Erdal Ayan, PhD Candidate

Founder & Member of Working Group

Field of study & Affiliation: English and American Studies, Kassel University, Germany

I am currently a PhD student in the department of English and American Studies at Kassel University, and founder of DH Turkey platform. From November 2017 to October 2020 I worked as an academic assitant at Herder Institute, located in Marburg, Germany. Since October 2020 I have been working as an IT in Forschungszentrum Deutscher Sprachatlas at Philipps University Marburg.

In my bachelor education from 2003 to 2008 at Karadeniz Technical University, Trabzon, Turkey I studied English language and literature. My focus was on linguistics, language education and English literature. Between 2006-2006 I visited department of English and American Studies at TU-Chemnitz as an Erasmus Exchange Student. Just after my stay in Chemitz, corpus linguistics, technology integration to language teaching and linguistics, culture and social studies turned into my research areas and interests. During my bachelor education I got a formal certificated training on English language teaching as a foreign language.

I got my second bachelor degree on Sociology at Eskişehir Anadolu University, Turkey, in 2014. My second bachelor education contributed a lot to my knowledge on Sociology of Education, Critical Pedogogy and Paulo Freire's educational theories and practices.

I started my first master education (M.A.) at English Language Teaching (ELT) department at Ufuk University, Ankara, Turkey, in 2013. Testing and Evaluation in Foreign Language Teaching and Materials Evaluation and Development in ELT were two of the fields that attracted my attention and re-shaped my perspectives to language teaching and evaluation. I wrote my M.A. thesis (Click to Visualize/Download) on diagnosing linguistic transfer via corpus based detection methodologies. During my research, I explored particular linguistic transfer cases, which participants of the research frequently noted, via building a small scale learner corpus. I graduated from the department in September, 2016.

I took my second master education (M.Sc.) from the department of Computer Education and Instructional Technologies at Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey in 2015. There I found opportunity to learn about online learning, e-evaluation, distance education, new technologies in education, technology policies in education. The second master education encouraged me a lot to spend more time with Content/Learning Management Systems (e.g. Drupal, Moodle, Sakai, Opigno, etc.), web based and educational content production/management. I wrote my second master’s thesis (Click to Visualize/Download) on the use of and e-content development status of the teaches in the education information network (Eğitim Bilişim Ağı (EBA)), which is known as a state funded national project (F@TİH Project) including a country wide learning management system. I graduated from the department in September, 2018.

I received training on administration of multimedia language laboratories at Hacettepe University in accordance with a nationwide multimedia project, YÖK-Dil, by the Turkish Higher Education Council in 2012. From 2012 to 2015, I was responsible for two multimedia language laboratories at Hitit university where I worked as an instructor of English from 2009 to 2015.

From 2015 until 2017 I worked as a teacher of English at a state run high school. I got acquinted with new technologies at the school and I contributed to transformation of smart boards' operating systems into Pardus (ETAP), a GNU-Linux based software, which was developed and optimized by a developer team in TÜBİTAK ULAKBİM in collaboration with Ministry for Turkish National Education.

In September, 2017 I moved to Marburg as an Erasmus+ Exchange Student. I registered at the department of Informatics at Philipps University Marburg. I participated in many courses combining linguistics and new technologies (e.g. Empirical methods in linguistics, Linguistic Textanalysis, Text linguistics and pragmatics, New Media in Foreign Language Teaching, English as a Foreign Language: The Lexical Approach, Language and Mind, Language and Cognition, Webdesign-Multimedia, Medienproduktion, Big Data Analytics & Analysis and Machine Learning.) in Marburg. The courses helped me improve my programing and analytical thinking skills and let me focus more on data/text/web mining, NLP, Python programing, network analysis and graph technologies.

I completed my voluntary internship in Computing Centre at Philipps University Marburg between 2018 and 2019, where I produced workflow processes via ProcessMaker (an open source Business Process Management Software) for the university.

I have been working as an academic assistant at Herder Institute since November 2017. Until January, 2019 I was employed at the department of Digital History and IT. I was responsible for providing consultancy and assistance for the personnel about using/testing appropriate software, namely for data/network visualization, qualitative data analysis and graph data modeling. From January 2019 on, I have been working for Loewe Project in the Institute, which is funded in scope of the state of Hesse’s LOEWE Program. I am responsible for C-Transfer Project including five sub-projects and particularly I am working for digital teaching plans for online courses, creation of e-content and management of main page and blog entries, organization of tandem seminars, consultation of curricula in collaboration with partner institutions. I organize workshops and academic activities about new technologies such as MAXQDA, CLARIN-D tools for text analysis and provide IT consultancy for the academic staff at the institute.

I am also working as a(n) editor/reviewer for international journals: a) International Journal for Language and Linguistics, b) Donnish Journal for Mathematics and Computer Science Research, c) Computer Science and Information Technology.

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E-mail: erdal.ayan@dhturkey.org