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Nominee Profile

Name: Ayse Kok
Category: Muslim Businesswoman of the Year
Total Votes: 114

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List of the nominee's achievements:

Ayse received her MSc in Technology & Learning in University of Oxford in 2006. She held positions in various international companies such as Ernst & Young and participated in projects for UN, Nato and the European Commission. Her specialties include digital learning, content management, design & delivery of blended learning solutions based on best practices. Previously, she was working for an international bank in which she established the Digital Learning Unit and has been awarded by Brandon Hall- a leading global institute in L & D practices- in two different categories for her digital learning projects. Currently, she acts as the co-founder and board member of UniversitePlus- the first MooC in the Middle East while working as an adjunct faculty member in her home town Turkey. Ayse attended as a speaker at numerous international conferences and published more than 40 articles about the use of technology for learning and teaching.

The impact and influence the nominee had on the Muslim word:

Ayse has been the first Muslim who graduated in Learning & Technology in University of Oxford and the first Muslim lady accepted for a DPhil in Learning & Technology in University of Oxford. Also, she has been the first Muslim who served on the board of CMPROS (Content management Professionals) between the years of 2010 and 2012 (see Given her passion in technology & learning Ayse is the co-founder of the first MooC in the Middle East- namely, UniversitePlus since 2012.

The impact and influence the nominee had on the world and humanity:

Ayse is the co-founder of UniversitePlus ( which is a massive open online course (MOOC) platform which aims to offer quality education from several universities across Turkey for Turkish-speaking communities. Her objective is to make the company become a best-practice MooC business model for how to scale learning in the Middle East. Via this enterprise Ayse is determined to ensure that Turkey is at the forefront of educational innovation and becomes a pioneering country in this field.The new MOOC platform will also present the Middle East with unique and vital opportunities that can be part of a necessary revolution in education and learning within the Muslim community.

How the nominee’s activities and achievement will continue to impact and influence in the future:

Via this platform, Ayse aims to impact the humanity in the following ways: First, the platform will broadcast the best Turkish professors across Turkey, offering original Turkish courses - to further enrich education. All courses are delivered at no cost to the learner. Second, UniversitePlus aims that via the use of the platform Turkish role models can be showcased by broadcasting short online courses by practitioners and professionals from a variety of fields spanning the arts and sciences. Finally, UniversitePlus believes that the platform will enable Turkey to take advantage of the international interest in regional affairs to tell its own story to the world. Turkish university professors and regional experts can use the platform to give courses in English about their own fields of expertise. This will serve to inform a global audience.

List of any references that support the nomination, i.e books, magazaines, websites, ..etc

Upcoming book (co-editor): Published over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals some of which include (pls. refer to the following link for a whole list of publications. A summary of publications: Dimensions of M-Learning London: IGI Global 2011 Computers in Turkish Primary Schools Oxford Symposium Books 2007 Other Kok, A. (2013) How To Manage Inclusion of E-learning in E-learning Strategy. International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning. Vol. 6 (1). Kok, A. (2012) A Conceptual Design Model for CBT Development: A NATO Case Study. Education and...more An In-Depth Exploration of “FATIH” Project Bloomsbury March 2014 Behind the Scenes with a Video Training Platform: The Challenges of Researching the Provision of Open Educational Resources Advances in Internet of Things Factors of Acceptance for Mobile Learning in Corporate Settings: An Empirical Investigation in Banking Industry Intelligent Information Management Case-based Learning in Virtual Worlds: Integrating Metadata into SL IIIS Creative Design Environments: A Small-Scale Case Study Open Education Europa Integration of Web 2.0 tools into non-formal learning processes: exploring IBM's digital spaces Open Education Europa