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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: Teacher Education, Curriculum Improvements, Constructionism, Learning Environments, Learning Resources/OER,  Maker/Open Learning Spaces, MOOCs,  eLearning, …

2. Educational Technology: Game Development-Based Learning, Mobile Learning, Game Design, Gaming Behaviour, …

3. Gender & Diversity in CS/Tech and Education:  Equality and Gender Balance, Gender and Development, Women’s Empowerment in Technology, …

4. Application Development: 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.

Social profiles:   –   LinkedIn   –   Twitter   –  ResearchGate   –   GoogleScholar

ORCIDID: 0000-0003-2738-019X
Download “List of Publications” (23.05.2020)


News

  • 2020

so much to do – here the latest news 😀

    • First release of https://diguducation.com – my education platform for “sharing, informing, digitalisation”, OERs, events, teaching materials, online courses (in German)
    • see also newsletter by the Federal Working Group of the Institutes for Women’s and Gender Studies in Lower Saxony (in German)
    • papers accepted!! – currently in press: 
      • Spieler, M. Grandl, M. Ebner, and W. Slany, in press. Bridging the Gap: A Computer Science Preparatory Online Course for First Semester Students. Electronic Journal of e-Learning (EJEL)
      • Spieler, L. Oates-Induchovà and W. Slany, in press. Female Teenagers in Computer Science Education: Understanding Stereotypes, Negative Impacts, and Positive Motivation. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
      • B. Spieler, J. Mikats, S. Valentin, L. Oates-Indruchova, and W. Slany, in press. “RemoteMentor”: Evaluation of Interactions between Teenage Girls, Remote Tutors, and Coding Activities in school lessons. In Proceedings of the 7th international conference on learning and collaboration technologies (LCT). July19-24, Copenhagen, Denmark.
      • B. Spieler, N. Pfaff, S. Mak, and W. Slany, in press. The Magic Word: A Coding Tutorial-Game to Engage Female Teenagers in App Design, In Proceedings of Constructionism 2020. May 26-29, 2020, Dublin, Ireland.
      • B. Spieler, N. Pfaff, and W. Slany, in press. Reducing Cognitive Load through the Worked Example Effect within a Serious Game Environment. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN). June 21–25, 2020, San Luis Obispo, California, USA.
      • & three more currently in review (FIE2020, WiPSCE2020, ISSEP2020)
    • 20/04: all my lectures are starting ONLINE this semester – a TV team was with me during my first online lecture:  NDR TV  television report;  see transcript (German)
    • @idw_online_en Interview: https://idw-online.de/de/news745189
    • Online coding workshops(“Coding4All”) in cooperation with Explore ScienCenter; 06 – 09.04.2020 a supervised online course, see interview (German).
    • I made the EDLRIS certification in “KI Basics”
    • Planned for August 2020: Computer School at University of Hildesheim, I will conduct three workshops: Coding4All, Coding4Girls and a Maker Day (let’s see if online or offline 🙂 )
    • new OER now online – materials for the “hAPPy-Lab” (Maker Days for kids 2019)

March 2020

    • again this year: GSoC mentor for Catrobat
    • I was invited to an Online Expert Workshop on the topic „Strengthening Machine Learning Competencies in Germany“ by  acatech (German Academy of Science and Engineering)
    • One of my last talks on side for a long time (I guess) KURZWEIL #2: Expert talk “How can Digital Education in Schools be Successful?”
    • C2020 Programming Committee – Constructionism 2020
      Trinity College Dublin, Ireland from the 26-29 of May 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19)

      Conference Theme: “Exploring, Testing and Extending our Understanding of Constructionism: what does Constructionism have to offer today?”
    • Many of my events got canceled due to COVID-19, e.g., a lecture series on “Games & Education”, two teacher workshops at “Hildesheimer Pädagogische Tage” (re-scheduled for September), the girls day, etc.  –> we are now living & acting online 😀

Jan. – Feb. 2020:

    •  Strategy workshop for teachers to support digitisation processes in schools
    • Workshop at Mentoring Day 2020 “Teaching and learning with digital media: an introduction”
    • GDM 2020 : Talk [GERMAN] “Kreative Aktivitäten mit Smartphones für einen fächerintegrativen Einsatz”, Würzburg (cancelled due COVID-19 – will be online in September)
    • Workshop: Playful activities with smartphones in a school context
  • 1/11/2019: New position at University of Hildesheim
     My lectures (winter/summer term 2019/2020):

    • Computer Science Didactics 1 + 2 (lecture & seminar, at master’s/bachelor’s level)
    • Preparation, support, and follow-up seminar for the practical phase (master level)
    • School-related visual programming (bachelor level)
    • Gender and Diversity Aspects in CS and CS-Didactics (master level)
    •  Member of the expert group “Schools in Digital Change”

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

Projects

Teaching &
Trainings

University of Hildesheim:
  • Lecture and seminar: Computer Science Didactics 1 + 2
  • Preparation, mentoring and follow-up seminar for the internship
  • School-related visual programming
  • Gender and Diversity Aspects in CS and  CS-Didactics
TU Graz (2017-2019)
  • Introduction course for future teachers of computer science
  • Seminar on Didactics of Computer Science
  • Programming 0: Playful introduction to programming / Design your own app
  • Foundation of Computer Science
  • Mobile Application: Techniques and methods in software technology
Karl-Franzens University Graz Design your own App, 2017/2018 University of Applied Science: Design your own app / Code’n’Stitch Workshop, 2018

Programme Committee & Reviewer

Programme Committee:

  • Constructionism 2020
  • European Conference of Game-based Learning (ECGBL) 2019 (Mini Track)
  • Creative Bodies-Creative Minds Conference 2018 (Conference organizing committee)

Reviewer:

  • Frontiers in Education, 2020
  • Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience 2020
  • British Journal of Education Technology (BJET), 2019
  • Journal of Education and Learning (EduLearn), 2019
  • Constructionism Conference (2018, 2019)
  • Journal of Computer & Education, 2019
  • Educational Research International, 2019
  • SAGE open, 2019
  • MobileSoft, IEEE/ACM International Conference on Mobile Software Engineering and Systems (2019, 2018)
  • Gender IT / GEWINN-Konferenz 2018
  • JCCI 2017: 9th International Joint Conference on Computational Intelligence

Prizes & Awards​

  • Förderpreis 2019 by alumniTUGraz 1887 & TU Graz, 06/ 2019
  • Gender & Diversity prize 2018, TU Graz 11/2018
  • Nominee for the award for “Excellent Teaching” by TU Graz 2017/2018
  • Acknowledgement of PhD thesis by Styrian Chamber of Labour 11/2018
  • Acknowledgement of PhD thesis by Upper Austrian Chamber of Labour (“science award”) 10/2018
  • Closing the Gender Gap Award by NetIdee Vienna 11/2017
  • Winner of “Best Educational App” Best Mobile App Awards,  11/2016
  • Winner of the first prize “Reimagine Education Award Europe” Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia/USA 11/2016
  • Internet for Refugees Award by NetIdee Vienna 11/2016
  • Silver Winner of the “Lovie Awards” and Winner of the People’s Lovie Awards by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, London 10/2015 
  • ICT 2015 ‘Young Minds’ – Grand Prix Best Connect Exhibitor Award,  European Commission, Lisbon 10/2015
  • First Prize FOPI Innovation Award 2015 Forum of the research-based pharmaceutical industry, Vienna 09/2015
  • Second Prize eHEALTH Research Award 2015 Platform of Health Economy, Vienna 05/2015 

Scientific Events & Activities

  • Workshop “Girls Coding Week” 2018, 2019
  • Workshop City of Graz (“Programming for Beginners”)
  • Contributer Maker Days TU Graz, 2019
  • Workshop at Scratch Conference 2015-2019
  • Workshop at Scientific Festivals (e.g., “A celebration of intelligent fashion”)
  • Girls Day at Chamber of Labour
  • Technican Talk TU Graz
  • Workshop at Styrian Chamber of Commerce “I am online” 2018, 2019, panel discussion
  • Workshop at Imagine Digital (ICT 18)
  • Invited Keynote: DigBiz Award 2018
  • Google Summer of School (GSoC) mentor (2015-2019)
  • Google Code-In mentor (2017, 2018)
  • Conference on internet, the economy and society / NetFuture 2016

Expert
Groups
& Others

  • Expert Group “Schools in Digital Change” Uni Hildesheim
  • Organization Team CoderDojo Graz 
  • Expert Group “Women at TU Graz”
  • Member of the Wimen association 
  • Expert Group “Programming AG” at TU Graz
  • Expert Group “Computer Science Didactics” at TU Graz
  •  Secretary of Catrobat Association (https://catrobat.com)
  •  Vice-Chairman BSV Freiland (Archery) 
  • Member of the Austrian Alpine Association
  • Member Boxclub Boxerschmiede Graz