Mete Akcaoglu, Ph.D.

Georgia Southern University

I am an associate professor of Instructional Technology at Georgia Southern University, Leadership, Technology, and Human Development Department.

My research focuses on designing innovative and technology-rich learning environments to teach young children important higher-order thinking skills. An example of this work is Game Design and Learning (GDL) courses that I initiated and ran in both the US and Istanbul, Turkey. The results of this work can be found on the publications page

Currently, I am teaching Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology courses at the online Instructional Technology master's program at Georgia Southern University.

Current Research

NSF Award #2027948

Project GAME: Developing and Piloting a Game Design-Based Computer Science Curriculum

August 15, 2020 - July 31, 2022 (Estimated)

Awarded Amount to Date: $299,895.00

Centered on teaching game-design and computer programming using industry-standard game-development software (Unity 3D), the project aims to create and implement a middle school computer science (CS) curriculum. The project will involve teacher professional development (PD), a collaboration between teachers and researchers to co-develop a curriculum, and research and evaluation to understand the outcomes from the design and implementation efforts.