Evrim Baran is an associate professor of educational technology in the School of Education at Iowa State University. She received her Ph.D. with double major in Curriculum and Instructional Technology and Human Computer Interaction at Iowa State University (ISU). She received her M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction, and B.S. in Computer Education and Instructional Technologies with a minor in Industrial Design from Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey.
Prior to her position at ISU, she worked as an assistant professor within the Department of Educational Sciences, Middle East Technical University, Turkey. She also served as the associate director of METU Center for STEM Education. From 2011-2012, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow within the department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of British Columbia, and from 2006-2011, she worked as an instructor, research and teaching assistant at the Center for Technology in Learning and Teaching (CTLT) at Iowa State University. Dr. Baran has a four years of industry experience working as an instructional designer in an educational software development company in Turkey.
Her research accomplishments were recognized by a number of international organizations and universities through awards, honors, and publications. Career highlights include AERA TACTL special interest group early career award, METU young researcher awards, best paper awards at AERA, SITE, AECT, and ETWC conferences, ISU research and teaching excellence awards, and ECT Foundation Cochran Internship award. She served as chair of the Computer and Internet Applications in Education (CIAE) special interest group at AERA for two years conducting activities to advance the research on the integration emerging ICTs in education in collaboration with the scholars around the world.
Dr. Baran’s research agenda has been built around the study of educational technology, teacher education, and learning sciences with a combined and holistic view of these areas in various settings. She is the faculty leader of the Learning Technologies and Teacher Education (LATTE) research group that conducts research on the integration of emerging digital technologies in teacher education. Throughout her academic career, she received several national and international grants including European Commission, German Research Foundation, and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey to support her research on technology and teacher education, mobile learning, and STEM education. Specifically, she is examining methods for developing and tracking teachers’ knowledge required for effective technology integration, digitalization of higher education ranging from online teaching to the integration of emerging technologies into higher education classrooms, and methods for innovation in STEM education in formal and out-of-school education programs. More information about her research is can be found on her personal website.
Ph.D., Curriculum and Instructional Technology, Iowa State University, 2011
M.S., Curriculum and Instruction, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 2006