Government funds support Faculty of Education researcher’s digital teaching and learning centre

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Government funds support Faculty of Education researcher’s digital teaching and learning centre

Published on September 02 2011

A Brock Canada Research Chair whose work looks at 21st century learning and the use of technology in classrooms has received government funding to support her research.

As part of yesterday’s Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) national announcement of awards under the Leaders Opportunity Fund, Dr. Jennifer Rowsell, Faculty of Education, was granted $47,005 for the Centre for Multiliteracies she oversees at the University.

The Leaders Opportunity Fund helps universities attract and retain top researchers. With this program, universities can put together competitive packages of research support that are essential to attract today’s best research talent. This funding enables the Brock centre to become one of the first specialized hubs of its kind in Canada.

“These funds will help to establish Brock as a leading university for the study of digital teaching and learning,” says Rowsell. “The funds will be used to renovate the Centre to equip it to carry out research on the effects of new technologies in the classroom.”

This includes a digital reading centre, laptops for a digital writing lab, a video game centre to study thinking and learning patterns of gamers, and an interactive white board to investigate new teaching and learning strategies.

There will also be a suite of iPads and iTouch technologies to research the impact of tablets and mobile devices on learner processes while communicating, reading and writing. As well as space for graduate and post-doctoral students, visiting scholars, and a video-conferencing room to support international research projects.

“With this Leaders Opportunity Fund announcement, our government has again shown how funding research at this level is money well invested in this country’s growth and success for the future,” says Rick Dykstra, MP for St. Catharines. “And Brock continues to lead the way in innovative projects that attract the best and brightest to our community.”

Yesterday’s CFI funding announcement saw more than $53-million handed out to support 207 projects at 42 institutions across Canada.

“Cutting-edge research facilities are magnets that attract the best talent from around the world, allowing them to work with business and train a new generation of Canadian researchers and innovators,” said Dr. Gilles G. Patry, CFI President and CEO.

The CFI strives to build our nation’s capacity to undertake world-class research and technology development to benefit Canadians through investments in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment in universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions.

For more information, contact Jennifer Rowsell, Canada Research Chair in Multiliteracies, Brock University, 905-688-5550 x6121;

Dr. Jennifer Rowsell
Dr. Jennifer Rowsell

Canada Research Chair in Multiliteracies