Mirela Gutica

Mirela Gutica obtained in 2008 an MA in Curriculum Studies and Technology Studies at the University of British Columbia. In May 2014, she completed a PhD in Curriculum Studies, again with a specialization in Technology Studies. In her PhD thesis, Mirela Gutica studied how emotion influences learning in the context of tutoring systems. She designed an educational game, Heroes of Math Island, for students in grades five to seven, and analyzed the learners’ emotional states as they interacted with it. Her findings will benefit researchers and designers in the field of advanced learning technologies.
Mirela Gutica was very fortunate to have Dr. Stephen Petrina as supervisor of her thesis work, advisor and mentor. She received tremendous help, advice and guidance from Dr. Petrina, and from Dr. Cristina Conati and Dr. Don Krug who were committee members for her thesis.
Mirela Gutica is currently an Instructor in the School of Computing and Academic Studies, at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) where she teaches courses in programming methodologies, discrete mathematics, computer architecture, operating systems, human-computer interaction, and research methodologies. Mirela Gutica is interested in enhancing students’ learning experiences and creating a learning community. She was the recipient of the BCIT Institute Research Funds Awards (2012-2013) for the project Research Platform for Adaptation to Affective States in the Context of Intelligent Tutoring Systems.
For her MA and PhD degrees she was a member of Dr. Stephen Petrina’s How We Learn Media and Technology (Across the Lifespan) project (http://blogs.ubc.ca/howwelearn/ ) at University of British Columbia where she collaborated with a team of talented graduate students.
Research interests: learning and instructional theories, digital learning and curriculum design, advanced learning technologies, human-computer interaction, and intelligent agents that adapt to the learners’ needs in the context of educational games.

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