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The following PhD students are currently carrying out research linked to the OpenScience Laboratory

Adam Oliver
Design and evaluation of Technology-Enhanced Learning for field trips within and across cultures

I’m currently working with Duygu Simsek and Marcus Brodeur with the Wolfson OpenScience Laboratory, investigating how to get more out of existing technology when conducting fieldwork across all cultures. My background is quite technical in nature, having spent the previous two years focused on Computer Science, where I focused on Human–computer Interaction (HCI) and extending Internet technology, such as the Apache HTTP server. Previously I have participated in teams conducting fieldwork across various cultures, such as when I conducted an internship for the One Laptop per Child organisation in the Ancash region of Peru, working loosely with the Peruvian Ministry of Education. My personal interests include HCI, computer software and programming, foreign cultures and mobile technology. I am enthusiastic to explore the new possibilities with which emerging or recently emerged technology can put into the hands of students, particularly in countries with limited technological infrastructure.

Marcus Brodeur
Engagement and Learning Through Remote Access to Practical Science

I’m embarking on my first year of postgraduate work at the OU, joining a team of several students who will be collaborating on the Wolfson OpenScience Laboratory initiative over the coming years. Academically I’m drawing upon a somewhat eclectic background, with degrees in chemistry, science education and, yes, even Russian language and literature. Professionally I’ve worked as a web designer, mobile application developer, internet researcher, online trend analyst, and science teacher at both secondary and undergraduate levels. My personal interests include human-computer interaction, pervasive and ubiquitous computing, virtual environments, augmented reality, game design, and the sociological impacts of emerging technologies. One of my goals as a postgraduate researcher will be to identify, enhance and innovate techniques for the promotion of scientific understanding both amongst actual students and informal “citizen scientists”, particularly as regards virtualisation and remote access to elements of practical and laboratory science.

Duygu Simsek
Helping Citizen Scientists Read and Write Like Scientists: Learning Analytics and Authentic Inquiry

I completed my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Computer and Instructional Technologies in Bilkent University, Turkey that enable me to exercise the professions as teachers, instructional technologists and computer scientists. My bachelor’s degree was mainly about core computer science. With my master’s degree I’ve had an experience on instructional technologies as well as pedagogy and teaching ICT. I’ve got another master’s degree from the University of Southampton, UK on Software Engineering and
worked on Learning Analytics (LA) which opened the doors of the Open University (OU) to me for my PhD career.

I've joined the Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) at the OU on October, 2012 as a PhD Research Student.

During three year time, I will work on one of the The Wolfson OpenScience Laboratory projects with Dr. Simon Buckingham Shum, Dr. Anna De Liddo and Dr. Rebecca Fergusson.

My PhD broadly aims to scaffold “citizen science” with LA. Unlike common thoughts on citizen scientists who are mostly seen as data gatherers only, this project aims to find out how we can develop citizen scientists’ everyday language and ways of thinking and writing, into scientific discourse. Within this perspective, my work will build on existing Open University (OU) research platforms for collective sensemaking and the Xerox Incremental Parser (XIP) whose rhetorical analysis is capable of identifying the forms of writing that are ‘signatures’ of scientific discourse. In order to answer the core question, discourse analytics will be integrated into the KMi tools, so that the analytics can be rendered back to citizens, which will be systematically evaluated.

Maria Aristeidou
Open Inquiry Learning in Citizen Science

I am currently a full-time PhD student at the Institute of Educational Technology in the Open University and I will be collaborating with Wolfson OpenScience Laboratory initiative for
my research. My research aims to evaluate both the process and the outcome of knowledge co-creation of professionals and non-professionals scientists, through an Open Inquiry Learning process.

My background consists of both fields of education and technology as I hold a Bachelor in Education from the National and Kapodestrian University of Athens (Greece) and a Masters in Science (MSc) in Technology Education and Digital Systems from University of Piraeus (Greece). My research interests relate to evaluations of the Instructional Models usage in the Educational Process and the reuse of Open Educational Resources in Technology-Enhanced Learning.

My personal interests include dance, travelling, reading literary books and of course online social networking. The latter meant to be an aspect of my current study, as is the tool by which my research will materialize.

 

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