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Stamatina Anastopoulou

University of the Aegean
e-mail: manast (at) aegean(dot)gr

Research interests

I am interested in all aspects of designing new technologies to enhance learning and interaction, including planning, analysis and evaluation. More specific research interests include:

  • Science learning: I regard practical work as an indispensable, vital part of science teaching and learning. I have explored its benefits in a variety of science learning and teaching contexts, and aimed to explain these benefits in the light of current learning theories and practices (e.g. Anastopoulou et al., 2012).
  • Design and Evaluation of inquiry-based learning: I am seeking to explore methods of guiding the assessment of innovative scientific investigations that leads to valid and reliable measurable outcomes and skills (e.g. Anastopoulou et al., 2012, Scanlon et al., 2012, Ainsworth et al., 2010),
  • Enriching students’ experiences with science. (e.g. Knight, et al., 2007, Sotiriou, et al., 2006)
  • Human Computer Interaction: I am interested in evaluating usability and usefulness of learning technologies. Currently we explore Critical Incidents Analysis, as a reflective method to provide requirements within an iterative framework of technology design (e.g. Anastopoulou & Sharples, submitted). As part of my PhD, I explored the usefulness of multimodal interaction with technologies (e.g. Anastopoulou et al., 2011)

I have worked with children and technology in both Greece and the UK, and have gained a good understanding of curriculum aims and pedagogy, learning theories, and post-compulsory education.

I was working on Personal Inquiry (PI): Designing for Evidence-based Inquiry Learning across Formal and Informal Settings. It is a collaborative project with the Open University, funded by the ESRC/EPSRC TEL initiative, to support 21st century science learning with advanced technologies. The aim of the project is to help children to develop their scientific understanding through the use of a new personalised learning toolkit that will support mobile learning in diverse contexts, e.g. their classroom, homes and fieldtrips.


Stamatina is a post-doc researcher at Educational Technology lab, of the University of Athens. She had a research fellowship at the Learning Sciences Research Institute of the University of Nottingham, after spending a year in Ellinogermaniki Agogi.

She completed her PhD at the University of Birmingham in the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering focusing on multimodal interactions for the design of an environment to support science learning.

She obtained a Masters degree in Cognitive Science, a joined degree from the Schools of Psychology and Computer Science at the University of Birmingham in 2000. Her MSc thesis was about "SALL: Specifying a system to Support Academics’ Lifelong Learning" (abstract). 
She gained a teaching assistantship in the University of the Aegean,
Dept. of Product and Systems Design on Syros island during the fall semester of 2000. 

Prior to her postgraduate studies, she worked for the Hellenic Operational Research Society and the University of the Aegean,  Dept. of Information and Communication Systems as a researcher until 1999. 


Journal Publications

[J07] Sharples, Mike, Scanlon, Eileen; Ainsworth, Shaaron, Anastopoulou, Stamatina, Collins, Trevor; Crook, Charles; Jones, Ann; Kerawalla, Lucinda; Littleton, Karen,  Mulholland, Paul, O'Malley, Claire. Personal Inquiry: Orchestrating science investigations within and beyond the classroom. Journal of the Learning Sciences, Vol. 24, Iss. 2, 2015

[J06] Persico, Donatella; Pozzi, Francesca; Anastopoulou, Stamatina, Conole, Gráinne, Craft, Brock and Yannis Dimitriadis and Davinia Hernández-Leo; Kali, Yael and Mor, Yishay and Pérez-Sanagustín Mar and Walmsley, Helen (2013). Learning design Rashomon I - supporting the design of one lesson through different approaches. Research in Learning Technology volume 21: 20224 -

[J05] Paul Mulholland, Stamatina Anastopoulou, Trevor Collins, Markus Feisst, Mark Gaved, Lucinda Kerawalla, Mark Paxton, Eileen Scanlon, Mike Sharples and Michael Wright (2012). nQuire: Technological Support for Personal Inquiry Learning.  IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, 5(2), pp. 157-169

[J04] Scanlon E., Anastopoulou S., Kerawalla L., Mulholland P. (2012). How technology resources can be used to represent personal inquiry and support students' understanding of it across contexts. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning. [doi10.1111/j.1365-2729.2011.00414.x]

[J03] Anastopoulou S, Sharples, M., Ainsworth, S., Crook, C., O’Malley, C., Wright, M. (2012).Creating Personal Meaning through Technology-Supported Science Inquiry Learning across Formal and Informal Settings. International Journal of Science Education. [doi: 10.1080/09500693.2011.569958]

[J02] S. Anastopoulou, M. Sharples, C. Baber (2011). An evaluation of multimodal interactions while learning science concepts. British Journal of Education Technology .  Volume 42, Issue 2. pp.266-290. [doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8535.2009.01017.x]

[J01] J.F. Knight, H.W. Bristow, S. Anastopoulou, C. Baber, A. Schwirtz, T.N. Arvanitis (2007). Uses of Accelerometer Data Collected from a Wearable System. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing  Volume 11, Number 2 / February, 2007 [doi: 10.1007/s00779-006-0070-y] [Cited by 16]


[B01] Stamatina Anastopoulou, Sofoklis Sotiriou (2006) CONNECT: Implementation Guide . Athens: EPINOIA S.A., ISBN No.960-8339-82-0

[B02] S.Sotiriou, S. Anastopoulou (2005). CONNECT: Teachers' Workshop Proceedings, EPINOIA, 2005, ISBN No. 960-8339-80-4 

[B03] S. Anastopoulou, M. Sharples, G. Vavoula (2002). Editors of the Proceedings of the European Workshop on Mobile and Contextual Learning -MLearn 2002, University of Birmingham, 20th and 21st of June, 2002 ETRP 14* ISSN 1463-9408

Book chapters

[BC01] Ng Wan, Anastopoulou Stamatina (2010). A Comparative study of the use of personal handheld computers by Australian and UK school students. In Ng W. (ed) Mobile Technologies and Handheld Devices for Ubiquitous Learning: Research and Pedagogy, IGI Global

[BC02] Stamatina Anastopoulou, Yang Yang, Mark Paxton, Mike Sharples, Charles Crook, Shaaron Ainsworth and Claire O'Malley (2010). Maintaining continuity of inquiry learning experiences across contexts: Teacher’s management strategies and the role of technology. In Martin Wolpers, Paul A. Kirschner, Maren Scheffel, Stefanie Lindstaedt And Vania Dimitrova (Eds). Sustaining TEL: From Innovation To Learning And Practice, Lecture Notes In Computer Science, 2010, Volume 6383/2010, 17-29. [doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-16020-2_2]

[BC03] Eileen Scanlon, Stamatina Anastopoulou and Lucinda Kerawalla (2012). Personal inquiry learning. In Karen Littleton, Eileen Scanlon and Mike Sharples (eds) Orchestrating inquiry learning: contemporary perspectives on supporting scientific inquiry learning to be published by Taylor & Francis. ISBN: 0415601134

[BC04] Mike Sharples and Stamatina Anastopoulou (2012).Orchestrating inquiry learning. In Karen Littleton, Eileen Scanlon and Mike Sharples (eds) Orchestrating inquiry learning: contemporary perspectives on supporting scientific inquiry learning to be published by Taylor & Francis. ISBN: 0415601134

Conference Publications

[C25] S. Anastopoulou, M. Daskolia (2012). Construction kits for teachers: implications for design «Constructionism 2012 – Theory, Practice and Impact», 21-25 August, Athens-Greece

[C24] S. Anastopoulou, M. Daskolia, M. Rozaki (2012). “Neighborhoods”: Engaging students into inquiring about their local communities from a place-based perspective. «Constructionism 2012 – Theory, Practice and Impact», 21-25 August, Athens-Greece

[C23] Yang Yang, Stamatina Anastopoulou, Mike Sharples, Charles Crook, Shaaron Ainsworth, Claire O'Malley, Mark Paxton, Managing transitions and continuity of scripted inquiry learning, EARLI 2011, University of Exeter, United Kingdom;

Stamatina Anastopoulou, Zacharoula Smyrnaiou, Chronis Kynigos (2011). Bringing intuitions of natural and virtual interactions into conflict: the POLYMECHANON experience. In proceedings of the GW 2011: The 9th International Gesture Workshop Gesture in Embodied Communication and Human-Computer Interaction May 25-27, 2011, Athens, Greece

[C21] Daniel Spikol, Marcelo Milrad, Ulrich Hoppe, Astrid Wichmann, Roy Pea, Eileen Scanlon, Ton de Jong, Heidy Maldonado, Canan Blake, C. O’Malley, Stamatina Anastopoulou, (2011). Discussing and Synthesizing Three Positions in Computer-supported Inquiry Learning from a Design Perspactive: Mobile Collaboratories, Emerging Learning Objects, and Personal Inquiry. Workshop to be held in the 9th CSCL 2011: Connecting CSCL to policy and practice. Hong Kong, July 4-8, 2011.

Philipp Schwegmann, Stamatina Anastopoulou, Yang Yang, Mark Paxton, Shaaron Ainsworth, Markus Feisst (2010). Studying Collaboration during a Scientific Inquiry Fieldtrip: an in situ study with mobile technologies. In proceedings of the 9th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (Mlearn 2010), Valetta, Malta.

Wichmann, A., Spikol, D., Anastopoulou S., Hoppe, U, Milrad, M., Pea, R., de Jong, T., Maldonado, H., Sharples, M. (2010). Three Perspectives on Technology Support in Inquiry Learning: Personal Inquiry, Mobile Collaboratories and Emerging Learning Objects. Workshop to be held at the International Conference of the Learning Sciences 2010  (June 28th 2010), Chicago, USA

Ainsworth, S., Anastopoulou, S., Sharples, M., Crook, C., & O'Malley,C. (2010). Engaging students with assessment: Inquiry cartoons.  In ICLS 2010 symposium: "On the Process and Outcomes of Inquiry Learning: Changing Approaches to Assessment", organised by Ainsworth S., de Jong, T. , Chicago, USA

Anastopoulou, S., Wright, M., Sharples, M., Ainsworth, S., Crook, C., Norton, B. & O’Malley, C., (2009) Personal Inquiry: Lessons Learned. In D. Metcalf, A. Hamilton & C. Graffeo (eds.) Proceedings of 8th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning, Orlando, Florida, 28-30th October, 2009. Florida, US p 140

[C16] Stamatina Anastopoulou, Claire O’Malley (2009) Issues in Scaffolding Collaborative Inquiry Science Learning. Symposium held in CSCL 2009: CSCL Practices, June 8-13, 2009, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece with the following participants: Jim Slotta, University of Toronto, Marcia Linn, University of California at Berkeley, Eileen Scanlon, Karen Littleton, & the PI project team, Marcelo Milrad, Vδxjφ University, Roy Pea, Stanford University, Ton de Jong, Wouter R. van Joolingen, Armin Weinberger, and the SCY team, University of Twente.

[C15] Eileen Scanlon, Karen Littleton, Stamatina Anastopoulou, Mike Sharples, Shaaron Ainsworth, & the PI project team. Personal Inquiry and Groupwork: Issues for computer-supported inquiry learning. Paper presented at CSCL Symposium in CSCL 2009 "Issues in Scaffolding Collaborative Inquiry Science Learning" 8-13 June 2009, Rhodes

[C14] Stamatina Anastopoulou, Mike Sharples, Shaaron Ainsworth, Charles Crook (2009). Personal Inquiry: linking the cultures of home and school with technology mediated science inquiry. In Pachler, N., Seipold, J. (Eds.) 'Mobile learning cultures across education, work and leisure.' Proceedings of the 3rd WLE Mobile Learning Symposium, London, 27th March 2009. Published by the WLE Centre, March 2009. ISSN 1753-3385. [PDF]

[C13] S.Anastopoulou, L.J.Kerawalla, K.Littleton and the PI project team (2009). Facilitating the expression of learner voices in the participatory design of technology to support inquiry learning. Poster presented at CAL 2009 - Learning in Digital Worlds, 23-25 March 2009 Brighton, UK [PDF]

[C12] Stamatina Anastopoulou, Mike Sharples, Michael Wright, Hazel Martin, Shaaron Ainsworth, Steve Benford, Charles Crook, Chris Greenhalgh, Claire O’Malley (2008). Learning 21st Century Science in Context with Mobile Technologies. mLearn2008 - The Bridge from Text to Context. University of Wolverhampton, 8-10 October 2008. [PDF]

[C11] Gráinne Conole, Eileen Scanlon, Cindy Kerawalla, Paul Mullholland, Stamatina Anastopoulou and Canan Blake. From design to narrative: the development of inquiry-based learning models. In Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2008. AACE. [PDF]

[C10]  S.Sotiriou, S. Anastopoulou, S. Rosenfeld, M. Milrad (2006). Using advanced technologies to connect schools to science museums. In proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Wireless, Mobile and Ubiquitous Technologies in Education (WMTUE 2006), Athens, Greece, November 16-17, 2006 [doi: 10.1109/WMTE.2006.42]

 [C09]   James F. Knight, Daniel Deen-Williams, Theodoros N. Arvanitis, Chris Baber, Sofoklis Sotiriou, Stamatina Anastopoulou and Michael Gargalakos (2006). Assessing the Wearability of Wearable Computers Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC’06), Montreux, Switzerland  October 11-14, 2006 [doi: 10.1109/ISWC.2006.286347]

 [C08]   Sotiriou, S., Anastopoulou S., Rosenfeld, S., Aharoni, O., Hofstein, A., Bogner, F., Sturm, H., Hoeksema, K. (2006). Visualizing the invisible: The CONNECT Approach for teaching science. Proceedings of the 6th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT 2006), Kerkrade, The Netherlands, July 5-7. [doi: 10.1109/ICALT.2006.353]

 [C07]  S. Sotiriou, S. Anastopoulou, E. Vagenas, M. Apostolakis, D. Leligou, C. Theodorakakos, A. Maier, N. Athanasiadis, T. Arvanitis, DD Williams, JF Knight (2006) The CONNECT project: Connecting schools and sciecne centres through advanced technologies. The 11th Greek Physics Conference, 30 March-2 April, Larissa, Greece (in greek).

[C06] S. Anastopoulou, M. Sharples, C. Baber (2003). Using gestures to learn about graphs: the contribution of multimodal technology. To appear in the proceedings of the 3rd IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, July 9-11, 2003, Athens, Greece. [doi: 10.1109/ICALT.2003.1215053]

[C05] S. Anastopoulou, M. Sharples, C. Baber (2003). Multimodality and learning: linking science to everyday activities. in Proceedings of HCI International 2003, 22-27 June, Crete, Greece. Preprint version available in PDF (42KB). 

[C04] S. Anastopoulou, C. Baber, M. Sharples (2002). Object Manipulation In Educational Multimodal Systems for Contextual Learning. Proceedings of the European Workshop on Mobile and Contextual Learning -MLearn 2002, University of Birmingham, 20th and 21st of June, 2002 (PDF -12KB)

[C03] S. Anastopoulou, C. Baber, M. Sharples (2001). Multimedia and multimodal systems: commonalities and differences. Proceedings of the 5th Human Centred Technology Postgraduate Workshop, University of Sussex, 26-27 September 2001.
(PDF -17KB, Preprint version available in PDF)

[C02] Anastopoulou, S., Sharples, M. (2001). SALL: Designing a system to Support Academics' Lifelong Learning. Proceedings of CAL 2001 conference, University of Warwick, 2-4 April 2001. 
Preprint version available in
PDF (9KB).  

[C01] Anastopoulou, S., Sharples, M. (2000). A system prototype to support academics' lifelong learning: selecting a design concept and the role of the design process. 13th National Conference of Hellenic Operational Research Society, Piraeus, 30 November - 2 December 2000. 
Preprint version available in PDF (66KB)

Invited talks

Stamatina Anastopoulou (2009). Personal Inquiry. 'Brown Bag' Seminar talk  University of Leicester, Dept of Museum Studies, 28-1-2009.

Stamatina Anastopoulou (2008). Personal Inquiry: science learning in context. Position paper for the pre-conference workshop "Real-Time methods for monitoring, evaluating, and scaffolding students’ reflective inquiry in CSCL environments" ICLS 2008. June 23rd, 2008, Utrecht University 


[Th02] S. Anastopoulou, (2004). Investigating Multimodal Interactions for the Design of Learning Environments: A Case Study in Science Learning. PhD Thesis, School of Electronics, Electrical and Computing Engineering, The University of Birmingham. (Thesis: PDF - 956KB, Appendices: PDF - 445KB )

[Th01] S. Anastopoulou, (2000). SALL: Designing a system to Support Academics' Lifelong Learning, MSc Thesis. (Thesis: PDF - 339 KB, References: PDF - 12 KB)