Michelle Schira Hagerman

Michelle Schira Hagerman
Michelle Schira Hagerman
Associate Professor

LMX 338
613-562-5800 ext. 4398

Through her research, Michelle Schira Hagerman examines the complexities of digital literacies learning, teaching and research practices in contexts of schooling. Using the Dual Level Theory of New Literacies (Leu et al., 2013; 2018) she has worked to describe how adolescents learn to critically evaluate and synthesize what they understand as they conduct research on science topics in school. She also studies the digital literacies skills, strategies, and mindsets that students leverage through digital-physical making activities in their classrooms and dedicated making spaces at school. Through this research she is working to develop critical practices that enable all students to leverage their voices, their interests, and their many linguistic and cultural assets to show who they are and what they understand. A first-generation university graduate who grew up on a farm in rural southwestern Ontario, she is also developing a line of inquiry that examines the complexities of digital literacies instruction in rural Ontario classrooms. She is interested in how to close digital skills and empowerment divides for rural youth through the implementation of culturally relevant, evidence-based interventions that support the learning of foundational digital literacies skills, strategies, and mindsets. Professor Hagerman teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels focused on the critical and strategic use of digital technologies to support student learning and literacies. She is the Director of edstudiO, an innovative teaching and research lab where preservice teacher candidates and graduate students learn to teach and conduct research in a dynamic, flexible, and accessible environment while using various digital and physical tools and materials. She is a researcher with the Canadian Playful Schools Network and creator of the open access resource Learning to Teach Online.

Discover more at mschirahagerman.com