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Dr Ale Okada

Alexandra Okada

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  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
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Professional biography

Dr. Alexandra Okada is an educational researcher at the Open University and a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK. Her work focuses on developing new studies for the RUMPUS research centre whose aim is to examine the meaning of “fun” in children’ and adults’ learning and life.

Her expertise lies at intersections between Education, Science and Technology. Her work centres on co-creating scientifically new frameworks, methods and tools for constructing and extending socially knowledge-in-context. Her studies draw on sociocultural theory, critical pedagogy and mixed methods to explore how to prepare the next generation for Responsible Research and Innovation. “RRI”  aims to align scientific development with societal needs through the interaction of five sectors: 1. educational communities, 2. scientific institutions, 3. business and industry, 4. civil society organisations and 5. policy makers.

Her experience includes supporting these five sectors. Prior to joining OU, she worked as a 1. teacher  in primary and secondary schools, 2. academic lecturer at the open university in Brazil and Portugal, 3. computer scientist at Johnson & Johnson and IBM, 4. senior consultant to the Association for Science Education UK and to 5. policy advisor the Secretary of Continuing Education, Literacy, Diversity and Inclusion of Brazilian Government.

She holds a BSc Computer Science (Hons); MA (Education: Curriculum); Postgraduate qualification in Further Education (PGCFE), MBA (Knowledge Management and Science Communication); PhD (Education:Technology enhanced learning).

Research interests

Alexandra is passionate about “engaging approaches” to connect formal and informal learning effectively. She explores the role of “fun” for a contemporary education that is enjoyable to empower teachers and students with scientific knowledge, skills and attitude that they need to succeed by facing the pace of science and technology including local and global challenges. This includes mixed-realities, knowledge mapping and open science.

Alexandra has over twenty years’ experience in technology enhanced learning, assessment and science teaching professional development for informed-based practices. She led the educational research of six European funded projects in two fields ‘Information and Communication Technologies’ and ‘Science with and for Society’. She has also directed three large projects funded by the Brazil government on gender and inclusion; digital literacy and teacher professional development.

Her specialism concerns transformative and emancipatory literacies in the digital age. This includes the six RRI components: open access, ethics, gender equality, public engagement, governance and science education. Currently, she is co-developing a framework about “fun” in education and analysing the open and inclusive “fun learning practices and methods” that emerge from the Rumpus project supported by the RRI methodological approach.

Teaching interests

Alexandra has designed and taught various courses across a wide-range of disciplines exploring educational technology for undergraduates and postgraduates, knowledge media technologies for online learning, methods and tools for reusing open educational resources, software applications for qualitative research.  She has drawn on her extensive prior experience of working as a STEM teacher in secondary schools in Brazil and in summer courses with school pupils in the UK. This has enabled her to investigate emerging digital practices.

Currently, she is a honorary lecturer at the Open University in Brazil and Portugal teaching Knowledge Cartography and Responsible Research and Innovation in Education  for postgraduates. She supervised 7 PhD students. She also coordinated the development, delivery and evaluation of the European MOOC on engaging science for responsible research and innovation.

Impact and engagement

Alexandra’s major contribution to theoretical knowledge lies in the new field of “Knowledge Cartography”, a unified body of conceptual and methodological work, developed over 15 years, with empirical and analytic studies designed and undertaken in collaboration with international experts and scholars. She developed the novel mapping technique “evidence-based dialogue mapping” to help students develop scientific argumentation using technology. This technique is being used by academics and non-academics to enquire, analyse, solve and communicate scientific reasoning. It is being applied in a variety of areas, such as inquiry design, citizen science, collaborative learning, community-based participatory research and policy analysis. 

Alexandra’s intellectual leadership and research led to two influential European-funded project on inquiry-based science education as PI. 

In weSPOT(2013-2015), she conceptualised the term ‘inquiry workflow’  to  to foster pervasive learning through the working environment with social personal open technologies. This model enabled diverse communities to set up projects supported by mobile interfaces, learning analytics and mapping tools in eight countries. Her exploratory studies in the UK, Brazil and Portugal included more than 250 participants who contributed to tests, implementation and evaluation. Her distinctive approach co-inquiry with mobile devices brought together secondary and PhD students, researchers, educators and parents in science projects outside classrooms.

In ENGAGE(2014-2017), she co-authored a novel framework of inquiry skills or RRI. This work is explicitly designed to help young people discuss potential risks and benefits of scientific innovations and consider needs and concerns of society. As a direct consequence of this work, there has been a significant rethinking of curriculum design and assessment in Europe. The curriculum materials and online courses based on the inquiry skills for RRI constitute the core model of the ENGAGE, which reached more than 18,000 teachers in 80 countries and recently has been linked to AQA National Exam Board in the UK. 

Alexandra also led the research on trust-based e-assessment  at the OU and in Europe.

In TESLA(2016-2019), she co-developed a pedagogical framework for trust-based e-assessment. Her work  based on RRI focussed on a cross-national large-scale study of TeSLA system used by more than 22,000 learners with a variety of research methods, questionnaires design and validation, multilingual datasets, and rigorous data collection management. Trust-based e-assessment with authentication and authorship verification is a new field, considered significant in the area of online education, academic integrity and quality assurance for various stakeholders: students, teachers, professionals, technology industry, policy makers. 

External collaborations

Alexandra is a consultant member of the Association for Science Education (ASE-UK). She contributed to the professional development of science teachers in secondary schools in various projects, such as Science Upd8 and Wikid; whose aim was to support teachers with contemporary science.

She also developed open educational resources and educative materials enhanced by technologies for science teachers in primary schools, contributing to two projects Upd8 primary and Mastery Science in the UK.  

 

Her research contributions to Science, Education and Technology fields were funded by international organisations such as Hewlett Foundation, Telefonica Foundation, Brazil Government and European Commission, which enabled her established various partnership in Europe, Latin America and Africa through the CPLP (Community of Portuguese language countries). 

She has worked with a range of international institutions, multinational corporations, and civil society organisations, for example,  IBM, Nestlé, Catalan National Education Centre,  Brazil Bank, UNICEF and ILO UNESCO.

 

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Centre for New MediaCentreKnowledge Media Institute
Narrative Hypermedia Research ThemeThemeKnowledge Media Institute

Publications

e-Authentication for online assessment: A mixed-method study (2019-02-26)
Okada, Alexandra; Whitelock, Denise; Holmes, Wayne and Edwards, Chris
British Journal of Educational Technology, 50(2) (pp. 861-875)
Factors influencing teachers’ adoption of AR inquiry games to foster skills for Responsible Research and Innovation (2019)
Okada, Alexandra; Kowalski, Raquel Pasternak Glitz; Kirner, Claudio and Torres, Patrícia Lupion
Interactive Learning Environments, 27(3) (pp. 324-335)
Pedagogical approaches for e-assessment with authentication and authorship verification in Higher Education (2019)
Okada, Alexandra; Noguera, Ingrid; Aleksieva, Lyubka; Rozeva, Anna; Kocdar, Serpil; Brouns, Francis; Whitelock, Denise and Guerrero-Roldán, Ana-Elena
British Journal of Educational Technology ((Early Access))
Equipping the Next Generation for Responsible Research and Innovation with Open Educational Resources, Open Courses, Open Communities and Open Schooling: An Impact Case Study in Brazil (2018-12-14)
Okada, Alexandra and Sherborne, Tony
Journal of Interactive Media In Education, 1(18) (pp. 1-15)
Continuing teacher training using dilemmas with elements of ubiquity (2017-10)
Ribeiro, Silvar Ferreira; Pinto, Sonia Maria da Conceicao and Okada, Alexandra Lilavati Pereira
Interfaces Cientificas, 6(1) (pp. 107-124)
Effective web videoconferencing for proctoring online oral exams: a case study at scale in Brazil (2015-07)
Okada, Alexandra; Scott, Peter and Mendonca, Murilo
Open Praxis International Journal, 7(3) (pp. 227-242)
New learning scenarios for the 21st century related to Education, Culture and Technology (2015-04)
Yáñez, Cristina; Okada, Alexandra and Palau, Ramon
RUSC. Universities and Knowledge Society Journal, 12(2) (pp. 87-102)
Key skills for co-learning and co-inquiry in two open platforms: a massive portal (EDUCARED) and a personal environment (weSPOT) (2015-03)
Okada, Alexandra; Serra, Antonio Roberto Coelho; Ribeiro, Silvar and Pinto, Sonia
Open Praxis, 7(1) (pp. 83-102)
weSPOT: A personal and social approach to inquiry-based learning (2013)
Mikroyannidis, Alexander; Okada, Alexandra; Scott, Peter; Rusman, Ellen; Specht, Marcus; Stefanov, Krassen; Boytchev, Pavel; Protopsaltis, Aristidis; Held, Paul; Hetzner, Sonia; Kikis-Papadakis, Kathy and Chaimala, Foteini
Journal of Universal Computer Science, 19(14) (pp. 2093-2111)
Scientific Literacy in the digital age: tools, environments and resources for co-inquiry (2013)
Okada, Alexandra
European Scientific Journal, 4 (pp. 263-274)
Co-authorship in the age of cyberculture: Open Educational Resources at the Open University of the United Kingdom (2012)
Okada, Alexandra and Ferreira, Giselle
Revista Teias, 13(30) (pp. 327-353)
Projeto OpenScout Tool-Library: integrando pessoas, recursos e histórias (2012)
Okada, Alexandra and Meister, Izabel
Revista CET, 1(2) (pp. 86-96)
colearn 2.0 - Coaprendizagem via comunidades abertas de pesquisa, praticas e recursos educacionais (2011)
Okada, Alexandra
Revista e-Curriculum, 7(1)
Integrating strategic views about Open Educational Resources through collaborative sensemaking (2010-09)
Okada, Alexandra; Connolly, Teresa and Lane, Andy
International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, 6(6) (pp. 165-186)
Ambientes virtuais de aprendizagem aberta: bases para uma nova tendência (2010)
Okada, Alexandra and Barros, Daniela Melaré Vieira
Revista Digital de Tecnologias Cognitivas, 3 (pp. 20-35)
Evidence-Based Dialogue Maps as a research tool to evaluate the quality of school pupils’ scientific argumentation (2008-11)
Okada, Alexandra and Buckingham Shum, Simon
International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 31(3) (pp. 291-315)
Designing Open Educational Resources through Knowledge Maps to enhance Meaningful learning (2008-09-20)
Okada, Alexandra and Connolly, Teresa
International Journal of Learning Technology, 15(7) (pp. 209-220)
Fostering Open Sensemaking Communities by Combining Knowledge Maps and Videoconferencing (2008-06-01)
Okada, Alexandra; Tomadaki, Eleftheria; Buckingham Shum, Simon and Scott, Peter
UPGRADE: The European Journal for the Informatics Professional, 9(3) (pp. 27-36)
Knowledge Cartography for Open Sensemaking Communities (2008-05-01)
Buckingham Shum, Simon and Okada, Alexandra
Journal of Interactive Media in Education(10)
Knowledge Media Technologies for Open Learning in Online Communities (2007-06-10)
Okada, Alexandra
International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, 3(5) (pp. 61-74)
Provocando mudanças no currículo através das tic e estabelecendo parceria com o projeto science UPD8 na Inglaterra e Brasil (2006)
Okada, Alexandra and Sherborne, Tony
Revista e-Curriculum, 1(2)
Innovative Teaching for Responsible Citizenship: Policy Report (2016-04-18)
Okada, Alexandra
ISBN : 978-14-7302-064-1 | Publisher : The Open University
Engaging Science: Innovative Teaching for Responsible Citizenship (2016-01-01)
Okada, Alexandra
ENGAGE
ISBN : 978 1 4730 2018 4 | Publisher : The Open University UK | Published : Milton Keynes
Competências Chave para Coaprendizagem na Era Digital: fundamentos, métodos e aplicações (2014)
Okada, Alexandra
Publisher : WHITEBOOKS | Published : Santo Tirso – Portugal
Aprendizagem Significativa com Mapas para Crianças (Meaningful learning for children with maps) (2011)
Okada, Alexandra
ISBN : 978-85-7769-099-2 | Publisher : KCM Editora & Gráfica | Published : Cuiabá
Inquiry-Based Learning on the Cloud (2016-01)
Mikroyannidis, Alexander; Okada, Alexandra; Correa, Andre and Scott, Peter
In: Chao, Lee ed. Handbook of Research on Cloud-Based STEM Education for Improved Learning Outcomes (pp. 291-310)
ISBN : 9781466699243 | Publisher : Information Science Reference | Published : Hershey PA, USA
Scaffolding school students’ scientific argumentation in inquiry-based learning with evidence maps (2014-10-27)
Okada, Alexandra
In: Okada, Alexandra; Buckingham Shum, Simon J. and Sherborne, Tony eds. Knowledge Cartography: Software Tools and Mapping Techniques. Advanced Information and Knowledge Processing (pp. 135-172)
ISBN : 978-1-4471-6469-2 | Publisher : Springer London | Published : London
Mapas do conhecimento com recursos educacionais abertos aplicados à coaprendizagem baseada em coinvestigação (2014)
Okada, Alexandra
In: Torres, Patrícia ed. Complexidade : Redes e Conexões na Produção do Conhecimento (pp. 213-237)
ISBN : 978-85-7565-109-4 | Publisher : SENAR - PR | Published : Curitiba:
"Colearning" - Collaborative Open Learning through OER and Social Media (2013)
Okada, Alexandra; Meister, Izabel; Mikroyannidis, Alexander and Little, Suzanne
In: Okada, Alexandra ed. Open Educational Resources and Social Networks (pp. 46-56)
Publisher : EdUEMA | Published : São Luís - MA
Open educators and colearners as DJs: reuse, remix, and recreate OER collaboratively! (2012-03-31)
Okada, Alexandra and Leslie, Scott
In: Okada, Alexandra; Connolly, Teresa and Scott, Peter eds. Collaborative Learning 2.0: Open Educational Resources (pp. 78-102)
ISBN : 978-1-4666-0300-4 | Publisher : Information Science Reference | Published : 2012
COLEARN 2.0: Refletindo sobre o conceito de COAPRENDIZAGEM via REAs na Web 2.0 (2011)
Okada, Alexandra
In: Barros, Daniela; Neves, Claudia; Seabra, Filipa; Moreira, Jose and Henriques, Susana eds. Educação e Tecnologias: Reflexão, Inovação e Práticas
ISBN : 978-989-20-2329-8 | Publisher : Publicação Digital Gratuita | Published : Lisbon
Eliciting thinking skills with inquiry maps in CLE (2010)
Okada, Alexandra
In: Torres, Patricia and Marriot, Rita eds. Handbook of Research on Collaborative Learning using Concept Mapping (pp. 52-80)
ISBN : 9781599049922 | Publisher : Information Science Reference IGI Global | Published : Hershey, PA
Estilos de aprendizagem na educação aberta online (2010)
Okada, Alexandra and Barros, Daniela
In: Silva, Marco; Pesce, Lucila and Zuin, Antonio eds. Educação Online - Cenário, Formação E Questões Didático-metodológicas (pp. 157-184)
ISBN : 857854093X | Publisher : Wak Editora | Published : Rio de Janeiro
Knowledge media tools to foster social learning (2009)
Okada, Alexandra; Buckingham Shum, Simon; Bachler, Michelle; Tomadaki, Eleftheria; Scott, Peter; Little, Alex and Eisenstadt, Marc
In: Hatzipanagos, Stylianos and Warburton, Steven eds. Handbook of Research on Social Software and Developing Community Ontologies (pp. 357-380)
ISBN : 9781605662084 | Publisher : IGI Global | Published : Hershey, PA, USA
Mapas Argumentativos como Estratégia para Aprendizagem no Moodle (2009)
Okada, Alexandra
In: Alves, Lynn; Barros, Daniela and Okada, Alexandra eds. Moodle: Estratégias Pedagógicas e Estudos de Casos (pp. 93-116)
ISBN : 9788578870010 | Publisher : EDUNEB | Published : Salvador, Brazil
Scaffolding School Pupils’ Scientific Argumentation with Evidence-Based Dialogue Maps (2008-09-15)
Okada, Alexandra
In: Okada, Alexandra; Buckingham Shum, Simon and Sherborne, Tony eds. Knowledge Cartography: Software tools and mapping techniques. Advanced Information and Knowledge Processing (pp. 131-162)
ISBN : 978-1-84800-148-0 | Publisher : Springer | Published : London, UK
Knowledge Cartography for Controversies: The Iraq Debate (2008-09-15)
Buckingham Shum, Simon and Okada, Alexandra
In: Okada, Alexandra; Buckingham Shum, Simon J. and Sherborne, Tony eds. Knowledge Cartography: software tools and mapping techniques. Advanced Information and Knolwedge Processing (pp. 249-265)
ISBN : 978-1-84800-148-0 | Publisher : Springer
OpenLearn and knowledge maps for language learning (2008-07-15)
Okada, Alexandra
In: Marriott, Rita and Torres, Patricia eds. Handbook of Research on e-Learning Methodologies for Language Acquisition
Publisher : IGI group | Published : 2008
O que é cartografia cognitiva e por que mapear redes de conhecimento? (2008)
Okada, Alexandra
In: Okada, Alexandra ed. Cartografia Cognitiva: Mapas do conhecimento para pesquisa, aprendizagem e formação docente (pp. 37-65)
ISBN : 8577690431 | Publisher : KCM | Published : Porto Cuiabá, Mato Grosso
Mapas Conceituais em projetos e atividades pedagógicas (2007)
Okada, Alexandra
In: Moraes, Ubirajara Carnevale de ed. Tecnologia Educacional e Aprendizagem: o uso dos recursos digitais
ISBN : 9788598627649 | Publisher : Livro Pronto | Published : São Paulo
Memorial reflexivo em cursos on-line: um caminho para avaliação formativa emancipadora (2007)
Okada, Alexandra Lilaváti Pereira
In: Valente, Jose Armando and de Almeida, Maria Elizabeth Bianconcini eds. Formação de Educadores a Distância e Integração de Mídias
ISBN : 9788589311427 | Publisher : Avercamp Editora | Published : São Paulo, SP
Novas tecnologias, técnicas de mapeamento e estratégias pedagógicas para construção de redes de conhecimento em ambientes virtuais de aprendizagem (2006)
Okada, Alexandra
In: Santos, A. I. ed. Perspectivas Internacionais em Ensino e Aprendizagem Online - Debates, Tendências e Experiências
ISBN : 8588240084 | Publisher : Editora Libra Três | Published : São Paulo
The Collective Building of Knowledge in Collaborative Learning Environments (2005-07-15)
Okada, Alexandra
In: Roberts, Tim S. ed. Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning in Higher Education (pp. 70-99)
ISBN : 1-59140-409-6 | Publisher : Idea Groups/IGI Global
Desafio para EAD: como fazer emergir a colaboração e cooperação em ambientes virtuais de aprendizagem ? (2003-09-29)
Okada, Alexandra Lilavati Pereira
In: Silva, Marco ed. Educação Online
ISBN : 9788515028221 | Publisher : Loyola | Published : São Paulo
Mapas virtuais em ambientes colaborativos de aprendizagem (2003)
Okada, Alexandra
In: Alves, L. R. G. and Nova, C. C. eds. Educação e Tecnologia: Trilhando Caminhos (pp. 160-168)
Publisher : Editora UNEB | Published : Salvador
A mediação pedagógica e a construção de ecologias cognitivas: um novo caminho para a educação a distância (2003)
Okada, Alexandra Lilavati Pereira
In: Alves, Lynn and Nova, Cristiane eds. Educação a distância: uma nova concepção de aprendizado e interatividade (pp. 63-75)
ISBN : 85-74-13151-2 | Publisher : Futura | Published : São Paulo
Knowledge Cartography: Software Tools and Mapping Techniques (2nd ed) (2014)
Okada, Alexandra; Buckingham Shum, Simon and Sherborne, Tony eds.
Advanced Information and Knowledge Processing
ISBN : 978-1-4471-6470-8 | Publisher : Springer | Published : London
Collaborative Learning 2.0: Open Educational Resources (2012-03)
Okada, Alexandra; Connolly, Teresa and Scott, Peter J.
Okada, Alexandra; Connolly, Teresa and Scott, Peter J. eds.
ISBN : 9781466603004 | Publisher : IGI Global
Moodle: Estratégias Pedagógicas e Estudos de Casos (2009)
Alves, Lynn; Barros, Daniela and Okada, Alexandra eds.
ISBN : 9788578870010 | Publisher : EDUNEB | Published : Salvador, Brazil
Knowledge Cartography: Software tools and mapping techniques (2008-09-15)
Okada, Alexandra; Buckingham Shum, Simon and Sherborne, Tony eds.
Advanced Information and Knowledge Processing
ISBN : 9781848001480 | Publisher : Springer | Published : London, UK
Cognitive Cartography: Knowledge maps for research, education and teaching (2008-09-01)
Okada, Alexandra ed.
CoLearn
ISBN : 978-85-7769-043-5 | Publisher : KCM | Published : Brasil
Immersive Analytics Through HoloSENAI MOTOR (2019)
Ramos, André L. M. and Okada, Alexandra
In : Computing Conference 2019 (16-17 Jul 2019, London, UK) ((In Press))
An embedded approach to plagiarism detection using the TeSLA e-authentication system (2019)
Edwards, Chris; Whitelock, Denise; Brouns, Francis; Rodríguez, M. Elena; Okada, Alexandra; Baneres, David and Holmes, Wayne
In : TEA 2018 Technology Enhanced Assessment Conference (10-11 Dec 2018, Amsterdam, the Netherlands) ((In Press))
Formative assessment of inquiry skills for Responsible Research and Innovation using 3D Virtual Reality Glasses and Face Recognition (2019)
Okada, A.; Rocha, K.; Fuchter, S.; Zucchi, S. and Wortley, D.
In : TEA 2018 Technology Enhanced Assessment Conference (10-11 Dec 2018, Amsterdam, the Netherlands) ((In Press))
Student Trust in e-Authentication (2018-06-26)
Edwards, Chris; Holmes, Wayne; Whitelock, Denise and Okada, Ale
In : L@S 2018: Fifth (2018) ACM Conference on Learning @ Scale (26-28 Jun 2018, London, UK)
Rubric to Assess Evidence-Based Dialogue of Socio-Scientific Issues with LiteMap (2018)
Rocha, Ana Karine Loula Torres; Rocha, Ana Beatriz L. T. and Okada, Alexandra
In : The 2017 International Technology Enhanced Assessment Conference (5-6 Oct 2017, Barcelona, Spain) (pp. 137-149)
Trust in online authentication tools for online assessment in both formal and informal contexts (2018)
Edwards, C.; Whitelock, D.; Okada, A. and Holmes, W.
In : ICERI2018 Proceedings (12-14 Nov 2018, Seville, Spain) (pp. 3754-3762)
Responsible Research and Innovation with data science: a novel approach to evaluate trust of the European TeSLA system. (2018)
Okada, Alexandra and Whitelock, Denise
In : 6th International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (15-18 Dec 2018, Southhampton)
Peer​ ​Learning​ ​And​ ​Assessment-in-Context​ ​With​ ​3D​ ​Immersive​ ​Glasses (2017-11-16)
Okada, Alexandra; Rocha, Ana Karine; Whitelock, Denise; Furchter, Simone and Zucchi, Sangar
In : 7th European Immersive Education Summit (EiED 2017) (16-19 Nov 2017, Lucca and Pisa, Italy)
Students’ views on trust-based e-assessment system for online and blended environments (2017-10-25)
Okada, Alexandra; Whitelock, Denise and Holmes, Wayne
In : The Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference (25-27 Oct 2017, Open University, Milton Keynes)
Responsible Research and Innovation for Contemporary Education (2017-10-25)
Okada, Alexandra and Rocha, Ana Karine
In : The Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference (25-27 Oct 2017, Open University Milton Keynes (UK))
Student acceptance of online assessment with e-authentication in the UK (2017-10-06)
Okada, Alexandra; Whitelock, Denise; Holmes, Wayne and Edwards, Chris
In : The 2017 International Technology Enhanced Assessment Conference (TEA 2017 (5-6 Oct 2017, Barcelona, Spain)
Fostering young smart citizens through personal learning environments for urban inquiries (2015)
Okada, Alexandra; Wolff, Annika and Mikroyannidis, Alexander
In : Smart Learning Ecosystems in Smart Regions and Cities (15 Sep 2015, Toledo, Spain)
Social, open and personalised environments for communication and knowledge management between business and educational organisations (2014)
Calonego, Renata; Coelho, Antonio Roberto Serra and Okada, Alexandra
In : 14th International Conference on Knowledge Technologies and Data-driven Business (21-23 Oct 2014, Graz, Austria)
Developing 21st century skills through colearning with OER and social networks (2014)
Okada, Alexandra; Rabello, Cíntia and Ferreira, Giselle
In : European Distance and E-Learning Network 2014 Research Workshop (27-28 Oct 2014, Oxford, UK) (pp. 121-130)
Reliability of web-based information in inquiry projects (2014)
Corrêa, André Luis; Rabello, Cíntia Regina Lacerda and Okada, Alexandra
In : 9th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL 2014): Open Learning and Teaching in Educational Communities (16-19 Sep 2014, Graz, Austria) (pp. 385-390)
Scientific literacy through co-inquiry based on non-formal and informal learning (2014)
Okada, Alexandra; Pinto, Sonia and Ribeiro, Silvar
In : 13th International Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference (5-8 May 2014, Salvador, Brazil)
Mobilidade aberta: coaprendizagem e coinvestigação em ambientes acadêmicos (2014)
Serra, Antonio Roberto Coelho and Okada, Alexandra
In : IKASNABAR 2014: 7th International Conference on Open Education and Educational Technology (24-26 Jun 2014, Bilbao, Spain) (pp. 242-259)
Co-authorship and colearning through Open Educational Resources at UKOU (2014)
Okada, Alexandra and Ferreira, Giselle
In : ALT-C 2014 Learning technology Conference (1 Sep 2014, Warwick, UK)
Competences for co-entrepreneurship: contribution to the understanding of the concept for Entrepreneurial education (2014)
Souza, Karine Pinheiro de; Okada, Alexandra and Silva, Bento
In : International Congress on Education, Innovation and Learning Technologies (2014) (23-25 Jul 2014, Barcelona, Spain)
Personal Learning Environments for Inquiry-Based Learning (2013-07)
Mikroyannidis, Alexander; Okada, Alexandra and Scott, Peter
In : 4th International Conference on Personal Learning Environments (10-12 Jul 2013, Berlin, Germany) (pp. 227-237)
Refletindo sobre avaliação na era da co-aprendizagem e co-investigação (2013)
Okada, Alexandra; Meister, Izabel and Barros, Daniela Melaré Vieira
In : 1st International Conference on Assessment and Technologies in Higher Education - CATES 2013 (18-19 Jul 2013, Lisbon, Portugal)
Os estilos de coaprendizagem para as novas características da educação (3.0) (2013)
Okada, Alexandra and Barros, Daniela Melaré Vieira
In : VIII International Conference on ICT in Education - Challenges 2013 (15-16 Jul 2013, Braga, Portugal)
Social media for enriching collaborative open learning and collective knowledge (2013)
Okada, Alexandra
In : Social Media 2013 - 18th International Education Technology Conference (1-3 Aug 2013, Hong Kong, China)
Desarrollo de competencias esenciales en la Cibercultura con co-aprendizaje basado en co-investigación (2013)
Okada, Alexandra; da Conceição Pinto, Sônia; Ribeiro, Silvar and Roberto Coelho Serra, Antonio
In : Sexto Congreso Internacional de Aprendizaje y Cibersociedad (14-15 Nov 2013, Madrid, Spain)
Formação em rede para inclusão digital de educadores de telecentro (2013)
Pinto, Sônia Maria da Conceição; Ribeiro, Silvar Ferreira and Okada, Alexandra
In : III Colóquio Luso Brasileiro de Educação a Distância e Elearning (6-7 Dec 2013, Lisbon, Portugal)
Tecnologias, novos letramentos e formação de professores: um estudo em comunidades de coaprendizagem (2013)
Rabello, Cintia; Okada, Alexandra and Haguenauer, Cristina
In : III Colóquio Luso-Brasileiro de Educação a Distância e Elearning (6-7 Dec 2013, Lisbon, Portugal)
“Colearning” - collaborative networks for creating, sharing and reusing OER through social media (2012-04-18)
Okada, Alexandra; Mikroyannidis, Alexander; Meister, Izabel and Little, Suzanne
In : Cambridge 2012: Innovation and Impact - Openly Collaborating to Enhance Education (16-18 Apr 2012, Cambridge, UK)
WESPOT: Inquiry based learning meets learning analytics (2012)
Specht, Markus; Bedek, Michael; Duval, Erik; Okada, Alexandra; Krassen, Stefanov; Parodi, Elisabetta; Kikis-Papadakis, Kathy and Strahovnik, Vojko
In : Third International Conference on e-Learning (elearning-2012) (Belgrade Serbia, 27-28 September 2012) (pp. 15-20)
An OER collaborative environment: Openscout tool library and colearn community (2012)
Meister, Izabel Patricia; Okada, Alexandra and Mikroyannidis, Alexander
In : IADIS International Conference: e-Society 2012 (10-13 Mar 2012, Berlin, Germany)
weSPOT: a cloud-based approach for personal and social inquiry (2012)
Mikroyannidis, Alexander; Okada, Alexandra; Scott, Peter; Rusman, Ellen; Specht, Marcus; Stefanov, Krassen; Protopsaltis, Aristos; Held, Paul and Hetzner, Sonia
In : 1st International Workshop on Cloud Education Environments (15-16 Nov 2012, Antigua, Guatemala)
The OER FLOW and social media (2012)
Okada, Alexandra and Leslie, Scott
In : Open Education Conference 2012 (16-18 Oct 2012, Vancouver, BC, Canada)
Participatory design: creating Open Educational Resources using social media (2012)
Okada, Alexandra
In : 6th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices (20-22 Jan 2012, Los Angeles, CA, USA)
Adapting and sharing open educational resources: a social networking approach (2011)
Mikroyannidis, Alexander; Okada, Alexandra and Connolly, Teresa
In : Workshop on Social Network and Augmented/Virtual Reality Technologies Enhanced Learning at 11th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT 2011) (6-8 Jul 2011, Athens, Georgia, USA)
Supporting the collaborative adaptation of Open Educational Resources: The OpenScout Tool Library (2011)
Mikroyannidis, Alexander; Okada, Alexandra; Little, Suzanne and Connolly, Teresa
In : ED-MEDIA 2011: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (27 Jun - 1 Jul 2011, Lisbon, Portugal)
Sharing practices and experiences on the authoring and adaptation of Open Educational Resources (2011)
Mikroyannidis, Alexander; Okada, Alexandra and Connolly, Teresa
In : Open Educational Resources 2011 (11-13 May 2011, Manchester, UK)
Using, adapting and authoring OER with Web 2.0 tools (2011)
Okada, Alexandra and Barros, Daniela
In : World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (EDMEDIA) 2011 (27 Jun - 1 Jul 2011, Lisbon, Portugal)
Formal metadata and shared experiences for discovering tools to adapt Open Educational Resources (2011)
Little, Suzanne; Mikroyannidis, Alexander; Okada, Alexandra and Scott, Peter
In : International Workshop on Knowledge Acquisition, Reuse and Evaluation (KARE 2011) at The 7th International Conference on Signal Image Technology & Internet Based Systems (SITIS 2011) (28 Nov - 1 Dec 2011, Dijon, France) (pp. 147-153)
The role of mentoring in facilitating the process of repurposing OER (2010-11)
Santos, Andreia and Okada, Alexandra
In : Open Ed 2010: The Seventh Annual Open Education Conference (2-4 Nov 2010, Barcelona, Spain)
A case of web-based collaborative inquiry learning using OpenLearn technologies (2009)
Tractenberg, Leonel; Struchiner, Miriam and Okada, Alexandra
In : m-ICTE2009 V International Conference on Multimedia and Information and Communication Technologies in Education (22-24 Apr 2009, Lisbon, Portugal)
Mapping knowledge to develop academic research in collaborative learning environments (2008-09-01)
Okada, Alexandra
In : Third International Conference on Concept Mapping (22-25 Sep 2008, Tallinn, Estonia & Helsinki, Finland) (pp. 516-523)
Enhancing informal learning through videoconferencing and knowledge maps (2008)
Okada, Alexandra and Moreira, Paulo
In : Eden 2008 Annual Conference: New Learning Cultures - How do we Learn? Where do we Learn? (11-14 Apr 2008, Lisbon, Portugal)
CoLearn: ciberconferência e cibermapeamento para aprendizagem colaborativa aberta em cibercomunidades (2008)
Okada, Alexandra; Okada, Saburo and Santos, Edméa
In : II Simpósio Nacional da ABCiber - Associação Brasileira de Pesquisadores em Cibercultura, ABCIBER2008 (1 May 2008, São Paulo, Brazil)
Tecnologias educacionais para aprendizagem aberta no projeto OpenLearn da Open University (2008)
Okada, Alexandra and Okada, Saburo
In : XIV Congresso Internacional de Educação a Distância, ABED2008 (14-17 Sep 2008, Santos, Brazil)
Discutindo estilos de aprendizagem com tecnologias do OpenLearn para videoconferencia e mapeamento do conhecimento (2008)
Okada, Alexandra; Barros, Daniela and Santos, Lia
In : Congreso Mundial de Aprendizaje, Caceres2008 (7-9 Jul 2008, Cáceres, Spain)
Estratégias de webconferência com FlashMeeting na aprendizagem aberta (2008)
Okada, Alexandra
In : XIV Encontro Nacional de Didática e Prática de Ensino, ENDIPE2008 (27-28 Apr 2008, Porto Alegre, Brazil)
Novos paradigmas na educacão online com a aprendizagem aberta (2007-05)
Okada, Alexandra
In : 5th International Conference in Information and Communication Technologies in Education, Challenges 2007 (17-18 May 2007, Centro de Competência da Universidade do Minho, Portugal)
Using knowledge maps applied to open learning to foster thinking skills (2007)
Okada, Alexandra
In : The 12th Cambridge International Conference on Open and Distance Learning (25-28Sep 2007, New Hall, Cambridge, UK)
Knowledge Mapping for Open Sensemaking Communities (2007)
Buckingham Shum, Simon and Okada, Alexandra
In : Researching open content in education - OpenLearn 2007 (31 Oct 2007, Milton Keynes, UK)
Technologies for Open Learning in Collaborative Communities (2007)
Okada, Alexandra
In : The Third International Conference on Technology - Knowledge - Society (09-12 Jan 2007, Cambridge, UK)
Combining knowledge mapping and videoconferencing for open sensemaking communities (2007)
Okada, Alexandra; Tomadaki, Eleftheria; Buckingham Shum, Simon and Scott, Peter
In : Open Education 2007: Localizing and Learning (26-28 Sep 2007, Utah State University)
Knowledge mapping with Compendium in academic research and online education (2006)
Okada, Alexandra and Buckingham Shum, Simon
In : 22nd World Conference, International Council of Distance Education (03-06 Sep 2006, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Discussing international perspectives on Open Learning in Brazil: educational politics and pedagogical principles (2006)
Santos, Andreia and Okada, Alexandra
In : ICDE 22 (International Council for Open and Distance Education Conference) (03-06 Sep 2006, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Twenty-first century multicultural learning: equality of gender, race and sexuality (2005)
Pereira, Maria Elisabete; Okada, Alexandra and Casali, Alipio
In : The Third International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities (2-5 Aug 2005, Cambridge, UK)
Creating knowledge maps in Virtual Learning Environments (2005)
Okada, Alexandra
In : Doctoral Colloquium, 2005, AKT DC2005 (1 May 2005, Milton Keynes, UK)
Trilha WEB-Map - mapeando informação e construindo conhecimentos (2005)
Okada, Saburo; Okada, Alexandra and Santos, Edmea
In : XII Congresso Internacional de Educação a Distância, ABED2005 (18-22 Sep 2005, Florianópolis, Brasil)
Ambiente virtual de estudio y pesquisa de la interdisciplinaridad (2004)
Okada, Alexandra
In : XIV Congreso Mundial de Ciencias de la Educacion Educadores para una Nueva Cultura (10-14 May 2004, Santiago, Chile)
Collaborative learning using Microworld and WebMapQuest (2004)
Okada, Alexandra
In : World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (EDMEDIA 2004) (21-26 Jun 2004, Lugano, Switzerland) (pp. 2695-2698)
O diálogo entre a teoria e a empiria: mapeando noções subsunçoras, com o uso de software, uma experiência de pesquisa e docência em EAD Online (2004)
Santos, Edméa Oliveira dos and Okada, Alexandra Lilavati Pereira
In : XI Congresso Internacional de Educação a Distância, ABED2004 (7-10 Sep 2014, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil)
Web maps um guia para construção do conhecimento em ambientes virtuais de aprendizagem (2003-09-10)
Okada, Alexandra Lilavati Pereira
In : IX Congresso Internacional de Educação a Distância, ABED 2002. (2-4 Sep 2002, São Paulo, Brasil)
Articulação de saberes na EAD: por uma rede interdisciplinar e interativa de conhecimentos (2003-09-01)
Okada, Alexandra Lilavati Pereira and Santos, Edméa Oliveira dos
In : X Congresso Internacional de Educação a Distância, ABED 2003. (01-05 Oct 2003, Porto Alegre, Brasil.)
The building of knowledge through virtual maps in collaborative learning environments (2003-07-02)
Okada, Alexandra and Zeiliger, Romain
In : ED-MEDIA World Conference on Education Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunication (28 Jun - 04 Jul 2003, Honolulu)
Collective projects using WebMapQuest and Microworld to encourage involvement and collaborative learning (2003)
Okada, Alexandra
In : Be creative... reinventing technology on Education - Eurologo 2003. (27-30 Aug 2003, Porto, Portugal)
Comunicação educativa no ciberespaço: utilizando interfaces gratuitas (2003)
Okada, Alexandra Lilavati Pereira and Santos, Edméa Oliveira dos
In : XXVI Congresso Brasileiro de Ciências da Comunicação, INTERCOM 2003 (2-6 Sep 2003, São Paulo, Brasil)
WebMap- the collective building of information network through virtual maps in collaborative learning environments (2003)
Okada, Alexandra Lilaváti Pereira
In : IV Conferencia Internacional sobre Educacion, Formacion y Nuevas Tecnologias, Virtual Educa 2003 (18-20 Jun 2003, Miami, Florida, USA)
Biblioteca virtual iconográfica com Software Nestor Web Cartographer (2003)
Okada, Alexandra
In : V Encontro Nacional de Pesquisa em Ciencia da Informação, ENANCIB 2003 (1-14 Nov 2003, Belo Horizonte, Brazil)
Cartografia cognitiva: mapeando conhecimento e organizando rede de informação na Internet (2003)
Okada, Alexandra Lilavati Pereira
In : II Knowledge Management Meeting, KM BRASIL 2003 (12-14 Nov 2003, São Paulo, Brazil)
ICOPER Project - Deliverable 4.3 ISURE: Recommendations for extending effective reuse, embodied in the ICOPER CD&R (2011)
Okada, Alexandra; Connolly, Teresa; Scott, Peter and Klemke, Roland
ICOPER
OpenLearn Research Report 2006-2008 (2009-05)
McAndrew, P.; Santos, A.; Lane, A.; Godwin, S.; Okada, A.; Wilson, T.; Connolly, T.; Ferreira, G.; Buckingham Shum, S.; Bretts, J. and Webb, R.
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