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Howard, Sarah Katherine. A/Prof

Associate Professor, Digital Technologies in Education

  • Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
  • School of Education
  • Early Start Research
  • Lead, Smarter Schools & Digital Technologies - SMART Infrastructure Facility 2019 -

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • My research focuses on the use of new technologies and data science to explore classroom practice and teacher change, specifically related to technology adoption and integration in learning. I have a particular research focuses on cultural and individual factors of teachers’ digital technology use, change process and learning design related to subject areas, school culture and underlying principles of teaching and learning. Current major projects include a national study of app use in primary schools, automating long-term low-disturbance classroom observation, and creating data and video mining methods to study the integration of digital and physical spaces in blended learning.

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • The<strong> Smarter Schools for a Smarter Planet </strong>project aims at enabling regional high school students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics gain skills in the construction and use of smart technologies and the Internet-of-Things to monitor water issues relevant to their school environment. The project is working with ten high schools throughout the Illawarra.<br /><br />It is a component of the Smart Waterways project which is a collaboration between Wollongong City Council, Shellharbour City Council, Kiama Municipal Council, Shoalhaven City Council, Lendlease Calderwood Valley Communities and UOW's SMART Infrastructure Facility.

Available as Research Supervisor

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Master of Philosophy Sociology and Open Education Resources: Designing, Developing, and Implementing an Introductory Sociology OpenCourseWare Bell, Kenton
    Doctor of Philosophy Investigating the Design and Implementation of Educational Multi User Virtual Environments in Second Life applied to Information Sciences Loh, Vin Cent
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Understanding Blended Learning: Investigating a Sustainable Framework for Blended Learning from the Perspective of a Small Island Nation Ali, Ramiz
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Investigating Online Social Interactions in Blended Learning Environments: A Case Study of a Saudi Arabian University Alaraj, Saleh
    Doctor of Education Unpacking AI: A Study of Teachers’ Conceptions of Artificial Intelligence in the Classroom Peloche, Juliana
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) The Impact of Technology on Gifted Students in Saudi Arabia. Alqahtani, Nafal Saif S
    Doctor of Philosophy Optimal Grouping and Intelligent Tutoring in Innovative Learning Environments: Classification based on the Learners' Competencies, Preferences, and Tasks Garshasbi, Soheila

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • My research focuses on the use of new technologies and data science to explore classroom practice and teacher change, specifically related to technology adoption and integration in learning. I have a particular research focuses on cultural and individual factors of teachers’ digital technology use, change process and learning design related to subject areas, school culture and underlying principles of teaching and learning. Current major projects include a national study of app use in primary schools, automating long-term low-disturbance classroom observation, and creating data and video mining methods to study the integration of digital and physical spaces in blended learning.

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • The<strong> Smarter Schools for a Smarter Planet </strong>project aims at enabling regional high school students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics gain skills in the construction and use of smart technologies and the Internet-of-Things to monitor water issues relevant to their school environment. The project is working with ten high schools throughout the Illawarra.<br /><br />It is a component of the Smart Waterways project which is a collaboration between Wollongong City Council, Shellharbour City Council, Kiama Municipal Council, Shoalhaven City Council, Lendlease Calderwood Valley Communities and UOW's SMART Infrastructure Facility.

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Master of Philosophy Sociology and Open Education Resources: Designing, Developing, and Implementing an Introductory Sociology OpenCourseWare Bell, Kenton
    Doctor of Philosophy Investigating the Design and Implementation of Educational Multi User Virtual Environments in Second Life applied to Information Sciences Loh, Vin Cent
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Understanding Blended Learning: Investigating a Sustainable Framework for Blended Learning from the Perspective of a Small Island Nation Ali, Ramiz
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Investigating Online Social Interactions in Blended Learning Environments: A Case Study of a Saudi Arabian University Alaraj, Saleh
    Doctor of Education Unpacking AI: A Study of Teachers’ Conceptions of Artificial Intelligence in the Classroom Peloche, Juliana
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) The Impact of Technology on Gifted Students in Saudi Arabia. Alqahtani, Nafal Saif S
    Doctor of Philosophy Optimal Grouping and Intelligent Tutoring in Innovative Learning Environments: Classification based on the Learners' Competencies, Preferences, and Tasks Garshasbi, Soheila
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