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The prerequisite of qualified education is a teacher

Asst. Prof. Dr. Derya Kavgaoğlu, who made suggestions to teachers after the transition to distance education due to the Covid-19 epidemic, stated that qualified education is a public right regardless of the method and said, “Everyone has the right to get education. A precondition for a qualified education is a teacher.”

The prerequisite of qualified education is a teacher

Stating that the first condition of a strong instructional design for distance education is to determine learning outcomes, Asst. Prof. Dr. Derya Kavgaoğlu from Istanbul Gelisim University said: “Unlike a common misconception, distance education does not mean that information will be given only by rote. In this sense, cognitive teaching designs that focus only on the processing of information should not be preferred when designing distance education. Psychomotor and affective acquisitions should also be kept among the target gains. In addition to intellectual capacity, motor skills and value sets should be supported with the projects and performance tasks to be given.”
 
“IT DESCREASES THE LEARNING PERFORMANCE IF IT IS NOT DESIGNED CORRECTLY”
 
Stating that considering the scope of the course as an indivisible body of knowledge is a subject-oriented traditional teaching style, Kavgaoğlu said: “Especially when distance education is not designed correctly, it increases the cognitive load and decreases the learning performance. Designing the curriculum as theme-based research questions, assigning students interesting research problems that they have to answer or solve during the semester will enable distance education to integrate active learning from the first level.”
 
“IT WILL INCREASE PARTICIPATION RATES”
 
Stating that distance education works in harmony with the cooperative purpose structure compared to competitive or individual learning structures, Kavgaoğlu said, “The use of competitive or individual learning structures also undermines social learning, which is considered to be an important disadvantage of distance education. Establishing cooperative expertise groups and taking initiative will give students the experience of being in the center and learning together, making them happy, and increasing the voluntary participation rates.”
 
“FLEX YOUR TEACHING STYLE”
 
Suggesting teachers to flex their teaching style, Kavgaoğlu said: “The distance education process is a very important opportunity to abandon communication practices that are constantly reproduced in face-to-face education and reinforce the traditional role, and move to learner-centered education. The most practical way to do this is to differentiate in the teaching and learning strategies, methods and techniques preferred in the process and evaluation processes of the course. According to the level of education, both the curriculum prepared by the Ministry of Education and the National Core Programs that can be accessed from the Department of Education of YÖK offer alternative methods in this sense.”
 
Kavgaoğlu concluded her speech as follows:
 
“Considering that the student groups are the Generation Z born in 2000 and the following generation Alpha in the classes administered by teachers of Generation X and Y, it is possible to say that these students can have competencies above their teachers in digital media management and using digital tools. In this sense, in order to manage distance education, teachers should not spend all of their time and effort to learn and teach new digital technology tools perfectly. Instead, distributing the responsibility to the students, allowing them to teach their teachers and the classroom when necessary, provides more effective and meaningful results. This strategy, on the one hand, will reinforce the student's self-esteem and self-efficacy, enable them to experience a democratic classroom climate in social sense, and on the other hand, neutralize the classroom hierarchy and enable the student and the teacher to enjoy the learning experience together.”
 
 

Edited date: 12.08.2020
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