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Dr Andrea Gauthier
Knowledge Lab
23-29 Emerald Street
London
UK
WC1N 3QS
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Appointment
  • Research Fellow
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education
  • Research Fellow
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education
Biography

I am an associate lecturer and research fellow at the UCL IOE Knowledge Lab and am originally from Canada. Before beginning my academic career, I received professional training and industry experience as a biomedical communicator, illustrator, and media designer. Specifically, in 2008, I earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Illustration from Sheridan Institute of Technology, where I specialised in scientific and technical illustration — my undergraduate work focused on explaining the implications of climate change on human health through illustration to provoke behavioural change. In 2012, I completed a professional Master’s in Biomedical Communications from the University of Toronto, where I designed, developed, and evaluated a web-based study aid-game for medical students studying human vascular anatomy, with a focus on how game design motivated study aid engagement, a deeper understanding of anatomy, and fundamentally changed students’ approach to studying the material. Finally, I completed my PhD in Medical Science in 2018, where I investigated the impact of game design on conceptual change of undergraduates’ misconceptions about molecular environments. I have also been fortunate to work in industry at Imagineeringart Inc. (a scientific and medical illustration firm) and Bridgeable (a service design firm), both in Toronto, Canada.

Research Groups
Research Summary

My research investigates how the design of visual media can manipulate—for better or worse—the ways in which people think and behave. Particularly, I am interested in how the design of visualisations, interactive media, and game-based learning environments in science and health domains can help people resolve complex misconceptions that hinder future learning and decision-making. Through my research at the Knowledge Lab, my research has extended to the exploration of adaptive educational technology design for primary school audiences, such as through Open Learner Modelling (OLMs) and visual learning analytic dashboards. As a producer of visual media, my mixed-methods research aims to uncover empirical links between the design decisions that we make as creators and the cognitive processes that they support (or inhibit).

Teaching Summary

At the UCL IOE Knowledge Lab, I am currently tutoring on the MA Educational Technology programme in the Researching Learning Design and the Digital Design Thinking and Making modules, as well as supervising MA students in this programme.

My prior teaching experience has largely been in the realm of biomedical/scientific illustration and media design, as well as data and information visualisation, having led and assisted on multiple modules (at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels) at the University of Toronto Mississauga. 

Appointments
01-SEP-2021 Associate Lecturer UCL Knowledge Lab, Dept. of Communication, Culture, & Media UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
FEB-2021 – JUN-2021 Research Fellow Psychology & Human Development UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
JAN-2021 Supervisor, MA Educational Technology UCL Knowledge Lab, Dept. Communication, Culture, and Media UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
SEP-2020 – DEC-2020 Tutor, Researching Digital Learning Knowledge Lab, Dept. Communication, Culture, and Media UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
JUN-2019 Research Fellow UCL Knowledge Lab, Dept. of Communication, Culture, & Media UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
APR-2018 – JUN-2018 Lecturer, Research Methods Biomedical Communications University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada
JAN-2018 – APR-2018 Lecturer, Biomedical Communications Tech: Media Design Biomedical Communications University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada
FEB-2017 – APR-2017 Postgraduate Research Intern Serious Games Institute Coventry University, United Kingdom
JAN-2016 – APR-2016 Teaching Assistant, Data and Information Visualization Biomedical Communications University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada
JAN-2015 – APR-2015 Teaching Assistant, Data and Information Visualization Biomedical Communications University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada
JAN-2014 – APR-2014 Teaching Assistant, Neuroanatomy for Visual Communication Biomedical Communications University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada
JAN-2014 – APR-2014 Lecturer, Biocommunication Visualization Biomedical Communications University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada
FEB-2013 – AUG-2013 Research Assistant Science Visualization Lab, Dept. Biomedical Communications University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada
JAN-2013 – APR-2013 Teaching Assistant, Data and Information Visualization Biomedical Communications University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada
JAN-2012 – APR-2012 Teaching Assistant, Data and Information Visualization Biomedical Communications University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada
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