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Prof Christothea Herodotou PhD, SFHEA, MSc, BA (Hons)

Professor of Learning Technologies and Social Justice

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I am a Professor of Learning Technologies and Social Justice at the Open University UK. I have expertise in the design and evaluation of learning technologies that promote education opportunity and social justice, including learning analytics dashboards, online citizen science websites, and mobile game applications. I use mixed-methods research approaches (e.g., learning analytics, interviews, surveys, participatory workshops, RCTs) to co-design with end-users learning technologies that meet their needs and bring positive impact to society. I am the academic lead of nQuire-a community and citizen science platform developed in partnership with the BBC, which supports the engagement of the public with scientific practices in ways that promote their learning and development. I am also the academic co-lead of the Early Alert Indicators project, a university-wide initiative that uses predictive learning analytics to identify and support students who are struggling with their studies through early teacher interventions. I am a co-I on the Erasmus+ funded project "Accelerating the transition towards Edu 4.0 in HEIs - TEACH4EDU4" that examines the teaching and learning of computer science university courses.

I hold funding from Horizon Europe and Innovate UK (2022-2025) to design sustainable models of formal education based on co-production with teachers, design thinking and digital technologies (Augmented reality, AI, Virtual Robotics, 3-D printing) - see ExtenDT2. In the past, I held funding from the National Science Foundation, Wellcome, and ESRC to improve the design of online citizen science platforms (Zooniverse and iNaturalist) and make science learning more accessible and productive to young people (LEARN Cit Sci) (completed in 2022). I was a co-I on MAPPS, a Nuffield funded project that examined through a systematic review the value of maths apps to learning and showcased the importance of good quality feedback and levelling in supporting app learning outcomes (completed in 2022). I was the PI of the project "Democratising research through Citizen Science: A mental health pilot", which was co-funded by the Mental Health Foundation and the Open University and explored ways we can engage young people who face mental health issues with scientific research (completed 2021).

I held internal funding from eSTEeM (STEM) for a number of projects: (i) as a PI to identify effective ways feedback could be provided to students when remotely interacting with a virtual microscope - feedback was in the form of written material and synchronous on demand guidance by a teacher, (ii) as a co-I to improve the accuracy of predictive analytics of at risk students, by identifying and explaining errors in student predictions, and (iii) as a PI, I produced evidence-based recommendations as to how to improve the design of activities that make use of the virtual microscope in undergraduate courses, examining both the teachers' and the students' perspectives.

I was the PI of the UKRI funded project EduCS: EDUcating Citizens and organisations in Citizen Science methodologies, that delivered a series of participatory workshops for developing citizen science capacity in organisations not normally involved in citizen science, including academic and non academic organisations such as the Royal Meteorological Society and BBC Weather. 

I am a fellow of the British Academy as I received a mid-career fellowship that produced evidence-based guidelines for the design of mobile applications for young children (m_Evaluate). I am an elected member of the International society for Artificial Intelligence in EDucation (IAIED)  – co-leading the public engagement stream of work.

Teaching: I authored the free OpenLearn course "Children’s experiences with digital technologies" which was informed by outcomes from the mEvaluate project and which aims to  help parents and teachers with choosing and using digital technologies such as mobile apps with children. I was the Chair of the Master course: Technology-enhanced learning: Practices and debates (H800) for three years.

Awards

UNESCO ICT in Education Prize 2nd place (International competition with 73 entries) (Predictive learning analytics and OU Analyse) (2021)

Data IQ Award 2nd place. Category: Green data for citizen science (Citizen science and nQuire) (2021)

The Guardian Research Impact Award (Citizen science and nQuire) (2020)

Data IQ Award Best use of data by a not-for-profit organisation (OU Analyse) (2020)

Excellence in Enhancing Teaching and Learning 2020 by The Open University Recognition of Excellence in Teaching team (predictive analytics) (2020)

The Times Higher Education Finalist in Digital Innovation of the year (OU Analyse) (2019) 

Outstanding Impact on Teaching, Curriculum and Students 2019 by the OU Research Excellence Awards (Predictive analytics) (2019)

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action, Seal of Excellence (2018)

The Open University Inaugural Engaging Research Award by the RCUK Public Engagement with Research Catalyst ‘An open research university’ (2014)

Qualifications: I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and a Honorary Associate of UCL. I received my Ph.D. degree in Digital Games and Psychology from University College London (UCL) Institute of Education with very minor amendments (4 weeks), a MSc in Education, Technology, and Society, University of Bristol, UK (with Distinction) and a BA (Hons) in Primary Education, University of Cyprus.

PhD/EdD supervision: I am currently supervising PhD and EdD students.

Biography

Dr Christothea Herodotou is a Professor of Learning Technologies and Social Justice at the Open University UK. She has expertise in the design and evaluation of learning technologies that promote education opportunity and social justice, including learning analytics dashboards, online citizen science websites, and mobile game applications. She is the academic lead of nQuire - a community citizen science platform developed in partnership with the BBC, which supports the engagement of the public with scientific practices in ways that promote learning and awareness. She is also the academic co-lead of the Early Alert Indicators project, a university-wide initiative that uses predictive learning analytics to identify and support students who are struggling with their studies through early teacher interventions. She has recently won funding from Horizon Europe to devise sustainable models of formal education that are based on co-production, design thinking and digital technologies (See ExtenDT2). In the past, she has held funding from major funding bodies including the National Science Foundation, Wellcome Trust and ESRC to improve the design of online citizen science platforms and make science learning more accessible and productive to young people; UKRI and the Mental Health Foundation fordeveloping community and citizen science capacity in large organisations and underserved communities; Nuffield foundation, British Academy and BERA for examining and improving the the design of educational mobile applications for children. She has authored more than 100+ outputsthe great majority of which in peer-reviewed outlets and as a first author. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and an elected member of the International Society for Artificial Intelligence in Education (IAIED). She received her Ph.D. degree in Digital Games and Psychology from the University College London (UCL) and her MSc in Education, Technology, and Society from the University of Bristol (with Distinction).

Publications

2022

Herodotou, Christothea; Ismail, Nashwa; Aristeidou, Maria; Miller, Grant; I.Benavides Lahnstein, Ana; Ghadiri Khanaposhtani, Maryam; D.Robinson, Lucy and L. Ballard, Heidi. (). Online Community and Citizen Science supports environmental science learning by young people. Computers and Education.
Scanlon, Eileen and Herodotou, Christothea. (). Advancing the Democratization of Research: Citizen Science. In: L@S '22: Proceedings of the Ninth ACM Conference on Learning @ Scale, Association for Computing Machinery, New York, 280-283.
Poslad, Stefan; Irum, Tayyaba; Charlton, Patricia; Mumtaz, Rafia; Azam, Muhammad; Zaidi, Hassan; Herodotou, Christothea; Yu, Guangxia and Toosy, Fesal. (). How IoT-Driven Citizen Science Coupled with Data Satisficing Can Promote Deep Citizen Science. Sensors.
Boroowa, A. and Herodotou, C. (). Learning Analytics in Open and Distance Higher Education: The Case of the Open University UK. In: Prinsloo, P.; Slade, S. and Khalil, M. eds. Learning Analytics in Open and Distributed Learning Singapore: Springer, pp. 46-62.
Benavides Lahnstein, A.; Ballard, H.; Ghadiri Khanaposhtani, M.; Lorke, J.; Herodotou, Christothea; Miller, A.; Pratt-Taweh, S.; Jennewein, J.; Aristeidou, Maria and Ismail, Nashwa. (). Youth environmental science learning and agency: A unifying lens across community and citizen science settings. In: NARST International Conference, 27-30 Mar 2022, Vancouver, BC (online).
Hall, Johanna; Herodotou, Christothea and Iacovides, Ioanna (). Measuring player creativity in digital entertainment games using the Creativity in Gaming Scale. In: Rienties, Bart; Hampel, Regine; Scanlon, Eileen and Whitelock, Denise eds. Open World Learning: Research, Innovation and the Challenges of High-Quality Education London: Rutledge, pp. 158-170.
Herodotou, Christothea; Mangafa, Chrysoula and Srisontisuk, Pinsuda. (). An Experimental Investigation of ‘Drill-and-Practice’ Mobile Apps and Young Children. International journal of interactive mobile technologies.
Herodotou, Christothea; Twiner, Alison; Scanlon, Eileen; McLeod, Kevin and Seale, Jane. (). From participants to creators: Considerations for community-led citizen science. In: Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2022, International Society of the Learning Sciences, Hiroshima, Japan, 11-18.
Herodotou, Christothea; Aristeidou, Maria; Scanlon, Eileen and Kelley, Simon. (). Virtual Microscopes and online learning: Exploring the perceptions of 12 teachers about pedagogy. Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-learning (Early access).

2021

Kaliisa, Rogers; Gillespie, Anna; Herodotou, Christothea; Kluge, Anders and Rienties, Bart (). Teachers’ Perspectives on the Promises, Needs and Challenges of Learning Analytics Dashboards: Insights from Institutions Offering Blended and Distance Learning. In: Sahin, Muhittin and Dirk, Ifenthaler eds. Visualizations and Dashboards for Learning Analytics Cham: Springer, pp. 351-370.
Herodotou, Christothea; Maguire, Claire; McDowell, Nicola D.; Hlosta, Martin and Boroowa, Avinash. (). The engagement of university teachers with predictive learning analytics. Computers & Education.
Iniesto, Francisco; Sargent, Julia; Rienties, Bart; Llorens, Ariadna; Adam, Araceli; Herodotou, Christothea; Ferguson, Rebecca and Muccini, Henry. (). When industry meets Education 4.0: What do Computer Science companies need from Higher Education?. In: TEEM'21: Ninth International Conference on Technological Ecosystems for Enhancing Multiculturality, Association for Computing Machinery, New York, USA, 367-372.
Robinson, L.D.; Miller, A.E.; Burton, V.J.; Herodotou, Christothea; Higgins, L.; Miller, G.R.M.; Young, A.N.; Ghadiri Khanaposhtani, M.; Benavides Lahnstein,, A.I.; Sanghera, H.K.; Johnson, R.F.; Aristeidou, Maria; Ballard, H.L.; Jennewein, J.; Lorke, J.; Pratt-Taweh, S.; Wardlaw, J.; Ismail, Nashwa; Pauly, G.B.; Papathoma, Tina and Swanson, R.D. (). Enhancing youth learning through Community and Citizen Science: a guide for practitioners. Natural History Museum, London.
Aristeidou, Maria; Herodotou, Christothea; Ballard, Heidi L.; Higgins, Lila; Johnson, Rebecca F.; Miller, Annie E.; Young, Alison N. and Robinson, Lucy D.. (). How Do Young Community and Citizen Science Volunteers Support Scientific Research on Biodiversity? The Case of iNaturalist. Diversity.
Herodotou, Christothea. (). MAD Learn: An Evidence-based Affordance Framework to Assessing Learning Apps. In: 7th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network, iLRN 2021, 17 May - 10 Jun 2021, Online.
Herodotou, Christothea; Ismail, Nashwa; Aristeidou, Maria; Miller, Grant; Robinson, Lucy and Ballard, Heidi. (). Making citizen science accessible and productive for young volunteers: Lessons learnt from a 3-year study of Zooniverse.. In: Citizen Science Association Conference, May 2021, Virtual.
Hall, Johanna; Stickler, Ursula; Herodotou, Christothea and Iacovides, Ioanna. (). Using Reflexive Photography to Investigate Design Affordances for Creativity in Digital Entertainment Games. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 37 (9) pp. 867-883.
Aristeidou, Maria; Herodotou, Christothea; Ballard, Heidi L.; Young, Alison N.; Miller, Annie E.; Higgins, Lila and Johnson, Rebecca F.. (). Exploring the participation of young citizen scientists in scientific research: The case of iNaturalist. PLoS ONE.
Hlosta, Martin; Herodotou, Christothea; Fernandez, Miriam and Bayer, Vaclav. (). Impact of Predictive Learning Analytics on Course Awarding Gap of Disadvantaged students in STEM. In: 22nd International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, AIED 2021, Springer.
Rienties, Bart and Herodotou, Christothea (). Making sense of learning data at scale. In: Sharpe, Rhona; Bennett, Sue and Varga-Atkins, T. eds. Handbook for Digital Higher Education Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. (In press).
Rets, Irina; Herodotou, Christothea; Bayer, Vaclav; Hlosta, Martin and Rienties, Bart. (). Exploring critical factors of the perceived usefulness of a learning analytics dashboard for distance university students. International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education.
Rienties, Bart; Balaban, Igor; Ferguson, Rebecca; Herodotou, Christothea; Iniesto, Francisco; Muccini, Henry; Sargent, Julia and Virkus, Sirje. (). Education 4.0 and Computer Science: A European perspective. In: Central European Conference on Information and Intelligent Systems (CECIIS), Oct 13-15, Varazdin, Croatia.

2020

Hall, Johanna; Stickler, Ursula; Herodotou, Christothea and Iacovides, Ioanna. (). Player conceptualizations of creativity in digital entertainment games. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 26 (5-6) pp. 1226-1247.
Bruckermann, T; Lorke, J; Rafolt, S; Scheuch, M; Aristeidou, Maria; Ballard, H; Bardy-Durchhalter, M; Carli, E; Herodotou, Christothea; Kelemen-Finan, J; Robinson, L; Swanson, R; Winter, S and Kapelari, S. (). Learning Opportunities and Outcomes in Citizen Science: A Heuristic Model for Design and Evaluation. In: Electronic Proceedings of the ESERA 2019 Conference. The Beauty and Pleasure of Understanding: Engaging With Contemporary Challenges Through Science Education, University of Bologna, 889-898.
Pratt-Taweh, S.; Jennewein, J.N.; Miller, A.E.; Robinson, L.D.; Burton, V; Ballard, H.L.; Ghadiri Khanaposhtani, M.; Lorke, J.; Wardlaw, J; Higgins, L.M.; Young, A.N.; Johnson, R.F.; Herodotou, Christothea; Aristeidou, Maria; Miller, G.; Sanghera, H.; Benavides-Lahnstein, A.I. and Ismail, N.. (). Perspectives on a researcher-practitioner partnership: Our role as practitioner researchers studying youth learning through participation in NHM-led citizen science. In: European Citizen Science Association, 9-11 Sep 2020, Trieste, Italy.
Neumann, Michelle and Herodotou, Christothea. (). Evaluating YouTube videos for young children. Education and Information Technologies, 25 (5) pp. 4459-4475.
Herodotou, Christothea; Papathoma, Tina; Aristeidou, Maria; Miller, Grant; Ghadiri, Maryam; Lorke, Julia and Ballard, Heidi. (). What do young volunteers learn from participation in online crowdsourced citizen science? Environmental science learning through Zooniverse. In: ECSA conference 2020, 7-10 Sep 2020, Trieste, Italy.
Scanlon, Eileen; Herodotou, Christothea; Sharples, Mike and McLeod, Kevin. (). nQuire: citizens acting as scientists in massive open online learning. In: L@S '20: Proceedings of the Seventh ACM Conference on Learning @ Scale, 12-14 Aug 2020, Virtual event, USA.
Hall, Johanna; Stickler, Ursula; Herodotou, Christothea and Iacovides, Ioanna. (). Expressivity of Creativity and Creative Design Considerations in Digital Games. Computers in Human Behavior.
Herodotou, Christothea; Rienties, Bart; Hlosta, Martin; Boroowa, Avinash; Mangafa, Chrysoula and Zdrahal, Zdenek. (). The scalable implementation of predictive learning analytics at a distance learning university: Insights from a longitudinal case study. Internet and Higher Education.
Herodotou, Christothea; Aristeidou, Maria; Miller, Grant; Ballard, Heidi and Robinson, Lucy. (). What Do We Know about Young Volunteers? An Exploratory Study of Participation in Zooniverse. Citizen Science: Theory and Practice, 5 (1) pp. 1-14.
Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes; Beirne, Elaine; Conole, Gráinne; Costello, Eamon; Coughlan, Tim; Ferguson, Rebecca; FitzGerald, Elizabeth; Gaved, Mark; Herodotou, Christothea; Holmes, Wayne; Mac Lochlainn, Conchur; Nic Giolla Mhichíl, Mairéad; Rienties, Bart; Sargent, Julia; Scanlon, Eileen; Sharples, Mike and Whitelock, Denise (). Innovating Pedagogy 2020: Open University Innovation Report 8. The Open University, Milton Keynes.
Herodotou, Christothea; Muirhead, Dave K.; Aristeidou, Maria; Hole, Malcolm J.; Kelley, Simon; Scanlon, Eileen and Duffy, Marcus. (). Blended and online learning: A comparative study of virtual microscopy in Higher Education. Interactive Learning Environments, 28 (6) pp. 713-728.
Rienties, Bart; Olney, Tom; Nichols, Mark and Herodotou, Christothea. (). Effective usage of Learning Analytics: What do practitioners want and where should distance learning institutions be going?. Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-learning, 35 (2) pp. 178-195.
Hlosta, Martin; Zdrahal, Zdenek; Bayer, Vaclav and Herodotou, Christothea. (). Why Predictions of At-Risk Students Are Not 100% Accurate? Showing Patterns in False Positive and False Negative Predictions. In: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK20), 23-27 Mar 2020, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Herodotou, Christothea; Sharples, Mike and Scanlon, Eileen. (). Can technology empower the public to think scientifically? The case of nQuire. In: International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS 2020), 19-23 Jun 2020, Nashville, TN, USA.
Herodotou, Christothea; Papathoma, Tina; Davies, Gareth; Gaved, Mark and Scanlon, Eileen. (). Interdisciplinary research in technology-enhanced learning: Strategies for effective working. In: International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS 2020), 19-23 Jun 2020, Nashville, TN, USA.
Herodotou, Christothea; Boroowa, Avinash; Hlosta, Martin and Rienties, Bart. (). What do distance learning students seek from student analytics?. In: International Conference on Learning Sciences, 19-23 Jun 2020, Nashville, TN, USA.
Neumann, Michelle M. and Herodotou, Christothea. (). Young Children and YouTube: A global phenomenon. Childhood Education, 96 (4) pp. 72-77.
Hlosta, Martin; Papathoma, Tina and Herodotou, Christothea. (). Explaining Errors in Predictions of At-Risk Students in Distance Learning Education. In: Artificial Intelligence in Education, Springer, 119-123.
Wardlaw, J.; Ballard, H.; Robinson, L.; Johnson, R.; Young, A.; Higgins, L.; Herodotou, Christothea; Lorke, J.; Ghadiri Khanaposhtani, M.; Miller, G.; Pratt-Taweh, S.; Jennewein, J.; Aristeidou, Maria; Burton, V; Papathoma, T. and Miller, G.. (). Partnering science education research and citizen science practice: lessons from using a design-based research approach in the informal learning setting of natural history museums. In: ECSA conference 2020, 7-10 Sep 2020, Trieste, Italy.

2019

Herodotou, Christothea; Hlosta, Martin; Boroowa, Avinash; Rienties, Bart; Zdrahal, Zdenek and Mangafa, Chrysoula. (). Empowering online teachers through predictive learning analytics. British Journal of Educational Technology, 50 (6) pp. 3064-3079.
Herodotou, Christothea; Rienties, Bart; Boroowa, Avinash; Zdrahal, Zdenek and Hlosta, Martin. (). A large-scale implementation of Predictive Learning Analytics in Higher Education: the teachers' role and perspective. Educational Technology Research and Development, 67 (5) pp. 1273-1306.
Sharples, Mike; Aristeidou, Maria; Herodotou, Christothea; McLeod, Kevin and Scanlon, Eileen. (). Inquiry learning at scale: pedagogy-informed design of a platform for citizen inquiry. In: L@S 2019: Sixth ACM Conference on Learning @ Scale, 24-25 Jun 2019, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Ferguson, Rebecca; Coughlan, Tim; Egelandsdal, Kjetil; Gaved, Mark; Herodotou, Christothea; Hillaire, Garron; Jones, Derek; Jowers, Iestyn; Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes; McAndrew, Patrick; Misiejuk, Kamila; Ness, Ingun Johanna; Rienties, Bart; Scanlon, Eileen; Sharples, Mike; Wasson, Barbara; Weller, Martin and Whitelock, Denise (). Innovating Pedagogy 2019: Open University Innovation Report 7. The Open University, Milton Keynes.
Ballard, Heidi; Herodotou, Christothea; Lorke, Julia; Aristeidou, Maria; Robinson, Lucy; Johnson, Rebecca; Young, Alison; Higgins, Lila; Jennewein, Jessie; Miller, Annie; Pratt-Taweh, Sasha; Sanghera, Harpreet; Miller, Grant and Pauly, Greg. (). Characterizing Youth Participation in Natural History Museum-led Citizen Science: Online and in the Field. In: Citizen Science Association, 13-17 Mar 2019, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Lorke, Julia; Ballard, Heidi L.; Aristeidou, Maria; Herodotou, Christothea; Ghadiri, Maryam; Swanson, Rebecca D. and Robinson, Lucy D.. (). “Don’t step on the volcanoes!” – Developing Environmental Science Agency through participation in Museum-Led Citizen Science Projects. In: The beauty and pleasure of understanding: engaging with contemporary challenges through science education (Proceeding of ESERA 2019), 26-30 Aug 2019, Bologna, Italy.
Scanlon, Eileen; Herodotou, Christothea; Whitelock, Denise and Edwards, Chris (). STEM Learning: Foundations. In: Ferguson, Rebecca; Jones, Ann and Scanlon, Eileen eds. Educational Visions: Lessons from 40 years of innovation London: Ubiquity Press, pp. 127-138.
Herodotou, Christothea; Scanlon, Eileen and Whitelock, Denise (). STEM Learning: Futures. In: Ferguson, Rebecca; Jones, Ann and Scanlon, Eileen eds. Educational Visions: Lessons from 40 years of innovation London: Ubiquity Press, pp. 139-150.

2018

Aristeidou, Maria and Herodotou, Christothea. (). Tomorrow’s World nQuire: young people’s requirements for engaging with inquiry-led, civic engagement technologies. In: Proceedings of 17th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn 2018), LearnTechLib, 51-53.
Rienties, Bart; Herodotou, Christothea; Olney, Tom; Schencks, Mat and Boroowa, Avi. (). Making sense of learning analytics dashboards: a technology acceptance perspective of 95 teachers. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 19 (5) pp. 186-202.
Ullmann, Thomas; Lay, Stephanie; Cross, Simon; Edwards, Chris; Gaved, Mark; Jones, Edwina; Hidalgo, Rafael; Evans, Gerald; Lowe, Sue; Calder, Kathleen; Clow, Doug; Coughlan, Tim; Herodotou, Christothea; Mangafa, Chrysoula and Rienties, Bart (). Scholarly insight Spring 2018: a Data wrangler perspective. Open University UK, Milton Keynes.
Herodotou, Christothea. (). Empowering citizens to participate in scientific endeavours: Tools and approaches from the Citizen Inquiry group. In: European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) Conference, 3-5 Jun 2018, Geneva, Switzerland.
Herodotou, Christothea. (). Young children learning with mobile devices: Research on design and implementation. In: AERA Annual Conference 2018, 13-17 Apr 2018, New York.
Ferguson, Rebecca; Herodotou, Christothea; Coughlan, Tim; Scanlon, Eileen and Sharples, Mike (). MOOC development: priority areas. In: Luckin, Rosemary eds. Enhancing Learning and Teaching with Technology: What the Research Says London: UCL IOE Press.
Herodotou, Christothea (). Citizen science and informal learning: A brief commentary. In: Luckin, Rosemary eds. Enhancing Learning and Teaching with Technology: What the Research Says. London: UCL Institute of Education Press.
Herodotou, Christothea; Aristeidou, M.; Scanlon, E. and Kelley, S.. (). Best Practice in Teaching with the Virtual Microscope: A Comparative Study of Blended and Online Learning. In: 7th eSTEeM Annual Conference, 25-26 Apr 2018, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.
Scanlon, Eileen and Herodotou, Christothea. (). CALRG Vision: Learners engage enthusiastically with science learning. In: CALRG: 40 Years Celebration, 10 Oct 2018, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.

2017

Rienties, Bart; Clow, Doug; Coughlan, Tim; Cross, Simon; Edwards, Chris; Gaved, Mark; Herodotou, Christothea; Hlosta, Martin; Jones, Jan; Rogaten, Jekaterina and Ullmann, Thomas (). Scholarly insight Autumn 2017:a Data wrangler perspective. Open University UK.
Herodotou, Christothea; Sharples, Mike and Scanlon, Eileen (). Introducing citizen inquiry. In: Herodotou, Christothea; Sharples, Mike and Scanlon, Eileen eds. Citizen Inquiry: Synthesising Science and Inquiry Learning Routledge.
Herodotou, Christothea. (). Do children learn from playing Angry Birds? A comparative study of 4 and 5 years old. In: CALRG Annual Conference 2017, 14-16 Jun 2017, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.
Herodotou, Christothea; Gilmour, Alison; Boroowa, Avinash; Rienties, Bart; Zdrahal, Zdenek and Hlosta, Martin. (). Predictive modelling for addressing students’ attrition in Higher Education: The case of OU Analyse. In: CALRG Annual Conference 2017, 14-16 Jun 2017, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.
Rienties, Bart; Rogaten, Jekaterina; Nguyen, Quan; Edwards, Chris; Gaved, Mark; Holt, Deborah; Herodotou, Christothea; Clow, Doug; Cross, Simon; Coughlan, Tim; Jones, Jan and Ullmann, Thomas (). Scholarly insight Spring 2017: A Data Wrangler Perspective. Open University UK.
Gilmour, Alison; MacLeod, Lucy; Naydenova, Galina; Boroowa, Avinash; Ward, Rebecca and Herodotou, Christothea. (). Predictive modelling and student retention: A collaborative enhancement project. In: 3rd International Enhancement in Higher Education Conference, 6-8 Jun 2017, Glasgow, UK.
Sharples, Mike; Aristeidou, Maria; Villasclaras-Fernández, Eloy; Herodotou, Christothea and Scanlon, Eileen. (). The Sense-it App: A Smartphone Toolkit for Citizen Inquiry Learning. International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 9 (2) pp. 16-38.
Herodotou, Christothea; Rienties, Bart; Boroowa, Avinash; Zdrahal, Zdenek; Hlosta, Martin and Naydenova, Galina. (). Implementing predictive learning analytics on a large scale: the teacher's perspective. In: Proceedings of the Seventh International Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference, ACM, NY, 267-271.
Ferguson, Rebecca; Coughlan, Tim; Herodotou, Christothea and Scanlon, Eileen (). MOOCs: What the research of FutureLearn’s UK partners tells us. Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, Milton Keynes.
Herodotou, Christothea; Heiser, Sarah and Rienties, Bart. (). Implementing Randomised Control Trials in Open and Distance Learning: A Feasibility Study. Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-learning, 32 (2) pp. 147-162.
Muirhead, David K.; Herodotou, Christothea; Aristeidou, Maria; Hole, M. J.; Kelley, Simon; Scanlon, Eileen and Duffy, M.. (). A Comparative Study of Blended and Online Learning using the Virtual Microscope for Earth Sciences. In: Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference: Making Connections and Sharing Pedagogy, 39 Jun - 30 June 2017, Heriot-Watt University, UK.

2016

Sharples, Mike; de Roock, Roberto; Ferguson, Rebecca; Gaved, Mark; Herodotou, Christothea; Koh, Elizabeth; Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes; Looi, Chee-Kit; McAndrew, Patrick; Rienties, Bart; Weller, Martin and Wong, Lung Hsiang (). Innovating Pedagogy 2016: Open University Innovation Report 5. The Open University.
Herodotou, Christothea. (). Are mobile games good for preschoolers? Angry Birds and science learning in a group of 5-years old. In: Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA, 679-687.
Herodotou, Christothea; Heiser, Sarah and Rienties, Bart. (). A randomised control study about the effects of different assessment registration encouragements. In: 8th Biennial conference of EARLI Sig 1: Assessment & Evaluation, 24-26 Aug 2016, Munich, Germany.
Ferguson, Rebecca; Coughlan, Tim and Herodotou, Christothea (). MOOCS: What The Open University research tells us. Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, Milton Keynes.
Mystakidis, Stylianos and Herodotou, Christothea. (). OpenQuest: Designing a Motivational Framework for MOOCs Instruction. In: MOOCs in Europe, European Commission, Maastricht, 141-145.
Rienties, Bart; Boroowa, Avinash; Cross, Simon; Farrington-Flint, Lee; Herodotou, Christothea; Prescott, Lynda; Mayles, Kevin; Olney, Tom; Toetenel, Lisette and Woodthorpe, John. (). Reviewing three case-studies of learning analytics interventions at the open university UK. In: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge, ACM, New York, 534-535.

2015

Sharples, Mike; Aristeidou, Maria; Villasclaras-Fernández, Eloy; Herodotou, Christothea and Scanlon, Eileen. (). Sense-it: A Smartphone Toolkit for Citizen Inquiry Learning. In: The Mobile Learning Voyage – From Small Ripples to Massive Open Waters, 366-377.
Herodotou, Christothea and Mystakidis, Stylianos. (). Addressing the Retention Gap in MOOCs: Towards a Motivational Framework for MOOCs Instructional Design. In: 16th Biennial EARLI Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction, 25-29 Aug 2015, Limassol, Cyprus.
Herodotou, Christothea; Winters, Niall and Kambouri, Maria. (). An Iterative, Multidisciplinary Approach to Studying Digital Play Motivation: The Model of Game Motivation. Games and Culture, 10 (3) pp. 249-268.
Herodotou, Christothea; Kambouri, Maria and Winters, Niall. (). What characteristics of the gamers' profile should be taken into account in player-centred game design?. In: Workshop Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Intelligent Environments, IOS Press, 289-297.

2014

Herodotou, Christothea; Villasclaras Fernandez, Eloy and Sharples, Mike (). The design and evaluation of a sensor-based mobile application for citizen inquiry science investigations. In: Rensing, Christoph; de Freitas, Sara; Ley, Tobias and Muñoz-Merino, Pedro J. eds. Open Learning and Teaching in Educational Communities: 9th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2014, Graz, Austria, September 16-19, 2014, Proceedings SpringerInternational Publishing, pp. 434-439.
Herodotou, C.; Kambouri, M. and Winters, N.. (). Dispelling the myth of the socio-emotionally dissatisfied gamer. Computers in Human Behavior, 32 pp. 23-31.
Herodotou, Christothea; Villasclaras-Fernandez, Eloy and Sharples, Mike. (). Scaffolding citizen inquiry science learning through the nQuire toolkit.. In: EARLI SIG 20: Computer Supported Inquiry Learning, 18-20 Aug 2014, Malmö University, Sweden.
Kyza, Eleni A.; Herodotou, Christothea; Nicolaidou, Iolie; Redfors, Andreas; Hansson, Lena; Schanze, Sascha; Saballus, Ulf; Papadouris, Nicos and Michael, Georgia (). Adapting web-based inquiry learning environments from one country to another: the CoReflect experience. In: Bruguière, Catherine; Tiberghien, Andrée and Clément, Pierre eds. Topics and Trends in Current Science Education Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, pp. 567-582.

2012

Herodotou, Christothea; Winters, Niall and Kambouri, Maria. (). A Motivationally Oriented Approach to Understanding Game Appropriation. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 28 (1) pp. 34-47.
Herodotou, Christothea; Kyza, Eleni A.; Nicolaidou, Iolie; Hadjichambis, Andreas; Kafouris, Dimitris and Terzian, Freda. (). The development and validation of the GMOAS: an instrument measuring secondary students’ attitudes towards Genetically Modified Organisms.. International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2 (2) pp. 131-147.

2011

Herodotou, Christothea; Kambouri, Maria and Winters, Niall. (). The role of trait emotional intelligence in gamers' preferences for play and frequency of gaming. Computers in Human Behavior, 27 (5) pp. 1815-1819.

2009

Herodotou, Christothea (). Game Appropriation: Where does the gamer fit?. PhD thesis UCL Institute of Education.

Media appearances

Can maths apps add value to learning?

Nuffield funded project

Nuffield foundation | 25th September 2022

Escape with the sounds of nature – Forest 404

An exciting national experiment reopens today, aiming to shed light on how listening to nature could impact wellbeing

Open University homepage | 8th April 2020

Japan preschools using tablets to prep tots for digital age

Some studies show positive outcomes among young children using mobile devices to improve their literacy, science or math skills, but there’s little research comparing tablet-assisted learning to more conventional teaching approaches, according to a review of 19 studies by Christothea Herodotou, a lecturer at The Open University in the United Kingdom. Herodotou said it’s unclear which features might help or hinder learning.

Associated Press | 26th September 2018

Most downloaded article in recent BJET history

Congratulations! Your article was one of our top downloaded articles in recent publication history!

Wiley, BJET | 24th May 2018

nQuire shortlisted for the Guardian University Awards

nQuire has been shortlisted in the Research impact category.

OU Life | 19th March 2020

OU platform hosts investigation into fake facts about COVID-19

An investigation which tests how likely people are to believe COVID-19 related news stories, has been launched on the OU’s nQuire platform

Open unievrsity homepage | 5th May 2020

Awards

BERA BJET Fellowship

British Educational Research Association

British Academy Mid-career fellowship

British Academy

Digital Innovation of the year 2019 (shortlisted)

By The Times Higher Education (THE) for OU Analyse

Recognition for excellence in teaching 2020

Awarded by the Open University for engaging teachers with predictive learning analytics

Research Award for Outstanding impact on teaching, learning and curriculum

Awarded by the Open University for using predictive learning analytics to support learning

Research Impact Guardian Award (pending)

for engaging citizens with science via nQuire

The Open University Inaugural Engaging Research Award

RCUK Public Engagement with Research Catalyst ‘An open research university’