The programme is meant to equip teachers to engage all of students’ senses and not just their cognitive abilities

Thanks to web-casting technology, 44 teachers from Tiruchi region are benefitting from the third phase of the training programme on ‘Instructional Design and Delivery System’ conducted by National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR), Chennai, at the J.R. Polytechnic College, Alundur.

Envisaging a lead role for itself in induction training and in-service training of technical teachers towards the success of MHRD’s National Mission on Teacher and Training, the NITTR is into training a large number of teachers in pedagogy-related fields. To equip students with the latest technology and develop their abilities and skills, the MHRD emphasises on teachers acquiring the highest quality in teaching.

The first and second phases of the programme for teachers in Tiruchi region were held at MAM Polytechnic College and Seshasayee Institute of Technology during June and July. For the third phase, J.R. Polytechnic College is one of the seven polytechnic colleges across the State, besides the NITTTR to host the programme.

The Department of Technical Education, Chennai, apprised principals about MHRD’s National Mission to address capacity building for improvement in teacher qualification, pedagogic skills, technology enabled learning, training and teacher accountability.

The programme is meant to equip teachers to engage all of students’ senses and not just their cognitive abilities. An ideal teacher, according to NITTTR, respects and affirms what students already know and encourages them to expand their knowledge by providing a variety of learning opportunities.

The topics the training covers are technical education in India, instructional objectives, principles of learning, adolescent characteristics, students motivation, instructional methods, instructional skills, instructional planning, instructional media, ICT in education and training, instructional materials development, classroom communication, employability skills, students evaluation, guidance and counselling, curriculum development and micro-teaching.

Towards the end of the programme, NITTTR will determine the impact on the participants through micro-teaching demonstration, said J. Kalpana, Principal, J.R. Polytechnic College.

The ability of teachers to engage students effectively adopting a definite pattern: recap of concepts taught in previous class, interaction, motivation, chalk board work, integration of technology, relating of concepts to employability perspective, and a wrap up of the contents taught will be tested, she explained.

The programme has served the purpose of enhancing confidence of faculties, particularly young teachers, R.C. Janakarajan, Chairman of J.R. Polytechnic College, said. Such training programmes are patronised well since the AICTE has made it mandatory for promotion of technical teachers under Career Advancement Scheme, said C. Coomarasamy, Director of the institution and Programme Coordinator.