A native of Athens, Greece, Maria D. Avgerinou graduated from the National and Capodistrian University of Athens (GR), with a B.Litt. in Byzantine and Modern Greek Language and Literature. For her graduate studies she attended the University of Bath, England where she received an M.Ed. in Educational Technology, and a Ph.D. in Educational Technology and Psychology with research focus on Visual Literacy, Assessment, and Mixed Research Methods. Dr. Avgerinou holds postdoctoral diplomas on eLearning Design, Implementation, and Evaluation from the Institute of Education, University of London (UK), the University of Hull (UK), and more recently from Indiana University (US). She is also a Master Reviewer for Higher Education and K12 for Quality Matters, MarylandOnline (US). Dr. Avgerinou has been with the ACS Athens community of learners since 2013 as the Director for Educational Technology and eLearning (i2Flex). Most recently, her role has been extended to incorporate that of the Lead Researcher for 6-12 grades in the Learning Commons of the Sabbagh Library.
Having worked as an academic since 1995 at various British (University of Bath, University of London, University of the West of England, Southampton Solent University), American (Northern Illinois University, Saint Xavier University, DePaul University, Appalachian State University), and Greek Universities (Hellenic Open University), she has extensive experience teaching face-to-face and online especially at the postgraduate level with particular emphasis on teacher education and professional development.
As an international scholar, Maria has been active in a number of professional associations among others the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), the International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA), and the European Distance and eLearning Network (EDEN). Her strong record of research activities, presentations, and publications evolves around Online and Blended Learning, Action Research, and Visual Literacy. In recognition of her contribution especially to the latter, Maria has received various awards from the IVLA most notably the Research Award (2009), and the Braden & Beaucamp Award (2001, 2010). In 2012, she was elected the co-editor in chief of the Journal of Visual Literacy (JVL), the oldest international academic journal in the field.