Matthew Andrew is a Lecturer in the Department of English at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi. Prior to joining Khalifa University, he taught in the English Writing Studies Department at Zayed University (Abu Dhabi) from 2012-2015, and was the Director of Studies in the English language school at the Australasian College Broadway in Sydney from 2011-2012. He also taught English as a Foreign Language at Woosong University in South Korea and at Shanghai International Studies University in China.
He was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Commendation for Academic Excellence at Macquarie University in Sydney (MA), and graduated with Highest Distinction from Pennsylvania State University (BA). He is currently doing his PhD part-time by distance at the University of Leicester. His project is about Digital Multimodal Approaches to Teaching, Learning, and Assessment in Higher Education.
He published the article, ‘Student attitudes towards technology and their preferences for learning tools/devices at two universities in the UAE’ in the Journal of Information Technology Education: Research. He also published the article ‘Collaborating online with four different Google apps: Benefits to learning and usefulness for future work’ in The Journal of Asia TEFL.
This project investigates the use of multimodal texts for learning and assessment based on survey and interview data from 43 participants taking an English Communication course at Khalifa University. The students created two multimodal projects: 1) a webpage featuring writing and research tips; and 2) a video connected to a semester-long research project. This research examines student perceptions of multimodal projects and the linguistic and design choices students make when composing multimodally (e.g. when creating a video).