College of Education and Human Services
Ugur calls his teaching style authentic, collaborative, and technology-enhanced.
“I provide authentic learning settings where students develop multi-media instructional products for real clients outside the school settings.”
“They also pilot and evaluate face-to-face or online tutorials where target audiences have the opportunity to practice with new teaching tools.”
The goal is to give students a better understanding of a learner’s needs in the real world, and also to experience developing actual products to solve instructional problems.
His educational research students critique current studies and develop research proposals and evaluation projects in which they can develop understanding of inquiry, while his teacher education students study emerging technologies and use them in their teaching practices.
“This pushes them to cultivate a critical perspective on effective technology use in various teaching situations.”
“I advocate meaningful as opposed to frequent use of technology. It should be used to help us teach in ways that are more effective, and also to help students learn the content better.”