Rob Foshay

Contributing Faculty
Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences
Ph.D. Education

Rob Foshay is Principal of the Foshay Group, and consults on e-Learning strategy, education technology research and product strategy. He mentors Ph.D. students in the Education Technology programs of Walden University (since 2009) and University of North Texas (since 2013). He is also a Senior Practice Leader for The Hale Institute.
Rob served for seven years as Director of Research for the Education Technology Group of Texas Instruments, where he contributed to product strategy and managed TI’s extensive education research portfolio on effectiveness of their products and services in math and science (STEM) education. For 15 years he was the chief instructional architect of the PLATO Learning System. He also managed PLATO’s program of independent research on effectiveness. His background also encompasses K-12 teaching, school district technology coordination, university teaching (campus-based and online), and curriculum and training development in a wide range of fields including medical education, aviation, management consulting, field service engineering, and end user software training.
He has contributed over 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. He recently co-edited a volume on Instructional Design in the Handbook of Improving Performance in the Workplace, and previously co-authored a textbook on instructional strategies, both published by Wiley.

Courses Taught

EDPD 8900 - Current Research (for Ph.D. in Ed Tech)


PhD, Indiana University

MA, Columbia University Teachers College

BA, Oberlin College

Public Service

COMET-National Center for Atmospheric Research, Board Member - Boulder

Software and Information Industry Association/CODIE Awards, Judge - washington

Awards / Honors

Outstanding Alumnus, Indiana University, 1991

Distinguished Service/ISPI, , 2000

Member for Life/ISPI, , 2002

Fellowship, Indiana University School of Education, 1974

Fellow, International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction (IBSTPI), 2005

Distinguished Service/ISPI, , 2000


Silber, K. H., Foshay, R., Stelnick, M. (2003). Writing training materials that work : how to train anyone to do anything.

Silber, K., Foshay, W. R. (2010). Handbook of Improving Performance in the Workplace, Instructional Design and Training Delivery, Vol. 1.