AICTE-FDP-101x Foundation Program in ICT for Education
Face to face Interaction
19 & 20 August 2017
The Face to Face interaction of AICTE approved FDP : Foundation Program in ICT for Education organized under Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission for Teachers and Teaching (PMMMNMTT), MHRD was held at Dronacharya Group of Institutions, Greater Noida (RC: 1316) on 19 & 20 August, 2017. As this FDP was not subject specific, teaching faculty from several domains, including faculty from Science, Technology and Management had registered for it. The FDP is originally scheduled from August 3rd to September 7th, 2017.
24 participants registered for the course and joined the Face to Face interaction at Dronacharya Group of Institutions, Greater Noida.
Day-1: 19th August, 2017
The first day of Face to Face interaction started at 9:30 AM with an introduction by Prof. Deepak B Phatak, of Department of CSE IIT Bombay. Prof. Phatak explained the objective and vision of T10KT (Train 10 Thousand Teachers) project. During his inspirational speech Prof. Phatak said that by June 2012, 20,000 teachers from across 1,200 engineering colleges in the country have been trained under T10KT. Encouraged by the excellent feedback from participating teachers, the National Mission has entrusted him with the responsibility of training 1,50,000 teachers in the next 3 years. During the session Prof. Phatak shared his views to set up ICT education throughout the country in order to enhance a flexible distance education system in which faculties from all the domains can contribute to the overall growth of education system in India. He also stated that teachers have now become facilitators as the education is changing from teacher centric to leaner centric.
Prof. P. Sunthar, Chemical Engineering Department, IIT Bomby, started the second session on role of user story in designing content for effective information dissemination. He also discussed about the design of website in wordpress and its application in distance learning.
During the session Prof. P. Sunthar assigned tasks to the participants on user story by making peers among the participants in each RCs .
Post Lunch, a session on A-View software and its usage was conducted by Mr. Jayakrishnan M, IDP ET, IIT Bombay. In this session Mr. Jayakrishnan discussed about the use of A-View and its technical specifications. He explained:
- How to install -A-View locally
- Whether it is possible to attended Face to Face at a place other than RCs,
- How to teach students through flipped classroom using A-View etc.
The last session of the day was lab session in which participants had to solve online assignments. Some of the assignments were from User Story, Wordpress Technology, Changes in Teaching Methodology etc.
Day 2: 20th August, 2017
The second day started with a discussion on how to make best use of FDP. The session was conducted by Mr. Jayakrishnan M, in which he introduced the learning management system MOODLE( Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) and its use in blended learning, distance education, flipped classroom and other e-learning projects in schools, universities, workplaces and other sectors. He discussed about the features of Discussion Forum for effective communication. In this session Mr. Jayakrishnan introduced Mentor - Mentee model for making the FDP more accessible by the participants. Among the 185 Associate Faculty Members (who had joined the FDP) mentees were assigned to them. This model helped the participants to directly communicate with the mentors for any queries related to learning, assignment solving etc during the FDP. Mr. Jayakrishnan also discussed about the wordpress app to be launched for easy access of web presence of the faculty in distance learning.
The second session was on Visual Presentation Skills by Prof. Sameer Sahasrabudhe Senior Project Research Scientist, IIT Bombay. In this session he discussed how to effectively use different tools for presentation in classes. He introduced Think-Pair-Share Model. He explained how to innovate effective technique in teaching so that peers can learn well and share with their colleagues. He also mentioned important features of presentation like color schemes, color guidelines, typography, common observations, visual effect, impress guidelines, take away message etc.
The session continued with peer-assessment activity in which Prof. Sameer Sahasrabudhe discussed Rubric Based Peer Evaluation. Prof. Sahasrabudhe said that Rubric is ‘a scoring guide used to evaluate the quality of students’. Rubrics usually contain evaluative criteria, quality definitions for those criteria at particular levels of achievement, and a scoring strategy. They are often presented in table format and can be used by teachers when marking, and by students when planning their work.
The session ended with assignment and activities on the topics discussed in the session.
Post Lunch a Q&A Session was organized by Mr. Jayakrishnan in which he took queries from the Remote Centers. RC 1316 also raised various queries regarding the online activities, assignments etc.
The last session was Lab session in which online assignments were given to the participants to be solved within a given time period.
The two-day Face to Face interaction was very effective. Participants learned a lot about teaching-learning methodology.