MR Matt Harrison

MR Matt Harrison


  • Digital Games-based Learning (Videogames)
  • Social Skills Development & Intervention (Learning intervention, autism)
  • Virtual Reality Intervention (Sensory intervention)



  • Matthew Harrison is an experienced educator, researcher and entrepreneur with a keen passion for utilising technology to enhance children's social learning and creativity. He has taught in Australia, South Korea and the United Kingdom at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. Matthew is currently co-ordinating the Autism Intervention and Digital Thinking programs at the University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education, focusing on inclusive education and the creative use of digital technology as teaching and learning tools. He is currently completing a doctorate examining how cooperative digital videogames can be used to develop social skills in children with autism and Down syndrome. Matthew has a keen interest in technological innovation, co-founding CollabHero ( which helps students develop critical self and peer assessment skills. He is also the founder of Hatt Designs (, developing educational apps for tablets and smartphones.   


Member of

  • Austalian Association of Special Education. Committee of Management 2018 -
  • Digital Learning & Teaching Victoria (DLTV). Committee of Management 2016 -
  • Victorian Institute of Teaching. Registered Teacher 2009 -



Additional Grant Information

  • Lead researcher - "The impact of Minecraft in Victorian classrooms." Awarded by the Department of Education and Training Victoria   


Education and training

  • MEd, University of Melbourne 2013
  • MEd, The University of Birmingham 2013

Awards and honors

  • MGSE Travelling Scholarship, 2019
  • Alison Lee Theory in Education Research Scholarship, Australian Association for Research in Education, 2018
  • Research Training Program Scholarship, Commonwealth of Australia, 2015
  • BUTEX Study Abroad Scholarship, British Universities Transatlantic Exchange (BUTEX), 2013
  • Melbourne Global Grant, University of Melbourne, 2013



Available for supervision

  • N

Supervision Statement

  • My areas of research interest include digital games-based pedagogies, augmented and virtual reality technologies, algorithmic thinking and autism intervention.