ACG 150

Maira Kotsovoulou, PhD

Software Systems and Databases
Assistant Professor, Information Technology, Deree & Deree Graduate School


+30 210 6009800 ext 1240


University of Lancaster
Doctorate, Technology Enhanced Learning
2011 – 2019

Heriot-Watt University
MSc, Human Computer Interaction
1994 – 1995

The American College of Greece
BSc, Computer Information Systems
1990 – 1994

Research Area: Software Systems and Databases

RTIN’s Software Systems and Databases research area focus on research activities related to:

  • Software development education, visual programming, automated assessment tools for programming assignments
  • Software development (including software development methodologies, design thinking and agile practices, CASE tools and automatic code generation)
  • Databases (including transaction processing and data warehousing

with a focus on information representation, management, retrieval and semantics)

Distributed computing (including Cloud, Grid and P2P)



Dr. Maira Kotsovoulou is an Assistant Professor at The American College of Greece since Feb. 1, 1996. She earned her PhD from the University of Lancaster in 2019 in the area of Technology Enhanced Learning. Her research interests involve the evaluation and improvement of undergraduate information technology teaching and learning by utilizing visual programming to target student motivation. In the past, she has worked as a Trainer at Oracle Academy and Oracle University in the areas of Database Application Development, Database Administration, Java Programming, and Web Development utilizing face-to-face, online and blended learning teaching methodologies. She is an Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) in database administration and an active freelance software engineer and solution architect consultant. She has participated in major public and private sector software analysis and development projects, such as e-prescription system (IDIKA), software for COSMOTE Retail-shops, database administration and tuning for EYDAP, infrastructure setup and database administration for LAGIE, web and mobile application analysis and development of a B2B platform and warehouse management for PEIFASYN, medical decision support system for Agios Savvas Hospital.


Journal Papers

[1] Kotsovoulou, M., Stefanou V. and Makri, D. (2017). Utilization of learning resources by undergraduate-level students in computer programming courses: An exploratory study. WSEAS Transactions on Advances in Engineering Education, 14(1), 1–11.

[2] Kotsovoulou, M. (2013). Collaborative tagging of Java learning resources: Bridging the gap between teachers and students. International Journal of Knowledge Society Research 4(1), 12–29. Web.

[3] Stefanou, V., and Kotsovoulou M. (2016) Use of PowerPoint in the classroom: A participatory research project. International Journal of Knowledge Society Research 7(4), 38–50. Web.



Conference papers (Appeared/accepted)

[1] Kotsovoulou, M., & Stefanou, V. (2016). Student perceptions on the effectiveness of collaborative problem-based learning using online pair programming tools. In

Strouhal J. (Ed.) Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Educational Technologies – EDUTE’16 (pp. 32–39). Barcelona, Spain: WSEAS Press.

[2] Stefanou, V., Kotsovoulou, M., & Makri, D. (2018). Using E-assessment software to support formative assessment: a Phenomenographic Study of Instructors’ Experiences. In Chova L, Martinez A., & Torres I. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 12th International Technology, Education and Development Conference – INTED 2018 (pp. 1066–1075). Valencia, Spain: IATED.