Dr. Paula MacDowell is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia working on research and advocacy initiatives to empower children and youth through education in media and technology. Paula is currently instructing undergraduate and graduate courses in Media & Technology Studies, Digital Learning & Curriculum, and Creativity, Learning & Innovation. She creates and researches cutting-edge educational technologies, and works closely with teachers to integrate media and 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 creators, coders, 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, maker education, media studies, technological innovation in developing countries, and the design of technology-enhanced learning environments (e.g., makerspaces, augmented reality, and virtual worlds).