Dr. Matthew Harrison is an experienced educator, researcher and digital creator with a keen passion for utilising technology to enhance children's social learning and inclusion. He has taught in Australia, South Korea and the United Kingdom at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.
Matthew is currently coordinating the Autism Intervention program and facilitating the digital Access and Inclusion Hub at the University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education. His research primarily focuses on inclusive education and the effective use of digital technologies as teaching and learning tools. As a gamer, he has a particular interest in digital games-based learning and intervention. Matthew's PhD thesis examined how cooperative video games can be used as spaces for developing social skills in children with autism and Down syndrome. Building from this innovative research he founded Next Level Social Skills, an inclusive community for neurodiverse children that uses cooperative video games to build confidence and social capabilities. He is also the founder of Hatt Designs developing educational apps for tablets and smartphones.
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Lead researcher "The impact of Minecraft in Victorian classrooms." Awarded by the Department of Education and Training Victoria
Lead research "DigiTech4All: optimising inclusive pedagogies for teaching Digital Technologies." Awarded by the Melbourne Disability Institute
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Exploring Social Regulation in Minecraft
Roland Gesthuizen, Matthew Harrison, Ibrahim Latheef
Conference Proceedings | 2018 | Australian Council for Computers in Education 2018 Conference Proceedings
Over the past two decades, research has been undertaken into the different forms of social interaction observed between players en..
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Alison Lee Theory in Education Research Scholarship
Research Training Program Scholarship
BUTEX Study Abroad Scholarship
Melbourne Global Grant
Lecturer In Learning Intervention
Melbourne Graduate School Of Education
General Member (Research Group)
Association for Postive Behaviour Support Australia
Committee Of Management
Austalian Association of Special Education
Committee Of Management
Digital Learning & Teaching Victoria (DLTV)
Victorian Institute of Teaching
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Melbourne
Master of Education
The University of Birmingham