Center for Research and Best Practices in Learning and TeachingThe vision of the MEF Center for Research and Best Practices in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is “to uniquely position MEF University at the forefront of innovative learning and teaching using 21st Century tools and approaches at an international level” and its mission is “to innovate and enhance learning and teaching effectiveness of Flipped Learning”.
AIMS AND ACTIVITIES
To accomplish the center’s vision and mission, the CELT provides collaboration, consultation, training, resources, and support in the following ways:
Students: The CELT promotes student learning as central to accomplishing the teaching/learning mission of the university, through learner training sessions, workshops, Drop-in Center, Academic Support Site on Blackboard, MEF Student Mentorship Program and MEF Learner Awards.
Faculty: The CELT fosters and facilitates the professional and intellectual development of MEF faculty in order to:
- Promote and support a community of teacher-scholars where the theory and practice of Flipped teaching and learning are shared;
- Help faculty and academic units develop, implement, and assess instructional approaches and methods;
- Support MEF educators to be forward thinking, continuously improve themselves, master technology and use their creativity, leadership and research competences so as to break new grounds in national and international tertiary education;
- Establish and sustain the necessary infrastructure and inspiring environment for faculty, students and staff to make these targets achievable.
The CELT provides information, ideas and articles to MEF faculty and students via social media channels, a CELT webpage for MEF faculty, students, and external visitors, quality assurance parameters for Flipped learning course design and delivery, mid-course evaluations, and follow up support for instructors, supporting MEF faculties and schools in preparing for external accreditation, overseeing research about teaching at MEF to provide credible foundations for the Quality Assurance Parameters.
The CELT works directly with the Instructional Technologies Coordinator (ITC) with regard to, criteria and process for vendor selection of technological products; ongoing review of technologies in use at MEF University; training for instructors. The CELT activities are organized to raise the profile of MEF University and help to build connections with other institutions via conference presentations, articles, networking events, and other activities to share best practices and experiences.
The Director of the CELT: The CELT is chaired by the CELT Director who is appointed by the Rector for a period of three years.
Director of the Center
Dr. Caroline Fell Kurban is the Director of the Center for Research and Best Practices in Learning and Teaching (CELT) at MEF University. She also teaches on the Faculty of Education. She has taught, trained and managed in schools and universities in her twenty-year career. She holds a BSc in Geology, MSc in TESOL, MA in Technology and Learning Design, and a PhD in Applied Linguistics.
In March 2014, MEF University founder, Dr. Arıkan, and MEF University’s founding rector, Professor Şahin, invited Fell Kurban to become the founding director of the CELT to drive forward Flipped Learning at the university. Since starting in this role, Fell Kurban has been rapidly expanding her knowledge and experience regarding Flipped Learning. In June 2016, she was invited as the Keynote Banquet Speaker at the Flipped Learning Academy at the University of Northern Colorado. In July 2016, Fell Kurban was invited to become the Flipped Learning Global Initiative (FLGI) inaugural Head Research Fellow. She also co-authored her first book with Prof. Muhammed Şahin, The Flipped Approach to Higher Education: Designing Universities for Today's Knowledge Economies and Societies. In 2018, Fell Kurban was invited to co-chair the FLGI Global Standards Community and appeared as a specialist speaker on the inaugural FLGI Higher Education Online Course. In 2019, Caroline co-authored two further books, The New University Model: Scaling Flipped Learning in Higher Ed - An Insanely Simple Guide, and The New University Model: Flipped, Adaptive, Digital and Active Learning (FADAL) - A Future Perspective. She was also invited as a keynote banquet speaker at the Flipped Learning Higher Education Conference at the University of Northern Colorado.
Fell Kurban is currently the head of the Global Terminology Project and a board member and also research fellow of the Academy of Active Learning Arts and Sciences.
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