Research & Design
I received my PhD in Education (Curriculum Studies & Teacher Development) from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto, specializing in Knowledge Media Design. My thesis, “Designing EvoRoom: An immersive simulation environment for collective inquiry in secondary science,” looks at the learning and design affordances of a mixed reality environment and collective inquiry curricula for students learning Grade 11 biodiversity and evolution topics.
I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology, University of Toronto Mississauga. My research lies at the intersection of the Learning Sciences and Human Computer Interaction, where I am currently investigating design factors for scientific understanding in virtual reality. I augment traditional methods for studying learning with eye-tracking and biosensing techniques—to further examine the connections between sensorimotor activity, embodied interactions, and cognition.
I am currently teaching undergraduate students Interactive Media Design in the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM). I have taught courses on Immersive Environments Design, Human-Computer Interaction, Edutainment: Immersive Learning, Research Methods at UTM, as well as introductory programming at OCAD University’s Office of Continuing Studies.
I have a multidisciplinary background in science, health communications, education and interactive media. I completed my undergraduate studies in Pharmacology and earned a Master of Science in Biomedical Communications – an interdisciplinary program bridging art, design, science, medicine and communication – both from the University of Toronto. Thereafter, I worked at INVIVO Communications, an interactive agency that creates award-winning digital healthcare products, producing scientific animations, e-learning materials, medical games and mobile applications.