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Dr Maria Aristeidou

Lecturer - Technology Enhanced Learning

I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Technology Enhanced Learning and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

I am a mixed-methods researcher that combines expertise from the Education, Citizen Science, and Human-Computer Interaction fields. of citizen inquiry. The main focus of my research is the design and evaluation of engaging learning technologies for online courses and knowledge exchange communities (e.g., citizen science communities, communities of practice).

Current research

I'm currently leading the following projects:

  • CitSci diaries: developing a methodology (settings, instructions, modes, time-frame, evaluation) for applying diary studies in citizen science as a way of capturing citizen engagement (funder: European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST); partner: Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education, Germany)
  • CitSci Edu: understanding and improving the experience of educators who engage young people in citizen science activities (funder: Santander; partner: University of Barcelona, Spain)

I'm currently contributing to the following projects:

  • LEARN CitSci: looking to answer how we can use citizen science programming to better educate, enable and empower youth in science. My role is to understand how young people learn in citizen science online settings, and in particular on Zooniverse and iNaturalist. I am analysing young people's log data, and conducting and analysing surveys and interviews.
  • Tommorow's World nQuire: developing an online citizen inquiry platform for large-scale public experiments in psychology and social science.

Research methods experiences

I am a mixed methods researcher with experience using social network analysis, data analytics, interviews, surveys, and content/vocabulary analysis.

Teaching experience

I'm currently evaluating the benefits and challenges of producing and presenting OU courses of high quality (i.e. H880, BXM840, BXM850 & D890 ) on the FutureLearn platform, for students and staff.

In the past, I contributed to the following MA in Online and Distance Education modules:
  • H880: Technology-enhanced learning: foundations and futures (module creation/authoring team)
  • H800: Technology-enhanced learning: practices and debates (content check and plagiarism check)
  • H819: The critical researcher: educational technology in practice (plagiarism check)

Qualifications:

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
  • Qualified Teacher (QTS) – National College for Teaching & Leadership
  • PhD in Educational Technology - Institute of Educational Technology (IET), The Open University, UK.
  • MSc in Technology Education & Digital Systems (track: e-Learning) - Department of Digital Systems, University of Piraeus, Greece.
  • BA (Hons) in Education Sciences and Primary Education - Primary Education Department, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.


Dr Maria Aristeidou is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at The Open University (OU), UK, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Her interests lie on the boundary between educational technology, citizen science and human-computer interaction. She has contributed to the MA in Open and Distance Education (OU) and the evaluation of the OU FutureLearn courses. The focus of her research is the design and evaluation of engaging learning technologies. She is currently involved in the LEARN CitSci project (funded by the National Science Foundation, Wellcome Trust, and ESRC). She also holds funding from the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) to investigate citizen diaries as a method to capture citizens’ engagement in science projects; and a scholarship award from Santander to understand and improve the experience of educators who engage young people in citizen science activities (CitSci Edu). She is also contributing to the OU/BBC 'Tomorrow's World nQuire' project.

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Project Logo LEARN CitSci (LEARN CitSci: Learning and Environmental science Agency Research Network for Citizen Science ) 2017 - 2021
Project Logo nQuire 2017 - 2020
Project Logo CitSci Edu (Understanding and improving the experience of educators engaging young people in citizen science activities) 2019 - 2020

Completed

CitSci diaries (Citizen diaries as a method to capture citizens’ engagement in science projects) 2019 - 2020

Past

Invited Talk

11th June 2020

Learning in online citizen science

#CitSciWebinar Online Citizen Science & Learning

Awards

Early Career Researcher Travel Award:

I received €1000 from the European Science Education Association for a research visit to the Department of Education in University of Haifa, Israel.

Santander Research & Scholarship Award:

I received £5000 to study the experiences of educators who have engaged young people in citizen science activities.