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

Senior Lecturer

I am a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at the Open University UK, with expertise in the evidence-based design and evaluation of technologies for learning (online platforms, mobile applications, digital games) using mixed-methods research approaches (learning analytics, RCTs, interviews, surveys). I hold funding from the National Science Foundation, Wellcome, and ESRC to improve the design of online citizen science platforms and make science learning more accessible and productive to young people (LEARN Cit Sci). I am also the academic lead of nQuire (nquire.org.uk) - a citizen science platform developed in partnership with the BBC, which supports the engagement of the public with scientific practices, and the PI of the UKRI funded project EduCS: EDUcating Citizens and organisations in Citizen Science methodologies, that aims to develop citizen science capacity in organisations not normally involved in citizen science. I hold funding from eSTEeM, OU (co-I) to improve the accuracy of predictive analytics of at risk students, as measured by OU Analyse.

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). Outcomes from mEvaluate resulted in my authoring and designing of an Open Learn course that aims to raise awareness about how parents and teachers should use digital technologies with children.

Teaching-related activities: I coordinate the evaluation of the Early Alert Indicators project, a university-wide initiative for assessing predictive learning analytics interventions and their impact on students' performance and attainment. I am also leading the evaluation of a new assessment tool that will enable more effective marking practices by teachers across the university. In the past, I led an eSTEeM funded project about how to improve the design of OU courses around virtual microscopy, examining both the teachers' and the students' perspectives.I was chairing the master course: Technology-enhanced learning: Practices and debates (H800) for three years.

PhD/EdD supervision: I am currently supervising 2 PhD students and 3 EdD students. 

Qualifications: I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and an 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.

Dr Christothea Herodotou is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at the Open University, UK. She has extensive expertise in the evidence-based design and evaluation of technologies for learning (online platforms, mobile applications, digital games) through innovative research methodologies including learning analytics. She holds funding from 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. She is the academic lead of nQuire - a citizen science platform developed in partnership with the BBC that aims to engage the public in all the stages of scientific research. She is the PI of the UKRI funded project EduCs that aims to develop citizen science capacity in large organisations. Also, she holds funding from eSTEeM (co-I) to improve the accuracy of predictive learning analytics of at risk students, as measured by OU Analyse. She coordinated the evaluation of the Early Alert Indicators project, a university-wide initiative that assessed predictive learning analytics interventions and their impact on students' performance and attainment; the project has received multiple awards for research impact and excellence in teaching. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and an Honorary Associate of UCL. 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).

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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

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Project Logo EduCS (Educating citizens and organisations in Citizen Science methodologies) 2020
Project Logo m-Evaluate (mEvaluate: Devising an evaluation framework for the design and use of mobile learning applications in early years' education) 2017 - 2018
Mobile game applications and participation in science learning of preschoolers from disadvantaged backgrounds 2015 - 2016
Project Logo nQuire (nQuire: Young Citizen Inquiry) 2013 - 2014
PKF (Police Knowledge Fund) 2015 - 2017

Japan preschools using tablets to prep tots for digital age

Associated Press | 26th September 2018

Most downloaded article in recent BJET history

Wiley, BJET | 24th May 2018

Past

Invited Talk

2nd March 2020

Evidence-based pedagogies for the future

EDEN - OER and Open Pedagogies – Best Practices

Invited Talk

14th February 2020

From citizen science to citizen inquiry

UKRI Citizen science workshop University of Hull

Invited Talk

24th January 2018

Invited Talk

6th June 2017

Youth learning in citizen science programmes

Citizen science conference Natural History Museum London

Conference Presentation

16th March 2017

Implementing Predictive Learning Analytics on a Large Scale

Learning Analytics and Knowledge conference Vancouver, Canada

Conference Presentation

14th September 2016

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’

External Appointments