Devrim Ozdemir, Ph.D.

Instructional Design CoordinatorCollege of Health Sciences
Office Phone 515-271-1630

Dr. Devrim Ozdemir is an experienced scholar in the field of instructional design and technology. He has experience in higher education for more than a decade. His work revolves around designing and developing efficient instructional systems and strategies which will bring the most quality with least resources. He worked in many different settings as an academic technology support coordinator, education technology lab manager, IT support, instructional designer, director of language technologies, and instructional design coordinator. He has acted both as a leader and also a team member in many projects. His work gradually evolved over the years. He has technical, pedagogical, and administrative knowledge. He is a quick learner of emerging instructional technologies and a follower of innovative learning strategies. He is also up-to-date with changing higher education policies.

My general research interest is the disruptive innovation in education. I conduct research on emerging technologies and instructional / learning strategies which will effectively respond to the changing needs and demands of today’s and future learners.

In particular, my current  research interests are:

  • Competency-based education
  • Electronic portfolios
  • Digital badges
  • Massive open online courses
  • Experiential learning
  • Multimedia learning
  • Self-directed / self-regulated learning


Ozdemir, D. & Stebbins, C. (2017). A Framework for the Evaluation of Competency-Based Curriculum”. In K. Rasmussen, P. Northrup, & R. Colson (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Competency-Based Education in University Settings. Hershey, PA: IGI Global. – link

Ozdemir, D. & Duffy, P. A. (2016). Meeting the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals Using Backward Design. Pedagogy in Health Promotion – link

Ozdemir, D. & Stebbins, C. (2015). Curriculum Mapping for the Utilization of a Learning Analytics System in an Online Competency-Based Master of Healthcare Administration Program: A Case Study. Journal of Health Administration Education, 32(4), 543-562. – link

Ozdemir, D. & Doolittle, P. (2015). Revisiting the Seductive Details Effect in Multimedia Learning: Context-dependency of Seductive Details. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 24(2), 101-119.

Ozdemir, D. & Loose, R. (2014) Implementation of a quality assurance review system for the scalable development of online courses. Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 17(1). – link

Ozdemir, D. (2014). Overcoming Challenges During the Development of a Massive Open Online Course. In P. Lowenthal, C. York, & J. Richardson (Eds.), Online Learning: Common misconceptions, benefits, and challenges. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. – link

Ozdemir, D. & McDaniel, J. G.. Evaluation of the State Authorization Processes for Distance Education. Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 16(1)., 2013 – link

Can, G. & Ozdemir, D. Blogging in higher education: Theoretical and practical approach. Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, 4(6), 5-13., 2006 – link

Kiraz, E & Ozdemir, D. (2006). The relationship between educational ideologies and technology acceptance in preservice teachers. Journal of Educational Technology & Society, 9(2), 152-165. – link