My research interests include computing education research, K-12 computing education, introductory programming, game programming, outreach, interest and interest development, motivational factors, mixed methods, qualitative research. Students interested in MSc/PhD thesis topics related to themes mentioned above are welcome to contact me. Also, if you would like share your ideas for a joint project, please feel free to contact me.
A complete list of my research articles is found at TUTKA.
Recently, I have taught bachelor level courses (CS1) for several years in the University of Jyväskylä, where I have gained a lot of insight into learning and teaching, especially in the area of introductory programming. Also, I have had the opportunity to arrange and run week-long game programming courses for middle and high school students for several years.
I am also a project manager of a EU funded project called Jyväskylä Game Lab. The aim of the project is to develop agile teaching methods to support games-related (among others) education in higher education (universities, and universities of applied sciences). During the project the participants develop their own computer games in small multidisciplinary groups. You can read more about the JGL project here.
I have absolutely no hobbies. I have dedicated my life to work. Just kidding. I love to do road cycling, floorball, and jogging, for instance. I am a huge Formula 1 fan. I also play the piano and love taking photos. Oh yeah, and I have three adorable sons -- not sure if they fall into the hobbies category, but anyway :-).