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IDPP Showcases Innovative Research in Istanbul, Turkey

Several members of the IDPP team traveled to Istanbul, Turkey to attend the Internews’ first Global Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Workshop, as well as to present four research papers at the International Association for Media and Communication Research (

Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn, Executive Director of the IDPP; Director of COTELCO; and Associate Professor at American University’s School of International Service, delivered a keynote address entitled “Going Global, Locally: Enhancing Geographically Distributed Collaboration Through Accessible Cyberinfrastructure-Enabled Knowledge Communities" on July 12 at the Internews’ Global M&E Workshop at Boğaziçi University in Bebek, Turkey. Dr. Cogburn highlighted the increasing trend in scholarly research and practice towards virtual teams and organizations collaborating across distance using cyberinfrastructure.  He further argued, that this trend places an even higher demand on the need to ensure the accessibility of these technologies for persons with disabilities. He highlighted the IDPP as reflecting all these trends and practices as we build the cyberlearning environment to support the students and faculty participating in the IDPP. 

The M&E workshop – which brought together Internews staff and professionals from around the world responsible for research, M&E design, data collection, packaging, and communication – tackles the challenge of measuring the impact of media development, and provides tools, guidance, and training opportunities to better understand how to administer M&E. There was interest from participants in collaborating with the IDPP on ways we can help our students to understand the importance of local media in achieving public policy objectives.

Following the Internews’ workshop, the IDPP team showcased our innovative research topics and methods in the 2011 IAMCR Istanbul Conference beginning on July 13, 2011. IAMCR is a global professional organization that facilitates media and communication research. COTELCO and IDPP staff presented four papers at the conference:

  • Exploring the Cyberinfrastructure to Support Distributed Collaborative Learning Communities in Disability and Public Policy in Southeast Asia, by Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn, Clyde White, Jr., and Tim Foley

  • Participatory Mixed Methods Curriculum Design for the Institute on Disability and Public Policy, submitted by Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn, Taria Thomas, Dr. Nanette Levinson, et al.

  • Who Makes Decisions? The Role of Gender During Distributed Decision Making Processes in the World Summit on Information Society, by Sarah DeCristofaro, Norhayati Zakaria, Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn, and Alexia Clincy

  • Improvising Internet Governance: Emerging Trends in the Internet Governance Forum, by Dr. Nanette S. Levinson and Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn

Both conferences are invaluable opportunities for the IDPP, COTELCO, and the International Communication Program at American University’s School of International Service to highlight the research being conducted to advance cutting-edge cyberinfrastructure technology and the latest trends being found on internet governance.