Dr Stavros Nikou



Personal statement

Stavros Nikou is a Lecturer in Digital Education at the School of Education, University of Strathclyde. He holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems focusing on Learning Technologies from the University of Macedonia - Greece, a M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Houston (CL) and a B.Sc. in Physics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. 

Stavros has many years of experience in ICT and STEM  education. His research interests include technology-enhanced teaching and learning, context-aware mobile learning and assessment, instructional design, online and blended learning, AR/VR/MR, teacher education, computational thinking and innovative emerging technologies to support STEM education. Stavros is Course Leader of the Postgraduate Certificate in  Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning (Digital Education), he teaches Learning Technologies and supervises postgraduate students within the School of Education.

Stavros has served as UNESCO consultant for the development of the ICT Competency Framework for Teachers and ambassador for Scientix - The Community for Science Education in Europe. He is also member of the Smart Mobile and Interactive Learning Environments (SMILE) Lab. He has published in highly cited international journals and refereed conference proceedings. He is section editor  for the International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies (iJIM), associate editor  for the Frontiers in Education (Digital Learning Innovations) and scientific committee member in several top ranking international conferences. 

Stavros is a member of the Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA), the International Association for Mobile Learning (IAmLearn), the International Association of Smart Learning Environments (IASLE), ASLERD and the Hellenic Physics Society. He is also Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and Senior member of IEEE (SMIEEE).


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Student motivation and engagement in maker activities under the lens of the Activity Theory : a case study in a primary school
Nikou Stavros A
Journal of Computers in Education (2023)
Teachers' views on integrating augmented reality in education : needs, opportunities, challenges, and recommendations
Perifanou Maria, Economides Anastasios A, Nikou Stavros
Future Internet Vol 15 (2022)
Business simulation games : impact on SOLO taxonomy learning outcomes, learning performance and teamwork competency
Boikou Andromachi, Economides Anastasios A, Nikou Stavros A
Interaction Design and Architecture Vol Summer, pp. 161-175 (2022)
Web-based videoconferencing and 3D multiuser virtual teaching spaces (in the post-COVID-19 era)
Nikou Stavros
Reconnecting educational research, policy, and practice (SERA) 2022 (2022)
Towards a teachers' augmented reality competencies (TARC) framework
Nikou Stavros A, Perifanou Maria, Economides Anastasios A
New Realities, Mobile Systems and Applications - Proceedings of the 14th IMCL Conference International Conference on Interactive Mobile Communication, Technologies and Learning Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems Vol 411 LNNS, pp. 203-212 (2022)
Mobile learning pedagogies : panel discussion
Palalas Aga, Parsons David, Nikou Stavros, Rudolfo Selwyn
20th World Conference on Mobile, Blended and Seamless Learning (2021)

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Research interests

Main research areas: online teaching/learning, mobile & ubiquitous learning, immersive learning environments, artificial intelligence, instructional design and technology integration, STEM education, teachers' digital competencies, smart learning environments.

Main area of focus: the role of cognitive, metacognitive, affective and motivational processes during technology-enhanced teaching and learning.

Professional activities

The 23rd IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies - Track 12. Augmented Reality and Virtual Worlds in Education and Training (ARVWET)
The 23rd IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies - Track 12. Augmented Reality and Virtual Worlds in Education and Training (ARVWET) (Event)
IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (Event)
20th International Conference on Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation (REV2023) and International Edunet World Conference (IEWC 2023) (Event)
25th International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning - 51st IGIP International Conference on Engineering Pedagogy (Event)
"Mobile learning: What the Future Looks Like?" Invited speech - 3rd Asia Education Technology Symposium (Fukuoka, Japan)
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Immersive technologies in preservice teachers' education
Nikou, Stavros (Principal Investigator)
The project introduces immersive technologies in pre-service teachers' education and explores student teachers' views on the educational value of AR (opportunities and challenges).
Visual Environments of Building chatbots for Learning and Training
Nikou, Stavros (Co-investigator)
In collaboration with the VIP Research Group at Athabasca University, Canada, the study explores the uses of conversational agents (chatbots) for Learning and Training. Usability study on a block-based, visual editing environment for creating chatbots for educational purposes.
An international study on Teachers’ Competencies on the integration of Augmented Reality in Education
Nikou, Stavros (Principal Investigator)
In collaboration with SMILE Lab, University of Macedonia Greece, this study investigates teachers’ competencies regarding the use of Augmented Reality (AR) in their teaching. Participating teachers are from a large number of countries worldwide.
Mobile learning frameworks and pedagogy
Nikou, Stavros (Principal Investigator)
In collaboration with The Mind Lab (New Zealand), Athabasca University (Canada) and the University of the West Indies (Trinidad and Tobago) the project investigates mobile learning frameworks that address issues of pedagogy in order to gain an understanding of current directions in mobile learning pedagogy.
15-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2022
Online teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic: teachers’ and students’ perceptions
Nikou, Stavros (Principal Investigator)
Investigate University teachers’ and student’s adoption, attitudes, perceptions about online learning
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2021
Makerspace activities in the Primary classroom
Nikou, Stavros (Principal Investigator)
Physical computing, digital design and 3D printing: exploring the impact on pupils motivation, engagement and learning outcomes (in the context of the Strathclyde Vertically Integrated Projects for Sustainable Development (VIP4SD) programme).
01-Jan-2019 - 20-Jan-2022

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