Dr. Areej Mawasi

Research Associate, AI Institute, CU Boulder

Researcher of learning sciences, ed-tech, and design-based research methodologies 

Ph.D. in Learning, Literacies, and Technologies, Arizona State University 2021

Email: armw7353 at colorado dot edu 

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As a learning scientist, I study learners engagement and design learning environments with tools like technologies, games, and hands-on artifacts. In my interdisciplinary research, I focus on the intersection of learning sciences, technologies and digital media, design-based methods, and critical STEM (ethics, equity, and societial aspects of engagement with STEM). Most recently I have been studying co-design processes towards equity in Artificial Intelligence Education.

I am a Research Associate in learning sciences,  co-design metholdogy, AI technology literacies, and equity in NSF National AI Institute for Student-AI Teaming at CU Boulder Institute of Cognitive Science. Most recently, I have been working  on participatory and co-design based metholdogies to study and implement justice oriented AI-literacies units with youth and teachers in classrooms and out of school workshops. I am also examining collaborative learning processes during learners-teachers interactions in the co-design and implementation phases. 

I completed my PhD in Learning, Literacies, and Technologies at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University in 2021. At ASU, I worked at Center for Science and the Imagination. During my graduate studies, my work has been supported by Fulbright scholarship, ASU merit-based grants, and two NSF research grants through research assistantships. I also received multiple ASU and MLFTC outstanding awards for my research in learning sciences and educational technology: ASU FWA Distinguished Graduate Student Award (2021), Outstanding Research Award (2019), Dissertation Research Award (2020), Doctoral Research Mini-Grant (2020), and Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Fellowship Award (2019).

I completed my Master's degree in Educational Technology in MLFTC at ASU in 2017 and my bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusaleum in 2014. 

I'm an alumna of several international fellowships in citizen media, technology, justice, and education, including: Soliya Fellowship, Transparency International Activate, Global Entrepreneurship Summer School, and Transitional Justice Fellowship of Minerva Center for Human Rights in Law School at the Hebrew University. Most recently, I have been selected to participate in a research sprint program on digital self-determination hosted by the Digital Asia Hub (DAH) in collaboration with the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University and the Global Network of Internet & Society Centers.

Prior PhD, I worked in informal education, where my work focused on visual communication, digital media, and sustainability. I taught in a gifted education program and an educational farm for teaching about Arab culture, heritage, and relations to land. 

Selected Public Presentations

We Are Data on Ars Electronica

Direct link to speakers contribution

Presented in: Cairotronica Festival of Electronic and New Media Arts & IMPAKT, Centre for Media Culture.

نحو تعزيز النهج التشاركي في عمل المؤسسات

(in Arabic) والمتاحف، مؤسسة القطان

Topic: Participatory research and design for science learning in informal environments. Organized by Science Studio at Qattan Foundation.