Short CV

Academic Positions

since February 2021:
PROFESSOR COMPUTING SKILLS IN EDUCATION
ZURICH UNIVERSITY OF TEACHER EDUCATION

Center for Media Education and Informatics  
Center for Education and digital Transformation

11/2019 – 01/2021
VISITING PROFESSOR COMPUTER SCIENCE DIDACTICS
 UNIVERSITY OF HILDESHEIM

Institute for Mathematics and Applied Informatics (IMAI)
Head of the Department of Computer Science Didactics
(German: Gastwissenschaftlerin/Professurverwaltung)

01/2015 – 10/2019
POSTDOC / LECTURER 
GRAZ UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Institute for Software Technology  (IST)

Jul 2017 – Aug 2018:
PREDOC / LECTURER 
GRAZ UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Jan 2015 – Jun 2017:
RESEARCH ASSISTANT
GRAZ UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

EU Horizon 2020 Project “No One Left Behind” NOLB (http://no1leftbehind.eu/)
Partners: INMARK Europe, UPM (Spain), GameCity, Nottingham Trent University (UK) and Hochschule der Medien (Germany)

Academic Education​

05/2018
DOCTOR OF ENGINEERING SCIENCE (Dr. techn.); EQUIVALENT TO THE DOCTOR OF PHILOSPHY (PhD)
GRAZ UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Doctoral program in Engineering Sciences, Graz University of Technology, Austria

Academic Degree: Doctor of Engineering Sciences (Dr. techn.); Equivalent to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Title of Dissertation: Development and Evaluation of Concepts and Tools to Reinforce Gender Equality by Engaging Female Teenagers in Coding
Link: https://catrob.at/SpielerPhD
Major topics: Computer Science Education, Coding, Constructionism, Mobile Gaming, Game Design, Gender and Diversity Management, Application Development
Graduation Date: 24.05.2018, Grade passed with distinction

Master’s degree: 09/2012
MASTER OF ENGINEERING SCIENCE (MSc) 
UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES

Grade passed with distinction
FH JOANNEUM Graz | University of Applied Sciences
Institute of eHealth
Title of Master Thesis: Concept and Implementation of a Web Application for the Digital Assessment in Physiotherapy
Major Subjects: Computer-assisted Therapy, Therapy Games, Health Sciences, Medical Informatics, Application Development

Bachelor’s degree: 07/2012
BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING SCIENCE (BSc) 
UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES

FH JOANNEUM Graz | University of Applied Sciences
Institute of  Information Management
Title of Bachelor Thesis 2: Computer games in therapy: conception and evaluation of digital games for children and adolescents with ADHD
Title of Bachelor Thesis 1: Scratch in Action
Major Subjects: Learning Theories and Learning Games, Visual Programming with Scratch, Game Design, Digital Media, Usability, Software Developme

Projects

Scientific Contributions

Organization/Programm Committee:

    • European Conference of Game-based Learning Committee (ECGBL)
    • Steering Committee Delfi & GMW 2022
    • Programm Commitee WCCE 2022, FabLearn 2022
    • CCTC 2021: Catrobat Computational Thinking Conference 2021
    • Constructionism Conference 2020
    • Creative Bodies-Creative Minds Conference 2018 (Conference organizing committee)

Reviewer:

    • Frontiers in Education 2022
    • World Conference on Computers in Education, 2022
    • Reviewing Committee of the SSRE (as part of the International Week of Education and Training), 2022
    • FabLearn 2022
    • Convegno didattiche, 2022
    • Sparkling Science, 2022
    • Journal of Computer & Education, 2019, 2021
    • Electronic Journal of e-Learning, 2021, 2022
    • Frontiers in Education, 2020
    • Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience 2020
    • British Journal of Education Technology (BJET), 2019, 2020
    • Journal of Education and Learning (EduLearn), 2019
    • Constructionism Conference (2018, 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

Advisory Board Member:

    • Digital C@MPUS-le@rning” (2021-2023, University of Hildesheim)
    • CoderDojo Germany (since Oct. 2021)
    • TrainDL: Teacher training for Data Literacy & Computer Science competences, Erasmus+ K3 Policy Experimentation Priority 1 Digital Education and Competences (2021-2024)

Active Memberships

PH Zurich / Switzerland

    • Expert Group: Didactics of Mathematics and Computer Science

Previous Expert Groups

University of Hildesheim / Germany – 2019-2021

    • Expert Group “Schools in digital Transfomation– Region of Hildesheim”
      Development of an education platform for “sharing, informing, digitalisation”, OERs, events, teaching materials, online courses, Link: https://digiducation.de
    • Expert Group “Learning without boundaries”

TU Graz / Austria 2015-2019

    • Expert Group TU Graz “Women at TU Graz”, strategic workshops
    • Expert Group TU Graz “Programming AG”
    • Member of Informatics Austria: Association of Austrian Universities CS Didactics (2018-2019)
    • Expert Group “CS didactics” 
    • Organization Committee CoderDojo Graz (https://www.coderdojograz.com/)

Teaching

Zurich University of Teacher Education

since Winter Term 2021 (for future primary school teachers)

    • MI.P 100: Algorithm (Bachelor’s)
    • MI.P 100: Data Structures  (Bachelor’s)
    • MI.P.100: Informatics Systems (Bachelor’s)
    • Elective Module Primary: Making in the Classroom: “Creative Coding”, “Physical Computing” and “Design-Thinking
    • MI.P200: Informatik Block 1-5

University of Hildesheim (2019-2020)

Summer Term 2020

    • Seminar Computer Science Didactics 2 (Master’s), 4 credits
    • School-related Visual Programming (Bachelor’s), 3 credits
    • Practical Phase: Accompanying seminar for subject of Computer Science (Master’s), 2 credits
    • Practical Phase: Follow-up seminar for subject of Computer Science (Master’s), 1 credits
    • Gender & diversity-aspects of CS and CS didactics (Master’s), 3 credits

Winter Term 2019/2020

    • Lecture and Exercise in Computer Science Didactics 1 (Bachelor’s), 3 credits
    • Seminar Computer Science Didactics 1 (Bachelor’s), 3 credits
    • Lecture and Exercise in Computer Science Didactics 2 (Master’s), 3 credits
    • Practical Phase: Preparatory seminar for subject of Computer Science (Master’s), 2 credits

TU Graz (2017-2019)
Summer Term

    • Seminar Computer Science Didactics (Bachelor’s), 3 ECTS
    • Mobile Application, Software engineering techniques and methods (Bachelor’s),
    • Teaching Language: English, 3 ECTS
    • Software Development and Knowledge Management: Simulation of Software projects (Master’s), Teaching Language: English, 3 ECTS

Winter Term:

    • Lecture: Get FIT in Computer Science, “flipped classroom” (Bachelor’s), 1.5 ECTS since 2019
    • Seminar: Introductory course for computer science teachers (Bachelor’s), 1.5 ECTS since 2019
    • Programming 0: Playful Introduction to Programming (Bachelor’s), 3 ECTS
    • Foundation of Computer Science (Bachelor’s), 3 ECTS

Karl-Franzens University Graz (2018 -2019)
Summer Term:

    • Design Your Own App, optional course for all students, 1.5 ECTS

University of Applied Science (2018)
Winter Term:

    • Design Your Own App/ Code’n’Stitch, Teaching Language: English (Master’s), 1.5 ECTS

Prizes and Awards

2021:

    • CATROBAT TEAM:

      BEST APP AWARD IN EUROPE by HMS APP INNOVATION CONTEST BY HUAWEI

2019:

    • Förderpreis 2019 by alumniTUGraz 1887 & TU Graz, 06/ 2019

2018:

    • 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

2016-2017:

    • 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

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

Other Certificates & Activities

2021:

2020:

2019:

    • Development of Informatics MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) offered as a preparation course before University with a focus on women without coding/computing experiences, accessible via iMooX, in English and German
      Link: https://imoox.at/mooc/go/Info-Fit19
    • Organization, planning and implementation: “Girls Coding Week” at TU Graz
    • Contributor: “Maker Days” at TU Graz, Konzept: Programmierung Crash-Kurs in Coding (hAPPy-Lab)

2017-2018: