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Dr Maria Zenios

Formerly at Lancaster University

Maria Zenios

PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD candidates researching the innovative ways in which emerging technologies can support and augment learning and teaching, including their potential, impact and applications in education and life-long learning. My current PhD research students work in thefollowing areas:

Technology-enhanced learning; Networked learning and e-learning design; Open and distance learning; Collaborative knowledge construction; Online communities; Simulation based learning.

Research Interests

Collaborative knowledge construction in technology-enhanced learning environments, pedagogic design issues in networked learning, open distance learning and professional development, networked and e-learning communities, learner experiences and pedagogy in TEL, computer-supported collaborative learning, teacher development and reflective practice, research methodologies.

Current Teaching

I teach on the new Doctoral Programme in e-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning offered by the department of Educational Research since January 2008 and I convene the module entitled: Researching Technology Enhanced/ Networked Learning, Teaching and Assessment. I also teach on the MA programme in Education/ Educational Research and convene the 'Contemporary Issues in LTA' module.

Additional Information


Zenios, M.(2011) Epistemic activities and collaborative learning: towards an analytical model for studying knowledge construction in networked learning settings. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 27 (3), 259-268.

Zenios, M. and Smith, C., (2010) Organisational patterns for e-learning centres,in P. Goodyear and S. Retalis (Eds). E-learning, Design Patterns and Pattern Languages, Sense Publications.

Zenios, M (2008) Technology Enhanced Learning for Teacher Development: a case study of professional learning and initial teacher education, Saarbruken: VDM

Goodyear, P. and Zenios, M. (2007) Discussion, collaborative knowledge work and epistemic fluency.British Journal of Educational Studies, 55 (4) pp.351-368.

Zenios, M., Goodyear, P., and Jones, C. (2004) Researching the impact of the networked information environment on learning and teaching, Computers and Education, 43, pp. 205-213.

Zenios, M., Banks, F. and Moon B. (2004) Stimulating professional development through CMC: a case study of networked learning and initial teacher education, in P. Goodyear, S., Banks, V. Hodgson and McConnell, D. (Eds.) Advances in research on networked learning , Kluwer, MA.

Zenios, M., Jones, C., Goodyear, P. and Asensio, M. (2004) Designing to facilitate learning through networked technologies: factors influencing theimplementation of digital resources in higher education, Paper presented at ALT-C 2004 Conference: Blue Skies and Pragmatism: Learning technologies forthe next decade, Exeter UK, September 14-16, 2004. Published at http://www.noe-kaleidoscope.org/pub/researcher/openarchive/

Hodgson, V. and Zenios, M. (2003) Designing networked learning environments for dialogical learning, in B. Wasson, S. Ludvigsen and U. Hoppe (Eds.) Designing for Learning in Networked Learning Environments Kluwer, Dordrecht.

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