Izmir University of Economics (IUE) meets the educational needs of new generation students with its innovative system. The University uses technology actively in its education process for generations Y and Z, who get bored of long hours of classes, want to participate actively in learning processes, and are engaged in multi resources when it comes to knowledge.
Blackboard Learn, an internet-based learning management system offered by IUE Teaching and Learning Center (TLC), facilitates student learning and enhances their engagement with the course material. Students are able to access course materials, videos, and assignments at any time of the day via any medium with an internet connection. Students are happy with this system, which was designed and implemented by taking the close interaction of new generation with technology into consideration. 90% of students find Blackboard very useful.
Dr. Esin Çağlayan, Director of IUE Teaching and Learning Center, pointed that generations Y and Z’s technological adaptation and their use of technology was very high.
Çağlayan said, “Classical approach of teaching new generations is not sufficient any more. Change and transformation is inevitable. Students have short attention spans. Long hours spent in classroom lowers their efficiency. We need to minimize the space-time dependency by utilizing technology in education process. We have been using Blackboard management system at the University since 2015 as part of the University’s smart campus project. We allow students to access course materials, videos, and assignments at any time of the day via any medium with an internet connection wherever they want.”
‘Assessment is available’
Dr. Çağlayan indicated that students were able to access Blackboard system not only with their laptops or desktops, but with their mobile phones as well. She stated that via Blackboard Analytics system, instructors were able to follow how frequently students accessed course contents, the time students spent and their interaction with the course. Dr. Çağlayan, who said that students were also able to evaluate their own performances, indicated that the system was widely used by world–renowned universities such as Princeton, Johns Hopkins, Manchester, etc.