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 2011 2022

Research Outputs 2004 2019

By design: professional learning ecologies to develop primary school teachers’ makerspaces pedagogical capabilities

Stevenson, M., Bower, M., Falloon, G., Forbes, G. & Hatzigianni, M., May 2019, In : British Journal of Educational Technology. 50, 3, p. 1260-1274 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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

Literature review: formative assessment evidence and practice

Lane, R., Parrila, R., Bower, M., Bull, R., Cavanagh, M., Forbes, G., Jones, T., Pellicano, E., Powell, S. & Ryan, M., 27 Sep 2019, (Submitted) Melbourne: Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). 230 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportResearchpeer-review


Novice online educator conceptual frameworks: a mental model exploration of mindful learning design

Stewart, C. & Bower, M., 2019, In : Educational Media International. 56, 1, p. 14-43 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Conceptual design

Technology-mediated learning theory

Bower, M., May 2019, In : British Journal of Educational Technology. 50, 3, p. 1035-1048 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

learning theory


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