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Teaching Experience

I teach modules across the Political Science, International Relations, Conflict & Peace Studies, Counter-terrorism and Security spectrum. I teach the modules below at the University of Nottingham:

M11003 Introduction to Comparative Politics. 1st Year Undergraduate Module. I teach weekly seminar groups for this module. I received 1.7 SET score where 1.0 is the highest and 5.0 is the lowest score.

M11006 Problems in Global Politics. 1st Year Undergraduate Module. Seminar Tutor of four classess. I teach fortnightly seminar groups for this module. I received 1.7 the Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET) score where 1.0 is the highest and 5.0 is the lowest score.

M12005 Global Security. 2nd Year Undergraduate Module. I teach weekly seminar groups for this module. I received 1.8 SET score where 1.0 is the highest and 5.0 is the lowest score.

M11155 Understanding Global Politics. 1st Year Undergraduate Module. I teach weekly seminar groups for this module. I received 1.4 SET score where 1.0 is the highest and 5.0 is the lowest score.

Teaching Methods

I apply many different teaching techniques to achieve most meaningful learning experience. My teaching involves a variety of methods that encourage students to interactive and collaborative learning in the classroom. I encourage my students to work and discuss in small groups which helps them to exchange ideas easier than any traditional way of teaching. To achieve active participation in the classroom, I exclude my position as a tutor and allow different small groups to ask questions each other, and defend or criticise differing ideas which helps them to think critically and improve their communication skills. I aim to give my students equal opportunity in the classroom and support discussion across different cultures and nationalities. For the sake of summarising main points, I usually give a recap of each lecture at the beginning my seminars.

I also use several visual and audia methods by using internet, social media tools (Twitter, YouTube etc.) and different videos. I plan each modules according to the structure and content of lectures and aim to make easier to apprehend the topic and to build a productive learning environment. I create websites/blogs for some of my modules which contains all necessary information for my students including course materials, reading lists, online articles, group discussion topics and related teaching videos (Please, click here to see one of my blogs). I also prepare online quizzes for my students which are filled fortnightly through their mobile phones, tablets or laptops, which are discussed at the beginning of following seminars (Click here for the details of online questionnaires). I encourage my students to prepare group presentations and/or group posters, and present them in the classroom which create an opportunity for them to learn the topic in advance of the seminars together with their reading materials.

My teaching is not limited to the classroom. I remain available for my students during the working days and via email at all times. I provide feedbacks to my students according to their performance in assignment results, questionnaires, presentations and posters.

Comments on Teaching

From Reviewers

  • “He was friendly and helpful and the students engaged well, in the main, offering responses to the questions and often drawing on their notes. The sessions was well structured and benefited the students. Overall, I think that Aytac did a very good job and should be commended for the effort he put into this seminar.” Teaching Review by Dr David Gill

Sample Student Testimonies from SET Questionnaires

  • “Very engaging and helpful, and always giving opportunities to ask questions.” – Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • “Every member of the group was encouraged to participate and ask questions. He always helped us to further explain and develop our answers.” – Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • “Fills in the gaps well (if there are any) provides good overview” – Understanding Global Politics
  • He has been a really good seminar tutor as he is very good at ensuring we learn everything we need to know and then tests us accordingly.” – Global Security
  • “I really like the fact that he gives debrief at the beginning of each seminar. Also, the resources needed for the seminar are easily accessible as he has created a blog for global security seminars.” – Global Security
  • “Great idea to create a blog, it is really helpful for better understanding of topics during the semester and revision. Very good presentations were used during the seminars.” – Global Security
  • “He was very focused and clear, and allowed us to develop our ideas with guidance. – Problems in Global Politics

Teaching Training and Development Seminars

The University of Nottingham Graduate School Seminars (2013-2017)

  • A Practical Look at Core Teaching Skills
  • Small Group Teaching
  • How Do Students Learn?
  • Evaluating your Teaching
  • Teaching Induction for Postgraduates and Research Staff
  • Lecturing for Learning
  • Creating a Poster in PowerPoint
  • Using posters to communicate research
  • Preparing to teach in Higher Education
  • Marking and Assessment
  • Problems with Academic Writing
  • Foundations of Teaching in Higher Education

School of Politics and International Relations (2014-2017)

  • Active member of the teaching development seminar group at the University of Nottingham in the School of Politics and IR, led by Dr Tony Burns seeking to improve student experience

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