Education and Background:
Dr. Rasha Essam graduated with a PhD in E-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning From Lancaster University in 2019. She is a former faculty member and technology enhanced learning director at the American University in Cairo for almost 10 years and now she is a free lancer educational technology consultant and e-learning service provider with different learning organisations both inside and outside Egypt. In addition, she has long years of experience in training teachers of different age groups on how to use technology in learning, educational leadership, research, analysis, curriculum design, and instructional design. Her research expertise is in 1) design-based research; 2) learning design; 3) teachers’ training; 4) designing, developing, and implementing professional development programmes; 5) foreign language teaching and learning; 6) technology affordances; 7) programmes’ evaluation; 8) online, blended, and flipped classroom teaching and learning; 9) computer supported collaborative learning; 10) Web 2.0 technologies; and 11) data visualisation and representation.
Dr. Rasha has a solid background in computer science and information system (B.Sc. in 2002 from Ain Shams University); educational leadership (MA in 2016 from the American University in Cairo); and teaching Arabic as a foreign language (MA in 2010 from the American University in Cairo). Her educational and professional backgrounds enable her to be deeply aware of how to use technology effectively in the field of education since she wears more than one hat that allows her to integrate technology into any learning organization taking into consideration their context and needs.
List of Publications:
– Essam, R. (2021). Exploring the needs of teachers in a Middle East university using TPACK: A case study. Studies in Technology Enhanced Learning, 1(2). https://doi.org/10.21428/8c225f6e.b9366ecd [Link]
– Essam, R. (2019). A professional development programme for supporting teachers in the design, development, and implementation of Technology Enhanced Learning activities for teaching Arabic as a foreign language. Lancaster University. https://doi.org/10.17635/lancaster/thesis/714 [Link]
– Essam, R. (2016). Constructivist and cognitive multimedia learning theories as tools for training teachers on how to integrate technology using the TPACK framework for teaching Arabic online [Master’s Thesis, the American University in Cairo]. AUC Knowledge Fountain. https://fount.aucegypt.edu/etds/1435 [Link]
– Essam, R. (2010). Software application for computer aided vocabulary learning in a blended learning environment [Master’s Thesis, the American University in Cairo]. AUC Knowledge Fountain. https://fount.aucegypt.edu/etds/1144 [Link]