizations move to just-in-time cost-effective desktop training. Performed an analysis of the training function of the client service area of a major hydroelectric company and designed a modular architecture that promises very important savings in training operations. Other applied research areas that were explored were network applications for university education, information interfaces, and virtual environments for learning.
  • Learning Consultant, Electronic Data Systems (EDS), Troy, Michigan, USA, 1990-1995. EDS is a 100,000+ employee multinational corporation that is a recognized leader in the field of computer integration services. I provided expertise to change management efforts in the areas of interactive technologies and program development. Performed strategic planning and coordination of the training activities for the implementation of advanced computer technologies within General Motors Corporation. Developed and gained commitment to a vision for this training program that moved the organization towards an emphasis on the new interactive learning technologies. Planned the implementation of this program in a way to facilitate cultural acceptance of innovative design technologies within GM's different Divisions. 
  • Advanced Technology Leader, McDonnell Douuglas Corporation, Denver, Colorado, USA, 1989-1990. McDonnell Douglas (now part of Boeing) is a prime aerospace company, whose Denver operation was focused on innovation in educational and training systems. I provided direction to a group of specialists engaged in advanced work in computer systems for training and instructional design. Led a team in the development of a process that increased the efficiency of program and course design. Created a collaborative network, including business and academic partners, to pursue external funding for innovative projects. Participated in marketing and in public relations for the company and in policy formulation that helped secure strong commitment from the organization.
  • Director, Laboratory for Artificial Intelligence in Education, Laval University, Québec, Canada and Professor, Department of Educational Technology, 1986-1989. Laval University is one of the leading universities in French Canada, with some 30,000 students. I founded the Laboratory to promote development projects aimed at improving education and training. The Laboratory became a focus for this type of research within the University. Established its facilities, academic resources, program of research, and funding processes. Helped initiate collaborative projects and secured the involvement of professors from many departments to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and faculty development. Established numerous national and international working relationships. Established collaborative links with business and government for the transfer of technology and greater sharing of resources. Taught instructional design and advanced technology courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Director, INRS-Education, National Institute for Scientific Research, University of Québec, Québec, Canada, 1983-85. INRS is French-Canada's major network of research institutes. I led a 20-person research center involved in a set of major educational research projects. My first success was ending a long-standing confrontation between rival factions of the faculty and providing the motivational leadership that increased successful teamwork. Led the strategic academic planning effort that created the broad vision adopted to help the center adapt to its changing organizational context and served as the central spokesperson for that vision. Established a strong external relations orientation and solid international links that led to joint research programs, including a large national grant for science education assessment. Led the recruitment, evaluation, promotion, and professional development of faculty. 
  • Director and Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Research and Evaluation, The American College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA, 1979-83. The American College is a non-traditional institution providing specialized education to mature students in the financial service professions. I led a team of professors involved in institutional research and innovation in the College's programs, forging a vision for the College's research and development efforts. Led a team of Deans in the College's institutional self-study process which resulted in successful re-accreditation. Led a task-force in the study of marketing factors affecting enrollment; this helped in better reaching prospective students and in better serving the institution's constituencies. Established modalities for course feedback and formalized processes for course needs assessment that contributed to better academic planning.
  • Assistant Professor / Lecturer, Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, Great Britain, 1974-79. The Open University is Britain's 200,000+ student innovative university for mature students in which learning takes place through a blended approach to distance-teaching. Participated in developing many top-notch individualized courses and curricula within course teams tasked with developing self-instructional materials for adult learners. Founded and led a faculty group to investigate and improve project-based learning at the university level. Six-month sabbatical in 1976-77 as Visiting Professor at the University of Fribourg and at the Federal Polytechnic University of Lausanne, both in Switzerland. Helped teach a course in introductory psychology and one in architectural psychology. Second short sabbatical in 1978 as Visiting Fellow in Psychology, University of Poitiers, France.
  • Assistant Professor, Center for the Application of New Technologies to Teaching and Learning, University of Québec, Montreal, Canada, 1973-74. The University of Québec is one of Montreal's major doctoral universities. I led instructional innovation efforts with various departments that brought about improved teaching within the university. Provided consultation to the institution's professors on effective teaching and instructional systems. Led a team in an extensive evaluation of an innovative distance-learning course. Developed a communication strategy to internally market the center's services and to foster innovation in teaching.
PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS:

Main publications are listed on a separate page.

 

FORMER PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS :
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
  • Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence, Association for Computing Machinery (SIGART, ACM)
  • Cognitive Science Society (CSS)
  • Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)
  • Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
  • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
  • Canadian Society for the Study of Computer Intelligence (CSSCI)
  • Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behavior (AISB)
  • Association for the Development of Computer-Based Instructional Systems (ADCIS)
  • European Association for Research and Development in Higher Education (EARDHE)
  • Inter-university Research Group in Cognitive Science for Organizations (GIRICO)
  • Inter-University Instructional Technology Council (CIPTE)
PROFESSIONAL SERVICE:
  • Past editorial consultant for the following journals:
    • Journal of Educational Psychology
    • American Educational Research Journal
    • Review of Educational Research
    • Instructional Science
    • Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Psychological Reports
    • New Ideas in Psychology
    • Computers & Education
    • Interactive Technology and Smart Education
  • Organized a symposium on text design at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, 1983.
  • Member of the Committee on Culture and Information Sciences, of the Socio-Economic Conference on Electronics and Computer Science, Quebec Government, Canada, 1984-85.
  • Participated in the site-evaluation of a proposal for the establishment of a research center in the cognitive sciences, Quebec Research Funding Agency (FCAR), Quebec, 1985.
  • Member of the Associate Committee on Instructional Technology, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, 1985-89, and Chair of its Subcommittee on Research Priorities in AI Applied to Education and Training, 1986-89.
  • Member of the Organizing Committee for the 5th Canadian Symposium on Educational Technology, Ottawa, May 1986.
  • Organized a workshop on artificial intelligence in education, ACFAS, French-Canadian Association for Science, Montreal, May 1986.
  • Member of the International Relations Committee, American Educational Research Association, Washington, USA, 1986-87.
  • Invited participant to a Working Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Education, organized by IFIP, International Federation for Information Processing, 1987.
  • Member of the Program Committee of the International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Montreal, June 1988.
  • Member of the NATO Science Committee Special Program Panel on Advanced Educational Technology, Brussels, Belgium, 1988-91; elected Chairman of the Panel for 1990.
  • Member of the Program Committee of the International Conference on Cognitive Sciences Applied to Organizations, Quebec, Canada, 1989.
  • Member of the Information Systems Grant Selection Panel of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada for a site visit in artificial intelligence, University of Montreal, 1989.
  • Member of the Program Committee of the International Conference on Cognitive Sciences Applied to Organizations, Montreal, Canada, 1991.
  • Member of the Program Committee of the International Workshop on Interactive Videodisk Learning Environments, Quebec, Canada, 1991.
  • Invited speaker to the Capstone Advanced Research Workshop of the International Program on Advanced Educational Technology, Grenobles, France, 1993.
  • Member of the Advisory Board for the Elementary Technology Education Materials Development Program, Saginaw Valley Technology Education Consortium, Michigan, 1994-95.
  • Led a business panel on the future of training in industry with new information technologies, at the 10th conference of the Inter-University Council of Instructional Technology, Montreal, 1995.
  • Invited panel member in the Italy-Canada teleconference on Multimedia Applications, 1995
  • Member of the Canada-European Union Forum on Learning Technologies and representative of its Virtual Resource Center effort within the European Telematics R&D program, 1995.
  • Promoter and organizer of the Nova Award for Instructional Design (Graduate Student Level) at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, 1997.
  • Moderator of an online ITFORUM professional discussion on instructional design theory, 1998.
  • Moderator of an online IFETS professional discussion on instructional and informational design, 1999.
  • Review member of the Canadian Innovation Foundation for the establishment of R&D infrastructures, 2000.
  • Member of the Management Board of the pan-Canadian eduSource project to develop a network of learning object repositories, 2003-4.
  • Member of the evaluation committee of Industry Canada’s Broadband Initiative for Remote Regions program. 2003-
  • Invited panel member on industry initiatives at the New Brunswick LearnTech conference, 2003.
  • CEO of NBDEN Inc., a non-profit corporation with the mandate to promote distance education in New Brunswick, 2003-4.
  • Co-founder of the RDeL organization and later of the NewLearn / InnovApprentissage Inc. non-profit corporation to promote e-learning R&D, 2003-4.
  • Co-organizer of the International Learning Objects Summit, Fredericton, New Brunswick, 2004.
  • Member of the International Program Committee and reviewer for the 22nd ICDE World Conference on Distance Education, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2006.