Given the current situation, unfortunately we have had to postpone the event at Sabanci in June to a later date which we will inform you of in due course. Many thanks to all of those who registered for the event for your continued support for the FOCI project; we hope to welcome you to the event at Sabanci in happier times.
9am to 5pm Friday 5th June & 9am- 4pm Saturday 6th June 2020
Venue: Sabancı University School of Languages, Orta Mahalle, Üniversite Caddesi No:27, Orhanli-Tuzla 34956 İstanbul. Click here for link to google maps
Theme: Balancing the Scales: Building a Curriculum Team for a Successful Curriculum
For ten years now, every six months we have come together as representatives of curriculum teams in different universities and discussed a wide range of issues, but maybe we have not yet examined ourselves closely enough! This time the focus will be turned on us- the curriculum developers: Who are we? How do we operate in our own institutions? How do we find the right equilibrium?
There seems to be a wide variety of different contexts: some institutions have established teams devoted to curriculum development (sometimes integrating assessment too); in some institutions this responsibility may fall on just one person and may not be that person’s only responsibility; some universities might wish to set up such a team.
How do we create the “ideal team”? What should be the actual roles and responsibilities of this Team? How do we balance this against the work of other stakeholders?
How should its members be chosen and what training do they need? How should it operate in practice and how do we achieve a harmonious working relationship within the team and with others in the institution?
This FOCI event will be an opportunity for participants to share their experience of, and discuss ideas related to these issues. The intention is that participants will come away with some concrete ideas of how to set up and how to ensure the smooth operation of a curriculum team.
The forum will take an informal and hands-on approach to the “nitty-gritty” of curriculum work aiming to complement the formal presentation of papers or workshops to be found at other professional gatherings such as conferences, seminars and workshops. It is intended that participants will come away from the Forum with concrete examples of how other institutions have responded to the challenges raised by the theme. This will involve whole-group discussion and smaller groups focusing on particular areas who will then share the issues they discussed with participants from the other groups. The topics for the smaller focus groups’ discussion will be decided from suggestions made by participants on the registration form.
- In order to ensure efficient and focused discussion and an informal atmosphere, places are limited to ONE representative from each institution. We hope that you will understand the necessity for this.
- The representative should be a member of a syllabus or curriculum team, or other teacher who is actively involved in curricular development, rather than an administrator.
- If interest exceeds capacity, places are allocated randomly from applications received by the closing date, maintaining a range of different types of universities and geographical spread in order to ensure the widest variety of perspectives.
- There is no registration fee. Refreshments and lunches are also provided free of charge.
- The language of the forum is English.
To register: The deadline for registration is Tuesday 31st March 2020.
For enquiries contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
For information about transport to the campus click here
Please note that Sabiha Gökçen is very near to the campus and the journey would cost about 45 lira in a taxi.
If you are arriving at Istanbul Airport please bear in mind that this will involve an airport bus (Havaist IST-5: you need an Istanbulcard or bank card for the airport bus- cash is not taken) to 4. Levent from where you can take the university shuttle.
When planning your travel please remember the start and finish times are as follows: 9am to 5pm Friday 5th June & 9am- 4pm Saturday 6th June.
Unfortunately we are not able to organise accommodation.
There are hotels around Kurtköy/Sabiha Gokcen airport. However, this would involve a taxi ride to the campus.
The best locations to stay are within easy reach of the university shuttle bus stops in 4.Levent on the European side and Kadıköy or Kozyatağı on the Asian side.