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Trey Martindale

Assoc Professor

Instruction Curriculum Leadership

Office Location: 404 Ball Hall

Phone: (901) 678-3451


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Trey Martindale is an Associate Professor in the Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) program with the University of Memphis. He is a research scientist with the University of Memphis Institute for Intelligent Systems (IIS), a collection of  researchers from computer science, cognitive science, engineering, and linguistics who are creating intelligent tutoring and instructional systems of the future.

Dr. Martindale’s research and expertise is in the design and analysis of online learning environments. His work over the past few years has been toward addressing the question: How do the affordances and constraints of the instructional strategies and tools in online learning environments influence what students learn? There are four key components related to this question: 1) instructional content and nature of existing online instructional resources; 2) learner issues (satisfaction, etc.) as influenced by the learning environment; 3) how emerging social and networked tools can augment instructional strategies; and, 4) the use and contribution of informal, open learning resources and learning objects toward a “personal learning environment” (PLE). His research efforts have been funded by entities such as National Science Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Department of Education, the Institute of Education Sciences, IBM, Microsoft Corporation, the State of Tennessee, and the State of Florida.

Dr. Martindale has contributed to the creation of three fully online masters degree programs at three universities, and a fully online doctoral program. He has developed many online courses and has pioneered the effective pedagogical use of social software tools for enabling collaborative learning environments.

Dr. Martindale is a consultant to companies and organizations seeking to improve their employee training and performance. Recent clients include FedEx, Cummins Engine Inc., the Wolf River Conservancy, U.S. Learning, and the University of Mississippi.

He has served on the review board for Educational Technology Research and Development, Quarterly Review of Distance Education, the Journal of Applied Instructional Design, and the British Journal of Educational Technology. He is currently serving a third elected term on the Board of Directors of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology.

He lives with his family in Memphis, Tennessee.

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