Research

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: 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.


Awards

SSHRC: Agency for Learning in Immersive Virtual Environments [435-2022-0880] Investigator399,0032022-2027
SFU Teaching and Learning Grant (Primary Investigator)5,0002021
Designing for People student showcase – Highest impact award (Supervisor)3002021
Bard on the Beach Volunteer of the Yearn/a2019
SCORE: Strengthening the Core fund for innovation (SFU) (Primary Invesitgator)5,0002019
Niantic Developer Contest75,0002019
Vancouver UX awards Student Division (Co-Supervisor)n/a2018
Mitacs Accelerate Postdoctoral Grant15,0002018
Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology (WWEST) (Co-Investigator)2,5002017
UBC Michael Smith Laboratories (Co-Investigator)2,5002017
Wendy K. Sutton Early Childhood Literacy Award1,5002017
UBC Curriculum and Pedagogy Department Travel Grant Award2502017
UBC Graduate Student Travel Grant Award #65795002016
UBC Faculty of Education Graduate Award #643813,3542014-2016