Techno-Resiliency™ founder and published author (Springer), Dr. Rob Graham empowers business and educational leaders to thrive as technology-enhanced workplaces. As a former Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education of Nipissing University and Information Technology & Special Education teacher in the public school system, Dr. Graham brings the highest level of experience to his innovative work in Techno-Resiliency™. He holds a Ph.D. in e-Research & Technology Enhanced Learning from the world-ranked Lancaster University in the U.K. and has developed an award-winning, research-based theoretical lens. His approach to educating and supporting organizations and academic communities is steeped in practical, lived experience and spun into an impassioned, energetic delivery. As one witnesses his actions to enable organizational and community capacity for those with a personal and professional mandate to be great, it becomes clear why Dr. Rob is the “Techno-Resiliency™ Titan.”
- Ph.D., e-Research & Technology Enhanced Learning, Lancaster University, England
- M.Ed., B.Ed., Nipissing University
- Author, Techno-Resiliency in Education (Springer, 2016)
- The International Journal of E-Learning and Distance Education
- Canadian Journal of Action Research
- Journal of Distance Education
- Alberta Journal of Educational Research
- American Journal of Contemporary Research
Government Recognized Community & Board Member
A few of the committees, boards and awards that I’ve been granted the opportunity to receive or be a part of include:
- Member of the Canadian Military Family Resource Centre Board of Directors
- Recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence Committee Member
- Member of the Ministry of Education Faculties of Education Virtual Learning Pilot Advisory Committee
- Canadian Association Teacher Education (CATE) award for research
- 2015 Nipissing University Distinguished Alumni Award Winner
More than 20 years ago, I began working with technology in education as a special education teacher in a publicly-funded grade school in Ontario, Canada. Personal computers were just emerging and making use of the existing technology required a tremendous amount of creativity, vision and resourcefulness. Available technologies were not cost-effective, there was little education that informed its use, and technical support was all but non-existent. Essentially, we had to act as our own IT department.
When I accepted the role as the school’s IT teacher and site manager, the impending threat of implementing a digital platform was causing a tremendous amount of trepidation in educators who lacked familiarity and confidence using a digital interface. I willingly accepted the momentous challenge with one provision: that I be allowed to develop one of the first PC-based networked computer labs in our school system.
The administrator’s response was, “Make IT happen” and I did. Today these three words have great significance in my training, teaching, speaking, writing and research; and that singular experience provided me with the key rationale for my book, work and research that led to the development of the concept of Techno-Resiliency™.
Driven by a Desire to Inspire
Often, I begin my teaching sessions with a simple question: “Do you desire to inspire”? I’ve always challenged the students and adults I taught to “desire to inspire” and much of my published writing has been based around “cultivating a desire to inspire.”
Through my research and work, it has become clear that inspiration is a precursor to innovation. If our people are not inspired to learn and to work, nothing else matters and no real growth or change can happen.
The need to find inspiration (the desire to be inspired) and our ability to offer it to others (the desire to inspire) will be a vital source of innovation for all of us, and particularly in these challenging pandemic and post-pandemic times.
Fuelled by Passion
Ask anyone who knows me or who has experienced my talks or teaching, and they will describe me as extremely passionate, energetic and positive. I don’t walk onto the stage, I run!
Technology, inspiration, resiliency and psychological responsiveness get me jazzed. I’m a rock star at heart and I bring that powerful, rattle-the-room energy into my inspirational, research-based talks and work.
In this new era of a booming e-learning industry and pandemics thrusting us into being technology-enhanced workplaces, the information and support is literally at our fingertips, when we know where to find it and how to use it effectively. That’s what I live for helping to reveal to others.
Let me help you and your organization become Techno-Resilient!
Resiliency & Efficiency in a
New Corporate Landscape
Thriving in a technology-enhanced environment is dependent on finding inspiration and our ability to offer it to others.
If you’re looking to move your audience into action with a Mandate to be Great and want to Get Techno…Resilient, let’s talk!
Solutions for the Workplace
Thrust into Technology
Being thrust into operating a technology-driven workplace can expose inequities like lack of training, know-how and resources.
When don’t have the time and energy to support all that is required to thrive, we act as your Private CTRO (Chief Techno-Resiliency Officer) to guide you.