Dear all,

We hope your first week of this new semester went smooth.

Please find the news and updates for this week below:

1. Common Time Professional Development Sessions 

This semester, we will continue having our developmental sessions with the help of our voluntary instructors who would like to share good practices with ScOLa.

You may see the complete list of the sessions below and each week we will remind you of that week’s upcoming session through our blog:

Presenter Title of the Session(s) Date    Brief Info 
Selma Tamdoğan Çalışkan Less is More: Learner-Centered Teaching in Action October 13, 2021 According to the evidence presented by years of research, the more engaged students are in the learning process, the more they will retain the information they receive. The aim of this session is to raise awareness in terms of benefits of applying learner-centered approach by providing evidence from neuro-cognitive studies and suggested strategies that were implemented by the presenter.
Nurgül Keskin


Artistic Ways of Learning Vocabulary Session 1: November 24, 2021

Session 2: December 8, 2021

This presentation, based on a project, demonstrates how arts can effectively be used for vocabulary learning/teaching. I will share examples of artistic ways of learning/teaching vocabulary in addition to insights that come out of my project. The activities I will be sharing with the participants can be used in both f2f and online classes. Exploring how arts in its many forms create an engaging learning environment and support creativity and productivity, participants will gain creative ideas to integrate arts into their vocabulary lessons.
Wioleta Wenclawek Improving Student Collaboration in Distance Learning Environment



November 3, 2021 Collaboration is a vital component of both online and face to face language education. This session will be focusing on encouraging students to collaborate online and creating a conducive environment for collaborative learning. It offers some practical tips and strategies which can be implemented in remote, hybrid and face to face teaching sessions.
Cecilia Rodrigues Griffiths Encouraging Students to Speak in Online Lessons December 15, 2021 In this session, Cecilia will present some practical ideas on how to set up and conduct speaking activities in both online synchronous and asynchronous formats. With simple tools, she will demonstrate examples of personalised tasks that will likely engage students into speaking.
Kezban Altuntaş Özben ScOLa Faculty Reading Club Meeting 1: October 20, 2021

Meeting 2: November 10, 2021

Meeting 3: December 1, 2021

Meeting 4: December 22, 2021

Reading club aims to allow instructors to become a community of learners by reading and discussing professional literature on social psychology and higher education. Through reflective dialogues, participants will have opportunities to interact with one another to hear different perspectives and reflect on their current stand and student tendencies.

In total, there will be 7 discussion sessions spread over two academic semesters. In fall semester, there will be 4 online meetings in total. The meetings will be held every 3 weeks starting from week 5 (Wednesday afternoon common time). For each week, we will read one chapter from the seminal book The Social Animal pertaining to different aspects of social psychology and a supplementary article which relates the theme of the topic to higher education.

If you are interested in joining a social and intellectual forum to share your experience, ideas, feelings, and reactions to professional literature, please send an email to Kezban Altuntaş Özben by October 4th, 17:00.

2. Common Time Student Development Sessions

In the Fall Semester, we will continue inviting our students to the Student Development Sessions every Wednesday between 14:45-16:35, the credits of which will count towards SEC 101. These sessions will be delivered online. You can see the Session Calendar below:

2021-22 Fall Semester – Student Development Sessions Calendar

Each week we will share the poster of the relevant session on our ScOLa Extra-curricular Activities page on LMS, to which all the prep students have access, and here on our blog for your information. The information on the sessions’ Zoom links and the other details will be announced through these posters.

You can also see the poster of the first Student Development Session – A general Information Session on ScOLa Extracurricular Activities – which we will be giving this Wednesday, September 29, below:

3. ScOLa Study Center

We will continue providing Study Center support for our students both online and face-to-face this semester. You can see our poster below:

2021-22 Fall – Study Center Poster

Students will need to make an appointment to get both online and face-to-face support through the links on the poster.

P.S: Please note that Mojgan Ziaeenejad will be temporarily unavailable between September 27-October 1 for Study Center Speaking slots.

4. ScOLa Project Classes

This semester we won’t be offering project classes to our students.

5. LMS Class: ScOLa Extra-Curricular Activities

This year we will continue having a common class for all ScOLa Prep Program students on our LMS platform. Our students have already been enrolled to this LMS class through which we will be informing them about all the extra-curricular activities on a weekly basis. You can refer your students to this LMS class when they have any questions regarding these activities. And if your students experience issues regarding accessing this class on LMS, please refer them to Solution Center.

6. October Birthdays