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Maria Fragkaki

Dr. Maria Fragkaki

21 Teasel Way, E15 3AA, London, UK
Mob: +304474944375367, E-mail: marianefeli8@gmail.com
Academia profile: https://uoa.academia.edu/MariaFragkaki

PERSONAL PROFILE:

  • I am Senior Research and Teaching Fellow in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL), holding a PhD, a UK Higher Education Academy Fellowship (FHEA) and two Masters in “Information Communication Technologies (ICT) in Educational Studies”.
  • I have extensive teaching and research experience in five countries (UK, Greece, Cyprus, Palestine and Jordan) with 26 years of teaching experience as an Academic Teacher and Senior Researcher on the subject domain of ICT in Education. I have taught several undergraduate and MA courses related to Social and Critical-Constructivist Learning Theories, Andragogy and TEL Collaborative, e-learning and problem solving methodologies. In parallel teach Academic Reading and Writing, as well as Academic Skills not only to MEd students but also to university lecturers who need to advance their skills and get the chance to develop professionally.
  • My principal research interests lie in the field of e-learning (online and blended) under a critical-reflective
    perspective, with the use of problem solving and collaborative methodologies and the most emerging ICT tools, and Open Educational Resources (OER). All those interest exemplify the highest standard of academic, research and teaching excellence.
  • My managerial experience feeds into the coordination and leadership of many innovative EU and International
    projects. All those years of teaching and researching in the most state of the art institutions, I have gain an extensive network of international synergies across EU, UK and Middle East, and I am a member of several professional bodies.
  • Currently, I hold the position of the Senior Research and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Educational Science and Early Childhood Education at the University of Patras, in Greece. In parallel, I hold the position of the MA Course Leader and the Professor-Counselor at the Open University of Cyprus, on the one hand coordinating online course tutors and on the other hand teaching academic writing, reading and academic skills to MEd students. Moreover, I am working as a Project Manager in the Computer Engineering and Information Department (CEID) of the University of Patras, coordinating one Erasmus Plus Project and participating as Senior Researcher on three other projects.
    • I am also a Scientific Consultant at the Open University of Cyprus, responsible for the instructional design of an e-learning in-service adults ‘course and Visiting Senior Researcher, in the Business School of the University of Surrey.
      EDUCATION:
      2020 Cambridge. CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
      2004 – 2008 National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Pedagogical Department of Primary Education,
      Field of ‘Informatics and Mathematics’, Greece. Doctoral Degree (PhD) in ‘ICT in Education’.                            Title of my thesis: ‘Development of an e-learning Community for the Pedagogical Integration of                          Information and Education Technologies in Education Practice: Study of a Critical Model with an                        Emancipatory Cognitive Interest’.
      2002 – 2004 National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, Master of Education (MEd),                                          ‘Informatics in Education’.
      1998 – 2000 National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, Master of Education (MEd), ‘Studies in
      Education.
      1988 – 1991 Pedagogical Academy of Piraeus, Greece, Bachelor’s Degree, ‘Pedagogical Studies’.
      FELLOWSHIPS AND ACADEMIC MEMBERSHIPS:
      • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/professional-                            recognition/heafellowships/become-fellow-hea, Membership No.: PR091882
      • State Scholarship from the State Scholarship Foundation of Greece specializing in ‘Digital                                Technologies in Education’.
      • Full Member of the European Distance and e-Learning Network (EDEN), Membership No.:                                2715308 http://www.eden-online.org/
      • Member of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) Academy since 2015                                                listserv@jiscmail.ac.uk
      • Full member of the Hellenic Information and Communication Technologies in Education Scientific                     Union   http://www.clab.edc.uoc.gr/etpe/main.htm
      • Full member of the Hellenic Scientific Association of Special Education http://www.pesea.gr
      • Full member of the Hellenic Network for Open and Distance Education http://www.openedu.gr
      RESEARCH:
    • 2019-present: Scientific Consultant, Open University of Cyprus
      • Instructional Design of the in-service online course “Augmented and Virtual Reality in Teaching and
      Learning”;
      • Learning Scenarios’ Development, Impact’s Research and Quality Assurance Planning. Erasmus Plus
      Project PLAY: – Play Learn Fight Back University Students AnxietY (2020-2022)
    • 2016-present: Senior Research Fellow and Project Manager, Computer Engineering and Information                    Department (CEID), University of Patras Leading three Capacity Building EU Projects: ERASMUS +                Project  TESLA “Virtual Reality as an Innovative and Immersive Learning Tools for HEIs in                       Palestine” / Tesla (2017-2020); Biz4Fun – “Let’s have fun with the business start-up in Palestine”                   (2018-2021), ERASMUS + 2018-1-SK01-KA202-046271 and BENEFIT – “Boosting Innovation in              Education aNd REsearch oF Precision AgriculTure in Palestine and Jordan” (2019-2022), at the                 Computer Engineering and Information Department (CEID) of the University of Patras, in Greece
    • 2016 – present: Visiting Senior Researcher, Business School, University of Surrey, UK
      Educational research design, academic writing, literature review and analysis of emerging                           educational trends with the use of ICT in line with the state of the art learning theories,                                  methodologies and tools;
    • 2016 – 2019: Senior Research Fellow in Higher Education, Al-Quds Open University, Palestine
      Leading University’s research activities, developing consultancy funding for the Palestinian Ministry              of Education and the Higher Education Consultant on Learning and Teaching Excellence and                       Continuous Professional Development in Higher Education. Representative of the Department of                 CPD in international and EU networks. Representing Palestinian OER Initiatives in the UNESCO                Arab Forum;
    • 2016 – 2017: Senior Research Fellow, King’s College London
      Research design, literature review and analysis of the current UK and EU educational policies in                 Higher Education, and exploration of TEL as a key component in UK and EU institutional policies, and         the impact of TEL central policies to local/institutional level and vice versa. This literature review is              carried out under a broader collaborative research initiative between the University of Hyderabad and           King’s College London.
    • 2015 – 2016: Research Fellow, Department of Technology Enhanced Learning, Business School,                            University of Surrey Research design and data analysis on ‘Self-Regulated Learning in Online                      Higher Education’.
    • 2014 – 2016: Senior Research Fellow in Information Communication Technology, Surrey Business School,
      University of Surrey Leading and authoring the dissemination plan for the ‘Collective Roadmapping: Visions and scenarios for the future of ICT in the Creative Industries’ project. Creatively researching the Adaptive roadmap (CRe-AM) project by analysing research data on the project’s data and sustainability. In addition, implementing ‘Future Café’ and ‘Delphi’ methodologies with the educational and business stakeholders.
      Leading and authoring of the ‘Impact, Sustainability and Exploitation recommendations, research and strategy formation in Open Discovery Space (ODS) Project’ (funded by the EC).
    • 2012 – 2014: Senior Researcher – Educators’ Trainer, Research Academic Computer Technology Institute, Greece Developing the Curriculum for the ‘B-LEVEL-ICT in-service ICT in Education Teachers’ Training Operational Programme Lifelong Leaning’.
    • 2012 – 2014: Senior Researcher, Department of Technology Enhanced Learning, Brunel
      Co-authoring the ‘Holistic approach to Technology Enhanced Learning’, HoTEL official report, on good practice of innovative applications of learning theories in Higher Education.
    • 2012 – 2014: Senior Researcher, Department Technology Enhanced Learning, Open University of Cyprus
      Coordinating the E-PAL project, ‘eLearning Curriculum in Palestinian Primary and Secondary Education’ project, aiming to integrate education technological environments in Palestinian Education towards 21st century skills. Consulting with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Palestine on new education strategies. Managing the ‘ICTeESD’ project in relation to the integration of ICT in Higher Education for sustainable development. Leading two work packages of the Open Discovery Space (ODS) project (funded by CIP-ICT-PSP-2011-5 Innovation model) relating to the development and use of Open Educational Resources from several educational stakeholders.
    • 2009 – 2010: Research Fellow in Department of Technology Enhanced Learning, Hellenic Ministry of Research & Education Authoring and development of training material and studies concerning the pedagogical integration of ICTs into the educational process through Social-Constructivist and Critical-Reflective pedagogies. Providing Educators with CPD on 21st century skills for the MAYOR-21st century New School (Education and Life-Long Learning Operational programme).
    • 2009- 2010: Senior Researcher, Department of Evaluation & Training, Pedagogical Institute of Greece
      Coordinating the educational project EPICT-Esperides (UNESCO ICT-CFT) by training the educational stakeholders. In addition, developing learning and teaching activities and research protocols, pedagogical design of course modules and Interdisciplinary Project plans for training and research.

TEACHING:

  • 2016- present:

Senior Research and Teaching Fellow, DESECE Department, University of Patras
Teaching in two Courses (a) “Academic Skills in the Preliminary Education: Educational Activities Design II”, and (b) “Academic Writing and Reading Skills for Graduates Students II” in the Department of Educational Science and Early Childhood Education.

  • 2016-present:

MA Course Leader & Professor Counsellor, Open University of Cyprus
Development and Coordination of the Online MA Course “Open and Distance Education”. On the one being
responsible for instructional design of the course (curriculum development, learning activities and assignments
design, setting assessment criteria, online platform’s design) and on the other hand coordinating course’s tutors
(learning theories, methodologies, ICT tools). In parallel I hold the position of the Professor- Counsellor, teaching
academic writing, reading and academic skills to MEd students and supervising their dissertations.

  • 2016 – 2017:

Professor- Counsellor, Hellenic Open University Lecturing the MA module ‘Special Education for students with verbal and writing difficulties’ within the ‘Education Studies’ course and supervising PG dissertations.

  • 2015 – 2016:

Teaching Fellow in Higher Education, Department of Higher Education, and University of Surrey
Supporting and promoting excellence in learning and teaching at the University of Surrey, through providing
courses, workshops and development events for academic and academic-related staff; fostering approaches to
learning, teaching and educational policy that are informed by current research and provide the necessary skills to institution’s lecturers and Teaching Fellows to gain the HEA Fellowship (FHEA). Specifically, providing four modules (at FHEQ level 6) for gaining the “Graduate Certificate of Teaching and Learning Skills”, that is intended for probationary teaching staff and PGRs.

  • 2015 – 2016:

Adjunct Lecturer, Open University of Cyprus Lecturing students on the ‘Implemented Educational Research’ MA module of the ‘Studies in Higher Education’ course, providing interactive assessment and feedback and supervising MA dissertations.

  • 2009 – 2014:

Lecturer in e-Learning and Adults’ Learning, Hellenic University Tutoring and supervising MA students on their Master’s Thesis, in the framework of the Postgraduate Studies Program ‘Studies in Education’, within the modules: ‘Distance Education’, ‘Adult Education’ and ‘Adult Learning’.

  • 2009 – 2014:

Adjunct Lecturer in ICT in Education, University of Patras, Greece Lecturing on the Postgraduate course, ‘TEL Practical Exercises for Postgraduate Students’. Supervising MA dissertations and providing assessment and feedback to students.

  • 2009 – 2014:

Pedagogical Expert, Research Academic Computer Technology Institute and Press- Diophantus
Developing the EduTubePlus European hybrid, a multi-lingual video-based sound pedagogical framework.
Authoring this framework by developing video-based educational scenarios, designing the multi-lingual and multicultural curriculum-related ontology and metadata schemata for video objects and video-based activities.

  • 1991 – 2014:

Special Needs Educator and Headmistress of ‘Daou Pentelis’ Special Needs School, Athens Tutoring disabled students with state of the art methodologies and emerging technologies. Honor awarded by the Athens State Orchestra for the Innovation of my teaching in the pedagogical use and application of TEL in special education, Athens, 2009.

PUBLICATIONS:

  • Books and Book Chapters:Author and co-author of approx. 10 books and book chapters. Selective publications listed:
  • (in press) Fragkaki, Mm, & Hatzipanagos, S., Prabhakar Rao, R. Siva Prasad, “Technology Enabled Learning Policies in India and UK: Enablers, Challenges and Impact”, : King’s College London
  • (2017) Fragkaki, M., “Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Trends”. EU-INDIA PROJECT E-QUAL VOLUME 4, ISSUE 2, MAY 2017 TECHNOLOGY ENHANCED LEARNING Guest Edited by: King’s College London
  • (2014) Fragkaki, M., Kamtsiou, V., Millwood, R., Review of Learning Theories and their relationship with Technology Enhanced Learning, Hotel edited by Richard MilLwood: HoTEL, UK.
  • (2014) Fragkaki, M., Lazonder, A., Bruce A, et all., Open Educational Resources Innovation Model”, European
    Commission CIP PSP Grant Agreement no. 297229, Published by Epinoia S.A.

Journal and Conference Papers:

Author and co-author of approx.60 publications regarding ICTs in Education in Journals, international and national
conferences with international participation too (see Appendix for older publications). Selective resent and future
(2015-2020) publications listed:
Fragkaki, M. (in press) “ICT Key Challenges for Educational Researchers in Palestine: five ways for academics to ensure students are fully equipped to meet these challenges” Practitioner Research in Higher Education.

Fragkaki, M., Mystakidis, S., & Filippousis, G. (in press). Design and Evaluation of an Augmented and Virtual Reality Flipped-Learning Course for K-12 Educators. In 6th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN 2020).

Fragkaki, M., Kouzeli, A., Karava, M., Karagiannopoulou, S., Mpekiari,I. and Stavropoulou.E (2020.) “From Human Rights Curriculum Theories to Children’s Rights Authentic Actions: A Case-Study in Primary Education.” The International Journal of Early Childhood Learning 27 (1): 1-24. doi:10.18848/2327-7939/CGP/v27i01/1-24.

Fragkaki, M., Mystakidis, S., Hatzilygeroudis, I., Kovas, K., Palkova, Z., Salah, Z., … Ewais, A. (2020). TPACK
Instructional Design Model in Virtual Reality for Deeper Learning in Science and Higher Education: From “Apathy” To “Empathy.” In 12th Annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
(EDULEARN20) Proceedings.

Mystakidis, S., Fragkaki, M., & Hatzilygeroudis, I. (2020). Stairway to Heaven: Instructional Design Alignment in a Serious Game for Experiential Religious Education in Virtual Reality. In 12th Annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EDULEARN20) Proceedings.

Fragkaki, M., Palkona, Z., Abdelhadif, F., Al-Qubaj, S.R., Aburajab, N., Hawamdeh, M., Harniracona M., Valicek, J. (2019) “Virtual Reality as an Innovative and Immersive Learning Tool for HEIs in Palestine, 13th annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Valencia, 11th, 12th,13th of March, 2019

Fragkaki, M (2017) “Technology Enhanced smart Learning (TEsL) in the West and the East: Developing Higher
Education Policy and Curricula Beyond Capital Attacks and National Stereotypes”, 1st International SMART
Conference, Ramallah, Palestine

Fragkaki, M., Mihi, F, Fillipoupoiti, E. (2017) “How Theoretical Concepts of Distance Learning are Accomplished
Through Their Teaching”, Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Open and Distance Education Athens.

Warburton, S., Fragkaki, M. (2016) “Self-Regulated Learning in Online Higher Education” Proceedings of the
European Distance and E Learning Network (EDEN) Annual Conference, “Re- Imagining Learning Environments”,Budapest, 14-17 June.

Fragkaki, M., Stergioulas, L. (2015) “ICT in Emancipatory Education: An approach to crisis alleviation”, Proceedings of the European Distance and E Learning Network (EDEN) Eighth Research Workshop organised in collaboration with the Open University, United Kingdom, “Challenges for Research into Open & Distance Learning: Doing Things Better: Doing Better Things”, Oxford, 27-28 October.

Fragkaki, M., Tatrai, F., Abbasi, M., Stergioulas, L., Fachimi, M., Xydopoulos, G., Sotiriou, S., Riviou, K. (2015) “Impact on Curricula, Schools and Educational System: Open Discovery Space, Lessons, learnt”, Proceedings of the European Distance and E Learning Network (EDEN) Open Classroom Conference, “Open Discovery Space: Transforming schools into innovative learning organisations”, Athens, 19-21 September.

Fragkaki, M., Farhaneh, S., Hawamdeh, M., Sharif Abu Maliq, M., Najdi, R., Fadel Al-a-Bed, S. (2015) “ICT in
Palestinian Education: Emancipatory Action Research towards 21st c. skills” The 5th ICCE: “Analyze, educate,
organize. Critical education for social and economic justice” International Conference, Wroclaw, Poland.

Psyharis, S., Xydopoulos, G., Fragkaki, M., Abbasi, M., Stergioulas, L., Sotiriou S., Riviou, K. (2015) “Teaching and Assessment Methods in the Field of Mathematics, Science and Technology” Proceedings of the European Distance and E Learning Network (EDEN) Open Classroom Conference, “Open Discovery Space: Transforming schools into innovative learning organisations”, Athens, 19-21 September.

Fragkaki, M., Xydopoulos, G., Abbasi, M., Stergioulas, L., Fachimi, M. G., Sotiriou S., Riviou, K. (2015) “Learning
Assessment and Sustainable Business Models for Open Education Resources Initiatives” Proceedings of the
European Distance and E Learning Network (EDEN) Open Classroom Conference, Open Discovery Space:
Transforming schools into innovative learning organisations”, Athens, 19-21 September.

Fragkaki, M., Abbasi, M., Xydopoulos, G., Fakhimi, M., Stergioulas, L., Anido, L., Fernandez, M. (2015) “ICT
Integration in the Educational System: The Greek and Spanish Perspective”, Proceedings of the European Distance and E Learning Network (EDEN) Annual Conference, “Expanding Learning Scenarios Opening Out the Educational Landscape”, Barcelona, 8-12-June.

Fragkaki, M., Fakhimi, M., Abbasi, M., Stergioulas, L., Xydopoulos, G., Sotiriou, S., Anido Rifon L., Margineanu, R. (2015) “Measuring Impact of Using e-Learning Portals on Educational Systems”, Proceedings of the European
Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) Eighth Research Workshop organised in collaboration with the Open
University, United Kingdom, “Challenges for Research into Open & Distance Learning: Doing Things Better: Doing Better Things”, Oxford, 27-28 October.

PROJECTS:

PROJECTS                                                                                                                        INSTITUTION

  • PLAY- Play Learn Fight Back University Students AnxietY (2020- 2022)  /  Open University of Cyprus, Cyprus
  • BENEFIT – “Boosting Innovation in Education aNd REsearch oF Precision AgriculTure in Palestine and Jordan”, (2019-2022)     / University of Patras, Computer  Engineering and Informatics Department (CEID)
  • Biz4Fun – “Let’s have fun with the business start-up in Palestine” ERASMUS + 2018-1-SK01-KA202-046271, (2018-2021) /  University of Patras, Computer  Engineering and Informatics Department (CEID)
  • TESLA – “Virtual Reality as an Innovative and Immersive Learning Tools for HEIs in Palestine”, (2017-2020)/
    The University of Patras, Computer Engineering and Informatics Department (CEID)
  • E-QUAL – Technology Enhanced Learning, (2015-2018) /  Kings College London, UK
  • SMART – Learning in Higher Education», (2016-2018) https://www.facebook.com/smart.course.oer/ AL- Quds Open University, Palestine
  • CRe-AM – http://www.cre-am.eu/, (2013-2015)  / Business School, University of Surrey, UK
  • – «Holistic approach to TEL», HoTEL (FP7-ICT-2011-8 project) (2013-2015) / Business School, Brunel University, UK
  • E-PAL – (2014-2015) http://www.qou.edu/viewDetails.do?id=5950/ Business School, University of Surrey, UK
  • – Open Discovery Space (ODS), “Competiveness and innovation Framework programme, IP-Pilot actions”, (2012-2015) / Business School, University of Surrey.
  • EduTube – Plus, (2008-2010) Research and Computer/ Technological Department (CTI)LANGUAGES:
    • Greek (native and bilingual proficiency)
    • Ancient Greek (full professional proficiency)
    • English (full professional proficiency)
    • French and Arabic (limited working proficiency)

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