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Dr Maria Aristeidou

Profile summary

  • Research Staff
  • Research Associate
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • LTIA
  • Institute of Educational Technology
  • maria.aristeidou

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

Blended and online learning: A comparative study of virtual microscopy in Higher Education (2019)
Herodotou, Christothea; Muirhead, Dave K.; Aristeidou, Maria; Hole, Malcolm J.; Kelley, Simon; Scanlon, Eileen and Duffy, Marcus
Interactive Learning Environments ((Early Access))
Designing citizen science tools for learning: lessons learnt from the iterative development of nQuire (2018-05-11)
Herodotou, Christothea; Aristeidou, Maria; Sharples, Mike and Scanlon, Eileen
Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning, 13(4)
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 (2017-03-21)
Sharples, Mike; Aristeidou, Maria; Villasclaras-Fernández, Eloy; Herodotou, Christothea and Scanlon, Eileen
International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 9(2) (pp. 16-38)
Design processes of a citizen inquiry community (2017-09-21)
Aristeidou, Maria; Scanlon, Eileen and Sharples, Mike
In: Herodotou, Christothea; Sharples, Mike and Scanlon, Eileen eds. Citizen Inquiry: Synthesising Science and Inquiry Learning (pp. 210-229)
ISBN : 978-1-138-20868-1 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
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
Tomorrow’s World nQuire: young people’s requirements for engaging with inquiry-led, civic engagement technologies (2018-11-13)
Aristeidou, Maria and Herodotou, Christothea
In : 17th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn 2018) (11-14 Nov 2018, Concordia University Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA) (pp. 51-53)
Best Practice in Teaching with the Virtual Microscope: A Comparative Study of Blended and Online Learning (2018)
Herodotou, Christothea; Aristeidou, M.; Scanlon, E. and Kelley, S.
In : 7th eSTEeM Annual Conference (25-26 Apr 2018, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK)
Design Guidelines for Sensor-based Mobile Learning Applications (2017-10-30)
Aristeidou, Maria; Scanlon, Eileen and Sharples, Mike
In : 16th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn 2017) (30 Oct - 01 Nov 2017, Larnaca, Cyprus)
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 (29 Aug - 2 Sep 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 Jun - 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)
Science Learning Experiences in Citizen Inquiry Communities (2017)
Aristeidou, Maria
In : CALRG Annual Conference 2017 (14-16 Jun 2017, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK)
Engaging citizens in online communities of scientific investigations (2016)
Aristeidou, Maria; Scanlon, Eileen and Sharples, Mike
In : Citizen Science Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy, First ECSA Conference 2016 (19-21 May 2016, Berlin, Germany) (p 53)
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)
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 (17-24 Oct 2015, Venice, Italy) (pp. 366-377)
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 Sep 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 Sep 2013, Paphos (Cyprus)) (pp. 7-13)
Characterizing Youth Participation in Natural History Museum-led Citizen Science: Online and in the Field ()
Ballard, Heidi; Herodotou, Christothea; Lorke, Julia; Aristeidou, Maria; Robinson, Lucy; Johnson, Rebecca; Young, Alison; Higgins, Lila; Jennewein, Jessie; Miller, Annie; Pratt-Taweh, Sasha; Sanghera, Harpreet; Miller, Grant and Pauly, Greg
In : Citizen Science Association (13-17 Mar, Raleigh, North Carolina)
Citizen Inquiry: Engaging Citizens in Online Communities of Scientific Inquiries (2016-07-15)
Aristeidou, Maria
PhD thesis Institute of Educational Technology

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