Dr. Paula MacDowell is a design and technology specialist working on research and advocacy initiatives to empower children and youth through education and technology. I am currently instructing graduate-level courses in the Master’s program in Educational Technology and Learning Design, as well as undergraduate and pre-service teacher courses in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University.

I research and design educational media, and work closely with teachers to integrate technology in their classrooms to enhance learner engagement, empowerment, inclusion, and ingenuity. I am dedicated to empowering underrepresented groups and marginalized individuals in technology culture: “All children and youth deserve opportunities to be the creators, coders, makers, and inventors of the media and technologies that make our world, and thereby take part in changing who controls, owns, and shapes our future” (MacDowell, 2016).

In addition to presenting a range of talks and workshops at academic and industry conferences worldwide, I am the author of diverse research publications and proceedings that explore issues I care deeply about, including: computing education, design education, media arts, media design, youth activism, technological innovation in developing countries, and the design of technology-enhanced learning environments (e.g., makerspaces, augmented reality, and virtual worlds).

Paula MacDowell

>> Media Arts, Media Design
>> Learning Sciences and Technologies
>> Design-Based Research, Design-Based Learning
>> Design of Technology-Enhanced Learning Environments

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