Michael A. Cowling

Senior Lecturer in Educational Technology

CQUniversity Australia

Dr Michael A. Cowling is a technology communicator and evangelist with a keen interest in educational technology, computer science education and digital ubiquity and acceptance. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Educational Technology at CQUniversity Australia, where he is the founder of The CREATE Lab, which focuses on collaborative research and education around technology and education (www.thecreatelab.org). In 2016, Dr Cowling was the recipient of an Australian Government Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning; and in 2018 was appointed an Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion. He is a current partner in an Australian Office for Learning & Teaching Innovation & Development grant, is an assessor for the Australian Awards for University Teaching, and a consulting expert in information technology for the Australian Tertiary Education & Quality Standards Association (TEQSA). He is also a frequent radio and newspaper commentator on digital technology and technology in society, and has written opinion pieces for national publications including the Sydney Morning Herald, the Melbourne Age, the Brisbane Times & The Conversation. As a core tenant of his work, Dr Cowling lives by the mantra “pedagogy before technology”, and believes that all technology needs to maintain the underlying purpose to enrich our lives.