After completing his B.S. in Mathematics, Murat ÇINAR worked as a
mathematics teacher in a private high school for two years. Soon thereafter, he entered
the IDD&E graduate program at Syracuse University and studied design and
development of online courses. He has been working in distance education programs
since then. With his move to Virginia Tech, he served for two years as course designer
and instructor in the Instructional Technology Master’s Degree program. Before coming to Norfolk State University (NSU), he worked for IT in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech. Later, he worked as an Instructional Designer and Project Manager at the Office of eLearning at NSU for 4 years. He was responsible for providing leadership and processes for the design and delivery of instructional content for technology enriched environments. He collaborated with faculty on individual or group instructional design, and consulted to create high quality online courses that integrate technology effectively with teaching and learning principles. He provided learning needs analysis and assesses the instructional effectiveness of course materials. His responsibility also included planning, developing and teaching faculty development workshops and other activities in areas of instructional design. After 10 years of experience in the United States, he moved back to Turkey to establish Distance Education Programs at Ankara University Distance Education Center. He worked as the Assistant Director of the Center for 3 years.