|Kürşat ÇAĞILTAY, Prof. Dr. / Director, Instructional Technology Support Office
Prof. Dr. Kürşat Çagıltay is Professor of the Department of Computer Education and Instructional Technology at the Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey. He is also affiliated with Information Systems, Game Technologies and Cognitive Science Programs. He earned his BS in Mathematics and MS in Computer Engineering from Middle East Technical University. He holds a double Ph.D. in Cognitive Science and Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University, USA. His research focuses on, Human Computer Interaction, Instructional Technology, Social and cognitive issues of electronic games, Social Intormatics, technology enhanced learning, Human Performance Technology. He is also the director of METU Instructional Technology Support Office which runs METU’s Open CourseWare project.
|İlhan VARANK, Prof. Dr. / Head, Deparment of Computer Education and Instructional Technologies
After receiving his B.S. Degree in Math. Education, İlhan Varank completed his M.A. and Ph.D. degree in the US in the area of Educational Technology. Currently, he works as a professor of Educational Technology in the department of Computer Education and Instructional Technology of Yildiz Technical University. He is interested in Instructional Design, Teaching and Learning Processes and Human Performance Technology.
|Murat SÖZER, Assoc. Prof. Dr. / Director, Office of Learning and Teaching
He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering at METU in 1986 and 1989, respectively; and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at University of Delaware in 1995. He is the director of Koç University Office of Learning and Teaching (KOLT) since September 2012. KOLT has the following services to students, teaching assistants and faculty: peer-supported tutoring service; basic academic skills seminars for new-coming students; conversation circles for fluency in speaking English, training workshops for teaching assistants; curriculum development; teaching workshops for faculty; mid-semester course evaluations; promoting active learning (such as team-based learning and flipped classroom) and blended learning through learning management systems (MOODLE and Blackboard); supporting faculty to prepare new MOOC (Coursera) courses. His research areas include use of educational technologies in higher education, modeling and control of composite materials manufacturing processes such as resin transfer molding and vacuum assisted resin infusion; material characterization experiments (permeability and compaction); fluid mechanics; and porous media flows.He is the recipient of “President’s Outstanding Teaching Award” (Koç University wide) given by the President of Koç University, Prof. Umran Inan in 2011-2012 academic year when it was organized for the first time in the university history. He is also the director of METU Instructional Technology Support Office which runs METU?s Open CourseWare project.
|Tufan ADIGÜZEL, Assoc. Prof. Dr. / Director, Distance Education Unit
Dr. Tufan Adiguzel; is an associate professor at the department of Computer Education and Instructional Technologies, Bahcesehir University, Istanbul. He is also a founder and a coordinator of Distance Education Unit. He received his Ph.D. in educational psychology with specialization in educational technology at Texas A&M University, where he was a member of the Data to Knowledge (D2K) research team studying technologies for science education of students with disabilities. He has been teaching courses such as “Instructional Design,” “Multimedia Design and Production” and “Distance Education” at undergraduate and graduate levels. With 20 years of corporate and academic experience in “Educational Technology,” Dr. Adiguzel has numerous national and international projects and publications on technology integration into math, science and special education. He is also one of the founding members of the Turkish STEM education network (http://www.tstem.com).
|Caroline FELL KURBAN, Dr. / Director, The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Dr. Caroline Fell Kurban is the Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at MEF University. Her role sees her: developing learner training support in Flip for students; providing professional development for instructors developing and teaching Flipped courses; and developing quality assurance parameters to ensure the successful implementation and continuation of Flipped Learning at MEF University.
|Ozan VARLI, Educational Technologist / Instructor
Ozan Varli is a full-time instructor in the English Language Center (ELC) at Koç University. He is also the Head of Educational Technology Unit, providing language instructors IT support in learning, teaching, and research, as well as administrating and developing content for web-based learning management systems. Along with his duties above, he is also a part-time educational technologist, working at the Koç Office of Learning and Teaching (KOLT), and advising and contributing to several e-learning projects (i.e. learning management systems, MOOCs, online teaching, and online assessment) for academic and administrative units. Among his research interests are online/distant education, mobile learning, and virtual/augmented reality in education, language teaching in particular.
|Stuart E. TRAFFORD, Dr. / Global Strategic Partnership Manager
Dr Trafford began his career as an educator serving underprivileged youth before teaching Middle School and High School English in the U.S. Dr Trafford then began working for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), the largest U.S. educational content company as a national digital strategy consultant. There he assisted school districts with their digital transformation. Dr. Trafford also worked with HMH’s global ecosystem of strategic partners, to deliver to school district and ministries of education, end to end digital solutions. Dr. Trafford now currently works for itslearning, the world’s next generation learning platform currently serving 4 million users cloud based, personalised instruction. Dr. Trafford has a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Technology from the University of Delaware.
|Fadi KHALEK, Vice President / Strategic Partnerships and Efficacy – Venture Markets
Chair, European Learning Industry Group (ELIG)
Following two years in Pearson as VP for Higher Education and Applied Learning, Fadi took on the role of Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Efficacy across Pearson’s Venture Markets (Asia, ME and Latin America) as of January of 2014. Before joining Pearson Education, Fadi served as the Vice President for Educational Services at McGraw-Hill Education and spearheaded global Innovation, Research and Development within the division and was responsible for center of innovation and excellence in outcomes-based educational services offerings. Prior to McGraw-Hill Education, Fadi was the President and CEO of UKS, one of the leading eLearning organizations in the Middle East with branches in Europe, Asia and North America. Prior to UKS, Fadi had more than 12 years of experience (7 of which were with IBM Services) in both Academic and corporate education and consulting. He remains involved in the research, development and implementation of various knowledge based technologies. Mr. Khalek serves on the board of several regional and international organizations such as the European Learning Industry Group (ELIG) and IEEE and is a member of various regional and international organizations, forums and professional communities.
|Dan PETERS, Director of Solutions Engineer
Dan Peters manages Blackboard’s Europe, Middle East, and Africa solutions engineering team where he helps schools, universities, colleges, and enterprises effectively use technology to support teaching and learning and improve student outcomes. While Dan earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Stanford University he became involved in web-based learning in 1995 with a key role on the Asynchronous Distance Education ProjecT. From this work, he played a key role in creating Stanford Online, which was the first completely web-based degree program in the world to incorporate video with audio, text, and graphics in its distance learning offerings. In the years since, he has worked with hundreds of universities globally to improve their adoption and effective use of educational technology. Before joining Blackboard in 2006, Dan worked at WebCT in the same capacity. Prior to that Dan spent over six years at The University of Texas at Austin as a Senior Systems Analyst. At UT within the Faculty Innovation Center, Dan designed and supported several systems including an eportfolio for engineers, wireless classroom response systems, mobile computing, math remediation to improve student retention, and hybrid learning environments. He also managed the Prometheus course management system as well as directed the migration off Prometheus onto Blackboard. Dan also flipped the classroom of the largest Electrical Engineering course at UT implementing the Peer Instruction pedagogy which let to huge increases in both student completion and performance. Dan received an honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps.