Last weekend, I was in İstanbul to attend a T-PLUS event. T-PLUS is the acronym of TRAINERS’ PROFESSIONAL LEARNING AND UNLIMITED SHARING. It aims to help trainers connect and share experiences/ideas with each other twice a year. This event was the 5th one since the organization was founded. It was held in İstanbul Şehir University on 7-8 November, 2014.
The theme of the event was collaboration so the sessions were planned accordingly. There were many colleagues from various institutions. We discussed how to collaborate with each other and set some goals until the next meeting. We suggested that we could collaborate with the people in our districts more easily so we should stay in contact with each other. For example, I live in Ankara so I talked to the colleagues who work at Hacettepe, ODTÜ, Başkent, and Atılım Universities for collaboration. We have many ideas to work on! 🙂 I will probably start by a new experience called team teaching. I heard it during one of the sessions so I feel really curious about it. I talked to a colleague who carried it out in her institution in the past. Since she has experience of it, I am going to have some meetings with her and learn the principles of the process not to make any mistakes.
There was also a session about research. I have always been afraid of research since I think it’s a challenging process. However, Kenan Dikilitaş, dear presenter, motivated me to conduct a research in my institution and I started thinking about a problem to be discussed. I have also sent a brief questionnaire to some colleagues. They were either the ones attending a T-PLUS meeting for the first time or the ones who have been attending the meetings for a long time. Now, I am waiting for them to complete the survey 🙂 When I analyze the data, I am going to share the results here.
Another session which drew my attention was by Emrah Akkurt. He is an instructor and educational technologist at the same time. He shared how we could share our knowledge online like using hangouts, webtv, etc. I learned many useful things during his session and I envied him! 🙂
Two weeks ago, when I was at Sabancı University, I had learned that DELTA was now available in Ankara- it was only available in İstanbul until now. At the T-PLUS event, I met dear Simon Phipps who is the coordinator of ATI (Anatolia Training Institute) and I am planning to meet him some time to get more information about DELTA since I want to attend it as soon as possible!
All in all, even though it was tiring to attend all the sessions, I feel more energetic than before and I feel like doing lots of new things now! Let’s get it started guys!! 😉
Here is the link for T-PLUS:
Here is the link to reach the session documents:
Here are some photos from the event 🙂