Prof. Dr. Kobus Maree
University of Pretoria’s, Educational Psychology
Keynote Title: “Will be Announce”
Orcid Number: “https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9492-8445“
Bio: Prof. Kobus Maree (DEd (Career Counselling); PhD (Learning Facilitation in Mathematics); DPhil (Psychology)) is a full Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Pretoria. His main research interests are career construction (counselling), life design (counselling), emotional‐social intelligence and social responsibility, and learning facilitation in mathematics. He links research results to appropriate career choices and to life designing.
Past editor of a number of scholarly journals, for instance, the South African Journal of Psychology, managing editor of Gifted Education International, regional editor for Southern Africa: Early Child Development and Care, and a member of several national and international bodies, including the Society for Vocational Psychology (SVP) (USA), the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) (USA), the Psychology Association of South Africa (SA), and the Association of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). In 2009, he was awarded the Stals Prize of the South African Academy of Science and Arts for exceptional research and contributions to Psychology. In June 2014, he was awarded the Stals prize for exceptional research and contributions to Education, and he received the Psychological Society of South Africa’s (PsySSA) Award for Excellence in Science during the 20th South African Psychology Congress in September 2014. Prof. Maree was awarded Honorary Membership of the Golden Key International Honour Society for exceptional academic achievements, leadership skills and community involvement in October 2014. He was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal for Teaching and Learning from the University of Pretoria in 2010 and has been
nominated successfully as an Exceptional Academic Achiever on four consecutive occasions (2003‐ 2016). He has a B1 rating from the National Research Foundation (the highest rating in the history of the faculty).
Prof. Maree has authored or co‐authored 100 + peer‐reviewed articles and 55 books/ book chapters on career counselling, research and related topics since 2009. In the same period, he supervised 30 doctoral theses and Master’s dissertations and read keynote papers at 20 + international and at 20 + national conferences (e.g. Australia, Croatia, Egypt, France, Hungary, India, Italy, Mauritius, Poland, South Africa, Turkey, and the USA; e.g. one of the State‐of‐the‐Science speakers (Division 16: Counselling Psychology) at the International Congress of Applied Psychology, the flagship event on the international psychology calendar, held in Paris in July, 2014. Topic: Connecting life‐themes to construct self‐portraits. He has also presented numerous invited workshops at conferences across the world on a) integrating qualitative and quantitative approaches in career counselling, and b) the art and science of writing scholarly articles. Over the past seven years, he has spent a lot of time abroad. For instance, he accepted invitations to spend time as a visiting professor at various universities where he presented workshops on e.g. contemporary developments in career
counselling, article writing, and research methodology. Prof. Maree was awarded a fellowship of the IAAP at the ICAP Conference in Paris in July, 2014.
Prof. Dr. H. Ferhan Odabaşı
Anadolu University, Faculty of Education Department of Computer Education & Instructional Technologies
Keynote Title: “Computer Ethics: Why and How?”
Abstract: Prof. H. Ferhan Odabası is a faculty member of Department of Computer Education and Instructional Technology. She has an MA in English language education and a Ph.D. in educational technology. She has offered several undergraduate and graduate courses on English language education and educational technology. She has supervised several PhD dissertations, published many articles in both national and international peer-reviewed periodicals, supervised and actively took part in national and international research projects, and prepared educational software. She developed “Hypervocab” with Steve Neufeld, and received the European Academic Software Award: Best Software in the Field of Language. She conducts research on safe, responsible and effective use of ICTs by children and families; parental awareness on Internet; professional development of teachers and higher education faculty; transformations stemming from the digital world; digital citizenship and ICT integration at K-12 and higher education institutions. She has been the primary national figure to resort to regarding safe, effective and ethical use of ICTs among children.
Bio: H. Ferhan ODABAŞI was born in 1957 in Kayseri. After completing his primary education in Sumer Primary School and secondary education at TED Kayseri Maarif College, he completed his higher education in Hacettepe University, Department of English Linguistics in 1980. He worked as an English teacher at TED Kayseri Maarif College, and as an English lecturer at Kayseri Erciyes University and Anadolu University. H. Ferhan ODABAŞI completed his master’s degree in English Language Education in 1989 and his doctorate in Educational Technology in 1994. H. Ferhan ODABAŞI, who completed his doctoral thesis on Computer Aided Foreign Language Education, received the European Academic Software Award in 1994 with the Hypervocab study he prepared with Steve Neufeld. Odabaşı, who was the Director of the In-Service Foreign Language Education Center and the Institute of Educational Sciences, is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Education at Anadolu University. He has articles published in international and national journals, papers presented at scientific meetings, published books and book chapters. Working as an executive, researcher and consultant in many international and national projects, H. Ferhan ODABASI’s interests are Technology and social transformations, Internet, children and families, and professional development of higher education educators. Prof. Dr. H. Ferhan ODABAŞI, who is married to Yavuz ODABAŞI, is the mother and grandmother of two children and two grandchildren.