Me and My active learning classroom approach...

This storify will allow you to know more about me and my active learning classroom approach...


  1. Hi! I am Tolga Kaya and I will be your EGR 190 instructor this semester. There are few things I wanted to let you know before we start our semester. Here we go...
  2. You are probably wondering why on earth I am making you listen this song! Well, I love it. Also, your peers 3 years ago used to love it too. One thing you will notice in my class is that there will be music playing in the background almost all the time. If you have certain preferences, let me know before it is too late. I used to be a semi-professional musician and now enjoy listening to new genres, artists, albums, etc.
  3. This beautiful drawing (by me!) above is about how our class will look like. We will focus on solving homework questions and doing some activities in the class. What about lectures? Well, those are all recorded in videos by me. So, you will watch short video segments and do online quizzes to get yourself prepared for the class time. This is my third year implementing this "flipped" approach and the reception has been great so far.
  4. You do not believe me? Go read the above article if you dare! It talks about how active learning is beneficial for students.
  5. The above image from Flickr shows how an active learning classroom setup looks like. You will be moving between tables, working in round tables, basically collaborating with each other. You will work on the homework assignment in class together. So, cheating on homework is highly encouraged! :)
  6. I want to tell you more about myself. My research revolves around sensors. But my main motivation comes from microelectronic circuits, which started in 1950s when some crazy Physicists discovered the transistor and rightfully received Nobel prize (see above story). Transistors are the main building blocks of any electronics device. Numbere of transistors that are in your neat smart phone is on the order of billions! They must be quite small ha? Yeah, they are extremely small and the technology is trying to make it even smaller. So, that is one the most important reasons we want those digital circuits small, fast, and very efficient.
  7. My research is all about sensors. More specifically, I am interested in physiological conditions of athletes. Major concern is improper hydration. So, we collect sweat, analyze it, and tell you if you are dehydrated or not. It is quite fascinating how much research goes into the methods of collecting sweat, analyzing the sweat in small microprocessors, and sending the data to a smart phone. We enjoy it. You want to read more? Go to my website, linked above.
  8. One of the strategies I like to use in classrooms is collaborative sharing. Here is a nice example where we utilized twitter in a classroom project. Students used custom made microscope stages to take pictures using their own smartphones. It was incredible how much you could zoom once you have a lens at your phone camera. Check out my twitter feed above to see some really cool images.
  9. Design example: Sprinkler system (EGR 190: Digital Circuits, week 12 #1)
  10. We will be doing a few classroom projects on digital circuits. Above video shows one example. It is a sprinkler system controller design. Every year, students first get confused but then come up with great solutions. I look forward to seeing yours.
  11. Thank you! :)
  12. Tolga Kaya