Computer Science

Sharon Bratt

Associate Professor, Computer Science

PhD (Simon Fraser), M.Ed. (Alberta), B.Ed. (Alberta), BFA (Alberta)

5-174D, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Dr. Sharon Bratt holds a PhD from Simon Fraser University and teaches in the areas of instructional technology and human-computer interaction (specifically, usability and interaction design). Her research interests are drawn from several disciplines: learning design, cognitive psychology, usability, learning technologies and measurement and evaluation.

Available to supervise senior students' independent study.

Community engaged learning, experiential learning, research methods, higher education pedagogy, the scholarship of teaching and learning

Teaching and Research Interests

Community engagement is both a pedagogy and a philosophy. The notion that "we learn to serve and serve to learn" characterizes my approach to teaching. My courses emphasize the development of practical and relevant skills through authentic, project-based learning that serves a community partner such as developing a prototype of an app to monitor blood sugar levels for a Type 1 diabetic or use industry standard tools for analysis and visualization of non-profit organizations donation data.

We learn by doing and by extension my research interests include the scholarship of teaching and learning. The practice of designing and teaching courses is also the focus of my research.

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

Bratt, S. (2019). Fit for purpose? Community engaged learning: A conceptual framework analysis. Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship

Bratt, S. (2018). Digital library keyword analysis for visualization education research: Issues and recommendations. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 10(4).

Bratt, S. (2017, October). Towards the design of a digital fluency course – An exploratory study. E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, Vancouver, Canada. 

Bratt, S., & Coulson, I. (2016, June). Transforming organizational care policy in continuing care centres using SDT. Poster session presented at the 6th International Conference on Self-Determination Theory, Victoria, BC, Canada.

Coulson, I., & Bratt, S. (2016, May). The development and application of the CAR-E model to transform care policy and practice in continuing care centres. Poster session presented at the International Conference Promoting Healthy Aging Brain and Preventing Dementia. Banff, Alberta.

Awards / Grants / Fellowships

  • Teaching Innovation Award, MacEwan University (2018)
  • Teaching Innovation Award, MacEwan University (2014)

Boards / Committees


  • Invited Reviewer, British International Journal of Educational Technology
  • Invited Reviewer, IEEE Access
  • Reviewer, International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education
  • Reviewer, Journal of Formative Design in Learning