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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 a mixed-methods researcher that combines expertise from the Education, Citizen Science, and Human-Computer Interaction fields. I am interested in understanding and improving participation and learning in online communities of citizen inquiry. The main focus of my research is the design and evaluation of citizen participation technologies for learning.

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: Kiel University)
  • CitSci Edu:understanding and improving the experience of educators who engage young people in citizen science activities (funder: Santander; partner: University of Barcelona)

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.

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 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)

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 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 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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CitSci diaries (Citizen diaries as a method to capture citizens’ engagement in science projects) 2019 - 2020
Project Logo LEARN CitSci (LEARN CitSci: Learning and Environmental science Agency Research Network for Citizen Science ) 2017 - 2021
Project Logo Tomorrow’s World nQuire 2017 - 2019
Project Logo CitSci Edu (Understanding and improving the experience of educators engaging young people in citizen science activities) 2019 - 2020

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