Dr. Nagla Ali

Dr. Nagla Ali

Dr. Nagla Ali

Associate Professor in Curriculum and Instruction Division


  • Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Florida, USA.
  • M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction – Instructional Technology, University of Florida, USA.
  • Certified Assessor – NCFE Cache Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Association of Educational Communication and Technology (AECT)
  • Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
  • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
  • Egyptian Society for Information Systems and Computer Technology
  • Egyptian Society for Educational Technology
  • Society for Information technology & Teacher Education (SITE)


Dr. Nagla Ali is an education expert who has a wealth of teaching and research experience in USA, Egypt and UAE. She is known for developing innovative technological solutions to enhance the learning experience in schools. Her work has earned her one of the first prestigious grants from the ADEK Award for Research Excellence and she’s also one of the first founding faculty members of the College of Education.

Since joining ECAE’s Curriculum and Instruction Division as an Assistant Professor in 2008, she has taught a variety of courses and supervised master’s students through their research. Dr. Ali has served as the College’s Practicum and Internship Coordinator and was also tasked with developing an entire Cycle 2 program to graduate teachers to teach Math and Science in Cycle 2 and 3 schools in the UAE.

As an expert in providing technology learning solutions to faculty members and school teachers, Dr. Ali used her ADEK research grant to train 500 students and 20 teachers in the implementation of a large scale project involving the integration of 3D printing in schools. The project provided schools with 3D printers. In addition, she and her team trained teachers in the northern emirates in the integration of Robotics in teaching and learning.

Dr. Ali has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented her work at international conferences. She has served as a reviewer for conferences and journals. She currently serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Computers in Human Behavior.

Dr. Ali earned her Master and Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Florida where she also worked as a Research and Teaching Assistant and later as an Adjunct Professor at the College of Education.


Articles in Peer-Reviewed Research Journals

  • Khine, M. S., Afari, E., & Ali, N. (2019). Investigating Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge Competencies among Trainee Teachers in the Context of ICT Course. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 65(1), 22-36.‏
  • Ali, N., Santos, I. M., & Areepattamannil, S. (2017). Pre-Service Teachers' Perception of Quick Response (QR) Code Integration in Classroom Activities. Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology-TOJET, 16(1), 93-100.‏
  • Khine, M. S., Ali, N., & Afari, E. (2017). Exploring relationships among TPACK constructs and ICT achievement among trainee teachers. Education and Information Technologies, 22(4), 1605-1621.‏ doi: 10.1007/s10639-016-9507-8
  • Santos, I. M., Ali, N. & Hill, A. (2015) Students as co-designers of a library virtual learning commons: Results of a collaborative action research. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 42(1), 8-14.
  • Ali, N. (2013). The Effects of Visual Cuing Opacity Level on Reducing Split Attention. International Review of Contemporary Learning Research, 2(1), 31-40. doi:10.12785/irclr/020103.
  • Santos, I. M., & Ali, N. (2012). Beyond Classroom: The Uses of Mobile Phones by Female Students. International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education (IJICTE), 8(1), 63-75. doi:10.4018/jicte.2012010107.
  • Santos, I. M., & Ali, N. (2012). Exploring the uses of mobile phones to support informal learning. Education and Information Technologies, 17(2), 187-203.

Books, Chapters in Books and Published Reports

  • Ali, N. & Khine, M. S. (Eds). (2020). Integrating 3D printing into teaching and learning: Practitioners’ Perspectives. The Netherlands: Brill Sense Publishing.
  • Ali, N. Cairns, D., Khine, M. S., & Demirbilek, M. (2019). A Case Study of Preparing Emirati Pre-Service Teachers to Integrate 3D Printing into Teaching and Learning. In Integrating 3D Printing into Teaching and Learning (pp. 228-247).‏ The Netherlands: Brill Sense Publishing.
  • Santos, I. M., Ali, N. & Areepattamannil, S. (Eds) (2018). Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives on 3D Printing in Education, IGI Global, ISBN: 9781522570189, DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7018-9.