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Bill Muirhead

Associate Professor

Faculty of Education

Contact information

Education Building Downtown Oshawa
11 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON



Dr. Muirhead was the founding Associate Provost, Academic at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. As a founding academic administrator of the university, he was responsible for developing Canada’s largest Technology Enriched Learning Environment, the Teaching and Learning Center, the Academic Success Center, the Health Education Technology Research Unit, the University Information and Technology Services and is currently a founding researcher of the EILAB in the UOIT Faculty of Education. Dr. Muirhead has overseen the development of university policies and governance structures pertaining to all aspects of the undergraduate curriculum and quality assurance. Prior to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, he was the founding Executive Director of the Alberta Online Consortium (AOC) and served as a senior advisor to the department of Alberta Learning in areas of e-learning, professional development, and all aspects of policy involving online learning, online schooling and emerging information and communications technologies (ICT) in public and post-secondary education sectors in Canada and Australia.  Dr. Muirhead’s research interests included professional practices in online education; design of hybrid learning environments; policy support for developing and implementing learning object repositories; and the development and management of technological infrastructures in postsecondary institutions. An internationally recognized speaker, he has been the recipient of numerous awards for leadership and innovation in e-learning.

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Courses Taught

Bachelor of Arts (ESTD)

  • Foundations of Adult Learning - AEDT 1110U 

Master of Education

  • Foundations of Leadership - EDUC5 201G 
  • Technology Diffusion in Education - EDUC 5105G
  • Critical and Reflective Practice - EDUC 5004G 
  • Online Technology in Education - EDUC 5102G
  • Leadership and Technology EDUC 5205

Research and expertise

  • Digital privacy in education
  • Faculty development in k-12 and postsecondary settings
  • Higher education leadership
  • Educational policy studies
  • Government policy analysis
  • Information and communication technologies in k-12 and postsecondary settings
  • Strategic development and planning in postsecondary settings
  • Mobile technologies for learning
  • Qualitative research studies and approaches
  • Simulation research in areas of health promotion and education
  • Robertson, L., Muirhead, W. It is not just about the technology: School leadership during a pandemic. Canadian Association of Principals Journal, May 2021 (
  • Muirhead, B. & Robertson, L. (2020). Plenary Keynote Address: Pivoting from learning technology for some to learning technology for many during the pandemic. The 14th Annual Multi-conference on Society, Cybernetics and Informatics (IMSCI). September 13-16, 2020. (Virtual conference).
  • Robertson, L. & Muirhead, B. (2020). Digital privacy in the mainstream of education. The Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics (18) 7 118-125. ISSN: 1690-4524.$/sci/pdfs/IP099LL20.pdf
  • Anyinam, C., Da Silva, C., Coffey, S., Smith, F., Arnold, C., Muirhead, B., Vogel, E., & Vanderlee, R. (2020). College-university transfer experiences of students with disabilities: A survey study. International Journal of Studies in Nursing, 5(3).
  • Robertson, L. P., Leatham, H., Robertson, J., & Muirhead, B. (2019). Digital privacy across borders: Canadian and American perspectives. In Emerging Trends in Cyber Ethics and Education (pp. 234-258). IGI Global.
  • Canadian and American perspectives. In Management Association, I. (Ed). (2020). Developing Safer Online Environments for Children: Tools and Policies for Combatting Cyber Aggression (pp.266-289). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. 
  • Robertson, L., Barber, W., and Muirhead, W. (2018) Online learning as the catalyst for more deliberate pedagogies: A Canadian university experience. In Active Learning strategies in Higher education: Teaching for Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity. (Eds) A. Misseyanni, P. Papadopoulou, C. Marouli, and M. Lytras. Emerald Group Publishing Limited: Bingley, U.K.
  • Anderson, K., Muirhead, W. (2011). Blending Storytelling with Technology in the Professional Development of Police Officers. In Harrison, H. and Shuyan, S., Cases on Formal, Non-Formal, and Informal Online Learning: Opportunities and Practices. Hershey, PA: ICI Global
  • Vogel, E. & Muirhead, W. (2006). Teaching and Learning in a Laptop Nursing Program: Institutional and Pedagogical Issues. In Bullen, M. & Janes, D. (Eds.) Making the Transition to E-Learning: Strategies and Issue. Hershey, PA: IDEA Group Publishing.
  • Haughey, M. & Muirhead, W. (2003). Managing Virtual Schools: The Canadian Experience. In Cavanaugh, C., (Ed.) Development and Management of Virtual Schools: Issues and Trends. Hershey, PA: IDEA Group Publishing.
  • Haughey, M. Murphy, E. & Muirhead, W.  (2008). Open Schooling. In Evans, T., Haughey, M., & Murphy, D. (Eds), The International Handbook of Distance Education. Elsevier