My research has focused on using novel technologies for education and understanding how people use media and technology to learn and teach. Collaborating with PhD prepared researchers, I have explored teaching and learning practices across all age groups (children, adolescents, middle-school, high-school, and adults). Concurrent to my teaching role at the CDM, I had 3 postdoctoral fellowships. These fellowships focused on innovative technologies for education within virtual spaces. I have continued to work with these researchers. Recently, we conducted a study with BC technology education teachers and the pedagogical shift to remote teaching during the Covid-19 pandemic. Further, I have been awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant as a co-applicant. This study is about creating a serious game in STEM for middle school students to evaluate formative assessment practices.
With a focus on applied research, I continue to explore the role of curriculum and pedagogy across various media and technology educational settings.
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My current research interests include: storytelling; media studies; entertainment; immersive technologies (virtual/augmented/mixed/extended reality); digital learning and curriculum; design studies; design and technology; agile methodolgoies; educational technologies; film studies; research design and method; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM); curriculum studies research; and pedagogical approaches to instruction.
|SSHRC: Agency for Learning in Immersive Virtual Environments [435-2022-0880] Investigator||399,003||2022-2027|
|SFU Teaching and Learning Grant (Primary Investigator)||5,000||2021|
|Designing for People student showcase – Highest impact award (Supervisor)||300||2021|
|Bard on the Beach Volunteer of the Year||n/a||2019|
|SCORE: Strengthening the Core fund for innovation (SFU) (Primary Invesitgator)||5,000||2019|
|Niantic Developer Contest||75,000||2019|
|Vancouver UX awards Student Division (Co-Supervisor)||n/a||2018|
|Mitacs Accelerate Postdoctoral Grant||15,000||2018|
|Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology (WWEST) (Co-Investigator)||2,500||2017|
|UBC Michael Smith Laboratories (Co-Investigator)||2,500||2017|
|Wendy K. Sutton Early Childhood Literacy Award||1,500||2017|
|UBC Curriculum and Pedagogy Department Travel Grant Award||250||2017|
|UBC Graduate Student Travel Grant Award #6579||500||2016|
|UBC Faculty of Education Graduate Award #6438||13,354||2014-2016|