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“Classroom Management in Higher Education”

Tuesday, December 1 2020  2:00 – 3:00 pm

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Classroom management is complex, and different elements of it need to be thought when making decisions about certain circumstances. As instructors, we have several questions in our mind about effective management and control. How is order established and maintained? How to behave in what type of misbehavior? What type of classroom management model is affective in which classroom? What are some of my personal and professional characteristics that might affect the decisions about classroom management? In this workshop, we will explore the definition of classroom management in 21st century in higher education. Afterwards, with an inventory we will find out our beliefs on discipline. Lastly, we will discuss the common classroom management problems in our classrooms, and possible solutions to them which may lead us to another gathering about online classroom management.

About Armağan Ateşkan

Dr. Armağan Ateşkan received her PhD. in Computer Education and Instructional Technologies from Middle East Technical University, in 2008. She has been working at Bilkent University Graduate School of Education since 2002. She also worked as at Özel Bilkent Lisesi as a biology teacher, and as an educational technologist at an international school in Belgium. Her research interests are classroom management, ICT in education, STEM education, international education, health education, sustainability and outdoor education. She has led internationally and nationally funded research projects. She has published books, and articles in international and national journals. She is also organizing workshops and seminars for students and teachers in schools.

“The Struggles and Compromises of Active Learning in Crisis Remote Teaching”

Wednesday, November 25 2020  2:00 – 3:00 pm

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No matter where you teach or learn, 2020 has been a difficult year. For instructors who focus on active learning, the forced and sudden move to a remote or online environment poses particular challenges. In this interactive Zoom session, participants will look at some of the basic tools in active learning – the lecture pause, the quickwrite, and the think/pair/share – to explore how they can be adapted to a remote experience. We will also discuss some of the difficulties both students and instructors can face, whether in synchronous or asynchronous classes.

About Shannon Murray

Shannon Murray is a professor and 3M National Teaching Fellow (2001). She teaches Early Modern and Children’s literature at the University of Prince Edward Island, on the east coast of Canada. She gives workshops and talks on Active Learning, Capstone University Courses, Learning Communities, and Teaching Dossiers, including since 2002 for the PEI Faculty Development Summer Institute on Active Learning.  The founding editor of The Recorder, she has published on Bunyan’s Book for Boys and Girls, on adaptations for children, as well as on the scholarship of teaching and learning. Her book Bounce and Beans and Burn won the L. M. Montgomery Literature for Children Award. Along with her collaborators Dr. Lisa Dickson and Dr Jessica Riddell, she is completing a book project for the University of Toronto Press on Critical Hope and Critical Empathy in the Teaching of Shakespeare.

“A Stoic Approach to Teaching: Theory and Practice”
Tuesday, November 17 2020  2:00 – 3:00 pm

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Stoicism is an ancient philosophy, which has been gaining popularity as a modern philosophy of life in recent years. Stoicism emphasizes self-improvement, self-discipline, virtue, wisdom based on our ability to distinguish between what is in our control and what is not, and courage to face the truth. If we apply Stoic principles to teaching, what we get is a student-centered pedagogy that emphasizes student empowerment and autonomy, and aims to cultivate skills and attitudes that are necessary for students to become efficient self-learners. In this workshop, we will discuss theoretical and practical Stoic insights about teaching, with an emphasis on humanities and social sciences.

About Tufan Kıymaz

Dr. Tufan Kıymaz received his PhD in Philosophy, with a minor in History and Philosophy of Science, from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 2017. The same year he joined Bilkent University Department of Philosophy. His main areas of research are philosophy of mind and philosophy of well-being. He was active in Indiana University Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, both as a regular participant in workshops and learning communities, and also as a workshop facilitator. He is a certified Philosophy for Children (P4C) training specialist. At Bilkent, he is organizing seminars and workshops for students in collaboration with Bilkent Psychological Counseling and Development Center.


Transition to Online Teaching during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Human-Centered Approach
Monday, July 27, 2020 17:00 – 18:00

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(please ask for the password btlsc@bilkent.edu.tr)


Educational institutions all around the world are going through the emergency transition to remote teaching due to the COVID-19 pandemic. How do you get started with online teaching in the face of a global pandemic? How do you establish quality online learning and teaching experiences? In this session, we will look at some human-centered principles that underpin effective online teaching, best practices to guide your online teaching, and ways to establish an effective community of inquiry in your online courses.

About Evrim Baran

Evrim Baran is an associate professor of educational technology and human computer education programs at Iowa State University. Her research examines effective strategies for the design of mobile, online, and flexible learning environments in teacher education, engineering education, and STEM learning contexts. She directed international grants and research projects on mobile/online learning, K-12 engineering, STEM education, and teacher/faculty professional development. She teaches courses on online learning, learning design, and evaluation of digital learning environments.

Baran completed her PhD on educational technology and human computer interaction at Iowa State University, and her M.S. and B.S. degrees at Middle East Technical University (METU). She completed her postdoctoral fellowship within the department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Prior to her position at ISU, she worked as an assistant professor of educational sciences and associate director for the Center for STEM Education at METU. She was also the visiting professor at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. Her career highlights include early career award, best paper awards, research and teaching excellence awards, outstanding young researcher awards at AERA, SITE, and AECT organizations and conferences. She worked on online course design, program evaluation and needs assessment projects within the university and in nationwide projects. More information about her work is at www.evrimbaran.com


Sharing and Exchanging Experiences about Online Education
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 13:00 – 14:00 pm

Zoom Meeting ID: please ask for the zoom link

The talk will be about exchanging ideas and experiences in electrical and electronics engineering education. The on-line seminar is desired to be interactive, especially managing crowded sections and on-line examinations.

About Uğur Baysal

Dr. Uğur BAYSAL got his B.Sc. degree from Middle East Technical University in 1988 and continued his education in Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Massachusettes USA), Department of Biomedical Engineering and got his Ph.D. degree in Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering of Hacettepe University in 1999. He went to post-doctoral research activity in Freidrich Schiller University, Jena-Germany in 2001 and continued to be a visiting scientist in various years afterwards. He has published numerous scientific works as journal article and conference proceedings papers, finished projects supported by TÜBİTAK and Scientific Research Coordination Unit of Hacettepe University.

The discipline of education has always been one of the main interests of him. In the years 1995-1996, he had completed pedagogical formation certificate training, between 2002 and 2004, he supervised M.Sc. thesis work related to remote laboratory course education in electronics engineering curriculum. He had published conference proceedings works abroad, worked as Hacettepe University Vocational School Administrator and Instructor between 2002-2012, acted as European Union project assessor related to vocational education and training individuals to combat unemployment. For more than 4 years, he has published his course films in social media environment and giving at least 6 electrical engineering courses per year, including summer terms.

Cooperative Learning Techniques
Thursday, April 16, 2020 12:40 – 1:30 pm

Zoom Link:  https://zoom.us/j/2819561609?pwd=eXBLU3dRS3JRd2x2ZEFkRE1LVEVBQT09

Cooperative learning techniques play an important role in active student involvement into university courses. This workshop aims at exploring and practicing such techniques as Jigsaw, Think-Pair-Share, Round Robin, Numbered Heads, Three-Step Review which may easily be transferred into various courses under several disciplines. Participants are advised to bring their mobile devices (mobile phones, lap tops etc.) to the workshop.

About Erdem Aksoy

Dr. Erdem Aksoy worked as an English language teacher and instructor at various institutions and started working at Ted University in 2015. He acted as the manager of Center for Teaching and Learning at TED University for two years.

Dr. Aksoy has international and national publications and conference presentations on teacher education policies, foreign language teaching policies, programs and program evaluation.

How to increase student involvement in the classroom?
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 12:40 – 1:30 pm
Engineering Building, EA 409

Speaker: Jamel Ben Chafra

Abstract: In nowadays globalized world, highly competitive education environment and vertiginous means of distractions, increasing students’ involvement in classrooms is becoming a critical issue. Therefore, devising means / techniques / tools to increase student engagement is of indispensable importance to increase active learning geared towards, ultimately, improving intellectual achievement, critical thinking and commitment to life-long learning, improving performance and reducing dropout rates.

About Jamel Ben Chafra
Jamel Ben Chafra graduated from Bilkent University’s Tourism & Hotel Management department in 1994 and obtained his MBA degree from the same university in 1996. After a 1-year Assistant Financial Manager position occupied at an Arline charter company in Tunisia, he decided to join the academia. He started his academic career at Bilkent University in January 1998 and, since then; he has been a lecturer at the department of Tourism and Hotel Management. Starting from 2005, he is appointed as the department vice chair responsible for students’ affairs. In 2003, Jamel Ben Chafra was one of the recipients of the prestigious Bilkent University’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

Adapting Active Learning Strategies in Our Classes
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 12:40 – 1:30 pm
Electrical and Electronics Engineering, EE 01

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Emin Çivi, Faculty of Business Administration, University of New Brunswick

Abstract: In active learning, students become active participant in their own learning process as they partake in meaningful class activities rather than passively listening (Bonwell and Eison, 1991). The main purpose in engaging students by getting them to do things is to encourage them to think about what they are doing. Even though active learning is not always easy for both students and faculty, the benefits are many.  In this session, we will discuss the advantages of active learning and share and try out multiple low risk and easily adaptable strategies.

About Emin Çivi
Dr. Emin Çivi is a Professor of Marketing at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John, Canada, and a 3M National Teaching Fellow. He has been recognized by numerous University, Regional, National, as well as International awards for his teaching and educational leadership. He is currently teaching in the Faculty of Business Administration at Bilkent University as a Visiting Professor.

Exploration of Cognitive Processes with Eye Tracking
Thursday, November 7, 2019 12:40 – 1:30 pm
Electrical and Electronics Engineering, EE 01

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Kürşat Çağıltay, Computer Education & Instructional Technology, METU.

Eye tracking technology can be used to explore cognitive activities in learning processes. Using eye movement measurements obtained through this technology provides the opportunity to test assumptions about where people look during learning. Moreover, educators who gather eye tracking data can enhance the design of their teaching/learning materials on the basis of learners’ information-processing capabilities. In this talk, I will briefly introduce the basics of eye tracking technology and present some of our related projects.

About Prof. Dr. Kürşat Çağıltay
Dr. Kürşat Çağıltay is a Professor of the Department of Computer Education and Instructional Technology at the Middle East Technical University (METU). He earned his BS in Mathematics and MS in Computer Engineering from Middle East Technical University. He holds a double Ph.D. in Cognitive Science and Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University. He is the director of METU’s Audio Visual Systems Research and Development Center and coordinator of Instructional Technology Support Office.

Please contact Prof. Dr. Kürşat Çağıltay at kursat@metu.edu.tr

Introductory Workshop on Moodle given by BETS
Friday, October 11, 2019 12:40 – 1:30 pm
Faculty of Education, Room: G-B54

Moodle is an open source learning platform designed to provide educators, administrators and learners with a single, robust, secure and integrated system to create personalized learning environments. Since the 2007-2008 academic year, Moodle has been integrated into our STARS system. Introductory Workshop on Moodle content is determined by the knowledge and needs of participants.

Tips for New Faculty Members to Build Successful Careers
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 01:30 – 03:00 pm
Faculty of Engineering, Room: EA409

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Emin Çivi, Faculty of Business Administration, University of New Brunswick

The first term for a new faculty member can be challenging. Considering the complex and demanding nature of academic jobs, transitioning into the role of a full-time professor from a teaching assistant or graduate student (even with a considerable amount of teaching experience) is not an easy task. In this workshop, he will share tips and strategies with new faculty members to guide them in building successful careers.

About Emin Çivi
Dr. Emin Çivi is a Professor of Marketing at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John, Canada, and a 3M National Teaching Fellow. He has been recognized by numerous University, Regional, National, as well as International awards for his teaching and educational leadership. He is currently teaching in the Faculty of Business Administration at Bilkent University as a Visiting Professor.

Please contact Prof. Dr. Emin Çivi at emin.civi@bilkent.edu.tr

How to Promote Student Engagement in the Classroom
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 02:00 – 3:00 pm
Engineering Building, Room: EA409

Speaker: Dr. Tufan Kıymaz, Department of Philosophy, Bilkent University

In this workshop, we’ll discuss effective strategies to promote student engagement in the classroom and some (unfortunately common) practices that discourage students from participating. We’ll look at scientific research regarding this issue, and also we’ll talk about specific applications such as small group discussions, using technology in the classroom, etc. and some ideas about how to implement these successfully. 

About Tufan Kıymaz
Dr. Tufan Kıymaz received his PhD in Philosophy, with a minor in History and Philosophy of Science, from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 2017. The same year he joined the philosophy department in Bilkent. His main area of research is philosophy of mind, more specifically, the possibility of fully materialistic and scientific explanation of consciousness. He was active in Indiana University Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, both as a participant in workshops and learning communities, and also as workshop facilitator. He was an accepted participant in American Association of Philosophy Teachers seminar on teaching college-level philosophy.

Please contact Dr. Tufan Kıymaz at tufan.kiymaz@bilkent.edu.tr

New Generation Learning
Thursday, April 25, 2019 12:40 – 1:30 pm
Engineering Building, Room: EA409

Speaker: Dr. Özlem Zengin, English Language Preparatory Program, Bilkent University

In the modern digital and information-rich educational environment, today’s students have digital literacy, which enables learning through interactivity and immediacy. In response to this, higher education is shifting classroom teaching methods from traditional lecture-based to more learner-centered and active learning methods as the explosion of knowledge and the nature of learning, combined with the growing power of technology, create the potential to transform even the most fundamental unit of education – the interaction of the teacher and the learner. Therefore, as a need in this century, in a well-established suitable learning environment, tasks and assessments are integrated to enhance learning process and the results of learning are obtained through stimulating and engaging teaching. In this talk, the shift in education will be presented by re-assessing teaching methods and techniques in terms of where we are headed. Then, 21st century skills will be overviewed regarding the needs of new generation learners. After that, different types of learning stemming from the 21st century requirements will be presented. This talk will end by offering the implications and different ways of enriching courses to cater for students’ needs better.

About Özlem Zengin
Dr. Özlem Zengin has been working at Bilkent University School of English Language for 8 years and holds CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and DELTA (Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Cambridge University. Besides being a Pearson-certified Master teacher trainer, she holds MSc and PhD degrees in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Technology from Middle East Technical University. She is a member of BETS (Bilkent University Educational Technology Support) working as a content and training manager. She is also the social media coordinator and the discussion list moderator of TTEd (Teacher Training and Education) SIG of IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language). She has been giving talks at national and international conferences on 21st century skills of teachers, teacher education, and the integration of mobile technologies into instruction.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TL9OP0eLxZ8

Please contact Dr. Özlem Zengin at zengin@bilkent.edu.tr

Educational Technology Use: Experiences at Bilkent University
Thursday, April 11, 2019 12:40 – 1:30 pm
Engineering Building, Room: EA409

Speaker: Marlene Elwell, Faculty Academic English Program, Bilkent University

This session is designed to share one Bilkent University instructor’s teaching practice that highlights students’ use of WhatsApp, CamScanner, Moodle and mobile telephones to maximize their learning experiences. The session provides participants with successful examples to consider for incorporating into their own teaching practices.

About Marlene Elwell
Marlene Elwell is an instructor and unit head in Bilkent University’s Faculty Academic English Program. Prior to working at Bilkent University, Marlene pursued doctoral studies in Anthropology and Political Science. She holds a master’s degree in TESOL. Marlene is the recipient of numerous awards, honors and distinctions, including: Bilkent University’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

In the context of learning and teaching in higher education, Marlene’s general research interests relate to: Action Research, Community Service Learning, Educational Leadership, Higher Order Thinking Skills, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication, Mentoring, Professional Development for Educators, and Quality Assurance.

Please contact Marlene Elwell at marlene@bilkent.edu.tr