by Sule Berilgen Duzgun
I strongly believe that teaching in fact is learning. It is reciprocal because as we teach we learn and teach as we learn. Thus, for learning to take place, both the student and the teacher have to be actively engaged in the learning process. This will in fact have a direct impact in the classroom and encourage teachers to provide a positive learning environment which will directly affect the motivation of learners in the classroom. The teacher’s primary role then is to learn about the student profile; their culture, previous learning experiences and the possible reasons for their desire to learn. It is only then that a teacher can develop ways of enhancing the learning process for learners and encourage learners in reaching their optimal potential.
In addition, a teacher cannot ensure communication with learners unless he/she is able to establish a positive environment in which there is mutual respect. The boundaries should be set so that respect does not develop due to fear but because of the desire to learn.
My belief as a teacher is that education does not only entail the teaching of a particular subject but also the sharing of knowledge. Thus, it is imperative to incorporate general knowledge and global issues across the curriculum.
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by Dawid Wosik
Adopted by Bologna Ministers in 2005 Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area outline the requirements for quality assurance within the European Higher Education Area. In the context of the internal factors determining quality in higher education, the first part of the guidelines, i.e.: „Standards and guidelines for internal quality assurance” gains great significance. Although the chapter presents some components of an internal quality assurance system, it doesn’t mention any specific and practical solutions and mechanisms. It is up to an individual institution how the standards will be addressed.
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Don’t let them pull your leg!
Before making the final decision regarding the next couple of years of your pursuit of a degree, you need to realize that these years will determine (at least to some extent) your future career and life standard of yours and your family. Make sure you put your future in safe and reliable hands. Do not hesitate to ask questions and demand. It is your life and your future success – it is your choice.
You are one of hundreds of thousands people that have an impact and can change the quality of higher education in your country. Remember, the quality of education must not be compromised and you have the right to demand only the very best. Again, it is solely your decision and you are fully entitled to the most reliable and accurate information before you entrust your ambitions, aspirations and dreams in others hands.
What questions you may want to consider asking then? Here are some examples:
- Are you accredited? If yes, what kind of accreditation is it? If not, why not – isn’t actually required to be accredited? Do you have any plans in this regard? Have you ever failed in the pursuit for accreditation?
- Do you provide students with work placement opportunities? How much time does the work experience take?
- Do you participate in any student exchange programs? Will I have a change to study abroad?
- What are the opportunities to study in foreign languages?
- What are my employment chances after graduating with a degree of my choice? Can you show me the graduate employment rate statistics for the programs you offer?
- Is there a Career Center at your university? Do you actively support your graduates in finding jobs? How do you do that?
- How do you know that the programs you offer are relevant and meet the labor market needs?
- Do you have any formal recognition (except for accreditation) that your university and/or programs you offer meet international standards of quality?
- Are there any professional certifications embedded within your programs so I have more than a diploma when I graduate?