International Conference on Innovative Teaching and Technology in Higher Education

Session 1: Teaching and Learning Technology Applications in Higher Education
Tufan ADIGÜZEL, Assoc. Prof. Dr.
Bahçeşehir University
Issues, Trends and Tips of e-Learning in Higher Education
One of the main task of educational institutions within today’s context is try to prepare students, faculty members and professionals to work in e-learning environments. The talk will be about the growing role of e-learning with its pluses and minuses in higher education. The following topics will be covered specifically:
Instructional Design / Teaching Strategies
– Faculty Development (Why Faculty Embrace or Resist e-Teaching)
– Trends in Higher Education- Managing e-learning (Technical and Pedagogical aspects, Level of Support)
– Best practices
 Caroline FELL KURBAN, Dr.
MEF University 
Implementation and Continuation of Flipped Learning at MEF University
Many of us have heard about Flipped Learning as the latest buzzword in education. Flipped Learning as an educational model has emerged, globally, as a new pedagogical method geared towards educating todays’ Generation Y students and the Generation Z students of the 2020s and beyond, supplanting a 900-year-old traditional university education system for a digital world where technology prevails in all aspects of our lives. Flipped Learning may have grabbed the attention of educationalists around the world; however, it has not yet gained a mainstream position. While many educators have adopted Flipped Learning for their courses, very few educational institutions have adapted this model as their sole approach. MEF University is the first and only university globally to implement Flipped Learning across all programs, from the English Language Preparatory program to faculty courses. We believe we have created a best practice whereby careful choice of technology adoption, blended learning practices and student-led learning have combined to support our Flipped Learning educational approach. Through sharing our Flipped Learning successes, we aim to provide a best practice pathway for other institutions wishing to adopt this innovative, engaging and effective approach.
Ozan VARLI, Instructor / EducationalTechnologist,
Koç University
Innovative Solutions in Higher Education Contexts: The Case of Koc University
In this session, Ozan Varli, on behalf of the Koç Office of Learning and Teaching, will showcase the current e-learning practices at Koç University by sharing their experience in how they follow the trends in technology in education, what tools and applications they adopt in order to support on and off campus learning, and what their priorities are while trying to establish the ideal ecosystem to cater to the needs of the future generations.
Session 2: The Place of Innovative Teaching in Qualitative and Quantitative Research Area
Kürşat ÇAĞILTAY, Prof. Dr.
Middle East Technical University
Research trends in technology enhanced learning for higher education: Reflections from Turkey and the World
The use of Educational Technology in higher education is getting more and more popular so students and faculty heavily use university IT services. Technology is a part of students? Lives, and they have positive attitudes toward technology. However, technology’s influence on teaching/learning process is not clear yet. In this session, I will present results of some of the recent research studies of educational technology in higher education. I will also discuss pros and cons of research methodologies.
Murat SÖZER, Assoc. Prof. Dr.
Koç University
Examples of Educational Technology Related Research in Higher Education
In this talk, examples and case studies from Koç University (KU) will be given on how to use educational technologies in higher education and to make research by collecting and analyzing data based on student/instructor feedback. KU offers both Blackboard and Moodle as learning management system (LMS) and personal response system via clickers and vPads on smartphones and tablets.  Some courses use active learning methods such as team-based learning and problem-based learning that promote pedagogical tools of LMS such as online quizzes, instant feedback and virtual office hours.  Also Web 2.0 tools are used in courses in order to promote interaction and assignments through social media tools such as blogs, wikis, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and others. A survey on the use of educational technology was conducted among KU students to understand how students and instructors benefit from all these educational technologies. The analysis of this survey and the experience of office of learning and teaching yielded a poster and a paper submitted to a journal. The talk includes the results of this survey together with common demands and feedback of students regarding with how their instructors could do better with educational technology to support their academic success.
İlhan VARANK, Prof. Dr.
Yıldız Technical University
Conducting Research on Teaching and Learning Processes in Your Own Course
One of the responsibilities university professors have is to create effective learning environments for their students. Effective learning environment is not considered standard and most of the time it is context-dependent. Professors, knowing their students, may try new approaches to continuously improve the quality of their instruction. Of course, their classes are the unique environment to test their approaches. In this presentation, a study in which new technology-based approach was tired and tested to improve teaching and learning process in a university course will be discussed.
Session 3: How will the technology improvements shape the future of higher education?

Stuart E. TRAFFORD, Dr.
its Learning
Learning Technology for 21st Century Teacher
In this session, education in the 21st century is being addressed in the context of personalised learning. New approaches and technologies are being introduced to ensure a student’s education is targeted and more effective to benefit not only the learner but also the entire educational ecosystem.
Pearson Education
The Avalanche is Coming
This presentation tries to tackle the transformational future of higher education. It is less about the role of technology in shaping this future – The HE landscape is changing for a variety of economical, generational and demographic reasons – it is more about the role technology will and can play in helping higher education institutions cope with the change that is definitely coming if not already underway. The presentation will tap on recent studies/ white papers published by Pearson’s research (“The Avalanche is Coming” and “Alive in the Swamp”) and on some case studies from major transformational initiatives Pearson has been involved in to further explore the role and impact of educational technology in Higher Education, in its future and in dealing with the i-generation”

Advancing Cultures of Innovation in Higher Education
Culture is the set of behaviors, values, artifacts, reward systems, and rituals that make up your organization. You can “feel” culture when you visit a place, because it is often evident in people’s behavior, enthusiasm, and the space itself. Culture in higher education is driven by leadership but that leadership comes from many sources depending on the structure and politics of the institution. Over 100 years ago, Pragmatist educator John Dewey challenged the traditional role of the student as a passive recipient of knowledge.  He outlined an approach to experiential education that forms the basis for several modern pedagogical approaches including Problem Based Learning.  More recently, in the 1990’s Harvard Physics professor Eric Mazur developed Peer Instruction, a flipped classroom pedagogy which can be applied across virtually any subject with limited technological requirements. In the 1980’s Rolf Faste, director of Stanford’s Joint Program in Design described Design Thinking as “a formal method for practical, creative resolution of problems or issues, with the intent of an improved future result.”  In other words, Design Thinking is a way to find innovation that can be practically applied to challenges of today. Despite this long history, innovative teaching methods are the exception to the culture of most universities around the world. Due to evolution in consumer mobile technology, we now expect a more important role for technology in our daily lives.  A focus on Design Thinking has led to innovation in the mobile user experience that is continuing to change the way humans communicate and socially relate to each other.  In 2015 ever growing numbers of educators are driving innovative teaching methods along with more administrators understanding the need to advance a culture of change and innovation at their institutions.  There are many challenges to for both educators and administrators that can be overcome by adopting the principles of Design Thinking. We will review a brief history of innovative teaching methods, their growth in adoption. a discussion of the challenges of promoting a culture of innovation at an institutional level, and an overview of Design Thinking along with practical examples of from technology, student, instructor, and administrator aspects.


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