Dr. Eleni A. Kyza is Associate Professor in Information Society in the Department of Communication and Internet Studies, where she also served as the Program Director of the Master’s in New Technologies for Communication and Learning between the years 2010-2021. She coordinates the Media, Cognition and Learning research group at the Cyprus University of Technology. She has a Ph.D. degree in the Learning Sciences, with a specialization in Cognitive Science, from Northwestern University, USA, a master’s degree in Technology in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA, a B.Sc. in Education Summa Cum Laude, with a concentration in Educational Media and Technology, from Boston University, USA, and a Teacher’s Diploma from the Cyprus Pedagogical Academy. Her undergraduate and graduate studies were funded through CASP/Fulbright scholarships. Her post-doctoral studies with the Learning in Science Group at the University of Cyprus were funded through a European Commission IRG Marie Curie Fellowship and by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation.
Her work focuses on the design and research of new technologies to support teaching and learning. Her work is guided by a desire to have real-world impact, through engagement with practitioners and the civil society and by bridging research and practice. Her research focuses on understanding how we can design new technologies to foster critical engagement with scientific inquiry and digital and scientific literacy.
Her current research interests include augmented reality technologies to support learning in situ, the design and investigation of web-based learning environments to support reflective inquiry learning, and participatory and collaborative design. Her work has been supported through competitive grants from the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation, the European Commission, and the U.S. Department of State.
In the last few years, she has been actively investigating the topic of misinformation on online social media in the context of the Co-Inform project, to strengthen a reflective approach to the evaluation of information on the internet through working with journalist, policymakers, and citizens. In 2017 she co-organized a conference on “Combating Misinformation on Social Media”, which led to funding two local programs to take action on addressing disinformation by capacity building among youth.
She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Instructional Science peer-reviewed journal (Springer) and a member of several editorial boards, such as the Journal of the Learning Sciences, Educational Reviewer, and Frontline Learning Research. She is a member of several professional associations, most notably of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI), International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS), the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA), and the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR).
She is currently the President of the EARLI association (2021-2023). She has also served as President of the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS, 2014-2015), and is an Inaugural Fellow. She is appointed to the Digital Education Expert Committee, which is supporting the digital education transformation of the Cyprus Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth. Since September 2021 she is appointed to the European Commission Expert Group on tackling disinformation and promoting digital literacy through education and training.