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Dr Maria Aristeidou

Profile summary

  • Research Staff
  • Research Associate
  • Learning and Teaching Innovation
  • Institute of Educational Technology
  • Academic Team
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Professional biography

I am a technology-enhanced learning and community engagement researcher and practitioner. I completed a BA (Hons) in Education Science and Primary Education, University of Athens (Distinction), an MSc in e-learning at the University of Piraeus, Greece (with Distinction) and a Ph.D. degree in Educational Technology, at the Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, UK.

I am currently working as a postdoctoral researcher with openTEL at the Institute of Educational Technology in the Open University, UK. I am participating in a number of research projects and I am also contributing to European and UK National funding bids for work in openTEL. 

Research interests

My interests revolve around the design of engaging user-centered technologies and community engagement for enhanced interaction and knowledge exchange. I am also interested in citizen science, mobile learning and inclusive education.

My PhD thesis investigated the design of online citizen inquiry communities, recruitment and retaining of members, factors that engage or disengage members from the community, and whether and how members learn throughout their participation: Citizen Inquiry: Engaging Citizens in Online Communities of Scientific Inquiries

Teaching interests

I am contributing, as a critical reader, to finalising the learning material in the master module "H819: The critical researcher: educational technology in practice", which is part of the MA in Open and Distance Learning (MAODE).

Impact and engagement

  • Administration of the openTEL blog and Twitter account, communicating our research to academic and other non-academic stakeholders.
  • Coordination of workshops that maintain communication and collaboration between openTEL researchers and students.
  • Part of the IAmLearn (International Association for Mobile Learning) communication team, contributing to the newsletters and administrating the Facebook and Twitter account.
  • Responsible for the MPTL 2017 (Multimedia in Physics Teaching and Learning) conference publicity, including social media and website.

Publications

Profiles of engagement in online communities of citizen science participation (2017-09)
Aristeidou, Maria; Scanlon, Eileen and Sharples, Mike
Computers in Human Behavior, 74 (pp. 246-256)
The Sense-it App: A Smartphone Toolkit for Citizen Inquiry Learning (2017-03)
Sharples, Mike; Aristeidou, Maria; Villasclaras-Fernández, Eloy; Herodotou, Christothea and Scanlon, Eileen
International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 9(2) (pp. 16-38)
Weather-it missions: a social network analysis perspective of an online citizen inquiry community (2015-09)
Aristeidou, Maria; Scanlon, Eileen and Sharples, Mike
In: Conole, G.; Klobučar, T.; Rensing, C.; Konert, J. and Lavoué, E. eds. Design for Teaching and Learning in a Networked World, Proceedings of 10th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2015, Toledo, Spain, September 15-18. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (pp. 3-16)
Publisher : Springer
Students' engagement with practical science online: Pedagogical implications of the use of virtual microscope in distance learning (2017)
Herodotou, Christothea; Aristeidou, Maria; Kelley, Simon and Scanlon, Eileen
In : EARLI 2017 (29th August - 2nd Sept 2017)
A Comparative Study of Blended and Online Learning using the Virtual Microscope for Earth Sciences (2017)
Muirhead, David K.; Herodotou, Christothea; Aristeidou, Maria; Hole, M. J.; Kelley, Simon; Scanlon, Eileen and Duffy, M.
In : Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference: Making Connections and Sharing Pedagogy (39 June - 30 June 2017, Heriot-Watt University, UK)
Science learning in online communities of scientific investigations: evidence and suggestions (2017)
Aristeidou, Maria; Scanlon, Eileen and Sharples, Mike
In : American Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2017 (27 Apr - 01 May 2017, San Antonio, Texas, USA)
Sense-it: A Smartphone Toolkit for Citizen Inquiry Learning (2015-10)
Sharples, Mike; Aristeidou, Maria; Villasclaras-Fernández, Eloy; Herodotou, Christothea and Scanlon, Eileen
In : Proceedings of 14th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning, mLearn 2015 (October 17–24, 2015, Venice, Italy) (pp. 366-377)
Weather-it: evolution of an online community for citizen inquiry (2015-10)
Aristeidou, Maria; Scanlon, Eileen and Sharples, Mike
In : 15th International Conference on Knowledge Technologies and Data-driven Business (i-KNOW 2015) (21-22 Oct 2015, Graz, Austria)
Inquiring Rock Hunters (2014-10)
Aristeidou, Maria; Scanlon, Eileen and Sharples, Mike
In : 9th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL 2014): Open Learning and Teaching in Educational Communities (16-19 September 2014, Graz, Austria) (pp. 546-547)
A design-based study of Citizen Inquiry for geology (2013-11)
Aristeidou, Maria; Scanlon, Eileen and Sharples, Mike
In : EC-TEL 2013 Eighth European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (17 - 21 September 2013, Paphos (Cyprus)) (pp. 7-13)
Citizen Inquiry: Engaging Citizens in Online Communities of Scientific Inquiries (2016-07-15)
Aristeidou, Maria
PhD thesis Institute of Educational Technology