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Dr Maria Aristeidou

Research Associate

I am a Research Associate at the Institute of Educational Technology and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA). I am interested in the design and evaluation of technologies for learning and knowledge exchange. I completed my PhD, supervised by Prof Mike Sharples and Prof Eileen Scanlon, at The Open University in 2016. In my research project I explored how to design, create and maintain online communities, how to monitor and enhance participation within the community, and how to support informal inquiry learning through web-based platforms and mobile applications. You can find my PhD thesis here.

Current research

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.
  • Tommorow's World nQuire: developing an online citizen inquiry platform for large-scale public experiments in psychology and social science.
  • Virtual Microscope: understanding what works best for students who study practical science online in order to improve their overall learning experience

Research methods experiences

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

Teaching experience

I'm currently contributing 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, plagiarism check and script monitoring)
  • H819: The critical researcher: educational technology in practice (plagiarism check)

Dr Maria Aristeidou is a Research Associate at The Open University, UK. Her research interests focus on the design and evaluation of engaging learning technologies and she is very keen on researching online knowledge exchange communities and tools. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA). She received her Ph.D degree in Educational Technology (thesis: Citizen Inquiry) from The Open University, UK, and her MSc in Digital Systems and Technology learning (track: e-learning) from the University of Piraeus, Greece. She is currently involved in the LEARN CitSci project (funded by the National Science Foundation, Wellcome Trust, and ESRC). She is also contributing to the eSTEem virtual microscope project and the OU/BBC 'Tomorrow's World nQuire' project.

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Current

Project Logo LEARN CitSci (LEARN CitSci: Learning and Environmental science Agency Research Network for Citizen Science ) 2017 - 2021

Completed

Project Logo Tomorrow’s world nQuire 2017 - 2018