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Konstantinos Ntokos

Konstantinos Ntokos BSc MSc PGCLTHE FHEA

Senior Lecturer

School of Media Arts and Technology

023 8201 6020 ext. 6020 Room no. JM505

Biography

Kostas has been teaching at Solent University since early 2017. In 2019, he has received the “Excellent Feedback” and “Most Innovative Teaching” awards during Solent Teaching and Recognition Awards 2019.

He has also been a lecturer and BSc programme lead in the past at SAE Institute, representing South EU region, building up the modern games programming course currently used. Other teaching experiences in the past include course design and Training for the Hellenic armed forces’ staff in the area of Software and Web Development. For this important contribution, he was awarded Corporal status in the army. Lastly, he has been delivering technical training sessions and workshops with Microsoft Hellas since 2011 in multiple Greek universities.

Kostas has received first class honors in his BSc (2013) and MSc (2015) while studying computer science and eLearning at the University of Piraeus and has been the top ranked student for his BSc graduation. Furthermore, he has received numerous Performance Scholarships during his studies. Last but not least he has represented Greece at Microsoft Imagine Cup, ranking top 10 in the world finals in both Russia in 2013 and USA in 2014.

Kostas has been actively engaged with the games industry, running his own indie game studio back in Greece, developing a series of Mobile and PC titles using both Unity and Unreal Engine. His background comes from Microsoft where he worked as a Senior MSP and UniPi Branch Lead, with experience in .NET Programming, Windows Phone/ Windows 8/10 as well as XNA/Monogame and WPF/WCF APIs. His versatile skills allow him to teach Game Programming, Game Production and Design units across the gaming courses here at Solent.

Kostas’ research interests include Gamification, Game-Based Learning, Teaching with Dungeons and Dragons and the psychological aspect of horror games.

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Further information

  1. Industry experience

    Kostas has worked in various programming roles in the past including Frontend Web Developer, Game Programmer, .NET Developer and Freelance Developer...

    Kostas has worked in various programming roles in the past including Frontend Web Developer, Game Programmer, .NET Developer and Freelance Developer.

    During his involvement with Microsoft Hellas (4.5 years), he designed and delivered training workshops around .NET technologies but was also tasked with developing and self-publishing a number of Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Windows 10 Apps.

    He has founded Genesis Game Studios, a Greek indie studio publishing mobile and PC video games, where he worked in all 3 roles of programming, production and design for almost 4 years, publishing 6 titles to the digital stores. Furthermore, he has also co-founded CodeBiz, a freelancing startup that completed external projects, such as Websites, eShops, ERP Systems and Video Games for clients.

    Last but not least, Kostas has completed freelance work for the National Kapodistrian University in Athens, as well as PacktPub.

  2. Teaching experience

    Kostas spent 5 years delivering technical workshops around .NET and Game Development at multiple Greek Universities as part of Microsoft as a Senior MSP...

    Kostas spent 5 years delivering technical workshops around .NET and Game Development at multiple Greek Universities as part of Microsoft as a Senior MSP.

    Furthermore, he has been teaching games programming as a lecturer at SAE Institute for a year and a half and has also designed part of their modern BSc in Games Programming course as a South EU Programme Lead.

    Additionally, he has delivered C# Programming, Desktop Application and Web Development sessions at the Greek Army, Ministry of Defense during his military service as a Corporal of the R&D Unit for a year.

    Lastly, he has joined Solent in early 2017 as a lecturer and is now a senior lecturer in computer games programming.

  3. Research interests

    Kostas’ research Interests include Gamification of Higher Education in an effort to increase student motivation through modern tabletop role-playing games as a medium as well as game-based learning and anything to do with Dungeons & Dragons. Furthermore, he is interested in immersion and psychological fear caused by horror games.
  4. Recent publications

    Kostas recent publications include 'Techniques on Multiplatform Movement and Interaction Systems in a Virtual Reality Context for Games' and...

    Techniques on Multiplatform Movement and Interaction Systems in a Virtual Reality Context for Games Mar 21, 2019 - IGI-Global.

    "Level of Fear": Analysis of Fear Spectrum into a tool to support Horror Game Design for Immersion and Fear Aug 1, 2018 - Computer Game Development and Education: An International Journal (CGDEIJ).

    Swords, Dragons and Fireballs: Gamify your Higher Education classroom! Jun 22, 2018 - Solent University, SLTCC 2018 Conference.

    Modern Techniques on Horror Game Design (eBook) Jul 16, 2017 - Amazon.

  5. Work in progress

    Kostas is currently working towards his PhD in which he is implementing content gamification to teach game programming through tabletop role-playing game contexts such as Dungeons & Dragons, Call of Cthulhu and World of Darkness.
  6. Awards

    Kostas has received a number of awards and nominations from his student years until now...
    • 2019 – 4 Nominations and 2 wins for STAR Awards: Excellent Feedback (won), Innovative Teaching (won), Exceptional Student Experience and Outstanding Teaching
    • 2018 – 2 Nominations for STAR Awards: Excellent Feedback and Exceptional Student experience
    • 2016 – Awarded Corporal military promotion for excellent training services in the Greek army.
    • 2015 – Best Startup Award (People’s Choice) at Infocom AppsLand with “Sleepy Owl” game.
    • 2014 – Imagine Cup National Champion – Games Category. Reached top-10 in the world. Further won honorable mentions in Project Blueprint and UX Challenges as well as won the VSO Award.
    • 2013 – Top ranked student during entire BSc studies (Academic years 2009-2013).
    • 2013 – Imagine Cup National Champion – World Citizenship Category. Reached top-10 in the world.