Rob Foshay


School of Education Distinguished Alumni Award (2011)
School of Education
Ph.D. 1977


Rob Foshay has been a leader in the educational technology field for more than 30 years. He is currently director of research for the Education Technology Group of Texas Instruments (TI), where he manages TI's extensive education research portfolio on effectiveness of their products and services in math and science education. For 15 years, he was the chief instructional architect of the PLATO Learning System, one of the oldest and largest e-learning systems. He also managed PLATO's program of independent research on effectiveness. His background also includes faculty appointments at the University of Illinois-Champaign, Governors State University and, currently, Walden University. In addition, he has experience as a high school teacher, school media coordinator, and consultant with major corporations and educational technology startup ventures.

He received a doctorate in Instructional Systems Technology from IU in 1977. In 1991 he received a departmental citation as Outstanding Alumnus. His B.A. is from Oberlin College and his M.A. is from Columbia University Teachers College. He has contributed more than 70 major research journal articles and book chapters on a wide range of topics in instructional design, learning science, technology and education, and human performance technology, and he has presented at research conferences worldwide. He currently serves on the editorial boards of four research journals. He chairs the Certification and Accreditation Governance Committee for the International Society for Performance Improvement and contributed to the creation of its Certified Performance Technologist program. He has served on the National Board of Visitors and the Alumni Board of Directors for the IU School of Education.