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Katerina Tsarava

Member of the junior research group Neuro-cognitive Plasticity

Since October 2016, Katerina Tsarava has been a scientific researcher in the junior research group Neuro-cognitive plasticity at the IWM. In her PhD-thesis she focuses on the cognitive correlates and assessment of Computational Thinking, as well as on the design and evaluation of a computational thinking curriculum. In this context she has developed  a computational thinking course, namely “Verstehen wie Computer denken” that aims to train computational thinking through unplugged and plugged-in activities. Since April 2019, Katerina Tsarava works in the project “Computational Thinking through playing & creating”, funded by the Hector Foundation II. Furthermore she works in the BMBF-funded project LISA since October 2016.


Katerina Tsarava studied Applied Informatics (Bachelor) at the University of Macedonia (Thessaloniki, Greece). In 2016 she graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with a Master’s degree in Information and Communication Technologies in Education. Since 2014, she has held a Certificate of Pedagogical and Teaching Competence. In 2018, she participated in the 6th International Educational Games Competition with her life-size board games “Crabs & Turtles” were she won the 1st prize in the category of non-digital games and joint overall 1st prize of the competition.



 

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Projects

Coding to foster computational thinking through playing and creating

Learning analytics for sensor-based adaptive learning

Articles in refereed Journals

Tsarava, K., Moeller, K., & Ninaus, M. (2018). Training Computational Thinking through board games: The case of Crabs & Turtles. International Journal of Serious Games, 5(2), 25-44. https://dx.doi.org/10.17083/ijsg.v5i2.248 Open Access
 

Proceedings

Appel, T., Sevcenko, N., Wortha, F., Tsarava, K., Moeller, K., Ninaus, M., Kasneci, E., & Gerjets, P. (in press). Predicting Cognitive Load in an Emergency Simulation Based on Behavioral and Physiological Measures. Proceedings of the 21st ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction New York, NY, USA: ACM.
 

Barrocas, R., Ninaus, M., Tsarava, K., Gawrilow, C., Lachmair, M., Roesch, S., & Moeller, K. (in press). Digits grasp digits: Numbers on your fingertips. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EDULEARN19) (pp. 7165-7174). Barcelona Valencia: IATED Academy.
 

Leifheit, L., Tsarava, K., Moeller, K., Ostermann, K., Golle, J., Trautwein, U., & Ninaus, M. (in press). Development of a Questionnaire on Self-concept, Motivational Beliefs, and Attitude Towards Programming. Proceedings of WiPSCE ’19: Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education (WiPSCE ’19) New York, NY, USA: ACM.
 

Ninaus, M., Tsarava, K., & Moeller, K. (in press). A Pilot Study on the Feasibility of Dynamic Difficulty Adjustment in Game-Based Learning Using Heart-Rate. International Conference on Games and Learning Alliance – Lecture Notes in Computer Science Cham: Springer.
 

Tsarava, K., Leifheit, L., Ninaus, M., Román-González, M., Butz, M.V., Golle, J., Trautwein, U., & Moeller, K. (in press). Cognitive Correlates of Computational Thinking: Evaluation of a Blended Unplugged/Plugged-In Course. Proceedings of WiPSCE ’19: Workshop in primary and Secondary Computing Education (WiPSCE ’19) New York, NY, USA: ACM.
 

Tsarava, K., Moeller, K., & Ninaus, M. (in press). Board Games for Training Computational Thinking. Proceedings of Games and Learning Alliance conference (GALA 2018) - Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer.
 

Tsarava, K., & Leifheit, L. (2019). Computational Thinking with CS unplugged. In L. Cassone, M. Romero, T. Vieville, C. De Smet, & M. Ndiaye (Eds.), Proceedings of ANR #CreaMaker workshop: co-creativity, robotics and maker education (pp. 15-17). Nice, France: Université Côte d’Azur.
 

Tsarava, K., Moeller, K., Pinkwart, N., Butz, M., Trautwein, U., & Ninaus, M. (2017). Training computational thinking: Game-based unplugged and plugged-in activities in primary school. Proceedings of the 11th European Conference on Game Based Learning (pp. 687-695). Reading, UK: Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited.
 

Conference Contributions

Barrocas, R., Ninaus, M., Tsarava, K., Gawrilow, C., Lachmair, M., Roesch, S., & Moeller, K. (2019, July). Digits grasp digits: Numbers on your fingertips. 11th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EDULEARN19). Palma, Spain. [Talk]
 

Tsarava, K., & Leifheit, L. (2019, April). Computational Thinking with CS unplugged.ANR #CreaMaker workshop: co-creativity, robotics and maker education. ANR #CreaMaker workshop: co-creativity, robotics and maker education. Nice, France. [Talk]
 

Tsarava, K., & Leifheit, L. (2019, April). Computational Thinking with CS unplugged. Invited talk at ANR #CreaMaker workshop: co-creativity, robotics and maker education. Nice, France. [Talk]
 

Bieck, S. M., Barrocas, R., Krauss, D., & Tsarava, K. (2018, July). Wie macht lernen Spaß? Experimente zum spielerischen Lernen. Kinderuni Workshop. Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien, Tübingen. [Workshop Organisation]
 

Leifheit, L., Tsarava, K., Moeller, K., & Ninaus, M. (2018, September). Hector Core Course: Verstehen wie Computer denken. Qualification Seminar. Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien, Tübingen. [Workshop Organisation]
 

Tsarava, K., Leifheit, L., Moeller, K., & Ninaus, M. (2018, October). "Crabs & Turtles: A Series of Computational Adventures". 12th European Conference on Game Based Learning. Sophia Antipolis, France. [Talk]
 

Tsarava, K., Moeller, K., & Ninaus, M. (2018, July). Design and Game-Experience Evaluation of Three Games to Foster Computational Thinking. 2nd Virtual Environments: Current TOpics in Psychological Research (VECTOR) Workshop 2018. Tübingen. [Poster]
 

Tsarava, K., Moeller, K., & Ninaus, M. (2018, December). Board Games for Training Computational Thinking. 7th International Games and Learning Alliance conference – GALA2018. Palermo, Italy. [Talk]
 

Tsarava, K., Moeller, K., Pinkwart, N., Butz, M., Trautwein, U., & Ninaus, M. (2017, October). Training computational thinking: Game-based unplugged and plugged-in activities in primary school. 11th European Conference on Game Based Learning. Graz, Österreich. [Talk]
 

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Katerina Tsarava

Katerina Tsarava

Schleichstraße 6
72076 Tübingen
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phone: +49 7071 979-267
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