Ahmed Kharrufa

ahmed.kharrufa@ncl.ac.uk | Faculty

Ahmed Kharrufa

I am a senior research associate at Open Lab, Newcastle University and the director of Diwan Software and Reflective Thinking. I am leading the educational technology subgroup at Open Lab and my research focus is in looking at the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of processes and tools to enhance learning and the learning experience. I am also interested in interaction design and interactive surfaces looking at the use of wearable sensors to enhance pen and touch interactions.

I founded ‘Reflective Thinking’ to realize the impact of my PhD by commercializing ‘Digital Mysteries’ (a tool for collaborative learning and thinking skills development). Digital Mysteries is now a platform for releasing topic-specific apps on the Apple store. Currently there are about 30 apps covering different educational topics and different age groups with more than 340,000 downloads from over 60 countries. Diwan Software, on the other hand, has a long history in desktop publishing software, internationalization, advanced fonts development, and more recently with educational software.


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Associated Projects

  • TangiSoft
    TangiSoft was a hybrid of a physical and soft keyboard, intended to combine the advantages of both. It was designed for use with a digital tabletop, specifically for applications that require high mobility and frequent switching between text entry and ...
    August 30, 2011
  • Digital Mysteries (Digital Tabletops and Collaborative Learning)
    The mysteries learning techniques was created to develop and assess students’ higher-level thinking, with their cognitive processes being shown through their manipulation of data slips. Groups of students are given a mystery with an open question...
    August 30, 2011
 
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