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Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft

Diana  Pak

Diana Pak, MA

  • Projektmitarbeiterin / Project Assistant
+41 44 634 66 40

Academic Curriculum Vitae

  • 08/2023 – present: Doctoral Student at the Chair of Educational Technology, DSI (Digital Society Initiative) Excellence Program Fellow, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • 09/2016 – 07/2023: Senior Lecturer at the College of Human Sciences and Education, KIMEP University, Kazakhstan
  • 2020 – 2022: Faculty Mentor Facilitating Transition to Remote Learning during COVID-19 Pandemic, KIMEP University, Kazakhstan
  • 10/2018: Professional Internship at Uppsala University, Sweden
  • 08/2014 – 05/2016: Master of Arts in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at KIMEP University, Kazakhstan [GPA: 4.05/4.33]
    Master Thesis: Current EFL Practices in Kazakhstan: Teachers’ Sense of Professional Self-Efficacy
  • 10/2013 – 08/2016: English Language Instructor at the Faculty of Philology, Suleyman Demirel University, Kazakhstan
  • 09/2010 – 05/2014: Bachelor of Education (Two Foreign Languages) Suleyman Demirel University, Kazakhstan [GPA: 3.7/4]
    Bachelor Thesis: The Impact of English as an International Language on Learners’ Identity in Intercultural Communication

Research Interests

  • Digital Transformation of Education
  • Instructional Design
  • (Para-)social, Affective, and Cognitive Learning Processes
  • Learner Engagement
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development

Other Activities

  • Member of EARLI (European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction), JURE (Junior Researchers of EARLI), DSI Community Education, SIG (Special Interest Group) 6 “Instructional Design”, SIG 7 “Technology-Enhanced Learning and Instruction”
  • Reviewer for CALE (Central Asia Language and Education) 2023, EARLI JURE 2024 and SIG 6&7 2024 Conferences
  • Contributor to the 2nd London International Conference 2021 Organization

Awards and Grants

  • DSI Excellence Program Scholarship, University of Zurich, 2023
  • Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship for Central Asia, 2023
  • Kazakhstani Government-funded Research Grant "Integration of Local Researchers into the Global Scientific Community: The Challenges and Possible Solutions in the Case of Kazakhstan" (direct cost: $169K), KIMEP University jointly with Narxoz University, 2018
  • Erasmus+ ICM Staff Mobility Program Scholarship, Uppsala University, 2018
  • Highest GPA among Master Students of KIMEP Language Center, KIMEP University, 2016
  • KIMEP University Scholarship for Master Studies (merit-based, top 5%)
  • Selected Representative of Kazakhstan for the Panel "Smart Device Application for Women" at the 1st World Congress of Global Partnership for Young Women, Duksung Women's University, 2012
  • Kazakhstantani Government Scholarship for Bachelor Studies (merit-based, top 20% in the country)