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Tina Papathoma BA MSc MRes

Research Student

I am PhD research student, focusing on MOOCs and on educators' teaching in these environments looking at how they learn to teach (create and run) these courses.

I am a member of the Professional and Digital Learning group which explores how professionals learn in different organisations, including companies, government organisations, open networks, public sector organisations (including universities) and the Open University itself.

I am also a member of the Global OER graduate network, a global network of PhD students involved in projects, policy development and implementation strategies on open educational resources (OER).

Tina is a full-time PhD research student (Year 3) in the Institute of Educational Technology (IET) at the Open University in the UK. Her PhD is funded by the Centre of Research in Education and Educational Technology of the Open University. Tina's PhD research study explores who the educators in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are and how they learn to teach (create and run) courses on the FutureLearn platform (FL). Tina conducted online interviews with around 30 educators from seven different FL partner institutions. Tina's study provides evidence of who these educators are and what their best practices of mooc creation and running were for them, what challenges they faced, what activities they needed to complete as part of their courses and how they learned to do those courses. Tina's PhD study seeks to provide recommendations for better practices for educators and institutions.

Tina has a Master of Research (Education) from the Institute of Educational Technology of the Open University, UK and an MSc in Education, Technology and Society from the Graduate School of Education of Bristol University (UK). Her background is in Philosophy and Education with a Bachelor degree from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece).

Tina's research interests are related to Professional Learning and MOOCs. She is communicative in English, Greek (native speaker), French and Spanish.

Tina has an interest in different cultures and languages. She has worked as a language teacher in the UK. Most of her work placements (i.e. Workforce Team Leader at London 2012) have involved interaction with other people and have majorly helped her to practice and further develop her organisational and problem-solving skills.Tina has a multinational experience of living in 5 different countries.





13th October 2017

Challenges and good practices related to online interviews

Joint Technology Enhanced Learning Summer School 2017 Aveiro, Portugal

Invited Talk

23rd June 2017

Who are the mooc educators and what are their job tasks? A multi case study

Future Learn Academic Network Milton Keynes, UK

Conference Presentation

5th April 2017

Invited Talk

19th January 2017

Exploring how educators learn how to teach in moocs

Future Learn Academic Network Barcelona, Spain


Research and Scholarship award from Santander

funding received for a Research Visit in Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona Spain

External Appointments