International Engineering Education Conference - Turkey's Vision 2023 Conference Series - Atılım University


Workshop #7

“Closing the Loop: Making Academic Assessment and Accreditation Knowledge Management Practical and Manageable"

As students change, so must educational practices. New generations of students must appropriately parallel new teaching strategies and methods for assessment. And, as such, technologies must be innovated to parallel these emerging methods. The Academic Evaluation, Feedback and Intervention System—AEFIS is the web-based assessment solution that serves as the platform to connect assessment to teaching and learning. Closing the loop among administrators, faculty, students, and alumni & industry is not only a necessity for improving personalized student learning, but also an opportunity to integrate exciting technologies for assessment, advising, and networking. In this workshop we will address current practices that connect assessment to teaching and learning activities and how these can become practical and manageable using AEFIS Solution Platform as an example knowledge management system.

Workshop Details

Learning objectives

What will participants learn from this workshop?

  • teaching tips, learning clues and assessment key points
  • the importance of closing the loop
  • the methods and approaches for closing the loop
  • making closing the loop practical and manageable using knowledge management systems
Justification for a pre-conference

Engaging participants in the conversation will not only allow for strong discussions about the technologies, but also the ideologies that support those technologies. Discussing current successful and unsuccessful processes will help to align thinking for methods to promote personalized student learning and to improve the sustainability of assessment practices.

How will the workshop be conducted?

What is the structure of the workshop? How will participants be involved? How will the structure of the workshop maximise opportunity for learning?

  • Under the leadership of moderator (Mustafa Sualp) there will be short presentations (10-15 minutes each).
  • After the presentations the participants will be divided into work groups (5-6 individuals in each group with a maximum of 8 groups).
  • Previously prepared handouts describing example scenario(s) will be distributed to work groups who will then be given 20 minutes to create solution(s) to challenges described in their scenario(s) based on material presented at the beginnning of the workshop.
  • At the end of 20 minutes, a spokesperson for each group will be given 5 minutes present their solution(s) to all participants and all solutions will be posted on a board for everyone to see.
  • The number of scenarios for the entire workshop may be 2-3 depending on time availability. For each scenario, the above work group acivities will be repeated.
  • At the end of workshop, the participants will be asked to participate in a 5 minute feedback and survey activity to measure workshop effectiveness and for the assessment of overall success.
Core issues

What Engineering Education issues does this workshop cover?
Accreditation, learning, teaching, assessment, closing the loop
(Turkish: Akreditasyon, öğrenme, öğretim, değerlendirme, döngü)


Engineering Deans, Assessment Coordinators, and faculty for higher education with interests in academic assessment, accreditation knowledge management and improving personalized student learning.

Restrictions or conditions

Are there any restrictions or conditions for this workshop to be held?
The number of participants should be increased and decreased on the increments of the work group size which will be 5-6 individuals per group with a maximum of 8 groups. The presentations and work group activity for this workshop will be in English with very limited support for Turkish.

Hardware/Software requirements

Please outline any special hardware and/or software requirements to run the workshop (internet access, table set-up, materials).

  • Tables for all work groups (5-6 individuals for each work group and a maximum of 8 groups)
  • PC Computer or Laptop, LCD Projector and Projection Screen
  • Whiteboard and Dry Erase Markers for presenters
  • 3-4 Large size sheets of paper and Permanent Markers for each work group for their activities
Samples of handouts/takeaways

Please provide a sample of materials provided to your participants. Note that you do not have to prepare the entire workshop materials at this stage.

Workshop Web Page


Speaker Details

Dr. Craig Bach
Drexel University Office of the Provost
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Education Background
University of Texas, Austin B.S. 1986 Mathematics
University of Texas, Austin B.A. 1986 Philosophy
University of California, Berkeley M.S. 1995 Mathematics
University of California, Berkeley Ph.D. 1995 Logic & Methodology of Science

Professional Experience
Dr. Craig Bach serves as Drexel University’s Associate Vice Provost for Curriculum and Assessment. He received his doctorate from the Group in Logic and Methodology of Science at U. C. Berkeley. Dr. Bach is an educational researcher with over 12 years in higher education, including five years in institutional research. His areas of research include learning assessment, learning analytics, philosophy and mathematics, instructional technologies, mathematics education and the application of philosophical methods to research. Prior to coming to Drexel, Dr. Bach served as the VP of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at Kaplan Higher Education where he managed five teams working on assessment, research, analytics, data management, and performance measurement. He also has worked for Drexel University as an Assistant Professor in the School of Education serving as PI and Co-PI on over $5 million in funded projects, including a NASA funded project to use instructional technologies to teach fractal geometry to high school students, the Pennsylvania Department of Education funded Drexel Tech Prep Consortium and an NSF funded grant to develop online mathematics mentoring with the Math Forum. Prior to his current position, Dr. Bach was the Vice President of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness for Kaplan Higher Education


Dr. Donald McEachron
Drexel University School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Education Background
University of California, Berkeley B.A. 1977 Behavioral Genetics
University of California, San Diego Ph.D. 1984 Neuroscience
Drexel University M.S. 2006 Information Systems

Professional Experience
Dr. Donald L. McEachron is the Associate Director for Academic Operations and Assessment for the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems at Drexel University. He holds a B.A in Behavioral Genetics from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of California at San Diego. In December, 2006, Dr. McEachron completed a M.S. in Information Science at Drexel. Dr. McEachron has worked extensively in the areas of imaging, editing three monographs on imaging applications in biomedicine, as well as numerous papers and presentations. Dr. McEachron’s primary biomedical research has focused on pharmacological and neuroendocrinological manipulations of circadian rhythms and how these manipulations relate to affective disorders. In addition, however, Dr. McEachron has published in a variety of other disciplines, including hominid evolution and education. He has served as PI or Co-PI on a variety of grants from both N.I.H and NSF involving autoradiographic image processing, neuroendocrinology and education. Dr. McEachron is presently involved in the initial stages of developing an integrated syndromic surveillance system as well as developing a program to investigate the impact of light and circadian manipulations on immune function in an animal model of AIDS. In addition to his work at Drexel, Dr. McEachron serves as Chair of the Engineering in Biology and Medicine Society, Philadelphia Chapter, IEEE Philadelphia section.  In 2005, Dr. McEachron was trained as an IDEAL Scholar in assessment practices by ABET, Inc.


Dr. Gürsoy ARSLAN
Anadolu University, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
Eskisehir, TURKEY

Education Background
Middle East Technical University, Ankara , Turkey, B.S. in Metallurgical  and Materials  
Engineering, 1990
Middle East Technical University, Ankara , Turkey, M.S. in Metallurgical and Materials
Engineering, 1993
Anadolu University, Ph.D. in Engineering of Ceramics, 2001

Professional Experience
Dr. Gursoy Arslan has recently been enrolled as the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture. His responsibilities include, among others, educational aspects related to the establishment, monitoring, measurement, improvement and sustainability of learning outcomes, program outcomes, and program objectives. He has been selected as a member of the continuously improvement-quality assurance team that was established at the beginning of 2007 on the faculty level and that has made significant contributions to the efforts of creating a sustainable system that aims the achievement of well defined and measurable learning strategies based on data, opinions and suggestions gathered from all stakeholders. He has furthermore been active since 2007 as the departmental MUDEK coordinator of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Anadolu University. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is one of the six engineering programs (out of 7 engineering programs) that was accredited in September 2009 for five years by the independent local organization MUDEK that recently also has gained international acceptance.


Mustafa Sualp
Untra Academic Management Solutions, LLC.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Educational Background
Drexel University, B.S., 2000, Commerce & Engineering Sciences with Management Information Systems
Drexel University, M.B.A., In Progress, Masters of Business Administration

Professional Experience
Mustafa Sualp is currently the President and CEO of Untra Corporation, founded in 1999. He has since nurtured it to a thriving web and IT consulting firm, generating measurable success through dynamic, shifting conditions and in downturn markets. As a senior executive with over 15 years of diverse Internet and technology management experience, he has proven himself as a competent visionary in establishing IS/IT strategy using strong technical know-how, creative design, methodical development and results-driven implementation skills. He has repeatedly demonstrated effective results in integrating practical process models with solution strategies that scale with technology. Under his leadership, Untra Corporation was recognized as the 85th fastest growing, privately held company in the Philadelphia region by the reputable Philadelphia 100® list published by the Philadelphia Business Journal and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Sualp, as the original architect of the Academic Evaluation, Feedback and Intervention System—AEFIS, has spread information about AEFIS to faculty of universities worldwide at numerous conferences concerning institutional accreditation and received interest from a great number of them.  Mr. Sualp has presented at many conferences; in August of 2009, Mr. Sualp attended the ABET IDEAL (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Institute for the Development of Excellence in Assessment Leadership) training seminar.


Dr. Esra YEL
Selcuk University, Environmental Engineering Department, Architectural Engineering College

Education Background
Middle East Technical University, B.S. in Environmental Engineering, 1991
Middle East Technical University, M.S. in Environmental Engineering, 1994
Middle East Technical University, Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, 2001

Professional Experience
Dr. Esra Yel is working for the Environmental Engineering department at Selcuk University as an assistant professor. She received her doctorate from METU (Middle East Technical University), Environmental Engineering Department in algal treatment of some organic pollutants in industrial wastewater, together with the certificate in Instructional Planning and Evaluation. As an Environmental Engineer, she has expertise in water and wastewater treatment technologies, especially physico-chemical and biological treatment, and she has several completed research projects in this area. She established a unit operations and processes laboratory in the university and experimental studies of many MS, PhD theses and research projects are supervised there.  She has also been working as accreditation coordinator in Faculty of Engineering-Architecture at Selcuk University. The Faculty has been proceeded accreditation studies since 2004 and she is conducting the process in the whole faculty. She attended several workshops on engineering education; some of them were organized by MUDEK (Association for Evaluation and Accreditation of Engineering Programs). She has studies on learning outcomes-determination, measurement of achievement and evaluation.