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IIM launches Centre for Teaching and Learning

Professor Sourav Mukherji will be the chairperson of the newly-launched Centre for Teaching and Learning at IIMB.

Professor Sourav Mukherji will be the chairperson of the newly-launched Centre for Teaching and Learning at IIMB.   | Photo Credit: Handout E mail

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Will focus on research and practice pertaining to pedagogy, learning and education

With an aim to improve the learning abilities of students and improve the teaching effectiveness of faculty members, the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore has established the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL).

The centre was inaugurated by IIMB Director G. Raghuram on Monday.

Speaking to The Hindu, Sourav Mukherji, Dean of Academic Programmes and chairperson of the centre, said that CTL that has been established in collaboration with leading centres across the world and will be involved in research and practice pertaining to pedagogy, learning and education.

“We visited seven to eight centres of learning in universities across the world, which are active and open to sharing, and decided to liberally borrow best practices from them,” he said.

The centre will provide teaching inputs to faculty members and doctoral students, facilitate development of teaching content, evolve measures to evaluate teaching performance and learning, and research on innovation pertaining to teaching/ pedagogy.

Explaining that some teachers just don’t ‘click’ with students, Prof. Mukherji said that the recovery for such teachers becomes difficult. “The centre will conduct workshops and open programmes for faculty, aspiring faculty and doctoral students, thereby elevating the overall standards of teaching in management institutions. Through its outreach programmes, CTL will also act as a national resource for improving the standard of teaching in institutes of higher education,” he said.

Prof. Mukherji said that the centre, which will start functioning full-fledged in the second half of the year, will be assigning great teachers to be mentors, besides engaging pedagogical experts to do research. The research will be on assessing the implication of technological change on education, whether technology will be able to breach the richness versus reach divide, what is the role of the teacher now that high quality content is not a constraint, and how technology can be leveraged to capture the attention and imagination of the student.

“Though it is now restricted to management education, CTL may, in all likelihood, become relevant to any discipline in higher education,” he added.

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