Assistant Professor

2021 - PhD in E-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning, University of Lancaster, UK.

2006 - MEd in Educational Technology, University of Manchester, UK.

1999 - DELTA (Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults), University of Cambridge, UK.


Michael has been a teacher, teacher trainer, examiner, examiner trainer and project manager in South Korea, Hong Kong, and the United Arab Emirates. He has over 27 years of teaching experience in higher and adult education, including online synchronous teaching and blended learning. He holds a PhD in E-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning and an MEd in Educational Technology. Michael has been at Zayed University for 14 years and has worked in four different colleges, including University College and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. He is currently teaching on the General Education program in CIS. His research interests are related to Technology-Enhanced Learning (blended learning, digital agency, self-regulation, digital vocabulary learning) and Corpus Linguistics (use of formulaic language and collocations in students’ writing).


Dubai Academic City, E-L2-003


+971 4 402 1609

Teaching Areas

Academic Writing, Creative and Critical Thinking, Strategic Learning and Study Skills, English for Academic Purposes

Research and Professional Activities

Bowles, M., & Kaviani, A. (2023). Perceptions of teacher competencies in a new higher education blended learning programme: An exploratory study. Studies in Technology Enhanced Learning, 3(2).

Al-Sharef, A., & Bowles, M. (2022). Lexical collocations in Arabic-English bilinguals’ writing across two proficiency levels. In D. Palfreyman & N. Habash (Eds.), Bilingual Writers and Corpus Analysis. Routledge.

Bowles, M., & Thornquist, E. (2021). From face-to-face to cyberspace to postdigital: Takeaways from emergency online teaching of professional English writing skills in higher education. In Proceedings of the International Conference of Education, Research, and Innovation (ICERI 2021), Online, November 2021, 7005-7014.

Eppard, J., Kaviani, A., Bowles, M., & Johnson, J. (2021). EdTech Culturation: Integrating A Culturally Relevant Pedagogy into Educational Technology. Electronic Journal of e-Learning, 19(6), 516-530.