Support for Incoming Faculty

Koc University welcomes a number of new members of faculty each year. KOLT offers customized workshops in order to help familiarize new faculty with the learning and teaching environment at Koc University. KOLT also provides the following services to facilitate the adaptation of new faculty to Koc University:

  • designing a course,
  • preparing a syllabus,
  • planning effective lectures,
  • planning student assessment strategies,
  • actively engaging students in the classroom, and
  • maintaining student civility in the classroom.

Previous Training Programs for Incoming Faculty 

You can find detailed information about the training programs that we organized within the last three years. 

2020-2021 KOLT Training Program for Incoming Faculty

KOLT offers synchronous and asynchronous training programs for incoming faculty to prepare incoming faculty members to teach online.

Synchronous workshops

Sharing Best Practices in Online Teaching

Prof. Dr. Murat Sözer, KOLT Director  

In this workshop, we will share tips and best practices and discuss our experiences of effective approaches to online teaching. The emphasis will be on organizing your Blackboard course page, preparing your lecture slides, including individual and team activities with instant feedback, and monitoring student progress throughout the semester. The teaching experiences of award-winning KU faculty members will also be shared.

Course Design and Delivery for New Faculty

Dr. Zuhal Zeybekoğlu, KOLT Manager 

This workshop will teach the use of the backward design method for (re)designing and delivering learning-centered courses in different modalities including the face-to-face and online teaching environment. Also, this workshop will walk you through “to-do(s)” of effective online course design and delivery to boost your teaching performance in Fall 2020.

Asynchronous Training and Resource Banks

In Fall 2020, KOLT created an asynchronous online course with the aim of helping faculty members in their course design and delivery practices. The training consists of the following four modules:

  • Designing an Online Course
  • Assessing Student Learning in an Online Course
  • Student Engagement and Interaction in an Online Course
  • Helping Students Learn in an Online Course

Faculty members can access the training via Blackboard (https://ku.blackboard.com/) or KOLT website ( https://kolt.ku.edu.tr/ ). All faculty members have already been added to the KOLT Faculty Page on Blackboard. KOLT Online Faculty Training modules can be accessed from this page. Faculty members can also find valuable resources on KOLT’s website, which is updated regularly with new posts and announcements ( https://kolt.ku.edu.tr/ ).

2019-2020 KOLT Training Program for Incoming Faculty

This program offers teaching workshops and other support services for faculty members and instructors who will start teaching at Koç University in Fall 2019.

Online Lessons

  • Effective Teaching Tips and Good Practices
  • Learning-Centered Course Design and Delivery
  • Learning Management System: Blackboard

Face-to-Face Workshops on September 10, 2019 (alternatively on September 20)

  • Teaching Experiences at Koç University
  • Learning-Centered Course Design and Delivery in Practice
  • Practicing Blackboard as a Learning Management System

Support Services

  • Class Observation
  • Collecting Early and Frequent Feedback from Students
  • Individual Consultation for Professional Development

2018-2019 KOLT Training Program for Incoming Faculty

This training program consists of four half-day workshops offered by Koç University Office of Learning and Teaching (KOLT). The workshops are designed to help incoming faculty adapt to the learning and teaching environment and facilitate networking and collaboration among faculty members from different departments. Please see the schedule of this year’s workshop program below.

Wednesday, September 12

Tower, 2nd Floor

09:00-12:00 Effective Teaching Tips and Good Practices

Murat Sözer, KOLT Director

This workshop provides new faculty with a toolkit for effective teaching.
The presenter will share various strategies and techniques for effective teaching.
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • distinguish effective teaching strategies and good practices from ineffective ones,
  • make an analysis of their strengths and areas of improvement as a teacher,
  • select teaching techniques that work best in delivering their own course,
  • get familiar with how to integrate educational technology items (learning management system, clickers, smart pads and tablets, lecture capturing and document camera that is available at KU) to enhance student engagement,
  • integrate publisher textbook resources (question banks, online quizzes, instant automatic feedback, videos of solved problems, …) to enhance learning, and
  • adapt recommendations and teaching experiences of faculty members who received outstanding teaching awards at KU.
14:00-17:00 Learning-Centered Course Design and Delivery

Zuhal Zeybekoğlu, KOLT Manager

This workshop aims to present the use of the backward design method for (re)designing and delivering courses that maximize student learning through active participation and interaction. At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • explain the backward design process,
  • use backward design method to start (re)creating learning-centered courses, and<
  • plan a 75-minute class that integrates a learning activity that focuses on students’ active participation and engagement.

Thursday, September 13

ENG Z27 (Active Learning Classroom)

09:00-12:00 How to Teach in Active Learning Classroom (ALC)

Murat Sözer, Zuhal Zeybekoğlu Deniz Uzunosmanoğlu 

ALC is a unique classroom (ENG Z27 for up to 45 students) that is specifically designed to offer a student-centered and technology-rich learning environment at KU. This workshop will familiarize new faculty with the pedagogies and technologies that require effective use of ALC. At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • identify the opportunities and challenges that ALC sets for student learning,
  • define 5 activities that can be effectively used in ALC, and
  • have hands-on practice in the use of technologies in ALC.
14:00-17:00 Blackboard Intro Workshop

Deniz Uzunosmanoğlu, KOLT Educational Technologist

Blackboard, one of the most popular learning management systems(LMS) in the world, is used by Koç University instructors for the management and delivery of learning content and resources. The aim of this hands-on workshop is to familiarize new faculty members with the use of Blackboard at KU.
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • recognize the interface and navigation on Blackboard,
  • recognize the course management panel,
  • add menu items, content (documents, weblinks, videos, etc.) and assessment tools,
  • create discussion forums,
  • send e-mails and make announcements to students, and
  • use the grade center, and grade student work.