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Dr Mina Vasalou
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
  • Senior Lecturer
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am a designer and human-computer interaction (HCI) researcher. The work I do is interdisciplinary cutting across psychology, information science, interaction design, education and technology studies. Before entering academia, I worked in industry as a visual and interaction designer.  I have a PhD in HCI/Computer-mediated Communication from Imperial College London. My research was funded by the EU network of excellence, Humaine. I have a MSc in HCI and BFA in interactive media. Between 2009-2011 I was a post-doctoral researcher for the EPSRC project Privacy Value Networks at the School of Management of the University of Bath working on privacy, trust and identity. In 2011, I moved to the University of Birmingham’s HCI Centre in Computer Science as a Tenure-Track Research Fellow/Lecturer. In 2013, I joined the UCL Knowledge Lab at the UCL Institute of Education where I am a senior lecturer.

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Research Summary

My research interests are oriented by a value-sensitive approach to technology. I work at the intersection of social science and interaction design using insights from one to inform the other. For more information on my research, please visit my personal website @luminainteractive.com

Teaching Summary

I teach and supervise on the Masters Programme in Education and Technology at the UCL IOE (UCL Knowledge Lab). The courses I  teach are:
  • Researching Digital Learning (online/mixed mode)
  • Design and Use of Technology in Education (flipped learning)
  • Digital design thinking and making (flipped learning)

Besides my MA student supervision responsibilities, I supervise several PhD projects:
  • Seray Ibrahim (Main supervisor with Mike Clarke; ESRC Funded): a critical and emancipatory perspective on how assistive communication technology is designed for non-verbal children with cerebral palsy
  • Charlotte Clarke (Co-supervisor with Martin Oliver): an exploration of the benefits and barriers for higher education students with dyslexia in online learning environments
  • Kyrill Potapov (Co-supervisor with Paul Marshall): personal informatics to improve meta-cognition and learning for young people
  • Yvonne Vezzoli (member of supervisory committee, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia): understanding how multimodal literacies foster learning for students with dyslexia

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