Dr. Sina Joana Lenski

Dr. rer. nat. Sina Joana Lenski Photo: Privat

Dr. rer. nat. Sina Joana Lenski

Associated research in project NOVA:ea

Email: lenski

German Institute for Adult Education
Department: Teaching, Learning, Counselling
Heinemannstraße 12 – 14
53175 Bonn

What is my role within CATALPA?

As a didactician with a background in biology, I am working in the NOVA:ea project on the design and development of digital assessments (e-assessments) for a heterogeneous audience. In this context, I am particularly interested in how design features and task formats influence the acceptance of e-assessments.


CATALPA offers me the opportunity to gain insights into different areas of the research field “digitization, diversity, and lifelong learning” and to share and discuss my research with expert colleagues. I find this exchange inspiring and motivating. I am convinced that being part of CATALPA can support me in my scientific career and open up new perspectives. Especially for the work in the interdisciplinary project NOVA:ea, which is dedicated to the optimization of e-assessments, networking and exchange is important and valuable.

    • Research associate in the project NOVA:ea at the German Institute for Adult Education (DIE) (since March 2022)
    • Research associate and PhD student at the Institute for Didactics of Biology at the University of Cologne (2017 - 2022)
    • Master of Science, University of Osnabrück; University of Oxford (2013)
    • Student year abroad as a scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation at the University of Oxford, Great Britain (2011 - 2012)
    • Master program in Biological Sciences with focus on Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Osnabrück (2010 - 2013)
    • Bachelor of Science, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg (2009)
    • Bachelor program in Biology at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg (2006 - 2009)
    • Principles for designing e-assessments in a way that promotes learning / enables fair and valid testing
    • Test anxiety
    • Internal emotion induction (emotional design)
    • Acceptance of e-assessments
    • NOVA:ea
  • 2023

    Talks and Poster Presentations

    • Zinke, N., Lenski, S., Merkt, M., Reich-Stiebert, N., Stürmer, S., & Schröter, H. (2023, August 26). The influence of test anxiety on indicators of dropout and study delay [Presentation]. EARLI 2023, 20th EARLI CONFERENCE, Thessaloniki, Greece. https://www.earli.org/events/earli2023#section-programme



    • Lenski, S. & Großschedl, J. (2022). Emotional design in concept maps – No support but also no burden. Frontiers in Education, 7, 807627.