Larry Katz


Faculty of Kinesiology

Research and teaching

Multi-Media Application in Learning

  • Sport Technology
  • Performance Analysis
  • Virtual Environments
  • Virtual Rehabilitation
  • Multi-Media Design & Development
  • Collaborative Online Learning
  • Wireless Technology
  • Health Education

Research interests

As an educational psychologist, Dr. Larry Katz, PhD, is interested in how people learn and how we can use innovation and technology to improve human performance. He is also the director of the Sport Technology Research Lab (STRL). The mission of STRL is to improve human performance and learning through research and development of technology-based learning models and resources, and to provide a research and learning environment which enables such development.

The objectives of STRL are to:

(1) investigate the impact of technology on performance and learning;

(2) develop technology-based resources which enhance performance and learning;

(3) liaise and collaborate with organizations and individuals both on and off campus to promote human performance and learning technology;

(4) encourage and coordinate the integration of technology into Faculty of Kinesiology programs;

(5) work with industry in developing and disseminating technology-based research and resources developed by the STRL; and

(6) ensure we graduate students who complete our program receive the “Innovative Pedagogy and Sport Performance” designation.

A number of the products developed by his research groups are being distributed across North America through the auspices of Savvy Knowledge Systems Corporation and include publishers and distributors such as Human Kinetics and National Professional Resources in the United States.

The Sport Technology Research Laboratory has hosted National and International Conferences, Symposia and workshops on Multimedia Technology, Wireless Technology, Sport Technology, Visualization, and Virtual Reality.



Dr. Katz has served as Secretary General, for the International Association of Computer Science in Sport (IACSS), Chair of the IACSS 2007 International Symposium, and is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Computer Science in Sport. In addition, he was a participant in Canada's G7 Information Technology Showcases in Brussels, Halifax and Johannesburg. He has also consulted with the Canadian Space Agency on their multimedia training, and consulted for the International Telecommunications Union of the United Nations and the Canadian International Development Agency providing multimedia technology in-services in developing countries.


Research Objectives

Investigate the impact of technology on performance and learning.



Multimedia design and development, Virtual Reality Applications, Multimedia Databases, Distance Learning, Collaborative Learning, Performance Analysis, Exergaming, and Innovation and Technology Adoption.


Current Work from the Sport Technology Research Laboratory (STRL)

The National Performance Database; Performance Analysis Curriculum Guide; Video Performance Online Report Card; FIT Breaks in the Elementary School Classroom; Exergaming and Physical Literacy; the Complete Multimedia Guide to Working Out in the Gym DVD; Reaction time of goaltenders in 2D and 3D Virtual Environments; Augmented Reality with Karate students; Collaborative Electronic Learning; Web-based Multimedia Databases; Issues in Adoption of Innovation; Practical Technology in the Classroom; and KID TV.


Desired Outcome

Wide dissemination and adoption of innovation and technology in sport and physical education environments.
The expansion of the Sport Technology Research Laboratory’s ability to develop and research technology resources that enhance performance and learning.
Expanded international collaboration on sport technology related research and development.


Katz develops and teaches courses in computer applications in kinesiology and educational technology; has edited and published numerous papers, chapters and proceedings on educational technology, performance analysis and multimedia applications in kinesiology; hosted and chaired numerous national and international conferences and symposia; and developed over 40 multimedia programs and websites in Kinesiology and Education.


2018 - Full-time Academic Staff Teaching Award