Associate Prof. Miri Barak is the Head of the Science and Learning Technologies (SLT) group in the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology, Technion- Israel Institute of Technology. Her goal is to promote the use of cloud applications in teaching and learning, with emphasis on 21st century skills. Her work focuses on the integration of advanced technologies and augmented reality in science, technology, and engineering education. Her research examines cognitive and sociocultural aspects of collaborative learning in small and large groups, motivation to learn from distance, and the promotion of innovative and flexible thinking. She is an expert in the development and evaluation of educational programs and web-based projects.
Assoc. Prof. Barak is a Cum Laude graduate of the Technion Biotechnology and Food Engineering Faculty. She worked as an R&D Engineer in the Food industry, prior to receiving MSc and PhD degrees in Chemistry Education from the Technion. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Educational Computing Initiatives (CECI). Assoc. Prof. Barak is an information and communication technologies consultant, leading the first online course in Ethics of Research for all graduate students at the Technion. In addition, she is leading an international research project on MOOCs- massive online open courses.
Today, Prof. Barak research focuses on two main projects. First, the development and assessment of a location-based system for user-generation multimedia and inquiry questions named AugmentedWorld. This project is funded by the Israeli Ministry of Science, Technology, and Space, with the intention of advancing scientific understanding and motivation to learn science among Druze students. The AugmentedWorld system is also used in a study on online learning with researchers from MIT, funded by MISTI-Israel. Second project is Games of Food, which involves the design and research of escape rooms on balanced nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. This project is funded by the EIT-Food of the European Union, with partners from Israel, England, Finland, Belgium, and Poland.
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- 1990 - B.Sc. - Food Engineering and Biotechnology, Cum Laude, Technion, Israel
- 1999 - M.Sc. - Chemistry Education, Technion, Israel
- 2002 - Ph.D. - Chemistry Education, Technion, Israel
- 2004 - Post Doctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA