Dr. Trey Martindale is a university professor in instructional design and a research scientist with the Institute for Intelligent Systems, a collection of  researchers from computer science, cognitive science, engineering, and linguistics who are creating intelligent tutoring and instructional systems of the future. He is also a Fellow with the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning where he advises on creating and supporting effective pedagogy in online and blended learning environments.


Dr. Martindale is an active consultant in e-learning and instructional design to companies and organizations seeking to improve their employee training and performance. He specializes in creating web-based (e-learning) environments for training and development. Recent clients include FedEx, the Southern College of Optometry, Cummins Engine Inc., the Wolf River Conservancy, U.S. Learning, the University of Mississippi, the U.S. Veterans Administration, and the University of Tennessee.

Research Publications and Funded Projects

Dr. Martindale’s research and expertise is in the design and analysis of online learning environments. View his publications and funded projects here. His work has been toward addressing faculty and student issues in online learning, including the following four components:

  1. instructional content and nature of existing online resources
  2. learner issues (satisfaction, etc.) as influenced by the learning environment
  3. how emerging social and networked tools can augment instructional strategies
  4. open educational resources, formal learning, and informal learning in personal learning environments

His research efforts have been funded by entities such as the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 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 and taught dozens of online courses and has pioneered the effective pedagogical use of social software tools for enabling collaborative learning environments.


Dr. Martindale has served on the review board for scholarly journals including Educational Technology Research and Development, the Quarterly Review of Distance Education, the Journal of Applied Instructional Design, and the British Journal of Educational Technology. He has served three elected terms on the Board of Directors of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT).

He lives with his family in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.