I am a Lecturer at the Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, UK. My research interests include school based research, teacher training, technology-enhanced learning, mobile learning and special educational needs.

Qualifications: I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA). I received my Ph.D. degree in Autism and Educational Technology from Coventry University, my MEd in Inclusion and Special Educational Needs with Distinction from the University of Birmingham, and my BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature from the University of Athens, Greece.

Teaching: I have been involved in 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 have also been a Data Wrangler for the Faculty of Business and Law (FBL). Currently, I am involved in the FutureLearn Postgraduate Qualifications Test and Learn Project in which I collaborate with academic, academic related and support staff, and senior leaders to evaluate student experience and satisfaction, staff experience, and quality of offering of OU modules running on FutureLearn.

Research projects: I was heavily involved in the in the whole lifecycle of a major British Academy funded project, named ‘m-Evaluate: Devising an evaluation framework for the design and evaluation of mobile applications in early year’s education’ (m-Evaluate 2017-2018) investigating the impact of mobile maths applications in young children’s development and learning. I was involved in the ‘ABC Learning Gains: A longitudinal mixed-method study of learning gain: applying affective-behaviour-cognition framework at three institutions’ project conducting qualitative data analysis about Higher Education students’ experiences of their university studies in three UK HEIs. I have also secured funding from Santander as a Principal Investigator in the project ‘Enable ASC: Enabling Collaboration in the ASC Classroom’ (Enable-ASC 2018-2019) to explore the impact of iPad training in teachers’ practice and autistic children’s engagement in joint interactions in collaboration with the University of Sussex.

Research interests: I have a keen interest in conducting school based research investigating the potential of interactive technologies in learning and children’s development. I am working in close partnership with teachers, parents and children as co-researchers. I am a frequent reviewer for journals in the field of special educational needs and technology enhanced learning and have presented in many conferences in the UK and overseas (USA, Australia, Europe) about the implementation of mobile technologies in the classroom.

Further to my academic experience, I have also worked as a teacher in primary mainstream and special schools in the UK and as a TEFL teacher in Greece. I am a co-opted school governor in a special school for children with cognition difficulties responsible for the curriculum and e-safety. I have also been running parent support groups offering advice to parents/carers about raising a child with autism as well as delivering talks/teacher training workshops in primary schools about the effective use of mobile tablets/iPads in class.

Dr Chrysoula Mangafa is a Lecturer at the Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, UK. Her research interests include school based research, teacher training, technology-enhanced learning, mobile learning and special educational needs. She received her PhD in Autism and Educational Technology from Coventry University and her MEd in Inclusion and Special Educational Needs with Distinction from the University of Birmingham. In her PhD she used participatory action research designs to explore good autism practice and iPads’ contribution in the development of social communication skills.

In IET she has been involved in various externally funded projects. She was involved in the whole lifecycle of a major British Academy funded project (m-Evaluate 2017-2018) investigating the impact of mobile maths applications in young children’s development and learning. She was also involved in other projects, such as the ABC Learning Gains projects conducting qualitative data analysis about Higher Education students’ experiences of their university studies in three UK HEIs. She has also secured funding from Santander as a Principal Investigator in the project ‘Enable ASC: Enabling Collaboration in the ASC Classroom’ (Enable-ASC 2018-2019) to explore the impact of iPad training in teachers’ practice and autistic children’s engagement in joint interactions in collaboration with the University of Sussex. Chrysoula has a background in teaching children with autism and learning differences in primary schools in the UK. She is a co-opted school governor in a special school in Birmingham responsible for the curriculum and e-safety. She is also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) and a BERA convenor in the SIG Children and Childhoods.

She has also been involved in various teaching activities in IET. She has been involved in 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. She was also Data Wrangler for the Faculty of Business and Law (FBL).Currently, she is involved in the 'FutureLearn Postgraduate Qualifications Test and Learn' Project, which aims to evaluate student experience and satisfaction, staff experience, and quality of offering of OU modules running on FutureLearn.

Chrysoula is interested in community engagement and translating research into practice. She enjoys working in close partnership with teachers, parents and children as co-researchers. She holds a professional membership in ALT, INSAR, NASEN, BPS, and BERA and is a frequent blind reviewer in journals in the field of Special Education and Technology Enhanced Learning.

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Project Logo m-Evaluate (mEvaluate: Devising an evaluation framework for the design and use of mobile learning applications in early years' education) 2017 - 2018