Instructor Exchange as a Continuous Professional Development Activity: Are We Ready to Change?

Conference: The European Conference on Education (ECE2022)
Title: Instructor Exchange as a Continuous Professional Development Activity: Are We Ready to Change?
Stream: Professional Training, Development & Concerns in Education
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Nilufer Ulker, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
Pinar Kir, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey


Continuous Professional Development (CPD) has been conducted through different activities for more than three decades in the field of education. However, due to various reasons, institutions have encountered major issues in the application processes of commonly accepted CPD activities, leading to modification of existing and creation of new forms of activities in line with contextual requirements and needs. With this in mind, this study aimed to explore the process and outcomes of a new form of CPD activity, namely instructor exchange, specifically developed for a School of Foreign Languages in one of the top-tier state universities in Turkey employing a qualitative case study methodology. Analyse-apply-evaluate cycle was followed in the study considering contextual factors of the institution with a specific focus on the requirements of international Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). Data was collected from 20 English instructors through classroom exchanges, semi-structured interviews and document analysis, followed by creation of themes according to participants’ responses. For the development of the form used in semi-structured interviews, a comprehensive literature review was conducted and expert opinion and advice were obtained. The results to be shared will reflect whether instructor exchange activity helps instructors to improve themselves professionally and it is possible to implement this activity as a school-wide practice. Additionally, the occurring themes will be used to bring a new dimension to design future CPD activities and form an Instructor Exchange Activity Guide to set an example for other Schools of Foreign Languages.

Conference Comments & Feedback

Place a comment using your LinkedIn profile


Share on activity feed

Powered by WP LinkPress

Share this Presentation