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Nikoleta Yiannoutsou
post-doctoral researcher

design and evaluation of learning technologies, mobile learning, playful learning

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Summary

Nikoleta Yiannoutsou was until September 2010 an adjunct lecturer at the Department of History, Archaeology and Management of Cultural Heritage at the University of Peloponnese teaching Educational Use of ICT in Historical and Archaeological Studies. During the academic year 2005-2006 she was an adjunct lecturer at the Department of Philosophy, Pedagogy, Psychology teaching “Educational Uses of ICT”. For the last two years she has taught two courses at postgraduate level. She has been actively involved, as senior researcher the last two years and as research assistant before, in research and development projects concerning the infusion of ICT in the school settings. The projects were funded by the European Union, by the Greek General Secretariat for Research and Technology and by the Ministry of Education. From 1998 until 2006, was a member of the “Educational Technology Lab” (ETL) research group at the University of Athens. Her Phd focused on studentsʼ learning processes when they use computers to construct representations of space. She was providing teaching assistantship in Educational Technology courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level She has collaborated with the University of Patras for the design of educational activities and the respective software for mobile devices in order to support museum visits.

Her research interests involve a) studying studentsʼ learning processes when using new representational media b) designing innovative educational activities based on ICT and on mobile devices c) investigating the role of technology in the context of informal education (focusing on museums and places of cultural heritage).

Education

1994 Psychology Graduate, University of Athens, Dept. of Philosophy Pedagogy and Psychology

1996 M. Sc. in Intelligent Tutoring Systems, The University of Nottingham, UK

2001 M.Sc in Teacher Training on ICT, School of Philosophy, University of Athens

1999 – 2005 Phd in Educational Technology, University of Athens, School of Philosophy, Dept. of Philosophy Pedagogy and Psychology, ETL Subject: “Spatial representations: Study of the learning process in a collaborative computer- based environment”

Teaching

2001 – 2005 Teaching assistant (undergraduate and postgraduate level), faculty of Philosophy, Pedagogy, Psychology department of Pedagogy, ETL., University of Athens: in courses focusing on Learning and teaching with computational technology

2005 – 2006: Adjunct Lecturer, Faculty of Philosophy, Pedagogy, Psychology, University of Athens. Course: ICT in Education

2005-2006: Teaching at the masterʼs program “Educational Theory, Practice and Evaluation: specialization New Technologies in education” after invitation by the department of Pedagogy, school of Philosophy, University of Athens. Courses: a) Learning process and New Technologies b) Design, development and evaluation of educational scenarios based on ICT

2006 –2009: Teaching at the masterʼs program "Pedagogy of specialised subjects with ICT", after invitation from the Faculty of Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology, Department of Pedagogy, University of Athens and the School of Technology and Pedagogy

2006 –2010 September: Adjunct lecturer at the faculty of History, Archaeology and Management of Cultural Heritage, Department of History. Course: Use of ICT in Historical and Archeaological Studies

2008 – 2010 September: Adjunct Lecturer, Faculty of Philosophy, Pedagogy, Psychology, University of Athens. Course: Educational Psychology

 

Research interests

Former Research interests

My former research interests focused on studying Technology Enhanced Learning in the classroom. Specifically: • 2008 – 2009 Use of ICT in humanities: development of learning activities with a digital library containing history textbooks (citer), evaluation in real classroom settings • 1999- 2009 Evaluation (fieldwork, and data analysis from real classroom settings) of use of ICT in the classroom • 2001 – 2008 Development of learning activities and designing software for language, spatial orientation, geography and history • 2001 – 2004 Supporting and monitoring communities of practice consisting of teachers designing learning activities with ICT • 2001 – 2004 Secondary development (authoring) of educational software

Current Research interests

My research interests fall under “Technology Enhanced Learning”. Currently my research has focused on the use of mobile and ubiquitous computing to support learning in informal settings. Within this area of study I have been involved in a)designing learning activities with emphasis on spatially aware games, narratives and “playful narratives” b)infusing learning activities with mobile technologies in museums and places of cultural heritage c) evaluating the use of technologically enhanced learning activities in settings such as those mentioned in point “b” d) determining the aspects that need to be taken into account in order to design learning activities based on mobile devices and define their learning potential.

Professional Appointments

2010 July- today. National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Project Metafora: Learning to learn together: A visual language for social orchestration of educational activities Role: Researcher. EU Funded project. Grant agreement 257872. Role: Researher.

2008- 2009: Research Academic Computer Technology Institute [10 Davaki street Amplelokoipoi, Athens, Greece PC 115 26], project manager. E-contentplus Project: Creation of a European History Textbook Repository. Acronym: Citer. Grant agreement Number ECP-2005-EDU-038193

2007-2009: Erevnites S.A. project co-ordinator. Project: Implementation of three interactive multimedia products for the most important museums and archaeological sites of Greece (National and archaeological museum, Epidavros, Mycenae). The project is funded by the “Hellenic Culture Organisation” (Hellenic Ministry of Education) http://www.hch.culture.gr/index_en.html

2006 – 2008 University of Patras, Department of Educational Science and Early Childhood Education. Senior Researcher. Project Museum of Solomos, Kalvos and other eminent Zakynthians The goal of the project was to built a digital repository for the “Museum of Solomos, Kalvos and other eminent Zakynthians” and a set of services concerning management of the collection and support for visitors and educational activities. The systems include navigation and educational support through a PDA context aware application as well as a web site that will allow access to information about the museum and the surroundings, visit preparation, educational activities visit planning and also digital repository administration. The role of the researcher was to design educational activities for the PDAs.

2007 – 2008   University of Patras, Department of Educational Science and Early Childhood Education. Senior Researcher. Role: Person scientifically responsible for organizing the course of training teacher educators in using ICT in humanities. The role involved determining course content, selecting the lecturers, monitoring the process and teaching.

2006- 2008: Project co-ordinator. Project: PLEIADES: Development of Educational Software and Integrated Educational Activity Packages for Greek Primary and Secondary Schools – Distribution of Educational Software Products to Schools” Unit: NIRIIDES II: Development of integrated educational activity packages: “Educational Games”

2006- 2008: Project co-ordinator. Project: PLEIADES: Development of Educational Software and Integrated Educational Activity Packages for Greek Primary and Secondary Schools – Distribution of Educational Software Products to Schools” Unit: NIRIIDES II: Development of integrated educational activity packages: “Discovering the World through the Computer”

April 2005 – 2008: Project: PLEIADES: Development of Educational Software and Integrated Educational Activity Packages for Greek Primary and Secondary Schools – Distribution of Educational Software Products to Schools” Unit: NIRIIDES: Development of integrated educational activity packages “Sailing in Mediterranean Sea” Project Co-Ordinator RACTI. Funded by the Ministry of Education. The researcher is a consultant to the R&D department of Ellinogermaniki Agogi and co-ordinating a group of teachers engaged in designing educational scenarios based on ICT. The activities involve the lesson of history.

March 2004 – Sept.2005 Researcher: project LeGa Innovation in Educational Practice – Learning through the Creation of Models and Games, General Secretariat for research and Technology, Ministry of Development, R&D Actions in the Information Society, E-learning call, #26/04. The researcher in project LeGa was involved in the design (providing technical specifications) of a treasure hunt computer game, in designing a learning scenario, in designing and implementing research in real learning situations (one case study), in analysing research results on the learning process, in writing deliverables and in participating in the management of the project for Rainbow Computers S.A.

April 2001 – Feb 2004 Researcher: project ʽSeeding cultural change in the school system through the generation of communities engaged in integrated educational and technological innovationʼ (SEED), European Community, IST, School of Tomorrow, IST-2000-25214. (2001-2004). Project Leader, Computer Technology Institute. Specifically the researcher undertook the following activities:

a)      Monitored and supported along with another researcher a community of practice consisting of 22 members (12 teachers, 7 researchers, 3 developers) engaged in the secondary development of educational software and activity design. Her contribution focused on the subject of the community work, that is activity design and secondary development of the software-the other researcher focused on communication/collaboration issues- and involved co-organization of workshops, e-mail communication and face to face meetings

b)     Was responsible for the co-ordination and completion of a WP (Activity Design and Software Authoring- Seed project) on behalf of the University of Athens, Educational Technology Lab. Specifically she was responsible for co-ordinating the work between the three partners (CTI, UDE-Collide, TECFA-Unige) involved in the work-package and for structuring the deliverables documenting the work done.

c)      Represented the University of Athens, Educational Technology Lab, in project meetings and project reviews

d)     Co-ordinated and participated in writing deliverables

e)      Co-ordinated, monitored and participated in a group of primary school teachers which were involved in authoring software and designing activities supporting map understanding and spatial orientation

f)       Participated in the management and administration of the project for the ETL – University of Athens. (cost-statements, quarterly reports)

2001 – 2002 Research associate in Rainbow Computers S.A.: Kirki Project, funded by the Greek Ministry of Education, was about the localization of Tabletop Jr. and Sr. in the Greek Educational System,

1999 - 2001 Research associate in Educational Technology Lab (University of Athens): project ʽChildren in Choros and Chronosʼ, European Commission, Esprit LTR, Experimental School Environments, #29346, 1999-2000. The researcher was engaged in the following activities: implementation of activity plans based on GPS software in school settings, implementation of research, collection of data, data analysis, deliverable writing, participation in the project management for ETL.

1999-2001 Research associate in Educational Technology Lab: project “Thranio: Reusable software components for the authoring of high quality educational software for investigational activity”, #78, E.P.E.T. II, General Secretariat for Research and Technology. The researcher in the project was engaged in: activity design, secondary development of educational software, teacher education in integrating innovative activity plans based in ICT in the classroom, monitoring of implementation of the activity in the classroom, data collection, data analysis, deliverable writing.

 

Publications

Yiannoutsou, N. Avouris N., (2010): The Technology, the museum, the narrative, the game and learning: towards a meeting story. In  Proceedings of the 7th  Panhellenic Conference with International Participation. Information and Communication Technologies in Education, Korinthos September, 23-26, pp. 693-700 (In Greek)

Yiannoutsou, N., Avouris, N., (2010) Reflections on use of location-based playful narratives for learning. In Proceedings of the International Conference for Mobile Learning, Porto, Portugal, 19 - 21 March, pp 149-157

Sintoris C., Stoica A., Papadimitriou I., Yiannoutsou N., Komis V., Avouris N.(2010), MuseumScrabble: Design of a mobile game for children's interaction with a digitally augmented cultural space, International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction, Special Issue on Mobile Interaction Design and Children, 2 (2) pp 53-71

Yiannoutsou, N., Papadimitriou, I., Komis, V., and Avouris, N. (2009). "Playing with" museum exhibits: designing educational games mediated by mobile technology. In Proceedings of the 8th international Conference on interaction Design and Children (Como, Italy, June 03 - 05, 2009). IDC '09. ACM, New York, NY, 230-233.

Yiannoutsou N., Trouki E. (2009) The role of Technology in restructuring and leveraging collaboration. In N. Avouris, V.Komis, C.Karagiannidis (eds) Introduction to Computer Supported Collaboration. Systems and Models for Work, Learning, Communities of Practice and knowledge Construction. (in Greek)

Tselios N., Papadimitriou I., Raptis D., Yiannoutsou N., Komis V., Avouris N. (2008), Designing for Mobile Learning in Museums, in J. Lumsden (ed.), “Handbook of Research on User Interface Design and Evaluation for Mobile Technology”, pp. 253 – 269 Idea Group Publishers:

Yiannoutsou Ν. Kyrimis Κ. (2007) Aspects of the learning process as a basis for designing an educational computer game. (In Greek) In proceedingsThe 4th Panhellenic Conference of Educators for ICT- Using ICT in educational practice. Syros 4-5 May, Vol A. pp. 247 – 256..

Kynigos C. Yiannoutsou N. Frangou S. (2006): Transforming “Halfbaked microworlds” into computer games. An example of teaching programming. In Proceedings of the 5th  Panhellenic Conference with International Participation. Information and Communication Technologies in Education, Thessaloniki, Oct, 5-8 (In Greek).

Yiannoutsou, N. and Kynigos, C. (2004) Map Construction as a Context for Studying the Notion of Variable Scale. In Proceedings of the 28th Psychology of Mathematics Education Conference, Bergen, 4, 465-472. 

Yiannoutsou N. (2004) Using Symbolic Expression and Dynamic Manipulation to Construct Representations of Scale: The Perspective of Tool Characteristics in Facilitating Conceptual Change. In Stella Vosniadou, Christina Stathopoulou, Xenia Vamvakousi, & Nektarios Mamalougos, Earli, 4th European Symposium, Delfi Greece pp 116 – 119.

Yiannoutsou N (2002) “Treasure Hunt: A cartography activity with the use of ICT for studying spatial representations and systems of reference”. In A. Dimitrakopoulou (Ed) Proceedings of the 3rd Panhellenic Conference with International Participation. Information and Communication Technologies in Education, Rhodes, Vol B pp 67 – 76 (In Greek).

Kynigos C, Trouki E, Giannoutsou N (2002) ʽGenerating communities of practice for educational innovation: experience from an instititutionally distributed  integrated authoring community”. In A. Dimitrakopoulou (Ed) Proceedings of the 3rd Panhellenic Conference with International Participation. Information and Communication Technologies in Education, Rhodes, Vol A pp 191-202 

Kynigos C. Yiannoutsou N. (2002) «Seven Year Olds Negotiating spatial concepts and representations to construct a map». In Cockburn A.D., Nardi E. (Eds) Proceedings of the 26th PME Conference Norwich UK 4, 426 – 433.

Kynigos C., Giannoutsou N. (2001) «Seven –year olds collaborating to construct a map using GPS and space representation software» In Dillenbourg P., Eurelings A., Hakkarainen K. (Eds) Proceedings of the First European Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (364-371), Maastricht, the Netherlands.

Kynigos C., Yiannoutsou N. (2000) “Symbolic representations and systems of reference in a microworld of map construction and use” Proceedings of the 2nd Panhellenic Conference with International Participation Information and Communication Technologies in Education, pp 539-548, Patras, Greece (In Greek).

 



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