Bio: Evrim Baran is an assistant professor at the Department of Educational Sciences at Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey. She is the assistant director of the METU STEM Education Center. Dr. Baran received her Ph.D. on Curriculum and Instructional Technology and  Human Computer Interaction at Iowa State University. Prior to her position at METU, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow within the department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of British Columbia, Canada for a year, and as an instructor and researcher at the Center for Technology in Learning and Teaching at Iowa State University for four years. She also has a four years of industry experience working as an instructional designer in an educational software development company in Turkey. Career highlights include AERA TACTL special interest group 2015 early career award, AERA 2014 Design and Technology SIG best paper award, AECT 2013 Division of Distance Learning best paper award, Iowa State University research and teaching excellence awards, and ECT Foundation Cochran Internship award. Dr. Baran has worked on online course design, program evaluation and needs assessment projects within the university and in nationwide projects. She received several national and international grants for her projects on teacher education and technlogy, mobile learning, and STEM education. Her research focuses on technology and teacher education, learning sciences, and human computer interaction. More information about her research is at her personal website: and her research group Learning Technologies and Teacher Education (LATTE)’s web page: For more information about Dr. Baran, follow her on twitter, connect through facebook, or check out her diigo bookmarks.