Summer Program

KOLT TEACHING TRAINING PROGRAM FOR INCOMING FACULTY AND INSTRUCTORS

Summer 2019

This program offers teaching workshops and some other support services for the faculty members and instructors who will teach at Koç University in Summer 2019.

  1. Teaching Workshops for Incoming Faculty and Instructors
  2. Online Lessons
  3. Effective Teaching Tips and Good Practices
  4. Learning-Centered Course Design and Delivery
  5. Learning Management System: Blackboard
  6. Face-to-Face Workshops on June 27 (alternatively on July 5)
  7. Teaching Experiences at Koç University
  8. Learning-Centered Course Design and Delivery in Practice
  9. Practicing Blackboard as a Learning Management System
  10. Helping Students Organize Their Knowledge By Concept Mapping
     
  11. Support Services
  12. Class Observation
  13. Collecting Early and Frequent Feedback from Students
  14. Individual Consultation for Professional Development

Please see the details of the whole program below.

1. TEACHING WORKSHOPS for INCOMING FACULTY AND INSTRUCTORS:

1. TEACHING WORKSHOPS for INCOMING FACULTY AND INSTRUCTORS:

This blended teaching program consists of two parts: online lessons and face-to-face follow-up activities and workshops.

Online Lessons

You can reach online lessons by following the link: https://ku.blackboard.com to reach “KOLT_Summer2019” course. Please click on “Course Content” on the left side menu to reach online lessons.

Online Lessons Description
Effective Teaching Tips and Good Practices This lesson reviews Koç University (KU) teaching regulations by VPAA and presents various strategies and techniques for effective teaching. Enhancing student engagement, blending lecturing with student-centered active learning activities, effective use of Blackboard tools (online quizzes, lecture videos, feedback, discussion forums), and integration of textbook digital resources to Blackboard is covered in this online lesson.
Learning-Centered Course Design and Delivery    This lesson aims to present the use of backward design method for (re)designing and delivering learning-centered courses. Participants will be able to demonstrate an understanding of defining learning outcomes, assessment methods and learning activities within the premises of learning-centeredness.
Learning Management System: Blackboard   Blackboard, one of the most popular learning management system (LMS) in the world, is used commonly by the instructors for the management and delivery of learning content and resources to students at Koç University. The aim of this workshop is to familiarize new faculty members with the use of Blackboard at KU.

Face-to-face Workshops

Date: June 27 (or alternatively July 5)

Place: Founders’ Hall

Time: 9:30-16:00

Workshop Title Description Time
Teaching Experiences at Koç University     The online lesson “Effective Teaching Tips and Good Practices” will be reviewed and discussed briefly. Recommendations and teaching tips from ten faculty members who received outstanding teaching awards at KU will also be reviewed in this workshop. Participants will have the chance to discuss many learning and teaching issues such as the first day, preparation to class, dialogue with students, course organization, selection of examples and exercises, blending lecturing with in-class activities, assessment for learning, and so on. 09:30-11:00
Helping Students Organize Their Knowledge via Concept Mapping The aim of this workshop is to help participants integrate paper-based and digital concept mapping into their courses to facilitate students’ comprehension, retention, organization and mean-making of materials taught in class. At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to create a concept map for one of their courses. 11:30-12:30  
Learning Management System: Blackboard   At the end of this hands-on workshop, participants will be able to recognize the interface and navigation on Blackboard, and add menu items, content (documents, web links, videos, etc.) and assessment tools. Participants will also practice the use of some other features of Blackboard such as discussion forums, grade center, etc.  13:30-14:30
Learning-Centered Course Design and Delivery  in Practice In this face-to-face workshop, participants will be able to use the knowledge and skills they gain in online training Learning-Centered Course Design and Delivery.  They will (re)design one of their courses by using backward design methodology in order to make it more learning-centered. They will also plan a 75-minute class that integrates learning activities that focus on active participation and engagement of students.  15:00-16:00  

2. SUPPORT SERVICES

Class Observation   Improving teaching through class observation is a widely used pedagogical tool for improving day-to-day teaching. You can invite KOLT staff to observe your class in order to get feedback about your strengths and areas of improvement in teaching. You can request a detailed report and extended consultation session to discuss your observation and create an action plan for improvement.
Collecting Early and Frequent Feedback from Students KOLT can visit your classroom in the middle of the semester or administer online course evaluation surveys at some intervals during the semester to gather feedback from your students anonymously. You receive a full report that summarizes students’ feedback. The report may help you to identify practices that you want to keep and improve in your course.
Individual Consultation Individualized consultation can be preferred to discuss and solve any specific concerns about teaching, syllabus design, (re)design a course, bringing interactivity and engagement to class, or integration of educational technologies to boost student learning.