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Dr Maria Aristeidou

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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.