Homepage for Ville Isomöttönen

Current position: Senior Lecturer with doscentship for 'Computing Education Research'
Faculty of Information Technology
Office: Agora C414.2
Postal address: P.O.Box(35) FIN-40014 University of Jyväskylä
Phone: +358400608130
Email: ville.isomottonen_at_jyu.fi

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Hi! I teach and do teaching-related research in the area of computer science. My background studies consist of computer science and software engineering, mathematics, physics, musicology, and education.

I compose rock music, I have currently (re)united with singer Pete Revonkorpi, and a new song is available here: https://soundcloud.com/user-422186141/peloton Some older songs: Soundcloud. One is available in YouTube .


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  1. A. Nylén. M. Daniels, A. Pears, Å. Cajander, R. McDermott & V. Isomöttönen. Why are We Here? The Educational Value Model (EVM) as a Framework to Investigate the Role of Students' Professional Identity Development.
  2. R. McDermott, M. Daniels, M. Zarb, W. Ballew & V. Isomöttönen. Phronesis, Authentic Learning and the Solution of Open-Ended Problems in Computing and Engineering Education. Frontiers in Education 2018.
  3. V. Isomöttönen, M. Daniels, Åsa Cajander, A. Pears & R. McDermott. Searching for Global Employability: Can Students Capitalize on Enabling Learning Environments?. ACM Transactions on Computing Education. Accepted.
  4. A-J. Lakanen & Ville Isomöttönen. 2018. Computer Science Outreach Workshop and Interest Development: A Longitudinal Study. Informatics and Education.
  5. A. Heimburger, V. Isomöttönen, P. Nieminen & H. Keto. 2018. How do Academics Experience Use of Recorded Audio Feedback in Higher Education? A Thematic Analysis. Frontiers in Education 2018, accepted.
  6. V. Isomöttönen, S. Ryynänen & N. Mononen. 2018. Method Matters: Reflections from Student-Made Mapping Studies. Frontiers in Education 2018, accepted.
  7. A. Berglund, V. Isomöttönen, D. Lhamo & P. Tshering. 2018. How research came inside me as a new knowledge: An inside perspective from two Bhutanese students on learning research in Computing Education. LaTiCSE 2018.
  8. V. Isomöttönen & Aletta Nylèn. 2018. How Students Get Going - Triggers for Students' Learning in Project-Based Learning. ITiCSE 2018.
  9. V. Isomöttönen. 2018. For the Oppressed Teacher: Stay Real! Teaching in Higher Education, Published online: 1st Mar 2018, to appear .
  10. R. McDermott, M. Daniels, M. Zarb, A. Pears, A. Nýlen, V. Isomöttönen & M. Caspersen. 2017. The Authenticity of 'Authentic' Assessment: Some Faculty Perceptions. Frontiers in Education 2017.
  11. A. Heimburger & V. Isomöttönen. 2017. Moderating Cultural Effects in a Higher e-Education Context? Supervisor's Tone of Voice in Recorded Audio Feedback. Frontiers in Education 2017.
  12. A. Nylén, M. Daniels, V. Isomöttönen & R. McDermott. 2017. Open-Ended Projects Opened Up - Aspects of Openness. Frontiers in Education 2017.
  13. A. Nylén and V. Isomöttönen. 2017. Exploring the Critical Incident Technique to Encourage Reflection during Project-Based Learning. Koli Calling 2017.
  14. R. McDermott, M. Zarb, M. Daniels & V. Isomöttönen. 2017. First Year Computing Students' Perceptions of Authenticity in Assessment. ITiCSE 2017.
  15. V. Isomöttönen & Tommi Kärkkäinen. 2017. Habituating Students to IPR Questions During Creative Project Work. CSEDU 2017.
  16. J. Heikkinen & V. Isomöttönen. 2017. Perceived Status and Value: Student-Customer Relationship Inflected by the Inherent Challenges of University-Industry Collaboration. Industry and Higher Education, Vol31, Issue 4, pp. 215-226.
  17. V. Isomöttönen, A. Nylén & V. Tirronen. 2016. Writing to Learn Programming? A Single Case Pilot Study. Koli Calling 2016.
  18. V. Isomöttönen & V. Tirronen. 2016. Flipping and Blending: An Action Research Project on Improving Functional Programming Course. ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 17(1), 1:1--1:35.
  19. V. Tirronen & V. Isomöttönen. 2015. Teaching Types with a Cognitively Effective Worked Example Format. Journal of Functional Programming. Volume 25, e23.
  20. A-J. Lakanen, V. Lappalainen & V. Isomöttönen. 2015. Revisiting Rainfall to Explore Exam Questions and Performance on CS1. Koli Calling 2015.
  21. V. Tirronen, S. Uusi-Mäkelä & V. Isomöttönen. 2015. Understanding Beginners' Mistakes with Haskell. Journal of Functional Programming, Volume 25, e11.
  22. V. Isomöttönen & T. Kärkkäinen. Project-Based Learning Emphasizing Open Resources and Student Ideation: How to Raise Student Awareness of IPR? In Computer Supported Education (pp. 293-312). Springer International Publishing. Note: The paper extends CSEDU 2015 conference paper, while has its own contribution.
  23. V. Isomöttönen & T. Kärkkäinen. Open Resources as the Educational Basis for a Bachelor-level Project-Based Course. CSEDU 2015.
  24. J. Heikkinen & V. Isomöttönen. Students' Opinions on Financial Compensation from Project Work. CSEDU 2015.
  25. A-J. Lakanen & V. Isomöttönen. What Does It Take to Do Computer Programming? Surveying the K-12 Students' Conceptions. SIGCSE 2015.
  26. Heikkinen, J., & Isomöttönen, V. (2015). Learning mechanisms in multidisciplinary teamwork with real customers and open-ended problems. European Journal of Engineering Education, 40(6), 653-670.
  27. A. Kaihlavirta, V. Isomöttönen & T. Kärkkäinen. 2015. A Self-Ethnographic Investigation of Continuing Education Program in Engineering Arising from Economic Structural Change. Studies in Continuing Education, 37 (1): 99-114.
  28. V. Isomöttönen & M. Cochez. Challenges and Confusions in Learning Version Control with Git. ICTERI 2014.
  29. V. Isomöttönen. Making Group Processes Explicit to Student: A Case of Justice. ITiCSE 2014.
  30. A-J. Lakanen, V. Isomöttönen & V. Lappalainen. Understanding Differences Among Coding Club Students. ITiCSE 2014.
  31. P. Niemelä, V. Isomöttönen & L. Lipponen. Successful Design of Learning Solutions Being Situation Aware. Education and Information Technologies. (The Official Journal of the IFIP Technical Committee on Education). Springer. Published online: 4 February 2014
  32. A-J. Lakanen, V. Isomöttönen & V. Lappalainen. Five Years of Game Programming Outreach: Understanding Student Differences. SIGCSE 2014.
  33. M. Cochez, V. Isomöttönen, V. Tirronen & J. Itkonen. How Do Computer Science Students Use Distributed Version Control Systems? ICTERI post-proceedings 2013.
  34. M. Cochez, V. Isomöttönen, V. Tirronen & J. Itkonen. The Use of Distributed Version Control Systems in Advanced Programming Courses. ICTERI 2013.
  35. V. Isomöttönen, V. Tirronen & M. Cochez. Issues with a Course That Emphasizes Self-Direction. ITiCSE 2013.
  36. A-J. Lakanen & V. Isomöttönen. High School Students' Perspective to University CS1. ITiCSE 2013.
  37. S. Haatainen, A-J. Lakanen, V. Isomöttönen & V. Lappalainen. A Practice for Providing Additional Support in CS1. LaTiCe 2013.
  38. V. Isomöttönen, V. Tirronen. Teaching Programming by Emphasizing Self-Direction: How Did Students React to the Active Role Required of Them? ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 13 (2), 2013.
  39. T. Lahtonen & V. Isomöttönen. PARSI: A Tool for Automatic Assessment of Office Documents and Basic IT Skills. Koli Calling 2012.
  40. V. Tirronen & V. Isomöttönen. On the Design of Effective Learning Materials for Supporting Self-directed Learning of Programming. Koli Calling 2012.
  41. V. Isomöttönen & V. Lappalainen. CS1 with Games and an Emphasis on TDD and Unit Testing: Piling a Trend upon a Trend. ACM Inroads, 3 (3): pp. 62-68, 2012.
  42. A-J. Lakanen, V. Isomöttönen & V. Lappalainen. Life Two Years After a Game Programming Course: Longitudinal Viewpoints on K-12 Outreach. SIGCSE 2O12.
  43. V. Isomöttönen. 2011. Theorizing a One-Semester Real Customer Student Software Project Course. Dissertation. University of Jyväskylä.
  44. V. Tirronen & V. Isomöttönen. Making Teaching of Programming Learning-Oriented and Learner-Directed. Koli Calling 2O11.
  45. V. Isomöttönen, A-J. Lakanen & V. Lappalainen. K-12 Game Programming Course Concept Using Textual Programming. SIGCSE 2011.
  46. V. Lappalainen, J. Itkonen, V. Isomöttönen & S. Kollanus. ComTest: A Tool to Impart TDD and Unit Testing to Introductory Level Programming. ITiCSE 2010.
  47. V. Isomöttönen & T. Kärkkäinen (2009). Communicating with Customers in Student Projects: Experimenting with Grounded Theory. Koli Calling 2009.
  48. S. Kollanus & V. Isomöttönen (2008). Understanding TDD in Academic Environment: Experiences from Two Experiments. Koli Calling 2008.
  49. S. Kollanus & V. Isomöttönen (2008). Test-Driven Development in Education: Experiences with Critical Viewpoints. ITiCSE 2008.
  50. V. Isomöttönen & T. Kärkkäinen (2008). The value of a Real Customer in a Capstone Project. CSEE&T 2008.
  51. V. Isomöttönen, V. Korhonen & T. Kärkkäinen. (2007). Power-of-Recognition: A Conceptual Framework for Capstone Project in Academic Environment. XP 2007.