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Dr Maria Aristeidou PhD, FHEA, MSc, BA (Hons)

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, Human-Computer Interaction and Citizen Science fields. The main focuses of my research are the design and evaluation of engaging learning technologies and the experiences of Higher Education students.

Teaching experience

My current contribution to teaching includes data wrangling, through which I support the university to take useful actions to better support the learning experience and outcomes of students. My current project is about understanding the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on the learning activities of the OU undergraduate students.

In the past:

I evaluated 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.

I also contributed to the following MA in Online and Distance Education (MAODE) 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)

Research experience

I'm currently leading the following projects:

  • CitSci Edu: understanding and improving the experience of educators who engage young people in citizen science activities. Funder: Santander; partner: University of Barcelona, Spain.
  • PhD students well-being during Covid-19: understanding the potential impact of Covid-19 on the research progress and well-being of PhD students, worldwide. Funders: PVC-RES, IET, UCL; partner: University College London (UCL) School of management.

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. Funders: NHS, Wellcome trust & ESRC.

Recently, I lead/contributed to these projects:

  • CitSci diaries (lead): 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.
  • nQuire (contributed): developing an online citizen inquiry platform for large-scale public experiments in psychology and social science, in collaboration with the BBC.

Research methods experiences

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

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 education, human-computer interaction and citizen science. 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 and the experiences of Higher Education students. 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
PhD students well-being during COVID-19 2020 - 2021
Project Logo CitSci Edu (Understanding and improving the experience of educators engaging young people in citizen science activities) 2019 - 2021

Completed

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

Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on PhD students

Open University Research | 1st October 2020

Past

Invited Talk

11th June 2020

Learning in online citizen science

#CitSciWebinar Online Citizen Science & Learning

Awards

Coronavirus research fund:

I received £6400 from PVC-RES and £3000 from IET and the UCL School of management to study the impact of Covid-19 on the research progress and well-being on PhD students worldwide.

Coronavirus research fund:

I received £7700 from PVC-RES to study the impact of Covid-19 on the studies of OU students.

Early Career Research Travel Award

I received 1000€ from the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) for a research visit at 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.

Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) grant:

I received 2500€ for travel expenses to visit/collaborate with IPN in Kiel (Germany) to study citizen diaries as a method to capture citizens' engagement in science projects.