I graduated as a teacher of English and physics and taught in various institutions for more than 10 years. In 2016 I graduated from a master programme Educational Science and Technology (2016) at the University of Twente. My master project investigated dropout in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), in particular the possibility to use sentiment analysis of learnersā€™ comments to predict dropout.

After graduation, I worked in the SiWay project (2016), which developed an online platform for teachers, students and parents to promote STEM education, where I was responsible for the usability tests it the LMS. And then in the Next-Lab project (2017-2019), in which I was in charge of enriching the repository of online labs.

In March 2021, I got a Doctor's degree from the University of Twente, wth my thesis investigating how feedback providers can learn when giving feedback to peers. My thesis included four exepriental studies conducted in secondary schools.

Between 2021 and 2023 I was working in the Surrounded by Science project that studied infromal STEM learning in different science-engaging organsitions.

In August 2023, I joined the Teacher Professional Development section of the BMS faculty to carry on research in the area of STEM learning and teaching. Currently I am also involved in the Dutch project about recognising previously aquired competences of applicants to teacher-educating programmes (ā€˜In kaart brengen en erkennen en waarderen van eerder verworven competenties in de universitaire lerarenopleidingenā€™).


  • Psychology

    • Peers
    • Assessment
    • Quality
  • Social Sciences

    • Feedback
    • Conceptualization
    • Maps
    • Learning
    • Inquiry



  • Teacher education and professionalisation
  • STEM teaching and learning
  • Inquiry learning
  • Computer-Based Learning Environments
  • Peer assessment


Giving Feedback to Peers in an Online Inquiry-Learning EnvironmentIn The Power of Peer Learning: Fostering Studentsā€™ Learning Processes and Outcomes (pp. 289-304). Springer. Dmoshinskaia, N. & Gijlers, H. A.https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-29411-2_13

Research profiles

My PhD research was conducted in the framework of NextLab project, which is an international project promoting inquiry learning. NextLab is a continuation of the GoLab project and contains online labs, specially developed apps and ready inquiry learning spaces for different domain areas. Natashaā€™s project focuses on peer assessment and its role and contribution to learning.

Then I worked at the Surrounded by Science project studying informal STEM learning.

Now I am involved in the EVC project, assessing competences of potential teachers.

Current projects


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