Education has been greatly influenced by recent technological advancements. The integration of information and communication technologies has made it possible to employ computer-aided and multimedia-based methods. Traditional education models, which are mass-produced, highly controlled, static, and rigid, are no longer sufficient. There is a growing need for higher education, as well as an increasing demand for greater amounts of information, knowledge, and expert reasoning. As a result, IT is increasingly being utilized in teaching and learning.
In 2000, the UNESCO Chair of Mechatronics at Bogazici University in Istanbul launched a series of conferences known as Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training (ITHET).
Conferences held to date with links to live web sites
- ITHET 2000: Istanbul, Turkey
- ITHET 2001: Kumamoto, Japan
- ITHET 2002: Budapest, Hungary
- ITHET 2003: Marrakesh, Morocco
- ITHET 2004: Istanbul, Turkey
- ITHET 2005: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
- ITHET 2006: Sydney, Australia
- ITHET 2007: Kumamoto, Japan
- ITHET 2010: Cappadocia, Turkey
- ITHET 2011: Kusadasi, Turkey
- ITHET 2012: Istanbul, Turkey
- ITHET 2013: Antalya, Turkey
- ITHET 2014: York, UK
- ITHET 2015: Lisbon, Portugal
- ITHET 2016: Istanbul, Turkey
- ITHET 2017: Ohrid, Macedonia
- ITHET 2018: Olhao, Algarve, Portugal
- ITHET 2019: Magdeburg, Germany
- ITHET 2021: Sydney, Australia (Virtual Conference)
- ITHET 2022: Side, Antalya, Turkey
IEEE, IES, and EdSoc provided technical co-sponsorship to nearly all of these conferences, and their proceedings have been published on IEEE Xplore. The ITHET has garnered technical support from esteemed institutions like the American Society of Engineering Education, the European Society for Engineering Education, the International Society for Engineering Education, and the European Association for Education in Electrical and Information Engineering, who have urged their members to participate. Furthermore, the involvement of the UNESCO Chair of Mechatronics at Bogazici University has allowed the conference to showcase the UNESCO logo with pride.