The University of Southampton

Ayse Saliha Sunar

Postgraduate research student


Private Ankara Aziziye High School, Ankara, Turkey.

BE Degree in Mathematics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Gazi University, Turkey.

MSc in Information Science, Graduate School of Information Science, Department of Systems and Social Informatics, Nagoya University, Japan.

Currently, PhD student at WAIS group.



I am a member of the MOOC Observatory group which research on MOOCs from different aspects and make contributions to the field. I am interested in predicting MOOC learners' behaviours and personalisation their learning experiences in MOOCs.

Professional activities

12th JTEL Summer School, 19-24 June 2016 in Estoni.

11th JTEL Summer School, 4-11 July 2015 in Ischia, Italy.

Conferences attended

11th International Conference on Knowledge Management, 4-6 November 2015, Osaka, Japan.

2nd ACM-W WomENcourage Conference, 24-26 September 2015, Uppsala, Sweden (I led an unconference session in Learning Analytics).

7th International Confernece on Computer Supported Education, CSEDU 2015, 23-25 May 2015, Lisbon, Portugal.

5th International Conference on Intelligent Interactive Multimedia Systems and Services (KES-IIMSS), 23-25 May 2012, Gifu, Japan.


Sunar, Ayse Saliha, Abdullah, Nor Aniza, White, Su and Davis, Hugh C. (2015) Personalisation of MOOCs: the state of the art At 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education (CSEDU2015), Portugal. 23 - 25 May 2015. 10 pp.

Yousef, Ahmed Mohamed Fahmy and Sunar, Ayse Saliha (2015) Opportunities and challenges in personalized MOOC experience At ACM WEB Science Conference 2015, Web Science Education Workshop 2015, United Kingdom. 2 pp.

Sunar, Ayse Saliha, Abdullah, Nor Aniza, White, Su and Davis, Hugh C (2015) Analysis of social learning networks on Twitter for supporting MOOCs education At ACM-W Europe womENcourage Celebration of Women in Computing, Sweden. 24 - 26 Sep 2015.

Sunar, Ayse Saliha, Abdullah, Nor Aniza, White, Susan and Davis, Hugh C. (2015) Analysing and predicting recurrent interactions among learners during online discussions in a MOOC At 11th International Conference on Knowledge Management ICKM 2015, Japan. 04 - 06 Nov 2015.

Sunar, Ayse Saliha, Abdullah, Nor Aniza, White, Su and Davis, Hugh (2016) Personalisation in MOOCs: a critical literature review In, Zvacek, Susan, Restivo, Maria Teresa, Uhomoibhi, James and Helfert, Markus (eds.) Computer Supported Education. Berlin, DE, Springer International Publishing pp. 152-168. (Communications in Computer and Information Science, 583). (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-29585-5_9).

Sunar, Ayse Saliha, White, Su, Abdullah, Nor Aniza and Davis, Hugh (2016) How learners’ interactions sustain engagement: a MOOC case study IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, pp. 1-20.

Duru, Ismail, Sunar, Ayse, Saliha, Dogan, Gulustan and White, Su (2017) Challenges of identifying second language English speakers in MOOCs At EMOOCs 2017, Madrid, Spain. 22 - 26 May 2017. 10 pp.


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