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Prof Eileen Scanlon Ph.D

Regius Professor

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I am Associate Director of Research and Innovation in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, UK. As Associate Director I have institutional responsibility for developing research strategy in educational technology. I am particularly interested in journeys between formal and informal learning, and I am one of the organisers of the FutureLearn academic network.

Biography

Eileen Scanlon is Regius Professor of Open Education, an award she received for her exceptional contributions to the fields of educational technology and public engagement with the sciences. Her award also reflects the exceptionally high quality of teaching and research within The Institute of Educational Technology (IET).

Eileen has a background in science education and science communication teaching and research, and educational technology. She holds a number of senior management roles and visiting posts. She is Associate Director of Research and Innovation in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, UK. As Associate Director she has institutional responsibility for developing research strategy in educational technology. Eileen is also Honorary Professor in Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh. Previously. she was a Trustee at Bletchley Parkandshe has held visiting academic appointments at University of California (Berkeley) and the Institute of Education, University of London.

Eileen began her full-time OU career in 1975, working in the Deanery of The Science Faculty. She completed her PhD in 1990 studying cognitive models of physics problem solving. Eileen has worked in IET since 1978 where she has held a number of roles, including Director of the Computers and Learning Research Group (CALRG). She was also Director of the interfaculty centre of excellence, the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET). She is currently directing openTEL, http://www.open.ac.uk/research/themes/opentel, an Open University strategic research area which brings together people from across the University who are conducting research in technology enhanced learning.

Eileen has contributed to a number of postgraduate teaching projects, such as the MA in open and distance education including leading roles in the development of the MSc in Science Studies.

Publications

2024

Ferguson, Rebecca and Scanlon, Eileen. (). Open Technology-Enhanced Learning. Journal of Interactive Media in Education (JIME), 2024 (1) pp. 1-5.

2023

Scanlon, Eileen; Herodotou, Christothea and McLeod, Kevin. (). Community Citizen Inquiry: The Case of nQuire. In: Proceedings of the European Distance and eLearning Network Conference 2023, 18-20 Jun 2023, Dublin.
Suzuki, Yuko; Wild, Fridolin and Scanlon, Eileen. (). Measuring cognitive load in augmented reality with physiological methods: A systematic review. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning pp. [Early Access].
Scanlon, Eileen. (). Learning science at a distance: it can be done. In: 3rd International Conference on Educational Technology and Online Learning – ICETOL 2023: Full Paper Proceedings, 20-23 Jun 2023, Cunda, Ayvalık,Turkey.
Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes; Bossu, Carina; Charitonos, Koula; Coughlan, Tim; Deacon, Andrew; Deane, Nawaal; Ferguson, Rebecca; Herodotou, Christothea; Huang, Cheng-Wen; Mayisela, Tabisa; Rets, Irina; Sargent, Julia; Scanlon, Eileen; Small, Janet; Walji, Sukaina; Weller, Martin and Whitelock, Denise (). Innovating Pedagogy 2023: Open University Innovation Report 11. The Open University, Milton Keynes.

2022

Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes; Bossu, Carina; Charitonos, Koula; Coughlan, Tim; Ferguson, Rebecca; FitzGerald, Elizabeth; Gaved, Mark; Guitert, Montse; Herodotou, Christothea; Maina, Marcelo; Prieto-Blázquez, Josep; Rienties, Bart; Sangrà, Albert; Sargent, Julia; Scanlon, Eileen and Whitelock, Denise (). Innovating Pedagogy 2022: Open University Innovation Report 10. The Open University, Milton Keynes.
Murphy, Victoria; Iniesto, Francisco and Scanlon, Eileen (). Higher Education’s Digitalisation: Past, Present, and Future. In: Kaplan, Andreas eds. Digital Transformation and Disruption of Higher Education Cambridge University Press.
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.
Rienties, Bart; Hampel, Regine; Scanlon, Eileen and Whitelock, Denise (). Open World Learning: Research, Innovation and the Challenges of High-Quality Education. London: Routledge.
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.
Rienties, Bart; Hampel, Regine; Scanlon, Eileen and Whitelock, Denise (). Introduction to open world learning: Research, innovation and the challenges of high-quality education. In: Rienties, Bart; Hampel, Regine; Scanlon, Eileen and Whitelock, Denise eds. Open World Learning: Research, Innovation and the Challenges of High-Quality Education New York, USA: Routledge, pp. 1-12.
Rienties, Bart; Hampel, Regine; Scanlon, Eileen and Whitelock, Denise (). Reflecting on the main findings and practical applications. In: Rienties, Bart; Hampel, Regine; Scanlon, Eileen and Whitelock, Denise eds. Open World Learning: Research, Innovation and the Challenges of High-Quality Education New York, USA: Routledge, pp. 264-272.
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

Whitelock, Denise; Herodotou, Christothea; Cross, Simon and Scanlon, Eileen (). Open Voices on Covid-19: Covid challenges and opportunities driving the research agenda. England: Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and E-learning.
Aristeidou, Maria; Sharples, Mike and Scanlon, Eileen (). Technologies for citizen inquiry: participatory research in online communities. In: Burns, Danny; Howard, Joanna and Ospina, Sonia M. eds. The SAGE Handbook of Participatory Research and Inquiry London: SAGE Publications, pp. 496-512.
Minocha, Shailey; Murphy, Victoria and Scanlon, Eileen. (). Designing Ethical Assessment. In: CALRG Annual Conference 2021, 15-16 Jun 2021, The Open University, UK (online).
Herodotou, Christothea; Scanlon, Eileen and Sharples, Mike. (). Methods of Promoting Learning and Data Quality in Citizen and Community Science. Frontiers in Climate.
Scanlon, Eileen. (). Educational Technology Research: Contexts, Complexity and Challenges. Journal of Interactive Media in Education.
Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes; Bossu, Carina; Coughlan, Tim; Ferguson, Rebecca; FitzGerald, Elizabeth; Gaved, Mark; Herodotou, Christothea; Rienties, Bart; Sargent, Julia; Scanlon, Eileen; Tang, Jinlan; Wang, Qi; Whitelock, Denise and Zhang, Shuai (). Innovating Pedagogy 2021: Open University Innovation Report 9. The Open University, Milton Keynes.
Iniesto, Francisco; Murphy, Victoria; Scanlon, Eileen and Shi-Min, Chua. (). OpenTEL: lessons from a pandemic for the future of distance education. In: EDEN 30th Annual Conference 2021, 21-24 Jun 2021, Madrid.
Herodotou, Christothea; Fox, Kate and Scanlon, Eileen (). Evaluation of the new version of the Virtual Microscope (VM) with OU student [eSTEeM funded project]. The Open University.
Whitelock, Denise; Herodotou, Christothea; Cross, Simon and Scanlon, Eileen. (). [Editorial] Open voices on COVID-19: covid challenges and opportunities driving the research agenda. Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, 36 (3) pp. 201-211.

2020

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.
Scanlon, Eileen and Papathoma, Tina. (). Citizen science as interdisciplinary working. In: Networked Learning Conference, 2020, 18-20 May 2020, Kolding, Denmark.
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.
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; 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.
Aristeidou, Maria; Scanlon, Eileen and Sharples, Mike. (). Learning outcomes in online citizen science communities designed for inquiry. International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 10 (4) pp. 277-294.

2019

Jones, Ann; Scanlon, Eileen and Ferguson, Rebecca (). Introduction. In: Ferguson, Rebecca; Jones, Ann and Scanlon, Eileen eds. Educational Visions: Lessons from 40 years of innovation London: Ubiquity Press, pp. 1-12.
Ferguson, Rebecca; Jones, Ann and Scanlon, Eileen (). Educational visions: The lessons from 40 years of innovation. London: Ubiquity Press.
Coughlan, Tim; Lister, Kate; Seale, Jane; Scanlon, Eileen and Weller, Martin (). Accessible Inclusive Learning: Foundations. In: Ferguson, Rebecca; Jones, Ann and Scanlon, Eileen eds. Educational visions: The lessons from 40 years of innovation London: Ubiquity press, pp. 51-73.
Coughlan, Tim; Lister, Kate; Seale, Jane; Scanlon, Eileen and Weller, Martin (). Accessible Inclusive Learning: Futures. In: Ferguson, Rebecca; Jones, Ann and Scanlon, Eileen eds. Educational visions: The lessons from 40 years of innovation London: Ubiquity press, pp. 75-91.
Scanlon, Eileen; Anastopoulou, Stamatina; Conole, Grainne and Twiner, Alison. (). Interdisciplinary Working Methods: Reflections Based on Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL). Frontiers in Education.
Herodotou, Christothea; Sharples, Mike; Gaved, Mark; Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes; Rienties, Bart; Scanlon, Eileen and Whitelock, Denise. (). Innovative Pedagogies of the Future: An Evidence-Based Selection. Frontiers in Education.
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.
Holmes, Wayne; Iniesto, Francisco; Sharples, Mike and Scanlon, Eileen. (). ETHICS in AIED: Who Cares? An EC-TEL workshop. In: EC-TEL 2019 Fourteenth European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, 16-19 Sep 2019, Delft (Netherlands).
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

Davies, Gareth; Gaved, Mark; Charitonos, Koula; McAndrew, Patrick; Jones, Ann and Scanlon, Eileen (). Comparative evaluation of the MAZI pilots (version 3). The MAZI Consortium.
Scanlon, Eileen and Conole, Grainne. (). Interdisciplinarity in Technology Enhanced Learning: An Interview Study. Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2018 (1) pp. 11.
McAndrew, Patrick; Anastopoulou, Stamatina and Scanlon, Eileen. (). Transformative approaches in distance online education: aligning evidence to influence the design of teaching at scale. In: L@S 2018: Fifth (2018) ACM Conference on Learning @ Scale, 26-28 Jun 2018, London, UK.
Jones, Ann; Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes; Norris, Lucy; Gaved, Mark; Scanlon, Eileen; Jones, Jan and Brasher, Andrew. (). Supporting immigrant language learning on smartphones: A field trial. Studies in the Education of Adults, 49 (2) pp. 228-252.
Herodotou, Christothea; Aristeidou, Maria; Sharples, Mike and Scanlon, Eileen. (). Designing citizen science tools for learning: lessons learnt from the iterative development of nQuire. Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning.
Scanlon, Eileen. (). Digital scholarship: identity, interdisciplinarity and openness. Frontiers in Digital Humanities.
Davies, Gareth; Gaved, Mark; McAndrew, Patrick; Jones, Ann; Scanlon, Eileen; Hausel, Katalin and Apostol, Ileana (). D3.9 Comparative evaluation of the MAZI pilots (version 2). European Commission.
Jones, Ann; Scanlon, Eileen and Charitonos, Koula (). Learning across locations and settings. In: Luckin, Rosemary eds. Enhancing Learning and Teaching with Technology: What the Research Says UCL IOE Press.
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.
Baume, David and Scanlon, Eileen (). What the research says about how and why learning happens. In: Luckin, Rosemary eds. Enhancing Learning and Teaching with Technology: what the research says London: UCL IOE Publishing.
Baume, David and Scanlon, Eileen (). A contemporary digital capabilities framework. In: Luckin, Rosemary eds. Enhancing Learning and Teaching with Technology: what the research says London: UCL IOE Publishing.
FitzGerald, Elizabeth; Kucirkova, Natalia; Jones, Ann; Cross, Simon; Ferguson, Rebecca; Herodotou, Christothea; Hillaire, Garron and Scanlon, Eileen. (). Dimensions of personalisation in technology-enhanced learning: a framework and implications for design. British Journal of Educational Technology, 49 (1) pp. 165-181.
FitzGerald, Elizabeth; Jones, Ann; Kucirkova, Natalia and Scanlon, Eileen. (). A literature synthesis of personalised technology-enhanced learning: what works and why. Research in Learning Technology.
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.
Davies, Gareth; Gaved, Mark; Charitonos, Koula; McAndrew, Patrick; Jones, Ann and Scanlon, Eileen (). D3.10 Comparative study of the MAZI pilots (version 3). European Commission.

2017

Ferguson, Rebecca; Barzilai, Sarit; Ben-Zvi, Dani; Chinn, Clark A; Herodotou, Christothea; Hod, Yotam; Kali, Yael; Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes; Kupermintz, Haggai; McAndrew, Patrick; Rienties, Bart; Sagy, Ornit; Scanlon, Eileen; Sharples, Mike; Weller, Martin and Whitelock, Denise (). Innovating Pedagogy 2017: Exploring new forms of teaching, learning and assessment, to guide educators and policy makers. Open University Innovation Report 6. The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.
Aristeidou, Maria; Scanlon, Eileen and Sharples, Mike. (). Design Guidelines for Sensor-based Mobile Learning Applications. In: mLearn 2017 Proceedings of the 16th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning, ACM, New York, NY, USA.
Herodotou, Christothea; Sharples, Mike and Scanlon, Eileen (). Citizen Inquiry: Synthesising Science and Inquiry Learning. Abingdon: Routledge.
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.
Aristeidou, Maria; Scanlon, Eileen and Sharples, Mike (). Design processes of a citizen inquiry community. In: Herodotou, Christothea; Sharples, Mike and Scanlon, Eileen eds. Citizen Inquiry: Synthesising Science and Inquiry Learning Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 210-229.
Aristeidou, Maria; Scanlon, Eileen and Sharples, Mike. (). Profiles of engagement in online communities of citizen science participation. Computers in Human Behavior, 74 pp. 246-256.
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; Aristeidou, Maria; Kelley, Simon and Scanlon, Eileen. (). Students' engagement with practical science online: Pedagogical implications of the use of virtual microscope in distance learning. In: EARLI 2017, 29 Aug - 2 Sep 2017.
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, 29 - 30 Jun 2017, Heriot-Watt University, UK.
Aristeidou, Maria; Scanlon, Eileen and Sharples, Mike. (). Science learning in online communities of scientific investigations: evidence and suggestions. In: American Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2017, 27 Apr - 01 May 2017, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Curtis, Vickie; Holliman, Richard; Jones, Ann and Scanlon, Eileen (). Online citizen science: participation, motivation, and opportunities for informal learning. In: Herodotou, Christothea; Sharples, Mike and Scanlon, Eileen eds. Citizen Inquiry: Synthesising Science and Inquiry Learning Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 7-24.
Scanlon, Eileen. (). Concepts and Challenges in Digital Scholarship. Frontiers in Digital Humanities.

2016

Ferguson, Rebecca; Scanlon, Eileen and Harris, Lisa. (). Developing a strategic approach to MOOCs. Journal of Interactive Media in Education.
Charitonos, Koula; Charalampidi, Marina and Scanlon, Eileen. (). Using object-based activities and an online inquiry platform to support learners’ engagement with their heritage language and culture. In: CALL communities and culture – short papers from EUROCALL 2016, Research-publishing.net, Dublin, Ireland, 87-93.
Scanlon, Eileen and Taylor, Josie. (). Is technology enhanced learning an interdisciplinary activity?. In: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Networked Learning 2016, 129-133.
Aristeidou, Maria; Scanlon, Eileen and Sharples, Mike. (). Engaging citizens in online communities of scientific investigations. In: Citizen Science Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy, First ECSA Conference 2016, 19-21 May 2016, Berlin, Germany.

2015

Aristeidou, Maria; Scanlon, Eileen and Sharples, Mike. (). Weather-it: evolution of an online community for citizen inquiry. In: Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Knowledge Technologies and Data-driven Business, i-Know 2015, ACM.
Sharples, Mike; Aristeidou, Maria; Villasclaras-Fernández, Eloy; He