Episode 39: Talking Smart Toy Based Learning with Dr. Kursat Cagiltay

October 30, 2015

In this episode, I interview Dr. Kursat Cagiltay who is a Professor in the Department of Computer Education and Instructional  Technology at the Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara,  Turkey. He is also affiliated with the departments of Game Technologies, Information Systems, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience and Neurotechnology.

Dr. Cagiltay has undergraduate degrees in Electronics from Bogazici University and in Mathematics from METU. He has an MS in Computer Engineering from METU. He earned his Ph.D. in Cognitive Science and Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University.

Dr. Cagiltay has worked as a systems engineer at Sperry Univac. He has also worked at the METU Computer Center, and he directed a technical team for the Turkish Internet Project. Dr. Cagiltay is the founder of two research groups at METU:  Simulations and Games in Education (SIMGE – simge.metu.edu.tr) and the Human Computer Interaction Research Group (hci.metu.edu.tr).

The interview is about the work Dr. Cagiltay has done on toy based learning.  Dr. Cagiltay describes what toy based learning is and how he became involved with it. He shared several projects that he has been working on with his graduate students. Dr. Cagiltay shares interesting insights and ideas about how toy based learning can be an effective learning tool for students with special needs. The interview concludes with advice on how others can get involved in toy based learning.

You can view a video of the Smart Toys/Dress Project by visiting? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQY6TEhZ7Gk

Dr. Cagiltay can be reached via email at kursat at metu.edu.tr .