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Biography & My Vision

Since November 2019, I have been at the Institute for Mathematics and Applied Informatics at the University of Hildesheim. I am the head of the newly established Department of Computer Science Didactics and as a visiting professor (W2) I fulfill the tasks of a professor of Computer Science Didactics. I have previously worked at Graz University of Technology (Austria), Department of Software Technology as a postdoctoral university assistant (2015-2019). At TU Graz, I am part of the product owner board of the Catrobat project. 

My work is focused on how to engage teeangers in playful computer science activities, with the dedication to enhance the experiences of  girls in particular.

Moreover, my research interests are divided into four main areas:

1. Computer Science Education/Didactics, e.g., Teacher Education, Curriculum Improvements, Constructionism, Learning Environments, Learning Resources/OER,  Maker/Open Learning Spaces, MOOCs,  eLearning

2. Games & Learning, e.g., Game Development-Based Learning, Mobile Learning, Game Design, Gaming Behaviour

3. Gender & Diversity in CS/Tech, e.g., Equality and Gender Balance, Gender and Development, Women’s Empowerment in Technology

4. Application Development, e.g., Mobile Technology, Android Application Development, Software Engineering, Agile Development, Usability, User Experience

As a lecturer, I teach in a constructionist way by building knowledge through the active engagement of students in order to allow them to gain personal experiences. My goal is to spark creativity with an experiential and discovery learning approach and I focus on project work which allows for independent thinking and new ways of constructing information. University teaching and school education follow one another. I perform CS lecturing in different settings: at school level (secondary schools), CS workshops for teenagers, CS coachings for teachers, and of course at university level. At all stages, my focus is to reinforce and activate the learners by creating a student-centered learning situation based on dialogues, question techniques, challenges/activities, etc., to achieve the learning objectives together and to provide the students a great deal of autonomy.

 It is also the role of the university to allow all to equally acquire these skills. The number of female students in computer science is very low, but there is a promising way to get more female students deeply interested in computer science. Such goals can contribute in a meaningful, effective, and long-term way to this worthwhile endeavor. In order to gain the necessary competencies in the field of Gender Mainstreaming and Diversity Management, I completed the program “Gender – Diversity – Intersectionality” in 2017/2018.  In my role as a gender and diversity expert, I perform workshops, trainings, and courses on gender-sensitive CS-education. I am confident that gender conscious pedagogy , especially in areas of computer science education, is particularly useful and necessary!

My ultimate goal is to use my experience in computer science education, software engineering and gender/diversity in a meaningful way to contribute to the scientific profile of future teachers. I wish to promote learning across the lifespan and to help people to cope and thrive in the new digital era by providing them with the opportunity to acquire the skills needed to navigate the innovations of the future and to practice productive self-determination. By researching new concepts and standards in the field of technology learning and computer science education, I hope to seek out and implement improvements and to support people in the best possible way to gain the skills needed to succeed.

News

*C2020 Programming Committee – Constructionism 2020
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland from the 26-29 of May 2020

Conference Theme: “Exploring, Testing and Extending our Understanding of Constructionism: what does Constructionism have to offer today?”

* Teacher Training: Working Group “Schools in Digital Change”
Topic: “Playful activities with smartphones in school contexts”

01/11: New position at University of Hildesheim
My lectures (winter/summer term):

– Computer Science Didactics 1 + 2 (lecture+seminar,
   master/bachelor level)
– Preparation, mentoring and follow-up seminar for the internship
   phase (master level)
– School-related visual programming (bachelor level)
– Gender and Diversity Aspects in CS and
   CS-Didactics (master level)

Graz University of Technology
2019:

* Get FIT in Computer Science MOOC https://imoox.at/mooc/go/Info-Fit19 (in English and German), Start: 05.08.2019
+ Lecture Informatik FIT @ TU Graz

* Organizer: “Girls Coding Week” at TU Graz, concept and evaluation: Stadt Graz Coding Kurs, Summer 2019

Code’n’Stitch FFG´/FEMtech project (2018 – 2020)

Catrobat project, Pocket Code app, Luna&Cat (since April 2019)
Product Owner Catroweb-Team

* Women&Technology: to organize and conduct strategy workshops for the promotion of women at the “faculty Computer Science and Biological Engineering” with relevant stakeholders 

* Contributor: “Maker Days” for kids at TU Graz: hAPPy-Lab: Programming course in open learning scenarios (with Pocket Code/Luna&Cat) , August 2019

Google Summer of School (GSoC) mentor  for Luna&Cat Tutorial Game

* Organizer Committee CoderDojo Graz 

* 2018: Program „Gender, Diversity and Intersectionality”
Gender Institution Graz/Austria
Modular course with certificate for gender expert, 6 modules 

Short CV

Academic Positions

University of Hildesheim
Institute for Mathematics and Applied Informatics (IMAI)
since Nov. 2019:
Visiting Professor (W2)  (dt. Gastwissenschaftlerin/Professurverwaltung)
Department of Computer Science Didactics

Graz University of Technology
Institute of Software Technology (IST):
Aug 2018 – Oct 2019:
University Assistant (postdoctoral)
Jul 2017 – Aug 2018:
University Assistant (predoctoral)

Jan 2015 – Jun 2017:
Project Assistant (European H2020 project: NOLB)

Academic Education

PhD degree:
Doctor of Engineering Science (Dr. techn.)
equivalent to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Graz University of Technology
Institute of Software Technology

Master’s degree:
Master of Engineering Science (MSc)
FH JOANNEUM Graz | University of Applied Sciences
Institute of eHealth

Bachelor’s degree:
Bachelor of Engineering Science (BSc)  
FH JOANNEUM Graz | University of Applied Sciences
Institute of  Information Management