Dr. Paula MacDowell is a technology researcher, innovator, and inspiring lecturer, currently instructing undergraduate and graduate courses in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. She also works with K-12 teachers on how to best integrate technology in their classrooms to enhance learner engagement, empowerment, inclusion, and ingenuity.

Paula is passionate about empowering underrepresented groups and marginalized individuals to be leaders, innovators, and change makers in technology culture: “All children and youth deserve opportunities to be the coders, inventors, and makers of the technologies that make our world, and thereby take part in changing who controls, owns, and shapes our future” (MacDowell, 2016). As a design and technology specialist, she has presented a range and volume of talks and workshops at academic and industry conferences worldwide. Paula is the author of diverse research publications and proceedings that explore issues involving: computing education, creative coding, design thinking, digital civics, digital literacy, greening making, sustainable maker education, technoethics, technological innovation in developing countries, and the design of innovative learning environments. As the mother of two exuberant, curious, and creative beings, Paula’s life is rich with incredible learning opportunities.


  • Computing Education & Creative Coding
  • Educational Technology & Learning Design
  • Design-Based Research & Digital Research Methods
  • Design of Innovative Learning Environments (on-site & online)
  • Post-Secondary Education

    PhD in Curriculum Studies
    The University of British Columbia, April 2015
    Advisor: Professor Stephen Petrina
    Dissertation: Empowering Girls as Change Makers in Maker Culture:
    Stories From a Summer Camp for Girls in Design, Media & Technology

    MET in Technology Studies Education
    The University of British Columbia, April 2007

    B.Ed in Middle Years & Computer Science Education
    University of Regina, April 1995