And a new project starts: The Art of De-biasing

As Simlab at Koç University, we are joining NTCenter (BG, project leader), Bash Art Creative (UK-Scotland, project coordinator), Institute for Contemporary Education (RS), Edulin (NL), Arteveldehogeschool (BE), Delft Digital Learning (PT) and Drawing to Health (NL) in a new project called the Art of De-biasing. 

The project aims to contribute to a growing field of applied research on processes that can be used to reduce cognitive biases. Specifically, the project will entail designing video clips for a selection of cognitive biases pertaining to teaching/learning environments, with a particular focus on teacher-learner communication. The project will also aim to develop an adaptive learning platform to deliver targeted teaching interventions. 

The Art of De-biasing project is funded by the Erasmus+ “KA2 – Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices.”

 

COVID19 ve Medya Kullanımı Anketine Bekliyoruz

Reklam zamanı: TÜBİTAK ARDEB 1001 kapsamında açılan “COVID-19 ve Toplum: Salgının Sosyal, Beşeri ve Ekonomik Etkileri, Sorunlar ve Çözümler” tarafından desteklenen “Türkiye’de Medya Kullanımı ve COVID-19” adlı projemiz başlıyor.

Projende amacımız bireylerin COVID-19 ile ilgili risk algılarını ve COVID-19 hastalığına karşı kendi sağlıklarını ve toplumdaki başka bireylerini sağlığını korumaya yönelik veya riske atabilecek davranışlarını etkileyebilecek etmenler olarak kitlesel medya ve sosyal medya kullanımı incelemek.

Projenin üç temel parçası olacak: 1) Sosyal medyada COVID-19 ile ilgili yayılan içeriğin makine öğrenme teknikleri kullanarak analizi, 2) Kitlesel medya (ulusal gazeteler) tarafından COVID-19 hakkında yayınlanan haberlerin içerik analiz ve 3) Çevrimiçi anket.

Proje ekibi: Lemi Baruh (Medya ve Görsel Sanatlar Bölümü), Ali Çarkoğlu (Uluslararası İlişkiler Bölümü), Zeynep Cemalcılar (Psikoloji Bölümü) ve CSSH Psikoloji bölümü mezunu Ozan Kuru (University of Pennsylvania’da doktora sonrası araştırmacı) ile GSSSH (Uluslararası İlişkiler) doktora programı mezunu Kerem Yıldırım (Duke Üniversitesi’nde doktora sonrası araştırmacı).

 

 

Project Zoom – Impact Journalism Grant Programme Launch Event

For those interested, Project Zoom, a journalism grant programme that aims to support coverage of underreported issues such as climate change, sustainability, gender equality, migration, social innovation, and energy is kicking off this week, on February 13, 2020. Click here for further information and registration to the launch event.

Project Zoom is implemented by Impact Hub Istanbul, in partnership with U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, with the support of teyit.org as ecosystem partner. The project will provide targeted guidance, effective network and financial support of up to USD 7,000 for communication professionals wanting to embark on new exciting projects.

 

Two Open Rank, Tenure-Track Positions at Department of Media and Visual Arts, Koç University

It is that time of the year again. We have two open-rank, tenure-track positions at Koç University, Department of Media and Visual Arts:  1) Computational Social Sciences, 2) Interaction Design.

Computational Social Sciences

We are looking for scholars specializing in computational social sciences or data science. Areas of expertise include critical data studies, social media research, natural language processing.

The ideal candidate should have applied experience in programming languages such as Laravel, Python, R. Prior experience of participation in interdisciplinary projects focusing on communication processes, critical algorithm studies, culture industries, and emerging media/ Related areas are also desirable. Awareness of and scholarly investment in how identity and social inequalities intersect with algorithms and big data is necessary.

Successful candidates will be expected to teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses and is expected to have an active research agenda. At the time of employment, candidates should have a Ph.D. We especially encourage applications from candidates whose research agenda is interdisciplinary. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Koç University is a foundation-funded, non-profit institution located in Istanbul, Turkey. The university is committed to the pursuit of excellence in both research and teaching. The medium of instruction is English. MAVA at Koç University offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes media studies, communications theory, media/arts management, film, production, visual and interaction design.

Applicants can submit applications electronically via https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/15515

Deadline for submission of applications is 23December 2019·

  • Cover letter summarizing research and teaching approach and goals·
  • Curriculum Vitae·
  • Three reference letters

Interaction Design

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in interaction design or a related field (product design, communication design, user experience design, and HCI) and have teaching and research track record in any one of the following areas:

  • design (product design, visual communication design, user experience design, architecture or similar)
  • engineering and sciences (computer science, human-computer interaction, electrical engineering,  or similar)
  • social sciences (psychology, sociology, cognitive science or similar)

We are looking for an innovative and dedicated applicant who will strengthen the research and teaching profiles of the department nationally and internationally as well as contributing to Koç University’s core activities in the areas of research, teaching and supervision, talent development and knowledge exchange.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach two undergraduate and/or graduate courses, have an active research agenda, as well as to contribute and collaborate effectively in our research and teaching community.  Applicants with interdisciplinary research agenda and the ones who combine knowledge of design theory, methods and research techniques are highly encouraged. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Koç University is a foundation-funded, non-profit institution located in Istanbul, Turkey. The university is committed to the pursuit of excellence in both research and teaching. The medium of instruction is English. MAVA at Koç University offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes media studies, communications theory,  media/arts management, film, production, visual communication, and interaction design.

Applicants can submit applications electronically via https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/15514

Deadline for submission of applications is 23 December 2019

  • Cover letter summarizing research and teaching approach and goals
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three reference letters

Factory by Teyit.org: Developing Multidisciplinary Solutions to the Problem of False Information

Teyit.org, one of the premier organizations in Turkey for fact-checking, has recently announced “Factory.” It is a multidisciplinary program using “Design Sprint” approach to develop “innovation and design-oriented solutions for the problem of false information”.

The program aims to get participants from different disciplines to develop and test solutions to counter false information. The first of these events was held in Ankara (Turkey) in March 2019.

The next will be held in Istanbul on May 10-11 2019. Those who are interested in this challenge can apply until April 13, 2019.

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Open Rank Position in Media and Communication Studies

Koç University, Department of Media and Visual Arts (MAVA) invites applications for full-time faculty positions of any rank (beginning September 2019). Areas of specialization are open, but candidates specializing in emerging media, media and politics, media and cultural studies are particularly encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates will be expected to teach two courses per semester and is expected to have an active research agenda. At the time of employment, candidates should have a PhD. We especially encourage applications from candidates whose research agenda is interdisciplinary. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Koç University is a foundation-funded, non-profit institution located in Istanbul, Turkey. The university is committed to the pursuit of excellence in both research and teaching. The medium of instruction is English. MAVA at Koç University offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes media studies and communications theory, film, media/arts management, and production.

Applicants can submit applications electronically in pdf format to the email address below. Deadline for submission of applications is 02 April 2019 (not March 21 as I originally wrote). However, the position will be open until filled.

• Cover letter summarizing research and teaching approach and goals
• Curriculum Vitae
• Three reference letters

Please address all correspondence to Ms. Merve Dalyaprak
Email: mdalyaprak@ku.edu.tr

Call for Papers – 6th International Communication Days

Üsküdar University (Istanbul) Communication Faculty is hosting the sixth International Communication Days on 02 – 03 May 2019. This year’s symposium title is “Digital Transformation”.

For more info and paper submission click here.

Call For Papers

In addition to the digital communication technologies that marked the era, the media sector and communication sciences have undergone significant changes and transformations. On the one hand, media professionals have been trying to adapt to the new era in which production, distribution and administration are surrounded by digital technologies. On the other hand, academicians have been searching new theories and methodologies in order to analyze and interpret the changing era. In Digital Transformation Symposium, the era of digitization will be discussed in several dimensions with the participation of academicians and media professionals. Thus, while developing a new vision for scientific field, it is aimed to display the requirements of the era in communication education by probing the experiences, education, job opportunities and processes in the digital world.

Digital Transformation Symposium is a peer-reviewed scientific event. Both nationally and internationally recognized scholars in communication field will be invited as keynote speakers

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Digital transformation in print media
  • New Media
  • Digital transformation in television and radio
  • Cinema in the age of digital transformation
  • Digital marketing communication
  • Digital transformation in public relations
  • Digital transformation in advertising
  • Digital transformation in visual communication
  • Virtual Reality
  • Hyper-reality
  • Augmented Reality
  • Artificial Intelligence

Submitted abstracts will be peer reviewed by the members of Scientific Committee and the accepted papers will be published in the abstract booklet before the symposium. Then, authors may prefer to have their papers included in full paper booklet or in the special edition of Faculty of Communication’s Academic Journal Etkileşim. In that case, their work will be reviewed by the Etkileşim journal’s Editorial Board. Abstracts and poster presentations should be sent to the Organization Committee before 15 March 2019. Accepted papers will be announced by 30 March 2019.

Full time Faculty Positions in Media and Visual Arts

It is that time of the year when we seek candidates for our growing Department of Media and Visual Arts at Koç University. This year we have two open-rank positions:


Fulltime Faculty Position in Interaction Design

Koç University, Department of Media and Visual Arts (MAVA) and the Koç  University – Arçelik Research Center for Creative Industries (KUAR) invite applications for full-time faculty position of any rank in interaction Design.

At the time of employment, September 2018,  applicants are expected to have a PhD in interaction design in  one of the following areas and have a record of demonstrated research accomplishments,

  • design (product design, communication design, user experience design, architecture or similar),

  • engineering and sciences (electrical engineering, computer science, human computer interaction or similar),

  • social sciences (psychology, sociology, cognitive science or similar)

The successful candidate is expected to teach two courses per semester and have an active research agenda. The candidate will also be affiliated with KUAR. Applicants with interdisciplinary research agenda are highly encouraged. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Koç University is a foundation-funded, non-profit institution located in Istanbul, Turkey. The university is committed to the pursuit of excellence in both research and teaching. The medium of instruction is English.

MAVA at Koç University offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes communications theory, media/arts management, and production. Students enrolled at the Department of Media and Visual Arts were ranked at or above the 99th percentile of the Central University Placement Exams in Turkey.

Founded jointly by Koç University and Arçelik A.Ş. (www.arcelikas.com) in 2015, KUAR aims to add value, via research, that increases the efficiency and international competitiveness of Turkish creative industries. A wide range of topics such as lifestyle, entertainment (game, performance, movies, drama, animation), cultural heritage (exhibitions, heritage, analysis), info-assistance, transportation, education, healthcare lie within the scope of research conducted at KUAR where research and development on conceptual/experimental/visionary prototypes, working prototypes, re-design prototypes of products, design guidelines is undertaken.

Deadline for submission of applications is December 18, 2017.

  • Cover letter summarizing research and teaching approach and goals

  • Curriculum Vitae including publications list

  • Three reference letters

To Apply: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/10291


Fulltime Faculty Position in Media and Communications

Koç University, Department of Media and Visual Arts (MAVA) invites applications for full-time faculty positions of any rank (beginning September 2018). Areas of specialization are open, but candidates specializing  in journalism, media and politics, cultural studies, media management, and marketing are particularly encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates will be expected to teach two courses per semester and is expected to have an active research agenda. At the time of employment, candidates should have a PhD. We especially encourage applications from candidates whose research agenda is interdisciplinary. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Located in Istanbul Koç University is a foundation-funded, non-profit institution located in Istanbul, Turkey. The university is committed to the pursuit of excellence in both research and teaching. The medium of instruction is English. MAVA at Koç University offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes communications theory, media/arts management, and production. Students enrolled at the Department of Media and Visual Arts were ranked at or above the 99th percentile of the Central University Placement Exams in Turkey.

Deadline for submission of applications is December 18, 2017.

  • Cover letter summarizing research and teaching approach and goals

  • Curriculum Vitae including publications list

  • Three reference letters

To Apply: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/10292

 

Do online privacy concerns predict privacy behavior?

In a new article, we (Lemi Baruh, Ekin Seçinti, Zeynep Cemalcılar) meta-analytically chime in on the frequently debated concept of “privacy paradox”.  We  investigate whether users’ reported privacy concerns and literacy influence the extent to which they utilize online services (including but not limited to SNSs), disclose personal information and adopt measures to protect their privacy. Privacy concerns did not predict SNS use; however, it was associated with lower disclosure of information, lower use of other types of online services (e.g., e-commerce), and higher tendency to engage in privacy protective measures.

Click here for access to the article.

Click here for access to additional information about the meta-analysis.