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Areej Mwassi

Grad Research Assistant
Graduate Assistant/Associate, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1811
Student Information:
Graduate Student
Learning, Literacies and Technologies
MaryLouFulton Teachers College


Areej Mawasi is a PhD Candidate in Learning, Literacies, and Technologies at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University. Areej is a Fulbright Scholar, a fellow of the Interdisciplinary Enrichment Fellowship (17′-18′), and scholar at Spirit of Service Scholarship (17′-18) at ASU. Areej  earned her master’s degree in Educational Technology at ASU in 2017. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prior to ASU, she worked in informal education, teaching in gifted education programs, community-based settings, and online media. During her graduate studies, Areej's work has been supported by two NSF research grants, Fulbright scholarship, and ASU merit-based grants and awards.

In her interdisciplinary work, she focuses on the intersection of learning sciences, technologies and digital media, design-based methods, and critical STEM (ethics, equity, and social-political-historical dimensions of STEM). She draws on multiple paradigms in learning theory and methodologies to: (1) understand ways to design equity-oriented learning environments that help learners, educators, and researchers engage in socio-political dimensions of STEM and (2) design learning environments mediated by technology and digital media to support interactive engagement and participation of learners and educators. In her work, she uses mixed methods design-based approaches to design, implement, and understand learners behavior as they interact with artifacts (e.g., ways artifacts like technology, digital media, hands-on activities can or can not mediate learning across settings). A second focus is examining participation and engagement in learning activities through diverse lenses (e.g., ways power dynamics manifest in environments and shape learners and educators engagement in these spaces; interactive and collaborative learning). A third focus is building and strengthening research-practice partnerships with organizations through participatory and co-design methods. 


- 2016: M.Ed. Educational Technology Student,  Arizona State University.
- 2014: B.A. in Business Administration & Education, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
- 2008: Alumni, The Arab Orthodox College, Haifa.


Mawasi A., Nagy, P., Wylie R. (2020). Systematic Literature Review on Narrative-Based Learning in Educational Technology Learning Environments (2007-2017). In International Conference of the Learning Sciences. ICLS2020. Full paper.

Mawasi A., Ahmed, I., Walker E., Wang, S., Marsali, Z., Whitehurst, A., Wylie R. (2020). Using Design-Based Research to Improve Help Giving in Middle School Math Classroom. In International Conference of the Learning Sciences. ICLS2020. Full paper.


Mawasi A., Aguilera, E., Wylie R., & Gee, E. (2020). Addressing Equity in Learning Environments Mediated by Educational Technology. In International Conference of the Learning Sciences. ICLS2020. Short paper. 


Aguilera, E., Stewart, O. G., Mawasi, A., & Cortés, L. E. (2020). Seeing Beyond the Screen: A Multidimensional Framework for Understanding Digital-Age Literacies. In P. Sullivan, J. Lantz, & B. Sullivan (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Integrating Digital Technology With Literacy Pedagogies (pp. 1-31). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-7998-0246-4.ch001 


Ahmed, I., Mawasi, A., Wang, S., Wylie, R., Bergner, Y., Whitehurst, A., & Walker, E. (2019, June). Investigating Help-Giving Behavior in a Cross-Platform Learning Environment. In International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (pp. 14-25). Springer, Cham.


Ahmed, I., Girotto, V., Mawasi, A., Whitehurst, A., Wylie, R., & Walker, E. (2019, January). Co-Design for Learner Help-Giving Across Physical and Digital Contexts. In International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (p. 545-548; Vol. 2). 


Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
EDT 180TechLtrcy Prblm Slvng DigTech
Honors / Awards: 


  • Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Scholarship, MLFTC, ASU (19')
  • GPSA: Outstanding Research Award (19'), Outstanding Mentor Award (19'), Arijit Guha Advocacy Award (18')
  • Fellow of the Interdisciplinary Enrichment Fellowship, ASU (2017-2018)
  • Fellow of Spirit of Service Scholarship, ASU (2017-2018)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, MEd. in EdTech (May, 2017)
  • Murray and Clara Walker Scholarship (2015)
  • Fellow of Fulbright Outreach Program for Graduate Studies, Institute of International Education (2015-2017)
  • Fried-Gal Transitional Justice Fellowship Award, Hebrew University (2013-2014)
  • Fellow of (2012)