Visiting Assistant Professor
Learning Design & TechnologyCurriculum and Instruction
Secil Caskurlu is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Learning Design and Technology program area of Curriculum and Instruction. Her main research interest focuses on the design, development and evaluation of meaningful (online) learning experiences to promote learning outcomes and process. She is particularly interested in the factors that impact student outcomes (e.g., satisfaction, perceived learning, and actual learning), and how to make use of them during the design, development and evaluation phases. Her second research interest focuses on the application of learning principles derived from cognitive science to online teaching and learning, and their impacts on student outcomes. Finally, her third research interest focuses on the application of systematic reviews in educational research, specifically the quality of reporting practices of systematic reviews. Secil has also been teaching face-to-face, online, and blended courses with a focus on online teaching and learning, instructional design, instructional strategies, instructional designer competencies, topics in instructional design and technology, and research and issues in instructional design. Besides research and teaching experiences, Secil has instructional design and consultation experience in online teaching and learning, and competency-based education for the last seven years. Finally, she has received awards related to research and practice (e.g., the AECT Division of Distance Learning Best Practice Award , AERA SIG Online Teaching Learning Paper of The Year Award , AERA SIG Design and Technology Outstanding Research Presentation Award , AECT Organizational Training and Performance Division Best Concurrent Presentation Award [(2015]).
- Ph.D. — Learning Design and Technology, Purdue University
- M.Ed. — Instructional Design and Technology, University of Cincinnati
- B.A. — Computer Education and Instructional Technologies, Hacettepe University
- AECT (Association for Educational Communications and Technology)
- AERA (American Educational Research Association)
- Online teaching and learning
- Community of Inquiry framework
- Competency-based education and assessment
- Application of systematic reviews in educational research
- Assessment of instructional designer competencies
- Applying principles of cognitive science in online learning
- Human computer interaction
- Caskurlu, S., Richardson, J.C., Alamri, H. A., Chartier, K., Farmer, T. S., Janakiraman, S., Strait, M., Yang, M. (submitted). Cognitive load and online course quality: Insights from instructional designers in a higher education context. Educational Technology Research and Development.
- Caskurlu, S., Richardson, J. C., Maeda, Y., & Kozan, K. (under review). Synthesis of qualitative evidence of factors influencing students’ online learning experiences through the Community of Inquiry. Educational Research Review.
- Caskurlu, S., Maeda, Y., Richardson, J. C., & Lv, J. (under review). Teaching presence in relation to students’ satisfaction and learning in the online environment: A narrative synthesis and meta-analysis. Computers and Education.
- Exter, M., Ashby, I., & Caskurlu, S. (2019). Elusive expectations for a novel program design: Contrast between program intentions and student recruitment and retention. The Journal of Competency-Based Education.
- Caskurlu, S. (2018). Confirming the subdimensions of teaching, social, and cognitive presences: A construct validity study. The Internet and Higher Education, 39, 1-12.
- Caskurlu, S. & Ashby, I. (2018). Integrated learning and assessment system in competency-based higher education program. International Journal of Learning Technology, 13 (4), 352-368.
- Kozan, K. & Caskurlu, S. (2018). On the Nth presence for the Community of Inquiry Framework. Computers and Education, 122, 104-118.
- Ashby, I., Caskurlu, S., & Exter, M. (2018). Toward role profiles of faculty at a new competency-based transdisciplinary program. The Journal of Competency-Based Education. doi: 10.1002/cbe2.1059
- Richardson, J.C., Maeda, Y., Lv, J, Caskurlu, S. (2017). Social presence in relation to students’ satisfaction and learning in the online environment: A narrative synthesis and meta-analysis. Computers in Human Behavior, 71, 402-417. (Note: All authors contributed equally to this manuscript and authors are listed in reverse alphabetical order)
- Richardson, J.C., Koehler, A., Besser, E., Caskurlu, S., Lim, J. & Mueller, C. (2015). Conceptualizing and investigating instructor presence in online learning environments. International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 16(3), 256-297.
- EDCI 57200 — Learning Systems Design
- EDCI 58800 — Motivation and Instructional Design
- EDCI 59100 — Individualized Competency Earning
- EDCI 60002 — Demonstrating Professional Competencies in LDT
- EDCI 62700 — Foundational Readings in the Instructional Design and Technology
- EDCI 67300 — Issues in Learning Design and Technology
- EDCI 67500 — Advanced Instructional Strategies