Camillia Matuk is Assistant Professor of Educational Communication and Technology, and director of RIDDLE Lab. She has a PhD in the Learning Sciences from Northwestern University, an MSc in Biomedical Communications from the University of Toronto, an OCGC in 3D Computer Animation from Sheridan College, and a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Windsor.
Camillia conducts design-based research on learning environments that support scientific thinking, design thinking, and collaborative learning and instruction. Her work has involved the design and implementation of online tools that help middle and high school students document, share, and make sense of ideas during science inquiry. She also designs teacher professional development, and researches how technology-enhanced materials can support teachers in customizing instruction. Her current projects explore the roles of narrative, collaboration, and interdisciplinary perspectives in promoting STEM dispositions within playful co-design contexts, such as after school and professional development programs.
Her prior work used clinical interview methods to investigate how people make sense of visual narratives of science, including comics, cartoons, and representations of the evolutionary tree of life. The latter is documented in Narrative spaces in the representation and understanding of evolution, a chapter in the book Evolution Challenges: Integrating Research and Practice in Teaching and Learning about Evolution, published in 2011 by Oxford University Press. Her work has been presented at the International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS), the International Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Educational Research (AERA), and at other conferences in psychology, visualization, games, and the cognitive sciences.
From 2008-2010, Camillia held an SSHRC doctoral fellowship and a Cognitive Science Graduate Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Research Projects. She was a DR-K12 CADRE Fellow from 2010-2011. In 2013, an image annotation tool she designed to support students’ observations of scientific representations won the Outstanding Research Presentation Award from the AERA Design & Technology SIG. In 2015, her study on a tool for tracking and sharing ideas during online science inquiry projects won Best Design Paper at the International Conference for Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning.
Previously, Camillia was a medical illustrator at INVIVO in Toronto. Before joining NYU, she was a postdoc with Marcia Linn on the Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE), and lecturer in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. There, she taught graduate-level courses on Scientific Thinking and Learning, and Integrating Technology into Secondary English Instruction for PhD and masters and teaching credential students.