The Transforming Engineer(ing) Workshop Has Wrapped Up
Sep 11, 2017

The Istanbul Technical University Center for Engineering Education Excellence brought together young academics at the Transforming Engineer(ing) Workshop as part of educational reform.

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The Transforming Engineer(ing) Workshop was held at the Süleyman Demirel Cultural Center on the Ayazağa Campus September 5-7, 2017. The workshop focused on topics such as education knowledge, psychology and guidance, academic counseling, quality in education, approaches in engineering education, updating tradition, and social progress dynamics. Many academics attended the event in addition to our Rector, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca, Vice-Rectors, Prof. Dr. Telem Gök Sadıkoğlu, Dean of Students, Prof. Dr. Yılmaz Taptık, and Prof. Dr. İrfan Erdoğan from Istanbul University. Our Rector, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca delivered the opening speech of the workshop.

Rector Karaca, who emphasized that ITU is a school of "firsts" and "mosts", noted that this workshop was also a first in its field. Prof. Dr. Karaca, addressing our young academics, said "You are the future of ITU. You will shape the future, and you will change it. The only thing that does not change is change itself. ITU is an R&D university. Research and development are performed, but education is our main business."

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Our Rector, who emphasized that a good educator is a good researcher expressing that a good researcher is also a good educator at the same time. Prof. Karaca, continued his words with: "We have to follow the innovations. This is a school with 244 years of tradition. We will feed on tradition, but we will shape the future as well. What can we do as a technical university? How do we shape and direct education in line with current needs? These issues are constantly on our agenda."

Teach students to think

On the first day of the workshop, Dean of Student Affairs, Prof. Dr. Yilmaz Taptık stated that universities should provide student centered education and justified his reasons with comparative examples. The Student Dean, who shared his professional experiences with assistant professors, said:

"You are the future of the university. Education does not end. It is a lifelong process. The important thing is access to information. We need information to guide the student. As a teaching technique, we must be able to explain difficult subjects with simple examples that can be understood. The simpler you can describe complex things, the more successful you are. Do not ignore students’ differing, not wrong, ideas. Also question yourself. Do not try to fit students into a mold. Always evaluate different ideas. This should be your approach. Teach the students to think." ITU Psychological Counseling and Guidance Department Coordinator, Cem Demirbaş emphasized the role of generational differences in communication. Demirbaş stated that generation Z are now college students and emphasized that their habits are very different, that they use technology very well, and that they want to be able reach their teacher anytime via social media.

Istanbul University faculty member, Prof. Dr. İrfan Erdoğan shared his knowledge about education sciences, assessment and evaluation, application of teaching techniques, classroom management, and communication techniques with the participants. He shared his experiences in his professional life by explaining his approach to events he has encountered and demonstrating a good teacher-student relationship.

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Individual workshops held

In addition to expertise sharing, the event also included individual workshops that invited academics first to become part of the process and then to become guides, as well as adapting to new approaches in education, management and communication.