North Fremantle, Western Australia
“The path to learning must be joyful.”
— An educator in Western Australia who taught until he was 104 years old
Dr. Robert Woodruff teaches in both a physical and an online classroom for the Department of Education and Training. He is a recognized leader and mentor in the use of technology in teaching and learning. He is also well known for his expertise in videoconference and blended education delivery at all levels, including higher education.
Woodruff has worked in educational leadership roles in numerous countries including Papua New Guinea, the United States, Australia, Kenya, Switzerland, and Germany. Subsequently, he served as World Mission Education Coordinator for the Nazarene Church for 14 years. In this position, he developed videoconference methodologies for worldwide delivery of educational programs.
Woodruff received his bachelor's degree in advanced mathematics teaching from George Fox College (now University). He later pursued a master of divinity degree (Christian education and cross-cultural studies) from Western Evangelical Seminary. He earned a doctorate in leadership development from the Western Evangelical Seminary and a Ph.D. in educational program development and evaluation from Griffith University in Brisbane.
His research and writing in the use of technology in blended delivery has expanded the availability of quality education at the university level in the developing world. He also served as founding deputy vice chancellor (academic dean) and later chancellor of the Africa Nazarene University in Ongata Rongai, Kenya.
In each of his roles, he has mentored, developed, and expanded people’s capacity to deliver quality teaching with minimal expense.