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LATTE Research Group

LATTE Research Group Students working with Dr. Baran

Dana AlZoubi, PhD Student

School of Education, Human Computer Interaction
Iowa State University
Dana AlZoubi is a PhD student of ‘Curriculum and Instruction’ in the School of Education and co-majoring in human computer interaction department at Iowa State University.  She holds a Masters Degree in STEM education from Lebanese American University, a ‘Maitrise’ in biochemistry and Bachelors in chemistry from Lebanese University. She is currently working as a research assistant with Dr Baran. Her research interests include learning technologies, mobile learning, design thinking and teacher education.

Dana has 12 years of work experience in the field of science education. She served as a project coordinator in different national and international projects such as Connecting Classrooms project (by the British Council organization). She has two years experience in industry work (FMCG company ) as training and development manager where she handled the learning and professional development of the organization’s workforce and trained staff employees on an Enterprise Resource Planning software.

Secil Akinci, PhD Student

School of Education, Human Computer Interaction
Iowa State University
Secil Akinci-Ceylan holds a BA in Linguistics from Hacettepe University, Turkey. She then worked as an instructor and taught English as a Foreign Language (EFL) courses at Izmir Institute of Technology for three years. She earned her MA in Teaching English as a Second Language in Applied Linguistics and Technology Program at Iowa State University and has experience teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) courses in the English Department and Intensive English and Orientation Program (IEOP) at ISU. While at Iowa State, she taught ESL courses such as ISUComm (ENGL 150), ENGL 101B/C, and ENGL 99 Reading, Speaking and Listening to undergraduate and graduate students and worked on two research projects. She is currently a PhD student in Instructional Technology in the School of Education at ISU and working as a research assistant on an engineering education project. Her interests are Engineering Education and STEM Education.

Ozlem Karakaya, PhD Student

School of Education, Human Computer Interaction
Iowa State University

Ozlem Karakaya holds a BA in English Language Teaching from Marmara University, Turkey and Master’s of Science in Curriculum and Instructional Technology program at the School of Education, Iowa State University. Ozlem is currently a Ph.D. student in Curriculum and Instructional Technology program at the School of Education, Iowa State University. Ozlem’s research interests include self-reported and performance-based TPACK assessment, Makerspace and BreakoutEDU technologies, social media education, online course design as well as one-on-one technology mentoring for faculty.


Priyankaa Krishnan, PhD Student

Human Computer Interaction
Iowa State University

Priyankaa Krishnan is an emerging instructional designer and educator with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Priyankaa Krishnan is skilled in Public Speaking, Design Thinking, Teaching Pedagogies, Educational Technology, Communication, and Public Relations. She is an energetic education professional pursing a Doctor of Education with a double major in Human-Computer Interaction and Educational Technology from Iowa State University. She received both her bachelor's and Masters's in Industrial Design from Iowa State University. Priyankaa also works as an instructional designer for Engineering and LAS Online Learning at Iowa State University. She currently works as an Instructional Designer for the Center of Excellence in Learning and Teaching, and Engineering and LAS Online Learning.



Previous LATTE Members

  • Canan Mesutoglu, PhD. Assistant Professor, Istanbul Aydin University, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Hatice Cilsalar, PhD. Assistant Professor, Bozok University, Yozgat, Turkey.
  • Tugba Altan, PhD. Assistant Professor, Kahramanmaras Sutcu Imam University, Turkey. 
  • Tugba Bahcekapili, PhD. Researcher, Karadeniz Technical University, Trabzon, Turkey. 
  • Ceren Ocak, PhD Candidate, The University of Georgia, USA.
  • Dincer Ozoran, PhD candidate, Associate Director, Center for Research and Best Practices in Learning and Teaching, MEF University, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Melek Dönmez, Research Assistant & PhD candidate, Suleyman Demirel University, Isparta, Turkey. 
  • Sercan Çelik, PhD candidate, Acting Director of English Language School English Language School, TED University, Ankara, Turkey. 
  • Erdem Uygun, PhD candidate, Instructional Designer, Ministry of Education, Turkey.