Use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in enhancing the
quality of education is something that almost everyone is interested
in, these days. Concepts like open content, open data, and open
resources, along with notions of transparency and easy access to data
and information is becoming a value. Massive Open Online Courses
(MOOCS) are being widely explored as alternatives and supplements to
traditional university courses. The workforce demands skills from
college graduates that are more often acquired from informal learning
experiences than in universities. Education paradigms are shifting to
include online learning, hybrid learning, and collaborative models. At
the same time, the teaching paradigms across all sectors too, besides
including the above, demand much more teamwork and collaboration. As
the abundance of resources and relationships made easily accessible
via the Internet grows, we are ever more challenged to revisit our
roles as educators.
Faculty training still does not acknowledge the fact that digital media literacy continues its rise in importance as a key skill in every discipline and profession. The demand for personalized learning is not adequately supported by current technology or practices on campus. Economic pressures and new models of education are bringing unprecedented competition to the traditional models of higher education. The emergence of new scholarly forms of authoring, publishing, and researching, outpace sufficient and scalable modes of assessment. Many challenges impacting technology uptake are grounded in everyday realities that often make it difficult to learn about, much less adopt, new tools and approaches.
A number of workshops, seminars and training programs in this area are being held regularly. There are also many conferences and publications in this area. However, still the adoption and effective utilization of technology in education is low. One of the contributing factors is the lack of awareness at the level of teachers and institutions, and perhaps the lack of access to usable resources and inadequate sharing of experiences among those working in this field. A centre like this will help address this gap, by offering useful inputs and allowing for sharing of experiences with the relevant community.
The infrastructure for the centre has been partly funded by RUSA (Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan)
The main objective of setting up of the Centre for Teaching and
Learning (CTL) is to:
1. Educate faculty on how to go about integrating ICT in Higher Education effectively by conducting workshops, seminars and provide them with hands-on experience/training.
2. Develop E-content for the various courses offered by the college and other educational institutions.
3. Innovate, Implement and Share different ICT tools in teaching like Simulation, Gamification, LMS, Mobile Applications, etc.
4. Conduct Research related to use of ICT, Learning Analytics, Mobiles, LMS, etc.
5. Provide Consultancy services to schools and other Higher Educational Institutions by providing a roadmap for ICT implementation
6. Provide Assessment/evaluation strategies to track student progression to graduation.
PLAN OF ACTION AND EXPECTED OUTCOMES
Setting up of a lab with networked Computers, Printer cum scanner and
Lap tops. The lab would use proprietary as well as open source
software to generate e-content. There will also be another
Audio-Visual Room where faculty and students can record lectures,
stream lectures live and also perform role plays.
In the initial years (first two), the center will cater to train the trainers by conducting training programmes on use of ICT in education, and also initiate research and consultancy on ICT usage and various teaching learning methodologies and curriculum design. The following year developing e-content in various subjects offered in various subjects. And subsequently offer online programmes.