Faculty Profile - Michael Catchpole

Michael Catchpole

Michael Catchpole


Humanities & Social Sciences

PhD, Psychology (UBC, 1977)

Subjects: Psychology
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8713 | Location CEN - 207

Dr. Michael Catchpole earned a PhD in psychology from the University of British Columbia in 1977 and has been a full time member of the Department of Psychology at North Island College since 1978.

Dr. Catchpole first began disseminating psychological knowledge via television in 1980 when he piloted the British Columbia Institute of Technology Anik-B satellite project delivering live Introductory and Child Psychology televised courses into several communities around British Columbia and the Yukon. From 1982-1992 he produced and taught live televised psychology courses to students and the public across Western Canada via the Knowledge Network television service.

Starting in 1992 Dr. Catchpole began piloting the use of videoconferencing in educational delivery and continues to offer psychology courses via this medium. Dr. Catchpole also teaches online disability management courses for Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences. He has delivered over 100 workshops on psychology-related topics for various school, parent and police groups both nationally and internationally. Dr. Catchpole worked in part-time private practice as a Registered Psychologist for 25 years seeing adult patients with a variety of psychological disorders.

Along with his work at NIC, Catchpole has also been an international educational television consultant for Coastline College in California and for AnxietyCanada.ca. He has also authored or co-authored 16 academic papers, led workshops for numerous organizations and been recognized by the BC Psychology Association, the BC Innovators in Educational Technology Group and the Washington, DC-based Instructional Technology Council.

He is also the author of Anxiety: DeBug it, Don't Drug It

Click on the links below for more information about his many achievements.

PhD, Psychology (UBC, 1977)

MA, Psychology (UBC); BA, Psychology (UBC)

PSY-130 Introductory Psychology I

PSY-131 Introductory Psychology II

PSY-204 Research Methods in Psychology

PSY-235 Abnormal Psychology

PSY-250 Human Development From Conception Through Childhood

PSY-251 Human Development From Adolescence Through Adulthood

Yuille, J. C. and Catchpole, M.J. (1978) Imagery and associative learning.  In Cognitive Psychology and Instruction.  Lesgold, Ellegrino and Glaser, Eds. Plenum.

Yuille, J. C. and Catchpole, M.J. Imagery and Children’s Associative Learning.  NATO conference on cognition and instruction, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Catchpole, M.J. (1977) Mnemonic effects in children’s associative learning: A theoretical and experimental analysis. Ph.D. Dissertation.  Univeristy of British Columbia.

Yuille, J.C. and Catchpole, M.J. (1977) The role of imagery in models of cognition.  Journal of Mental Imagery, 1, 1.

Yuille J. C. and Catchpole M.J.(1976) The effects of delay and imagery training on the recall and recognition of object pairs. JECP, 17,3,474-481

Catchpole, M.J. (1974) The role of imagery in children’s linked noun pair learning.  Masters of Arts thesis.  University of British Columbia.. 

Yuille, J.C. and Catchpole, M.J. (1973) Associative learning and imagery training in children.  Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 16, 403-412.

Dean, A.F., Caladine, R., & Catchpole, M.J. (1997).  Towards a Global Theory of Distance Education.  Proceedings of the ICDE, Penn. State University

Catchpole, M.J. (1993) Interactive Media:  The Bridge Between Distance and Classroom Education. Distance Education Futures, 37-56, Ed. T. Nunan. University of South Australia, Adelaide

Catchpole, M.J. (1992) Classroom, Open and Distance Teaching: A Faculty View, American Journal of Distance Education, 6(3), 34-44.

Catchpole, M.J. (1991) Distance Education Students:  We Never Promised You Rose Gardens.  D.E.S.C., News, 2 (1).

Catchpole, M.J. (1988) Student response to a distance education course incorporating live, interactive television.  In Developing Distance Education, Eds. D. Stewart and J.S. Daniels.  Oslo:  International Council for Distance Education.

O’Neill, M and Catchpole, M.(1987)  A Thematic Analysis of Student Responses to Distance Education Courses With and Without a Live, Phone-In Television Component. Position Paper for the Open Learning Agency of BC.

Persons, H. & Catchpole, M.J. (1987) The addition of Audio-Teleconferencing to Interactive Telecourses:  An Experimental Analysis of Drop-Out Rates.  Distance Education, 8(2), 251-258

Catchpole, M.J. (1986)  A guide to producing and hosing a live-interactive telecourse.  Distance Education, 7(1), 129-142.

Catchpole, M.J. and MacGregor, A.  (1984) British Columbia’s Knowledge Network:  Macro and Micro perspective on the use of television in educational delivery.  Teleconferencing and Electronic Communications III.  University of Wisconsin.

  • In 1988 the British Columbia Psychological Association awarded Dr. Catchpole the Donald Sampson Master Teacher award for his pioneering work in educational television and public education in the field of psychology. 

  • In 2004 Dr. Catchpole won the Adjudicators’ Award from the British Columbia Innovations in Educational Technology Group for long term career achievement in the application of educational technology in educational delivery. 

  • In February of 2011 Dr. Catchpole was awarded the Parke O. Davidson Award from the BC Psychological Association for Significant and Substantive Contributions to the Practice and Profession of Psychology. 

  • In 2014 the Washington DC-based Instructional Technology Council, an affiliated council of the American Association of Community Colleges, awarded Dr. Catchpole its Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his lifetime contribution and innovation in the field of distance education.

  • Dr. Catchpole served for 13 years as an International Board Member to the Washington, DC-based Instructional Technology Council including two years as Chair. He is well known for chairing the ITC’s annual E-Learning conference keynote session, The Grand Debate.

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