EDUCATION PLUS

Meet for engineering teachers



ABDUL LATHEEF NAHA

Kerala will host a national workshop for engineering teachers on technology-enhanced learning on January 5 and 6. The meet, to be held at the Travancore Hall of Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram, is being organised by the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL); Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras; Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Kerala (IIITM-K); and Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, U.S. Teachers from engineering colleges in Kerala and Tamil Nadu can take part in the workshop. They have to register their names before December 30. Admission to the workshop will be on a first come, first served basis, as the number of participants will be restricted to 150. The organisers say that two teachers will be allowed from a college. The workshop aims at educating engineering teachers on how to use authentic e-content being developed by the IITs and Indian Institute of Science (IISc.), Bangalore, under the NPTEL.K.R. Srivathsan, Director of IIITMK, says that web- and video-based e-content made available under the NPTEL — http://nptel.iitm.ac.in/ — will go a long way in enhancing the quality of engineering colleges. The NPTEL works in tandem with the e-learning systems and instructional processes being developed under the Education Grid initiative of IIITM-K ( >http://www.edugrid.in/).Prof. Srivathsan says that the workshop will give the teachers an insight into how engineering e-content has been developed and organised and the subjects (over 240 courses) covered and how it is being made available to colleges. The workshop will also expose how teaching can be managed under the Education Grid in ways that enhance the overall quality of engineering education. .M.S. Ananth, chairman of the NPTEL implementation panel, will speak on the vision and objectives of the NPTEL. Paul Goodman, director of the Institute for Strategic Development, Carnegie Mellon University, who initiated the idea of a technology-enhanced learning project with the IITs and Indian Institutes of Management that later evolved into the NPTEL, will also address the workshop.K. Mangala Sunder, national web courses coordinator of the NPTEL, Prof. Srivathsan and a host of professors from IITs, IISc. and IIITM-K will conduct different learning sessions. The teachers wishing to participate will have to produce a letter of recommendation from their principals. Ten per cent of the seats will be reserved for those from the industry and organisations outside the colleges recognised by the All-India Council of Technical Education. But they will have to pay a fee of Rs. 2,000. The teachers will be paid travel and dearness allowances and provided accommodation.For details, teachers can contact K. Pradeep Kumar or Meraj Uddin or R. Rejith, IIITMK, Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram 695 581. They can be reached on ph: 0471 270 0965 or 309 3500 or through e-mail: >kegworkshop@iiitmk.ac.in. The IIITM-K office can be contacted on 0471 252 7567.







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