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Continuing Professional Development Unit

 

As the CPD Unit, we are contributing to the development of both our instructors and our institution.

Professional Development:

We define ‘Continuous Professional Development’ as a long-term process in terms of our instructors and administrators to reach their goals and to cope with professional challenges. In this respect, since we have adopted a “reflective approach”, we approach our actions as in terms of continuous development with a reflective perspective. In every step of our career, since we have got potentials related to the development of our skill, knowledge, and point of view, all the activities we offer as ‘Altınbaş University Continuous Professional Development’ are planned regarding this point of view.

Performance Assessment Supervising System:

Our Performance Assessment System is in a framework where both our administrators and instructors take part in evaluating the performance of our instructors and focus on their professional learning needs.

Our Performance Assessment System helps:

  • to contribute to professional development.
  • to offer a meaningful assessment system that supports professional learning and development.
  • to provide professional aid and support to our instructors when needed.
  • to help provide accountability criterion to the ‘Human Resources Unit’ regarding salary raises and promotions.

As the CPD Unit, we conduct the following activities within the scope of Performance Evaluation Criteria.

  • In-service Training – The needs of instructors are designed to take place internally through their professional needs. They are specified via needs analyses and questionnaires which are done annually in the fields of Teaching/Learning. CPD unit determines its educational studies within the scope of feedbacks and analyses coming from instructors.

 

  • Lesson Observations

Teaching implementations are observed and given feedback to by the CPD Unit Coordinators; it is done twice during an academic year.

  • Notified Observation

It is implemented once a year in the fall semester. The date and time of the lesson are announced to the instructor in advance. The instructor and the CPD Unit coordinator discuss the plan of the lesson to be followed and the areas to be given feedback. During the observation, the CPD Unit coordinator holds observation notes and delivers them to the instructor at the end of the lesson. Immediately after the lesson, the instructor fills out the Post-Observation Form and sends it to the CPD Unit coordinator. Soon after the observation, the instructor and the CPD Unit coordinator come together to discuss the lesson. Detailed feedback on strengths and weaknesses is given to the instructor, and an action plan is offered for areas to be developed.

  • Unnotified Observation

It is implemented once a year in the spring term. The date and time of the lessons are not announced in advance. Before the lesson, the instructor and the CPD Unit Coordinator briefly discuss the plan of the lesson to be followed and the areas to be given feedback. During the lesson observation, the CPD Unit coordinator holds observation notes and delivers them to the instructor at the end of the lesson. Immediately after the lesson, the instructor fills out the Post-Observation Form and sends it to the coordinator. Soon after the observation, the instructor and the CPD Unit coordinator come together to discuss the course. Detailed feedback on strengths and weaknesses is given to the instructor, and an action plan is offered for areas to be developed.

  • Peer Observation

Instructors observe a colleague's lesson and give feedback once in a term. Peer-Observation, give & receive feedback and a Self-Evaluation Form based on the feedback helps to review professional skills to benefit from a different perspective.

  • Self-Evaluation Forms In Teaching And Learning

The instructors record their lessons in order to evaluate their performance in the classroom and make decisions about the areas to be developed and fill out a self-evaluation form of at least 400 words.

  • Participation In Conferences And Making Presentations

Instructors who participate in the conferences given by the experts in their fields can meet colleagues from other institutions and share their professional experiences. As instructors gain professional experience, they can share their in-class practices with other colleagues with presentations and gain significant learning outcomes in terms of continuing professional development.

  • Self-Evaluation Forms

Instructors carry out an evaluation study by using a self-monitoring method with the focus of one lesson. At the end of the semester, they can make more conscious professional development plans by filling out a Self-Evaluation Form covering the whole term. Each Self-Evaluation paper is written with a minimum of 400 words.

  • Research

Small-scale research studies for in-class applications help instructors learn more about the lesson processes, thus they develop their professional understanding and skills.

  • Education And Development

Participating in a professional training course(s)/studies at certain stages of their careers makes important contributions to the development of the skills of instructors in classroom practices.

  • Workshops

Many institutions offer free workshops for instructors, both online and face-to-face. Such opportunities are benefited by instructors in terms of learning new ideas and practices related to professional practices.