Rhonda McEwen Lab Head: Tablet Communication, Associate Professor

Rhonda McEwen is a Canada Research Chair in Tactile Interfaces, Communication and Cognition. She is an associate professor at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology and at the iSchool, at the University of Toronto. She holds an MBA in IT from City University in London, England, an MSc in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado, and a PhD in Information from University of Toronto. Dr. McEwen has worked and researched digital communication media for 15 years, both in companies providing services and in management consulting to those companies. Her research and teaching centre around information practices involving new media technologies - with an emphasis on mobile and tablet communication, new media, social networks, and sensory information processing. CBS 60 Minutes journalists covered McEwen’s research in 2012 & 2013, and she has recent publications in Information, Communication & Society, Computers and Education, Learning & Instruction, New Media and Society, and Library and Information Science Research journals. At the Semaphore Lab, Rhonda is the head of the tablet communication and cognitive informatics lab, leading several projects related to understanding the use of mobile and tactile devices to facilitate participatory learning.


News & Updates


New Book by Rhonda McEwen and Adam Dubé by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Jun 12th, 2017

Understanding Tablets from Early Childhood to Adulthood

Semaphore's own Associate Director Rhonda McEwen and former postdoctoral fellow have published Understanding Tablets from Early Childhood to Adulthood: Encounters with Touch Technology as part…

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Semaphore welcomes new developer-in-residence by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Jul 14th, 2016

Semaphore is pleased to welcome our newest Developer-in-Residence, Pierre Séguin as part of our Experts-in-Residence program.

Pierre is the CEO of Brili, Inc.  A leader in…

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Rhonda McEwen interviewed by CBC after Paris attacks by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Nov 21st, 2015

Facebook users question French flag photo tool

... The desire of Facebook users to express their grief over the [Paris] attacks and support for victims is natural, said McEwen, who has done research on…

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Footwear Futures: What Will You Make? by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Mar 28th, 2015

Free 3D printing workshop for kids ages 9-13 at Bata Shoe Museum

April 18th, 19th, 25th or 26th

Learn how to 3D print! Join us at the Bata Shoe Museum for a workshop bringing ideas about…

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Rhonda McEwen discusses youth and technology with The Globe and Mail by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Sep 27th, 2014

Youth and technology: power and danger

Technology and science have the power to transform lives – to take humankind where no one has gone before, effect change, and better the Earth…

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Semaphore Colloquium Series: Quantifying Children’s Intuitive Interactions with Tablet Computers by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Oct 23rd, 2013

Do tablet technologies actually help children learn?

Adam Dubé, a post-doctoral fellow at Semaphore, is working with Professor Rhonda McEwen on a research project that looks at…

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Seeking University of Toronto Faculty to be Semaphore Affiliates by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Apr 15th, 2014

Seeking new faculty affiliates from University of Toronto St. George, Scarborough, and Mississauga campuses

The Semaphore Research Cluster on Mobile and Pervasive Computing seeks new faculty affiliates from University of Toronto St. George, Scarborough, and Mississauga campuses. We are…

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Semaphore Teams Up with the Centre for Responsible Brainwave Technologies by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Apr 3rd, 2014

Semaphore is pleased to announce that they will be the local academic partner for the Centre for Responsible Brainwave Technologies (CeReB). A not-for-profit, non-partisan body…

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Rhonda McEwen discusses Twitter on CBC's Fresh Air by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Aug 1st, 2013

CBC -  Fresh Air guest host Danielle Harder and new media expert Rhonda McEwen discuss the evolution of Twitter.  To hear…

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TAGLab visits Semaphore by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Jun 15th, 2013

On June 13th, 2013 the Technologies for Aging Gracefully Lab (TAGlab) paid a visit to Semaphore. Over the hour-long lunch meeting, both labs…

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