It’s me Yavuz Samur, PhD. I graduated from Instructional Design and Technology, Department of Learning Sciences and Technologies (Curriculum and Instruction) at Virginia Tech. Right now, I am working as an Assistant Professor at Bahcesehir University, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Computer Education and Instructional Technology. I have been teaching “Instructional Design”, “Distance Education”, “Multimedia Design and Production in Education”, “Information and Communication Technologies in Education”, and of course, “Game-based Learning” courses as undergraduate and master level courses. I love teaching and being “on the stage” in front of my students. My doctoral dissertation was about creating a survey on measuring students’ engagement and designing a research study by using serious/educational games and virtual manipulatives focusing on their three main attributes (goal, challenge, and feedback), scoping down to mathematics, specifically to fractions. If you are interested, feel free to take a look at my dissertation. So, right, I like games 🙂 I do not only play games, I also design digital games, that is my other job. In addition, I design online courses to enhance teaching by using hybrid learning as my other job working at distance education unit of my university. You will be able to find much more information about me, my research, papers, presentations, work, interests through this website. You can also see my blog where I share interesting, informative, and important posts. Please take a look and feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thanks for visiting, I hope you enjoy it!

“Some people feel the rain.
Others just get wet.”

~ Bob Dylan (1941-)


Academic Positions

  • Present2012

    Assistant Professor

    Bahçeşehir University, Faculty of Educational Sciences

  • 20122012

    Graduate Laboratory Assistant

    Virginia Tech, Faculty Development Institute

  • 20122011

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Project of National Science Foundation, Virginia Tech

  • 20112011

    Research Assistant

    School of Education at Virginia Tech


  • Ph.D. 2012

    Ph.D. in Instructional Design and Technology

    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

  • M.Sc. 2009

    Master of Curriculum and Instruction

    Mugla University

  • B.S. 2007

    Bachelor of English Language Teaching

    Mugla University

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • 2014
    Fulbright Doctoral Student Scholarship
    2009-2011 Fulbright Scholarship–Fulbright Doctoral Student Scholarship
  • 2014
    Institute of International Education (IIE)
  • 2014
    Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)
  • 2014
    Erasmus Exchange Faculty (University of Twente, The Netherlands)


En sevdigim #ogretmen 😍dersi icin #oyun tasarlayan ve #egitseloyun oynatan 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 #oyuntemelliogrenme #oyunlastirma twitter.com/gokcerenn/stat…

#Galatasaray'in bir an once bu "sabaha kadar da oynasa gol atamaz" goruntusunden kurtulmasi lazim @GalatasaraySK taraftari bunu haketmiyor!

Houston'da ülkemizi temsil eden ve dünyanın en başarılı 3 FRC takımından biri olan @FRC_Integra3646 ile gurur duyuy… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… Retweeted by Yavuz Samur

Dünyanın en başarılı 3 takımından biri olarak 2 büyük ödülle ülkemize geri dönüyoruz. Destek olan herkese saygıları… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… Retweeted by Yavuz Samur

Yrd. Doç. Dr. @YavuzSamur "Çocuğum ve Teknoloji" seminerinde velilerimize bulusuyor. Bugün saat 13.00'te BAU D konf… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… Retweeted by Yavuz Samur

Haydi #Besiktas bu aksam olsun artik! Bu gece ust tura adini yazdir! Biz de yine her zaman oldugu gibi alkislayalim… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

Pokémon Go shows gamification is far from dead ft.com/content/e0a572… via @FT

Guney Kore Baskonsolosu diyor ki "Her sene oturduk universitelerdeki bolumleri ve iceriklerini gelecege gore sekillendirdik" @bauebf

Yaz tatilini kisalt, okulu daha cok acik tut, bu sekilde gunluk ders yukunu azalt, ders disi etkinliklere, sanata,… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

Nerede #ogretmen degerliyse, deger goruyorsa, orada #egitim kaliteli... bak. #guneykore #finlandiya

Cok verimli eglenceli bir haftasonu oldu @bahcesehir_k12 @BahcesehirOrdu veli ve ogrencileri icin #oyun #tasarimitwitter.com/i/web/status/8…

@ugur72 Onu duyacagimizi sanmiyorum hocam 😇

About Me

I was born in 18th of June, 1985, a summer day in a small city (was town those days) called BARTIN. My (grand)parents had hard time to find a name for me until the police told them to find it as soon as possible, after a month passed since I was born. After two daughters, Filiz and Yeliz, they thought that Yavuz was the best choice as it is both suitable for the two sisters and it is a great Ottoman Emperor name (Yavuz Sultan Selim).

I went to a regular elementary school, and became a student of my eldest sister’s elementary school teacher. After middle school, I won the chance of being part of the best high school of Bartin, Davut Firincioglu Anatolian High School, where I had great friends and teachers, specialized on English, and met my wife!

After a long run for the university exams, Mugla University, a big change and also chance of my life, helped me to develop my skills. Being a teacher, a volunteer, a leader, a youth worker…etc. were only some of them. Undergrad years passed in different European countries such as The Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Austria, Slovakia…etc. thanks to all these volunteerism and various scholarships such as Erasmus Student Exchange. All brought great experiences to me.

After graduating from Faculty of Education as an English teacher, I was appointed to Bursa, Inegol where I had my first real students at Ticaret ve Sanayi Odasi Primary School. While teaching there, I was trying to complete my masters degree at the Mugla University Institute of Social Sciences Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Those were the days I was travelling between Mugla and Bursa for two years. While completing my masters degree, I applied to Fulbright scholarship and after all the exams and interviews, I got the chance of being a member of Fulbright family.

Life changed a lot after I got acceptance from one of the best universities of USA, Virginia Tech, School of Education, Learning Sciences and Technologies Department (Curriculum and Instruction). We quit our jobs, moved in to Blacksburg, VA, started a new life in USA and gifted with our son, Yigit Mete Samur. Completing all the coursework in two years, I managed to get going with my dissertation in my third year as a doctoral student. While working with the *perfect team* as a game designer and a researcher, I was able to complete my dissertation with the help of my advisor, Dr. Michael A. Evans.

Life changed again, as we completed our duty in USA. We started to look for jobs and that’s when we met our new boss in USA. We moved in to the most crowded, complex, and beautiful city of Turkey. And Bahcesehir University is a young, growing, and futuristic university of Turkey.

  • UgurGames


    UgurGames is a company developing educational digital games for children.



    UğurGames tamamen dijital eğitsel oyunlar üretmeye yönelik kurulan bir oyun şirketidir. Eğitsel oyunlarımızı ekip olarak hedeflerini belirleyip, sonrasında tasarlayıp, geliştirip, uygulayıp, değerlendiriyoruz.

    Oyunlarımızın hepsini Milli Eğitim Bakanlığı’nın belirlemiş olduğu öğretim programı çerçevesinde ve yıllık planlarla uyumlu bir şekilde hazırlıyoruz.

    Oyunlarımızı ve uygulamalarımızı tasarlarken öğretmenlerimizden mutlaka destek alıyoruz. Onların değerli görüşlerine oyun tasarım sürecimizde yer veriyoruz.

    Oyunlarımızı incelemek için:

    www.ugurgames.com sitesini ziyaret ediniz!

    Visit www.ugurgames.com for more information about our educational digital games!

  • Oyun Tasarımı Atölyesi / Game Design Workshop

    Oyun Tasarımı Atölyesi / Game Design Workshop

    Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 5th, and 6th grade students design educational games in this project.

    The main purpose of this transformation is to design students’ own games by using their creativity and game experience. Thus, they will work in three phase. First stage is designing an educational game by using various apps on iPad without limit of imagination. Another stage is designing a platform game on Pixel Press Floors iPad application. This will be an entertaining game consisting of three levels. The last one is game prototyping with different materials such as Lego, wooden toys, play dough, and other classroom materials. Thereby, students will develop algorithmic, analytic, creative, and design thinking skills by designing game.

    Therefore, 15-week curriculum was prepared according to provide children to work in these three stages. The curriculum was controlled, developed and approved by relevant experts. As a result, a game design workshop as student club of school was established for 5th and 6th grade students at a private college. Curriculum was prepared according to design thinking processes which are empathize, define, ideate, prototype and test.

    For more information please follow the link:


  • Matematik Öğretmenleri için Oyun Tasarımı Atölyesi / Game Design Workshop for Math Teachers

    Matematik Öğretmenleri için Oyun Tasarımı Atölyesi / Game Design Workshop for Math Teachers

    Math teachers from different schools design digital educational games in this project

    The main purpose of this project was to provide mathematics teachers design their students’ own games by using their creativity and game experience. Thus, they learnt how to design a game first. Later stage is designing an educational game by using various tools without limit of imagination.

    Therefore, 2 day curriculum was prepared according to their skills. The curriculum was controlled, developed and approved by relevant experts. As a result, a game design workshop was designed for teachers. Curriculum was prepared according to design thinking processes which are empathize, define, ideate, prototype and test.

    For more information, please follow the link