Prof. Dr. Soner YILDIRIM
Prof. Yıldırım completed his bachelor’s degree at Hacettepe University, Faculty of Education, Department of Educational Sciences, Division of Curriculum and Instruction in 1990. He completed his master program at Michigan State University in 1993 and then his doctorate program at University of Southern California in 1997 in the field of Instructional Technologies. He has been working at Middle East Technical University (METU), Faculty of Education as a lecturer since 1998. Utilization of social media in education, electronic performance support systems, learning analysis, and nomophobia are among his important research subjects
Completed his bachelor’s degree at Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Education, Elementary Teacher Education Department in 2003 and his graduate education in Bülent Ecevit University, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2010. He has been working as an elementary teacher and an instructor of new approaches in Ministry of National Education since 2003. He has given seminars on cooperative learning and innovative learning approaches during this period. His research topics are cooperative learning, usage of technology in in-class activities, and organization of learning environments.
Specialist Lida Kita
Being a specialist in VET and Social Inclusion of European Education Foundation's Israel and Turkey Desk. Kita graduated from Tirana University in Albania in 1981. She has an MSc in Management of Development (ILO-Turin University) and an MSc on Public Policy & Management, Centre for Financial and Management Studies at SOAS, University of London. Her main area of expertise is in public policy on education and training and social inclusion in South Eastern Europe. She has been working as a teacher and university lecturer at Tirana University, textbook author and curriculum expert at the Albanian Ministry of Education and Science. In 1993 she took up the position of Education and Social Sector Programme Manager in the World Bank Office in Tirana until 2002, when she joined the EU Agency in Turin Italy-European Training Foundation.
Specialist Alessandro Prolpito
Brolpito is a senior specialist in Knowledge Management and Innovation at the European Training Foundation (ETF), an agency of the European Union (EU) based in Italy. ETF’s mission is to help transition and developing countries to harness the potential of their human capital through the reform of education, training and labor market systems in the context of the EU's external relations policy. His work focuses on digital skills and competences, and use of digital technologies in vocational education and training. He gained international experience as member of the European Commission’s working groups on Digital and Online Learning (2014-2015) and Digital Skills and Competences (2016-2018). He has been working with the five EU Candidate Countries in South-Eastern Europe and Turkey on mapping digital skills and digital technologies in VET, including field work, peer reviews as well as collecting policy and practice examples. He also gives lectures about national and international events.
On digital skills and competences, he recently contributed to the development of the European framework for digital skills and competences for citizens (DigComp), teachers (DigCompEdu) and educational organisations (DigCompOrg). He recently co-authored the ETF publication "Digital and Online Learning in Vocational Education and Training in Serbia" and is currently authoring an ETF position paper on Digital Skills and Digital and Online Learning in VET for the ETF 29 partner countries.
Prior to joining ETF, he worked as a software engineer in EU projects and, during his university studies, as IT teacher in upper secondary VET schools in Italy.
Alessandro graduated from computer science in Milano (Italy), with a postgraduate diploma in Management of Software Projects at the Open University of London (UK).
Prof. Dr. Ali Yıldırım
Ali Yildirim is a Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Middle East Technical University, and currently a visiting professor at Gothenburg University in Sweden. His research interests include alternative teaching and learning processes, instructional planning and assessment, teacher education, critical thinking and social studies education. He has done extensive work with schools on school improvement, curriculum development and active teaching. He provided consultancy to the Ministry of National Education in several nationwide research projects such as national achievement testing, parent education and vocational education. He also served as educational consultant to several large scale World-Bank financed development projects in Turkey such as National Education Development Project and Preservice Teacher Education Project. He has been involved in numerous European Union Projects that focused on active citizenship, lifelong education, climate friendly schools, educational networks and validation of informal learning outcomes. He served in ad-hoc committees of Ministry of National Education and Higher Education Council on accreditation, faculty-school collaboration, teacher competencies and teaching certificate coursework producing program guidelines and frameworks. His published books and articles focus on teacher education, instructional planning, thinking and learning skills, teaching of social studies and qualitative research. .
Prof. Dr. Ahmet Doğanay
Prof. Doğanay completed his undergraduate education in Ankara University, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 1983. He obtained his first master’s degree from the same department of Social Sciences Institute of Ankara University in 1986. With the Law numbered 1416, he was sent to United States of America and obtained his second master’s degree from Long Island University, Department of Curriculum and Instruction in Primary Education. He completed his PhD at Pittsburgh University, in the field of social studies education in 1993.
He worked as an elementary school teacher for one year in 1978. His academic life began in 1984 in Çukurova University, Faculty of Education. He started to work in the same faculty after returning from abroad and has still been working there.
He worked in several administrative positions in his academic life including head of department, vice-dean, college principal, senate member and interuniversity board member. He is still the deputy dean of Çukurova University, Faculty of Education.
Prof. Doğanay took part in various national and international projects as expert and consultant; such as Pre-service Teacher Education Project of Council of Higher Education and The World Bank, European Commission’s Democracy and Human Rights Project, Europe Values Education Project, and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Developing Curriculum in Primary Education Project. He has several publications in the areas of social studies education, thinking education and curriculum development and is a field editor in two journals indexed in SSCI, and editor-in-chief of an international journal.
Prof. Dr. Todd Alan Prıce
Dr. Price is National College of Educational Foundations and Inquiry Program Chair and Director of Policy Studies for Education, National Louis University. He got his master and PhD degrees from University of Wisconsin on Curriculum and Instruction. He has authored and co-authored several books, chapters, and articles on the front curriculum theory, educational policy, service learning & civic engagement, and technology in education.
Dr. Price was awarded the plaque of appreciation for keynote presentation Teachers Teaching Under the Lens, at Çukurova University in Adana, Turkey, 2015. In 2017, he was invited to serve as the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies annual conference program chair. He is currently a member of the Committee on Government Relations and Advocacy of the American Association for Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).
Senior Lecturer Jonas Emanuelsson
Dr. Emanuelsson is head of the Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies at Gothenburg University in Sweden.
The department is one of Europe's largest environments specialized in didactics, both in general didactics and subject specific didactics. Educational responsibilities include in-service and pre-service education of teachers of 0 to 12 grades (pupils ages from 6 to 17). Among his research interests are making sense of mathematics and science via learning and in-class interactions.
Prof. Dr. Halil Ibrahim Yalın
Prof. Yalın graduated from Gazi University, Gazi Faculty of Education, Department of Educational Sciences in 1985. He completed his master’s degree in USA, Pittsburgh University in 1988 and obtained his PhD from the same university in 1992. He became an assistant professor in 1988, an associate professor in 1998 and a professor in 2003. He is still the head of Computer and Instructional Technologies Education Department of Gazi Faculty of Education.
Prof. Dr. Sadi Seferoğlu
Prof. Seferoğlu works in the Department of Computer Education and Instructional Technology, Faculty of Education, Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. He completed his undergraduate degree in Radio-TV and Educational Sciences in Ankara, Turkey. He has completed his graduate studies at Columbia University in USA. Use of technology in education, distance education, e-learning, m-learning, technology policies, instructional material design-development, teacher education, professional development, pre-service and in-service teacher training, digital gap, cyberbullying, Internet threats, Internet addiction, social media, child abuse, children and media are among his professional interests.
Prof. Dr. Cornelia Ilie
Cornelia Ilie is Professor of Linguistics and Rhetoric at Malmö University, Sweden and Visiting Professor at Hellenic American University, Athens, Greece. She was research fellow at Lancaster University, UK and research scholar at U.C. Berkeley, and held visiting professorships at universities in Austria, Finland, Greece, Italy, Romania, Spain, and the UK. She is the founder and president of ESTIDIA (European Society for Transcultural and Interdisciplinary Dialogue), Board member of IPrA (International Pragmatics Association), and Member of the Reference Group of Experts (Higher Education and Education for All) of the IAU (International Association of Universities).
Her research interests are interdisciplinary and internationally anchored. Prof. Ilie has published extensively on institutional pragmatics and discourse practices (particularly political, media and academic discourses), intercultural rhetoric and argumentation. In addition to numerous book chapters, refereed journal and encyclopedia articles, her recent publications include the following books: The use of English in institutional and business settings: An intercultural perspective (Peter Lang, 2007); European parliaments under scrutiny: Discourse strategies and interaction practices (John Benjamins, 2010); Evolving genres in web-mediated communication (Peter Lang, 2012); International Encyclopedia of Language and Social Interaction (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015); Parliaments and parliamentarism: A comparative history of disputes about a European concept (Berghahn Books, 2016); Argumentation across communities of practice: Multi-disciplinary perspectives (John Benjamins 2017); Challenging leadership stereotypes through discourse: Power, management and gender (Springer 2017).
Prof. Dr. Mei-Hung Chiu
Mei-Hung Chiu is a professor of science education at the Graduate Institute of Science Education (GISE) of the National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU). She has a BS in chemistry (National Taiwan Normal University), Ed.M. and Ed.D. from Harvard University. She taught as a physical science and chemistry teacher in secondary schools for three years before serving as a science education researcher and professor at the university level. She has published articles about chemistry curriculum, students’ conceptual understanding and changes as well as mental models in science learning in international well-known journals.
She is also conducting a research project on the comparisons of curriculum standards in chemistry sponsored by the IUPAC which involves scholars from more than 10 countries (e.g., Austrlia, Chile, Israel, Germany, Japan, Malaysis, Netherland, New Zealand, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and USA).
Prof. Dr. Emin Karip
Prof. Karip has completed his MSc program on Management and Policy Studies in Education in 1989 and his doctorate program at University of Pittsburgh in 1994. At the same university, he worked as a research specialist at Center for Social and Urban Research between 1993-1995.
Between 1995 and 2011, he served as a lecturer at Gazi University, Gazi Faculty of Education. Dr. Karip was a member of the Turkish Educational Board between 2003-2006 and head of the Turkish Educational Board between 2011-2016. He has been continuing his studies in fields of education policies, equality of opportunity in education, and the development of the effectiveness of education systems. Dr. Karip is still the director of TEDMEM and an educational consultant in the Turkish Education Association.
Prof. Dr. Ahmet İnam
Prof. İnam was born in Sandıklı in 1947. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Middle East Technical University Electrical Engineering Department. In 1980, he completed his philosophy doctorate in İstanbul University, Faculty of Letters with a dissertation titled "The Place of Logic in Edmund Husserl". Since 1980, he has been teaching philosophy and logic in METU. In 1989 he became a professor of philosophy. His research areas are science, technology and art and he has more than 800 articles and 30 books in these areas.
He continues his studies on literary theory and criticism since 1967. He has a published novel alongside his poetical essays.
Cem Gülan graduated from METU Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in 1984. He founded a private school in 1985 and undertook the duty of Founder's Representative. He has been an active member in the administrative board of the Turkish Private Schools' Association since 1992. Between 2001-2004 he served as the Head of the Examination Committee of Private Schools Examination, between 2009-2017 as the Chairman of the Board of the Association, between 2012-2016 as the Deputy Head of the Turkish Association of Chambers and Stock Market (TOBB). At present he is the Deputy Head of the Higher Consultation Council of Turkish Private Schools Association
Prof. Dr. Üstün Ergüder
Prof. Ergüder, after getting his high school diploma with a specialization in Natural Sciences in Robert College in 1957, got his Bachelor Degree in University of Manchester, Faculty of Economic and Social Studies in 1961. He got his PhD in Syracuse University, The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Department of Political Science in 1969.
Prof. Ergüder worked as the founder and the director of Istanbul Policy Center of Sabancı University between 2001 and 2010.
He is also the Founder and Director of the Educational Reform Initiative (ERG), which was founded in 2003 within the Sabancı University and has all the characteristics of a non-governmental organization, even though it is not officially a foundation or association. The Initiative has been working with the facilities provided by 20 institutions, including universities and non-governmental organizations. Its aim is to produce reports based on reliable databased analyzes and put them on the agenda of the country with the approach of advocating the importance and necessity of these pre-university education reforms. (http://erg.sabanciuniv.e)
Prof. Ergüder has also worked as a Council Member (2004-2009) and President (2009-2013) of Magna Charta Observatory of Academic Freedom and Institutional Autonomy in Higher Education, Bologna, Italy. Magna Charta Observatory was established to follow and report on the developments in higher education in the framework of the principles of academic freedom and institutional autonomy declaration (Magna Charta Universitatum) signed by 380 rectors in 1988 with the initiatives of Bologna University, European University Association and UNESCO. University rectors from all corners of the world have announced their commitment to the principles by signing Universitatum every year in September at a ceremony in Bologna. By September 2013, around 800 universities have signed Universitatum. (http://www.magna-charta.org).
Prof. Ergüder has been working as an Emeritus Professor in Sabancı University since 2010.
Ahmet Eti, the founder of SEBIT AŞ and Sebit LLC (ABD), the creator of the award winning Vitamin and Adaptive Curriculum, is CEO of SEBIT and Chairman of Sebit LLC.; both of which are subsidiaries of Turk Telekom.
He began his carrier in 1988 as a researcher in TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey). He held a succession of positions culminating in his founding of the Computer Aided Education and Multimedia Research Laboratory. In 1996, he founded Sebit after the Laboratory’s privatization by the Scientific Committee. There, he managed numerous award winning global projects including Akademedia and its Chinese version, Tian-yi which lead to the acquisition of Sebit by Siemens Business Services. As the Global E-learning Director of Siemens, he implemented the Malaysian Education Ministry’s Math and Science Teaching Courseware Development Project and also spearheaded iClass, the largest educational R&D project of the European Commission’s 6th Framework Programme and in 2007, he transferred Sebit to Turk Telekom as a group company.
Right along with those accomplishments, Eti has also served as the Turkish delegate of UNESCO at the Computer Aided Education Commission in 1989, a member of the Turkish Education Ministry’s Educational Technology Advisory Committee in 1990. In 2001, Eti was chosen Turkey’s Most Creative and Innovative Young Entrepreneur in the World Junior Entrepreneur Businessman Contest and in 2004 was honoured by the Professor Mustafa N. Parlar Training and Research Association’s Technology Encouragement Award.
Ahmet Eti received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Middle East Technical University. He developed and held many projects in various countries for both governments and NGOs with his expertise in creating and modelling innovative education solutions and highly contributed to the transformation of education globally.