Nikoleta Yiannoutsou




I am a Scientific Officer at the Joint research Centre of the European Commission. I work in the field of technology enhanced learning in formal and non formal settings. I have been involved in the design and evaluation of a wide range of digital tools like multi-sensory technologies, ubiquitous applications, robotics, exploratory environments and digital games. I am particularly interested in i) the epistemologies underlying the models behind learning analytics ii)games as expressive media and iii) the impact of digital technologies in education.



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


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


PhD in Educational Technology, University of Athens, School of Philosophy, Dept. of Philosophy Pedagogy and Psychology, Educational Technology Lab


Thesis topic: “Spatial representations: Study of the learning process in a collaborative computer-based environment”


My work experience in technology enhanced learning and digital education  has been mainly acquired in the context of projects funded by the European commission -3 year projects with a 3.000.000 Euro budget on average- where I collaborated with researchers from different disciplines and European countries. In the course of my career I undertook teaching and research appointments with academic institutions (Universities and Research Centres) in Greece and across Europe, with SMEs focusing on the development of digital technologies for learning and with the Research Executive Agency of the European Commission for the evaluation of research proposals. 


Introducing digital technologies in real learning settings (formal and non-formal), designing digital tools (i.e. mobile apps, games educational software etc), designing learning experiences with digital technologies (i.e. designing learning scenarios for use of ICT in the classroom, in cultural institutions etc); informing policy making through research results to national and European Funding Bodies (Write up of research based scientific reports). My teaching experience includes courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level in typical and distance learning settings. 


Embodied cognition and digital technologies; Educational Robotics; Mobile learning; Game-based learning; Use of Digital Technologies in Culture; Use of Digital technologies in Education; Teacher training on the use of Digital Technologies; Intercultural and inclusive education; Machine Learning and Learning analytics; 21st century skills and digital skills; educational research; 


European Commission Joint Research Centre  (January 2020 - present); UCL-Knowledge Lab – Institute of Education UK (UCL-KL: February 2018- December 2019); Open University Cyprus (December- February 2018); Cardiff University (CU) 2017; National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) 1999-2018; University of Patras (UPatras) Department of Educational Science and Early Childhood Education 2008-2009 and 2011-2012 & Electrical and Computer Engineering Department – Human Computer Interaction Group (UPatras-HCI group) 2013; Research Academic Computer Technology Institute – Diofantos Publications (RACTI) 2008-2009.

Roles: Senior Researcher; Person Scientifically responsible for the work.

Tasks - Roles:

Coordination of research and field studies (NKUA); Conducting Evaluation Studies - Course development for Teacher Training in ICT in humanities; Teacher training in ICT (UPatras- Dpt Early Childhood Education); Qualitative Data Analysis of field studies and reporting (CU); Development of Educational Scenarios - Representing the organization and/or participating in project meetings and project reviews in the EC (NKUA, RACTI); Fundraising – proposal writing and support of Phd Candidates (UPatras – HCI group);



EUROPEAN COMMISSION FUNDING: Project Titles: WeDraw: Exploiting the best sensory modality for learning arithmetic and geometrical concepts based on multisensory interactive Information and Communication Technologies and serious games; eSIT4SIP: Empowering the School IT infrastructures for the implementation of Sustainable Instructional Patterns; ER4STEM: Educational Robotics for STEM Grant Agreement 665972; Metafora: Learning to learn together: A visual language for social orchestration of educational activities Grant agreement 257872; Citer Creation of a European History Textbook Repository. Grant agreement ECP-2005-EDU-038193 SEED: Seeding cultural change in the school system through the generation of communities engaged in integrated educational and technological innovation IST-2000-25214, C-Cube: Children in Choros and Chronos’, European Commission, Esprit LTR, Experimental School Environments, #29346, 

NATIONAL FUNDING: Project: Implementation of Teacher Training Programs in PAKE- action 2.1.1.θ., Teacher Training in Information and Communication Technologies.


Talent Information Systems (Software Development SME) 2012-2016; Erevnites S.A. (publishing house) 2008-2009; Ellinogermaniki Agogi (Private School with R&D department) 2005-2006; Rainbow Computers (Software Development) 2004-5 &2001-2

Tasks - Roles:

Senior researcher: evaluation studies of digital tools; Consultant: design of educational material; Conceptual design of digital tools; Educational software localization to the Greek Educational System; Expert: educational material development; Project coordinator: development of multimedia material for 3 Greek Museums (Epidavros, National Archaeological Museum, Mycenae)


The work mentioned above was part of projects Funded by the General Secretariat of Research and Technology; The Greek ministry of Education; The Greek ministry of Culture


Academic institutions:

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), Faculty of Philosophy, Psychology and Pedagogy, Department of Pedagogy (2006-today) University of Peloponnese (UoP): Faculty of History, Archaeology and Management of Cultural Heritage, Department of History (2006-2010); • Hellenic Open University (HOU) (2013-2014; 2016-2017) – Distance course; Marconi University (2016) Distance course ; 



Adjunct Faculty (NKUA, UoP), External Scientific Personnel (NKUA postgraduate course); Tutor (HOU); Development of teaching material and of assessment instruments (Marconi University)



Undergraduate Courses: Educational Psychology (NKUA), ICT In Education A and B (two courses) (NKUA); Use of ICT in Historical and Archaeological studies (UoP)

Postgraduate Courses:  a) Learning process and Digital Technologies b) Design, development and evaluation of educational software c) Technologies supporting collaboration and networked learning d) Educational Research in Action e) Developmental Psychology f) Educational Technology 

Supervision: Since 2006 I am supervising the dissertations of, at least, two postgraduate students per year. 


Price S., Yiannoutsou N., Outhwaite L., Johnson R. (accepted) Enacting elementary geometry: Participatory ‘haptic’ sense making. In Digital Experiences in Mathematics Education.

Price, S., Yiannoutsou, N. & Vezzoli, Y. (2020) Making the body tangible: Elementary geometry learning through VR. Special Issue ‘On the intertwined contributions of physical and digital tools for the teaching and learning of mathematics’ in Digital Experiences in Mathematics Education.


Kynigos C., Yiannoutsou N. (2018) Children challenging the design of half-baked games: expressing values through the process of game modding. In International Journal of Child Computer Interaction- Special issue: Assumptions about the concept of Childhood and the Roles of Children in Design.


Yiannoutsou N. (2015) Elements of Surprise in Teaching and Learning (Open Peer Commentary). In Special Issue on Constructionism and Creativity - Constructivist Foundations 10 (3) pp 383-384 (Full Text:: )


Sintoris,C., Yiannoutsou N., Demetriou S., Avouris N., (2013) Discovering the invisible city: Location-based games for learning in smart cities. In Interaction Design and Architecture(s) Journal, 16, Special Issue on Smart City Learning - Visions and practical Implementations: toward Horizon 2020, pp. 47-64


Smyrnaiou Z., Moustaki F., Yiannoutsou N., Kynigos C. (2013) Interweaving meaning generation in science with learning to learn together processes using Web 2.0 tools. In Themes in Science and Technology Education, 5(1-2), 27-44


Yiannoutsou, N., Avouris, N., (2012). Mobile games in Museums: from learning through game play to learning through game design, ICOM Education, vol. 23, pp 79- 86 (available in


Avouris N., Yiannoutsou, N., (2012), A review of mobile location-based games for learning across physical and virtual spaces, Journal of Universal Computer Science, vol 18 (15), Special issue on Technology for learning across physical and virtual spaces (pp 2120-2142)


Yiannoutsou, N., Bounia, A., Roussou, M., Avouris, N., (2011). A critical Review of the use of learning technologies in museums and sites of cultural heritage. In Themes in Science and Technology Education, Special Issue on E-Learning and ICT in Education: Research trends and perspectives in Greece 4(1-3) 131-149. [in Greek]


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


Jewitt, C., Price, S., Leder-Mackley, K., Yiannoutsou, N. & Atkinson, D. (2020) Interdisciplinary insights for digital touch communication. Springer Briefs in Human Computer Interaction 10.1007/978-3-030-24564-1

C. Kynigos, J.E. Clayson., N. Yiannoutsou (eds) (2012). Proceedings of Constructionism 2012: Theory Practice and Impact. Athens- Greece, ISBN: 978-960-88298-3-1


Yiannoutsou, N., Nikitopoulou, S., Kynigos, C., Gueorguiev, I., & Fernandez, J. A. (2017). Activity Plan Template: a mediating tool for supporting learning design with robotics. In M. Merdan, W. Lepuschitz, G. Koppensteiner, & R. Balogh (Eds.), Robotics in Education. Research and Practices for Robotics in STEM Education (Vol. 457, pp. 3–13). Vienna-Austria: Springer.

Yiannoutsou N., Avouris N. (2014) Game design as a context for learning in cultural institutions. C. Karagiannidis, P.Politis, I. Karasavidis (eds) Research on E-learning and ICT in Education. Technological, Pedagogical and Instructional Perspectives pp 165-177, Springer ISBN: 978-1-4614-6500-3


Avouris N., Yiannoutsou N., Sintoris C. (2014) : Interactive technologies for informal learning in museums through games and stories. In “Cultural Management Policies and Practices for the Creative Use of Cultural Heritage” an ERASMUS COURSE HANDBOOK – e-book ISBN 978-963-642-534-0


Yiannoutsou N., Kynigos C. (2013) Boundary Objects in Educational Design Research: designing an intervention for learning how to learn in collectives with technologies that support collaboration and exploratory learning. In T. Plomp, N.Nieveen (Eds) Educational Design Research: Introduction and Illustrative Cases. SLO, Netherlands Institute for Curriculum Development, Enschede, The Netherlands, pp 357 – 379, ISBN: 978 90 329 2335 8, Available in

Ardito,C., Lanzilotti, R., Raptis, D., Sintoris, C., Yiannoutsou, N., Avouris, N., Costabile M.F. (2011). Designing Pervasive Games for Learning. In Design, User Experience, and Usability. Theory, Methods, Tools and Practice. Lecture Notes in Computer Science Volume 6770, 2011, pp 99-108, Springer


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. ISBN: 978-1-59904-871-


Yiannoutsou, N., Otero, N., Müller, W., Neofytou, C., Miltiadous, M., & Hadzilacos, T. (2018) Hanging Pictures or Searching the Web: Informing the design of a decision making system that empowers teachers to appropriate educational resources to their school’s infrastructure. In Open Conference on Computers in Education. 25-28 June, 2018 Linz Austria

Yiannoutsou, N., Johnson, R., & Price, S. (2018). Exploring how children interact with 3D shapes using haptic technologies. In IDC ’18 Proceedings of the 17th ACM Conference on Interaction Design and Children (pp. 533–538). Trondheim, Norway: ACM Press.

Yiannoutsou, N., & Kynigos, C. (2016). Game-Kits: Metadesign considerations on game modding for learning. In The 15th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (pp. 583–588). Manchester, UK.

Yiannoutsou N, Anastasaki S., Mavini C., Manoli V., Dimaraki E., Avouris N., Sintoris C. (2014) On Establishing Contact with Cultural Objects: The role of a location based game in supporting visitors to engage with contemporary art. In proceedings of IMCL2014 International Conference on Interactive Mobile Communication Technologies and Learning. pp 290-295, IEEE, Thessaloniki Nov. 2014


Sintoris,C., Yiannoutsou,N., Ortega-Arranz, A., López-Romero, R., Masoura, M. Avouris,N., Dimitriadis Y., (2014) TaggingCreaditor: A tool to create and share content for location-based games for learning proc. 8th International Conference on Interactive Mobile Communication Technologies and Learning, IMCL2014, Thessaloniki, November 2014.


Yiannoutsou N. Kynigos C., Daskolia M. (2014) Constructionist Designs in Game Modding: The Case of Learning about Sustainability. In G. Futschek and C.Kynigos (eds) Proceedings of Constructionism 2014: Constructionism and Creativity. pp 49-469, August 19-23, Vienna, Austria


Yiannoutsou N., Avouris N. (2012): From information consuming to participating: game-design supporting learning experiences in museums. In C. Karagiannidis, P. Politis & I. Karasavvidis (eds.), Proceedings of the 8th Pan-Hellenic Conference with International Participation «ICT in Education» University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece, 28-30 September 2012


Yiannoutsou N., Mavrikis M. (2012) Learning how to learn with microworlds: feedback evaluation and help seeking. In C. Kynigos, J.E. Clayson., N. Yiannoutsou (eds) Proceedings of Constructionism 2012: Theory Practice and Impact. pp 490-499 Athens- Greece, ISBN: 978-960-88298-3-1


Wegerif, R., Yang, Y., De Laat, M., Pifarre, M., Yiannoutsou, N., Moustaki, F., et al. (2012). Developing a planning and reflection tool to support learning. Proceedings of IST-Africa 2012.


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


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 Ν. Kyrimis Κ. (2007) Aspects of the learning process as a basis for designing an educational computer game. (In Greek) In proceedings “The 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) ‘Generating 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).


T. Hadzilacos, N. Yiannoutsou, W. Müller, S. Rebholz, N. Otero (2018): Only for the Rich? Accessible school infrastructure for the maker movement. Workshop held in the 17th ACM Conference on Interaction Design and Children. Trondheim, Norway (available in

Sintoris, C. Yiannoutsou N., Avouris N. (2016) The fortress of Monemvasia as playgroundfor a location based game. In Proceedings of Playing with History 2016 DiGRA/FDG Workshop on Playing with history: Games, antiquity and history. ISBN / ISNN: ISSN 2342-9666. (Peer Reviewed) Full text available here:


Yiannoutsou N., Sintoris C., Avouris N. (2013) The design of mobile games as a context to rethink representations of space - Maps & Games Workshop, at the 26th International Cartographic Conference in Dresden 25 August 2013. [abstract]


Chounta, I.A., Sintoris,C., Masoura,M., Yiannoutsou,N., Avouris N. (2013) The good, the bad and the neutral: an analysis of team-gaming activity. In proceeding of: ECSCW meets EC-TEL: Workshop on Collaborative Technologies for Working and Learning, At Paphos, Cyprus, September 2013


Yiannoutsou N., Avouris N., Sintoris C., (2012) Audience participation in museums: Game Design as Learning Activity. In Proceedings of the 7th NordiCHI 2012: Making Sense Through Design, Workshop on Design for Audience Engagement


Yiannoutsou, N, Sintoris, C., Avouris, N. (2011) "End User configuration of game elements: Game construction as learning activity", Proceedings, IS-EUD, Workshop Involving End Users and Domain Experts in Design of Educational Games, 2011, Torre Canne, Italy


[Del.1]. Aug 2017: Operational Release of Activity plans (ER4STEM project- Main author)

[Del.2] Aug. 2016 D.4.1 First Version of Activity Plans (ER4STEM project- Main author)


[Del.3] Nov. 2015 D4.1 Interactive Game (Main Author, Project: Digital Safety Platform, Cyber Security in the 7th Grade – In Greek)


[Del.4] Aug. 2013: D3.3. Report of the Analysis of the Experiments (Metafora Project-Main author)


[Del.5] Feb. 2012: D3.2 Report of the pilot studies and refinement of the research design (Metafora Project- Main author) Scientific Report Submitted to EC


[Del.6] Feb 2012: Addendum on D.3.2: Reflections on Scenario Design for Learning to Learn Together mathematics, sciences and environmental education with the Metafora System (Metafora Project- Main author) Scientific Report Submitted to EC


[Del.7] Aug. 2012: D.2.3 Interim report on the design-based research into group meta-learning (Metafora Project- contribution) Scientific Report Submitted to EC


[Del.8] July 2011: D.3.1The scenarios, the microworlds and a description of the research design (Metafora Project- Main author also available in ) Scientific Report Submitted to EC


[Del.9] July 2011: D.2.1 – Visual Language for Learning Processes (Metafora Project- contribution) Scientific Report Submitted to EC


[Del.10] Feb. 2005: Report on the design of learning activities (project LeGa in Greek) Scientific Report submitted to the Greek Secretariat for Research and Development


[Del.11] Sept. 2005: Final version of educational activities – software and documentation (description of Treasure hunt activity, manual, worksheets, project LeGa in Greek) Scientific Report submitted to the Greek Secretariat for Research and Development


[Del.12] Sept. 2005: Report of implementation of the learning activities in the school and the museum (implementation of the treasure hunt activity in the school project LeGa in Greek) Scientific Report submitted to the Greek Secretariat for Research and Development


[Del.13] Sept. 2005: Report on evaluation of the learning process (description of the learning process involving the treasure hunt activity. Project LeGa in Greek) Scientific Report submitted to the Greek Secretariat for Research and Development


[Del.14] “Activity Design” Delivered in three Versions (version A 2001, version B 2003, version C 2004) (Project Seed one of the main authors Scientific Report Submitted to EC


[Del.15] “Activity Software” Delivered in two Versions (version A 2001, version B 2004) (Project Seed one of the main authors) Scientific Report Submitted to EC


[Del.16] “Activity Templates” 2004 (Project Seed one of the main authors) Scientific Report Submitted to EC


[Del.17] April 1999: Activity Design. (Project C-Cube Children in Choros and Chronos co-author) Scientific Report Submitted to EC


[Del.18] Sept 1999: School Implementation Plan. (Project C-Cube Children in Choros and Chronos co-author) Scientific Report Submitted to EC


[Del.19] Oct. 2000: Final Implementation Report. (Project C-Cube Children in Choros and Chronos co-author) Scientific Report Submitted to EC


[Del.20] Nov. 1999: Description of educational activities. (Project Thranio, co-author. in Greek) Scientific Report submitted to the Greek Secretariat for Research and Development


[Del.21] March 2001: Design and implementation of software components-Final Version. (Project Thranio, co-author. in Greek) Scientific Report submitted to the Greek Secretariat for Research and Development


[Del.22] March 2001: Authoring of Educational Activities (Project Thranio, co-author. in Greek) Scientific Report submitted to the Greek Secretariat for Research and Development


[Del.23] March 2001: Evaluation of the software and of the learning process. (Project Thranio, co-author. in Greek) Scientific Report submitted to the Greek Secretariat for Research and Development

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