The 1st Internal Education Conference, open to educators from all Sabancı University faculties and programs, will take place on May 23 and 24 at the Cinema Hall. All current and future teaching members of Sabancı University are invited to the Conference.
Our student reporter, Can Tamer, reports below the interview with Foundations Development Directorate instructors and the Conference organizers, Yuki Kaneko and Süphan Bakkal.
How did the idea of this conference emerge?
We have been teaching the NS 101 and 102 courses for a long time, for which we employ innovative teaching methods. We share these innovative approaches and their impacts on our students in various external education conferences. There we often find other Sabancı University instructors presenting their teaching approaches, which made us realize that we had no internal platform to share these variety of great teaching practices within our University. This prompted us to organize the 1st Internal Education Conference, in order to build a sustainable platform where we can share the practices taking place at our University and our experiences regarding them. We hope that the platform will help us uncover the synergy within us.
What is the purpose of this conference?
The purpose of the 1st Internal Education Conference is to share various teaching and learning practices. We hope to initiate a platform where we can share good teaching practices, whether conventional or innovative. We believe that the emerging synergy will enable us to synchronize the general approach to education at Sabancı University and improve collaboratively.
Can you talk about the keynote speakers and what they will share?
The keynote speaker of the first day will be Professor Kürşat Çağıltay from Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Education, and the invited speaker of the second day will be Associate Professor Nevra Seggie from Boğaziçi University, Faculty of Education.
Both speakers will discuss how similar education and sharing practices are implemented in their respective institutions, as well as other examples from Turkey and the world. We believe that learning about practices in other universities will have a positive impact on our own process.
To have a better perspective of what is going on in terms of teaching, the 1st conference is open only to teaching members of the University. We plan to make this an annual event and invite participation of our students starting next year. It is important that our students also become a part of this process.
We thank Yuki Kaneko and Süphan Bakkal for their effort on organizing the conference and sharing this information.