About me.

I am a PhD student at TECFA, a research and teaching unit in the faculty of psychology and education, University of Geneva. My PhD work focuses on conceptual change in physics through the use of augmented reality systems. Currently, I am working as research and teaching assistant. I notably mentor graduate students in a course on serious game design and organize the “Educational technologies brownbag seminars”. I have also previous experience in the field of Citizen Sciences (research), workflow based e-learning systems (research), web and game development.

  • Work adress
  • Université de Genève
  • Batiment Pignion (office 508)
  • 40, bd. du Pont d’Arve,
  • CH-1211 Geneva 4
  • Contact information
  • P: +41 22 379 9 867
  • E:julien.dacosta@unige.ch (work)
  • E:jul.dacosta@gmail.com (personal)
  • Getting in touch

Research Interests.

Conceptual change, Multimedia learning, Mixed reality, serious games, Citizen sciences, Workflow-based e-learning, Educational modelling languages.


Summary soon


  • Da Costa, J., Szilas, N. (2017)Conceptualiser les Phénomènes Physiques à travers la Réalité Augmentée. Orphee Rendez-vous 2017, Font-Romeu, France (link)
  • Da Costa, J., & Schneider, D. (2015). Modélisation et implémentation de dispositifs pédagogiques avec BPMN 2.0. Actes de la conférence EIAH 2015, Agadir, Maroc.
  • Da Costa, J. (2014). Modéliser et implémenter des dispositifs pédagogiques avec BPMN 2.0. Étude exploratoire pour la modélisation et l'implémentation de scénarios pédagogiques orientés processus. Saarbrücken: Éditions universitaires européennes.
  • Schneider, D., Class, .B, Benetos, K. Da Costa, J. & Follonier, V. (2014). Learning process analytics for a self-study class in a Semantic Mediawiki. In Proceedings of The International Symposium on Open Collaboration (OpenSym '14). ACM, New York, NY, USA. Pages 20, 4 pages. DOI=10.1145/2641580.2641605 http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/2641580.2641605
  • Schneider, D., Da Costa, J. (2013). Adding power to educational and research wikis with Semantic MediaWiki. Paper presented at the 8th conference on Semantic MediaWiki (SWMCon), 30. October 2013, Berlin. (Not peer reviewed) http://semantic-mediawiki.org /wiki/SMWCon_Fall_2013/Adding_power_to_educational_and_research_wikis_with_Semantic_MediaWiki
  • Abu-Amsha, O., Schneider D., Da Costa, J., Kloetzer, L. & Fuchs, B. (submitted) "Learning Analytics in Citizen Cyberscience: A Framework to Evaluate Participant Learning and Engagement with Analytics". The Human Computation Journal.


  • EIAH 2015. 7th « conférence sur les Environnements Informatiques pour l’Apprentissage Humain » took place in Agadir, Marocco, from 2nd to 5th 2015
  • SMWCon Fall 2013. The 8th SMWCon Fall 2013 took place in Berlin, Germany, from October 28th to 30th 2013.


In progress

Phd student in Educational sciences
FAPSE - University of Geneva.
Advisors: Pr. Nicolas Szilas & Pr. Andreas Müller.

2012 – 2014

Ma.Sc in Learning and Teaching Technologies
TECFA MALTT - University of Geneva.
Advisor: Pr. Daniel K. Schneider.

2008 – 2011

Bachelor in Educational Sciences
FAPSE - University of geneva

2004 – 2007

Baccalaureate Economics and Social Sciences,
Lycée La Versoie - France.


03/2016 – 03/2017

Web developper
Psycholinguistics, University of Geneva. Duties: Developing applications to perform cognitive training and analyse effects on cognition and language.

03/2014 – present

Research and teaching assistant (part-time).
TECFA unit, University of Geneva. Duties: Mentoring graduate students, organizing seminars, managing websites and e-learning platforms.

04/2014 – 10/2015

Research collaborator (part-time).
Citizen Cyberlab Project: An EU ICT project. Duties: Developing online surveys, contributing to team decisions about research directions, collecting, processing and reporting large research data.

09/2014 – 11/2014

Web developer.
Bioscope, University of Geneva. Duties: Implementing the wordpress-based website Bioscope.ch.

09/2012 – 09/2013

Internship - E-learning Instructional Designer
ICRC - International Committee of the Red Cross Duties: Working with subject matter experts, stating instructional end goals and creating multimedia content that matches them


Instructional design, Educational technologies, Web development, Online surveys, Statistics/Data processing, Reporting skills, Academic research.

Instructional design

Educational technologies

Academic research

Web development


Software use

Getting in Touch.

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