Keynote Speakers

Prof. Dr. Kobus Maree
University of Pretoria’s, Educational Psychology

Keynote Title: “Will be Announce”

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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?”

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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.