An important initiative has been taken by IIT Bombay and IIT Kharagpur to work with Engineering Colleges in the country to enhance the teaching skills of our faculty colleagues in core Engineering and Science subjects. This is the second phase of Teach One Thousand Teachers programme run successfully earlier by IIT Bombay under the project called ‘Empowerment of Students and Teachers through Synchronous and Asynchronous Instruction,’ two-week ISTE workshops are conducted during the vacation periods in summer and winter. Participating teachers attend live lectures given by IIT faculty at a remote center close to their own college, and also attend tutorial and lab sessions conducted in the same centers. The lecture transmission and live interaction takes place in distance mode using the AVIEW technology through internet, at the selected remote centers across the country. This initiative is a part of the ‘National Mission on Education through ICT,’ which is supported by MHRD. Faculty coordinators are appointed at each remote centre to handle the technology infrastructure and other operational logistics. Additionally, for each workshop there will be a Faculty to be assigned as Workshop Coordinator for that subject, who will help in conducting laboratories and tutorials at each center.
We invite expert faculty from various remote centers to a five-day ‘Coordinators’ training workshop’ which is held in IIT, at least two months before the 10 day Main Workshop. The trained Coordinators then act as Workshop Coordinators during the main workshop, liaising between the participants at their Remote Centers and IIT, from where the workshop is transmitted live. During the main workshop, the Workshop Coordinator at every center supervises the tutorials and laboratories. All the lectures and tutorial sessions are recorded at IIT. The final edited audio-visual contents, along with other course material are released under Open Source. The contents can be freely used later by all teachers and students.
Since December 2009, two-week ISTE workshops were conducted on different subjects, namely "Effective teaching/ learning of Computer Programming," "Database Management Systems," "Basic Electronics," "Thermodynamics," "Software Development Techniques for Teachers of Engineering and Science Colleges," "Heat Transfer", "Solar Photovoltaics", "Introduction to Research Methodology", "Engineering Thermodynamics" ,"Analog Electronics" and "Research Methods in Education Technology." We have reached more than 45,000 teachers and helped them to enhance their teaching skills at around 324 distinct Remote Centers across the country.
In the backdrop of the success of these workshops, we now announce another two-week ISTE workshop on Signals & Systems during December 31, 2013 to January 10, 2014 (tentative). The corresponding Coordinators' workshop will be held during 30th September to 4th October, 2013.
One week Coordinators’ Workshop
The proposed Coordinators’ Workshop, to support the above, is being organized at IIT Kharagpur from 30th September to 4th October 2013. This workshop will provide a complete orientation to the prospective Workshop Coordinators, on the methodology to be followed in this project. This will include the delivery and interaction mechanism of live lectures through the AVIEW and the local sessions of tutorials and labs. Since the final contents are meant to be adopted by most colleges across the country, this workshop will finalize the following for the subject of Signals and Systems:
(a) Definition of common syllabus to be covered.
(b) Graded coverage from simple to difficult levels for each topic and subtopic.
(c) Nature of tutorials, keeping the above gradation and the typical examination pattern in mind; but leading to the typical advanced levels reached in such subject teaching at the top institutions of the world.
(d) Discussion of laboratory environment and the experiments to be conducted.
(e) Use of the learning management system, audio-visual equipment, editing tools.
(f) Other logistic details for conducting the main workshop.