Latest News & Updates

Thesis Defense

Mon, September 03 at 12:20 pm.

Our team member Zacharoula Papamitsiou successfully defended her Ph.D. Thesis entitled: "Supporting learner's Capacity for Autonomous Decisions using Learning Analytics" on August 29th at the University of Macedonia (IPPS in Information Systems, http://mis.uom.gr).

Her presentation was really inspiring and she has really impressed the examiners and the audience with her outstanding research work.

We would like to wish her every success in her life and her professional career and we are looking forward to celebrating her next professional achievements!








Scientific Mobility

Mon, September 03 at 12:04 pm.

We are extremely proud of our team member Dr. Stavros Nikou to become a Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (https://www.strath.ac.uk/).

We wish Stavros a very successful career and we will continue our collaboration with him.








Academic Journal Publications

Tue, August 28 at 13:16 pm.

Two new papers published in the prestigious journal: Computers & Education

Our lab members just published the following papers on Mobile-based Assessment and Creativity:(a) Nikou, S. & Economides, A.A. (2018). Mobile-based assessment: A literature review of publications in major referred journals from 2009 to 2018, Computers & Education. Vol 125, pp. 101-119, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2018.06.006 , and (b) Stolaki, A. and Economides, A.A. (2018). The creativity challenge game: An educational intervention for creativity enhancement with the integration of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), Computers & Education, Vol. 195, pp. 195-211, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2018.05.009








Participation of the SMILE lab in the 2018 EDULEARN Conference

Mon, August 27 at 15:00 pm.

Two new papers of our lab members were presented at the EDULEARN conference, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on July.

More precisely, the following papers examined urgent issues of Openness inn MOOCs, OERs and Open Educations: (a) Economides, A.A. & Perifanou, M. (2018). Dimensions of Openness in MOOCs & OERs. Proceedings 10th annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EDULEARN), Palma de Mallorca, Spain, July 2-4, pp. 3684-3693. IATED. ISBN: 978-84-09-02709-5 (b) Economides, A.A. & Perifanou, M. (2018). The many faces of Openness in education. Proceedings 10th annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EDULEARN), Palma de Mallorca, Spain, July 2-4, pp. 3694-3703. IATED. ISBN: 978-84-09-02709-5










Ph.D. defense, August 29th, 2018. "Supporting learners’ Capacity for Autonomous Decisions using Learning Analytics".

Tue, August 21 at 11:20 a.m.

We are very pleased to invite you to attend our team member's, Zacharoula Papamitsiou, defense of her Ph.D. thesis, entitled: "Supporting learners’ Capacity for Autonomous Decisions using Learning Analytics". The thesis will be publicly defended on Wednesday, August 29th, at 10:00 a.m. in the eLearning Room of the University of Macedonia (Building C-D, 1st floor), Egnatia 156, Thessaloniki. We all are proud of Zacharoula's work, we would like to congratulate her for the thorough research and the significant contribution, and we wish her all the best in her professional career.







Academic Journal Publications

Thu, January 11 at 4:42 pm.

The new year started in the most promising way! Two journal papers of our team were accepted for publication!

More precisely, the papers are:(a) Factors that influence Behavioral Intention to Use Mobile-Based Assessment: a STEM teachers’ perspective, The British Journal of Educational Technology (to appear), by Nikou, S. & Economides, A.A, and (b) Mobile-Based micro-Learning and Assessment: Impact on learning performance and motivation of high-school students, Journal of Computer Assisted Learning (to appear) , by Nikou, S. & Economides, A.A.








Participation of the SMILE lab in the 2018 EDUCON Conference

Fri, December 29 at 12:00 pm.

Closing this year in the best way! Three more papers of ours were being accepted as full papers for the EDUCON conference, to be held in Tenerife, Canary Islands.

More precisely, the papers (a) MOOC Affordances Model., by M. Perifanou and A. A. Economides, (b) Motivation related predictors of engagement in mobile-assisted Inquiry-Based Science Learning , by S. Nikou & A. A. Economides, and (c) Recommendation of educational resources to groups: a game-theoretic approach, by Z. Papamitsiou & A. A. Economides, will be presented at the conference.

We are excited that our Smile lab will be there!!










Openness in formal education: chmod 777 education

Tue, November 28 at 4:41pm.

On Monday, December 4th, 2017, at 11:00 in the Conference Hall, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece, SMILE (Smart Mobile Interactive Learning Environments) lab and IPPS in Information Systems organize the open lecture- seminar: "Openness in formal education: chmod 777 education".

The invited speaker, Prof. Carlos Santos, from the DigiMedia research center, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal, will give a leacture on what would happen if we would give students full access privileges to their learning. What if they could decide, on their own terms, the design of their learning paths, their information sources, their courses? In this open lecture we will introduce the concepts of open access, sharing and collaboration in formal educational contexts and explore some of their possibilities supported by an overview of international initiatives/projects. To actively participate in this open lecture bring your own smartphone, tablet, laptop, … (BYOD). More










Ph.D. defense, November 24th, 2017. "Mobile-based Assessment: An exploration of Motivation and Acceptance factors".

Mon, November 20 at 12:34pm.

We are very pleased to invite you to attend our team member's, Stavros Nikou, defense of his Ph.D. thesis, entitled: "Mobile-based Assessment: An exploration of Motivation and Acceptance factors". The thesis will be publicly defended on Friday, November 24th, at 12:00 in the Conference Room at the Department of Economics (#509, 5th Floor), University of Macedonia, Egnatia 156, Thessaloniki. We all are proud of Stavro's work, we would like to congratulate him for the thorough research and the significant contribution, and we wish him all the best in his professional career. More







Participation of the SMILE lab in the CARAT research project

Mon, November 27 at 2:06pm.

We are excited to announce that our SMILE Lab participates in the CARAT project, under a "Research-Create-Innovate" call.

The project will start in January, 2018.




Participation of the SMILE lab in the LAK18 Conference

Mon, November 21 at 5:36pm.

We have some great news to share !Two papers of ours were accepted as full papers for the 8th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK) Conference, to be held in Sydney, Australia, 5-9 March 2018 (acceptance rate: 30%).

More precisely, the papers (a) Can’ t get more satisfaction? Game-theoretic group-recommendation of educational resources, by Z. Papamitsiou and A. A. Economides, and (b) Explaining performance using response-times, self-regulation and satisfaction from content: an fsQCA approach , by Z. Papamitsiou, A. A. Economides, I. O. Pappas and M. N. Giannakos, will be presented at the conference.

We are excited that our Smile lab will be there!!








The Martin Wolpers Award at JTEL 2017

Wed, October 18 at 7:40pm.

We have wonderful news to share! Our team has supported the organization of the 13th Joint European Summer School on Technology-enhanced Learning (JTELSS) that took place in Aveiro, Portugal.

Our colleague, Zacharoula Papamitsiou, won the Martin Wolpers Award for the research project of the most promising young researcher. The Award was supported by the Research Institute for Innovation & Technology in Education (UNIR iTED).

We would like to congratulate her and to wish her all the best in her professional life!