Information Technologies Department


Explanation about distance education

In accordance with the letter of the Presidency of the Council of Higher Education dated 19.03.2020 and numbered 75850160-199-E.22344, courses can be held in the form of distance education as of 30.03.2020 by using synchronous / live (synchronous) or asynchronous (asynchronous) distance education methods in all courses in formal education programs. The distance education system was established in our university in a short time and integrated with the Academic/Student Information System. However, some technical and usage problems may be encountered.

You can find documents on how to use learning management systems, online meeting and course presentation tools as technological components of open and distance learning services on this page.

 

Learning Management System (Moodle-Lecture Box):

It is one of the most fundamental components of open and distance learning infrastructure. Learning management systems include many functions such as presenting learning material, sharing and discussing the presented learning material, managing courses, taking assignments, taking exams, providing feedback on assignments and exams, organizing learning materials, keeping student, instructor and system records, and receiving reports. Institutionally at our university, DersKutusu will be carried out through the Learning Management System (https://gtuzem.gtu.edu.tr/login). All our students are required to actively use their e-mail addresses with the extension @gtu.edu.tr to access this system.

 

Asynchronous Teaching of Courses:

Asynchronous lecturing does not only mean sharing materials with students. Through asynchronous teaching, students will be able to read and study the course content thanks to all the teaching materials prepared by the instructors and put into the system (Lesson Box Learning Management System). In addition to this, in order to make student-student and student-faculty interactions effective and sustainable, it is necessary to continue with question and answer, discussion, assessment and evaluation and other activities through environments such as chat, class resources and homework on Microsoft Teams. In the case of asynchronous lectures, it is important for instructors to use one or more of the above-mentioned tools in each week's lectures in order to provide interaction. The responsibilities given to students online will motivate them to participate in the course.

 

Points to Consider:

In the case of asynchronous teaching, the interactions between student and instructor and student and student come to the forefront. For this reason, the interactions between the student and the instructor in the "posts" tab on Microsoft Teams / BigBlueButton must be at a level that proves that the course is being held. The instructors should ask the students what they do not understand about the course or the instructors should ask the students to answer questions about the topics related to their courses. If you make an application in this way, it will be proven that your course is asynchronous.

These two systems (Synchronous and Asynchronous) can be applied in a mixed way if needed by our instructors.

 

Support guides:

 

Teams Training Videos:

Class and assignment setup using Microsoft Teams

Use Microsoft Teams to create a class online

  • How to use the Share option to send training content? See the link
  • How to use Whiteboard to make the training interactive? See the link
  • How to save the meeting for replay and for your own knowledge base?  See the link
     

Microsoft Teams Live Events setup for large-scale seminars

 

You can send an e-mail to uzem@gtu.edu.tr for support.

 

 

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