PHE WISE Digital Culture Lab

Ontario Tech University (University of Ontario Institute of Technology), Oshawa, Ontario
What the facility does

Research on physical and health education in digital culture, focused on wellness, inclusion, sport and educational technology to develop physical literacy in educational settings.

Areas of expertise

PHE WISE (Physical and Health Education / Wellness, Inclusion, Sport and Educational Technology) in the Digital Culture Lab.

We are a team comprised of researchers, teachers, clinical psychologists, coaches and leaders who advocate for Physical Health Education and Sport in Canada. The goal of this lab is to situate physical and health education in evolving digital culture; to develop a place where educators and sport leaders can leverage technology to build a culture of healthy movers, healthy communities and a Healthier Canada.

We aim to promote resilience, wellness, and a healthy lifestyle, using digital technology to facilitate sustainable and meaningful PHE programs. Our lab is home to a group of creative and motivated thinkers who push the boundaries and implement engaging digital lessons that encourage students, teachers and parents to get active.

Research services
  • Open Access resources for health and physical education
  • Free online seminars for pre-service and practicing educators
  • Expertise in digital pedagogy
  • Connections with PHE Canada, Abilities Centre Ottawa, University of Toronto, St. Francis Xavier and Ontario Tech University
  • Conference presentations
  • Academic publications
  • Educational expertise focused on 9 primary areas: Physical Literacy, Assessment and Evaluation, Health Education, Online Communities, Resilience and Grit, Inclusion and Accessibility, Mental Health, Outdoor Education, Sport and Play.
Sectors of application
  • Education
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Information and communication technologies and media

Specialized Lab



Digital Lab

Workstations IBM Think Pads and Apple MacBook Pros, and large screen televisions

Online videoconferencing capabilities and TVs for multiple international partner meetings: Zoom, Google Meet, Google Suite and Adobe Connect access. Web Design using WIX.

Physical Lab

Microsoft Windows VR Halo headsets

Virtual Reality headsets. Exploring the role of virtual worlds in PHE settings.

Physical Lab

QSR International NVivo

Qualitative data analysis computer software and transcription software

Physical Lab

IBM SPSS data analysis software

Data analysis software package used for interactive, or batched, statistical analysis

  • PHE Canada
  • Abilities Centre Ottawa (ACO)
  • Game Plan Specialist for the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) Shannon Galea