Robert Caples

Visiting Assistant Professor

Robert Caples

Contact Info

Hawkins Hall, Room 107P


Ph.D., University of Maryland at
College Park, 2006

M.S., McDaniel College, 1989

B.A., Salisbury University, 1982

Areas of Expertise

Online Learning, teacher preparation, technology integration, PreK-12 administration and supervision, educational technology research


Dr. Robert Caples is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Educational Technology and Literacy Department who teaches a variety of both undergraduate and graduate courses in technology integration, leadership, and research. Currently, he teaches Towson Seminar Current Issues in Education Living and Learning in a Digital Society, ISTC 301-- Integrating Instructional Technology, and ISTC 721--Theory and Practice for Integrating Digital Resources into Learning and Teaching. He also teaches EDUC 702--Educational Leadership and Technology, ISTC 761--Research in Education, and ISTC 685 Research in Instructional Technology. He is also a recipient of the 2014-2015 Gloria A Neubert Excellence in Teaching Award.

Over the last decade, Dr. Caples has designed and taught many online and face-to-face courses and has taught a variety of technology-related courses for a wide range of both undergraduate and graduate students. He also brings with him 30 years of PreK-12 experience from Carroll County Public Schools where he served as a middle and high school teacher, high school administrator, and district administrator in research and accountability and educational technology. He has provided professional development to both teachers and administrators on technology integration methods, teaching strategies, and data analysis and its relationship to student achievement. He has presented at several MSET and ISTE national conferences on technology in classroom and improving student achievement.

Prior to coming to Towson University, Dr. Caples was the Senior Program Coordinator for Distance Education and an Assistant Professor/Clinical for the Center for Technology in Education at Johns Hopkins University where he managed and advised several online graduate certificate programs. He also has taught at McDaniel College and been a guest lecturer at Morgan State University.

Dr. Caples hold a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in Human Development Education and concentrated in educational technology and his dissertation “The Role of Social Presence in Online Learning Communities” focused on the integral relationship of social presence and its impact on creating and sustaining successful online learning communities.

He is married to his wife Michille and they live in rural Carroll County and have two children - a daughter who recently graduated from Bridgewater College (VA) and a son who is a sophomore in high school.