Dr. Janette Hughes (Canada Research Chair, Technology & Pedagogy and Professor)

I am a Professor in Digital Literacies at the University of Ontario Institute ofjanette-small-198x300 Technology where I teach and conduct research in the Faculty of Education. My research and teaching interests include: critical digital literacies, digital making, adolescent literacies and identity, writing and digital media, new literacies and conceptualizations of learning, and digital citizenship. Digital literacies encompass all conceptions of engaging in meaning-making, mediated by texts that are read, received, interpreted, produced and distributed through digital means. I am particularly interested in how digital media enable users to teach, learn, connect, collaborate, communicate, critique, create and promote social change.

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Dr. Jennifer Laffier (Senior Lecturer)Profile picture_JLaffier

Jennifer is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Education at UOIT. She teaches and researches in the areas of child and adolescent mental health, technologies impact on human development, at-risk youth, students with special needs, safe schools and theories of motivation and learning. She has practiced in the field of mental health for 23 years as a therapist and consultant. She is passionate about the promotion of social justice, kindness and global citizenship.

Laura Morrison (Sessional Instructor & Lab Manager)

Laura Morrison is a sessional instructor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, the same school where she completed her Masters of Arts degree. For this degree, Morrison’s focus was on the impact of digital literacies in education — specifically the impact social media platforms can have on the language learning process for new-Canadian English Language Learners. She currently teaches Digital Literacies and Language Arts/English in the Digital Age to intermediate/senior teacher candidates. Her favourite ways to communicate are through poetry, narrative and image.

Lauren Fridman (Graduate Student & Research Assistant)

Lauren Fridman completed her Bachelor’s of Arts and Sciences degree at the University Laurenof Guelph in 2014, where she studied Criminal Justice and Public Policy and Psychology: Brain and Cognition. Lauren earned her Bachelor of Education from UOIT in 2015 and is currently pursuing her Masters of Arts in Education in Digital Technologies under the supervision of Dr. Janette Hughes. She is a research assistant for the STEAM 3D Maker Lab at the Faculty of Education while also working on her own research. Her research interests include digital technologies, infographics, makerspaces, multiliteracies, literacy education, communicate, struggling readers, and at-risk youth.

Melanie Maas (Graduate Student & Research Assistant)


Melanie is currently completing her Masters of Education in Digital Technology at UOIT in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. Melanie has spent the last 18 years of her career in the technology industry and has expertise in business strategy, marketing, training and sales.  She is now looking forward to merging her technology background with her knowledge of education to make an impact on how technology is used in learning settings.  Melanie is interested in a multitude of technologies but is especially excited right now in augmented and virtual reality related technologies.  She is additionally passionate about how technology can level the playing field for learners with exceptionalities and learning disabilities.

Adrian Hogendoorn (Graduate Student & Research Assistant)


Adrian graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Environmental Sciences. He then spent a year overseas, working on organic farms in France, Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. When he returned to Canada, Adrian began work on his Bachelor of Education at UOIT. He has been a full-time teacher for the past 5 years with the Durham District School Board, where he teaches French as a Second language, Science & Technology, and History & Geography in a coverage position.

Currently on-leave to pursue his Masters of Education Technology at UOIT, Adrian happily agreed to join Dr. Hughes’ STEAM project called “Science 3D: Discovery, Design & Development through Makerspaces”. Apart from this, Adrian’s research interests include Outdoor and Environmental Education, collaborative learning using online technologies, and Digital Literacies.


Laura Dobos (Research Assistant)

IMG_3430Laura graduated from The University of Guelph in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science, with a major in Biological Sciences and a minor in Nutrition and Nutraceuticals. She recently completed her final semester of the two year Bachelor of Education program at UOIT. She was in the Intermediate/Senior stream and loves human biology. She takes an interest in the application of technology within human health fields and how to adapt that knowledge to apply it in the classroom to create rich learning experiences.


Maya Staresinic (Research Assistant)IMG_3440

Maya graduated from the University of Guelph in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts, where she majored in History and minored in English. She has recently graduated from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s two-year Bachelor of Education program. Maya was in the Intermediate/Senior stream, which qualified her to teach grades 7-12.  She is currently working under the supervision of Dr. Janette Hughes as a research assistant in the STEAM 3D Maker Lab at the Faculty of Education. She strives to incorporate technology in the classroom in ways which allow students to explore different learning paths that are relevant to their individual needs.

Jennifer Robb (Graduate Student & Research Assistant)