Matt Bower

Associate Professor

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Matt Bower is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Studies at Macquarie University, who specialises in the innovative use of technology for learning purposes. He is particularly interested in how contemporary technologies such as augmented reality, Web 2.0 tools, virtual worlds, social networking, virtual reality and so on can be most effectively used to support cognitive development and collaborative learning. Matt has over seventy peer reviewed publications in the area of technology-enhanced learning design, teacher education, and computing education. He has led several funded grant projects and participated in many other research initiatives (total funding exceeds $1M). He has delivered numerous keynote and invited speaker presentations on topics such as augmented reality, blended-synchronous learning and learning design.  

Matt is a passionate educator who leads the “ICT and Education”, “Digital Technologies and Creativity” and “Learning Technologies in Practice” subjects at Macquarie University. He has been awarded an Australian Office for Learning and Teaching Citation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning as well as the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence and Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. His teaching strongly emphasises the importance of adopting a research-driven approach in education. He is the lead author of two A1 research books “Blended synchronous learning - A handbook for educators” and “Design of technology-enhanced learning - integrating research and practice” which aim to directly support educators worldwide to infuse research into their teaching.

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Projects 2009 2022

Research Output 2004 2019

primary school teacher

How is the use of technology in education evaluated? A systematic review

Lai, J. W. M. & Bower, M., May 2019, In : Computers and Education. 133, p. 27-42 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

technology assessment

A critical analysis of technology‐enhanced learning design frameworks

Bower, M. & Vlachopoulos, P., Nov 2018, In : British Journal of Educational Technology. 49, 6, p. 981-997 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

research planning

High impact learning and teaching using 3D design and 3D printing in primary school makerspaces

Bower, M., Stevenson, M., Falloon, G., Forbes, A. & Hatzigianni, M., 3 Oct 2018, Australian Council for Computers in Education 2018 Conference Proceedings. Bourne, D. & Cameron, L. (eds.). Gordon, NSW: ICT Educators NSW, p. 75-88 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contributionResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Novice teacher technology-enhanced learning design practices: the case of the silent pedagogy

Nguyen, G. N. H. & Bower, M., Nov 2018, In : British Journal of Educational Technology. 49, 6, p. 1027-1043 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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group discussion

Activities 2016 2016

  • 1 Oral presentation

Preparing for a transparent world - wearable technologies in education

Bianca De Wit (Speaker), Matthew Bower (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation