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A Hands on Workshop to Engage and support online learners Organized at GNDU

A Hands on Workshop to Engage and support online learners Organized at GNDU

Amritsar January 14, 2021: In the backdrop of virtual Teaching-Learning space triggered by the recent COVID-19 pandemic and ensuring optimum student achievement at the time of peak use of social media in education, GNDU had organized a one week National Workshop on “Orientation to the concept of e-learning, preparing teaching-learning material including e-content, use of social media for developing platforms for social interaction and as a tool for professional development, digital resources offline and online”. The workshop was organized by the School of Education of Guru Nanak Dev University under the aegis of PMMMNMTT, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education. Over sixty participants from various Institutions and diverse parts of India collaborated on a virtual platform for capacity building and training in the preparation of e-content & effective digital teaching pedagogies.

“Country like India, with vast geographical diversity & rural-urban digital divide, the challenge of e-learning looms large” ‘said Prof Hardeep Singh, Professor  & Head, Department of Computer Science, Dean, Students’ Welfare, GNDU, Amritsar during the valedictory session. He shared that during the Covid times, online mode became the “normal new” technology that was the prerogative of the few turned out to be the most inclusive technology reaching to the majority sections of our society. He further elaborated that ICT has great potential & can be realized if deployed judiciously. He congratulated the School of education for the conduct of such training programs and pinned hope that the upgraded technological infrastructure will continue to provide a rich source for e-learning even after the pandemic situation ends and the teaching academia will become adept in the use of ICT in the coming years.

In the inaugural address, Prof. (Dr.) Jaspal Singh Sandhu, Vice-chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University said that Guru Nanak Dev University is geared & ready to embark on digital teaching-learning program in a big way with the near completion of a state-of-art video recording studio inside university premises. GNDU will be the first of its kind to provide online degree courses not only to the national students but to the Punjabi Diasporas abroad with the introduction of courses in the Punjabi language. On this occasion, he congratulated the focussed efforts of the School of Education in the professional training of the teaching faculty in the blended teaching pedagogies & content creation for successful digital teaching-learning as has emphasized in The National Education Policy, 2020.

In the welcome address, Dr. Deepa Sikand Kauts, Head, School of Education of the University elaborated that the workshop aimed to empower the teaching faculty in the judicious use of integrated technology practices in their classrooms to help students learn better. She also shared the concerns of going totally offline, as it can have a detrimental impact on the conventional teacher- learner relationship.

A well-structured schedule of technical sessions was conducted to facilitate the conduct of Workshop. Besides the technical sessions, prayer and yoga sessions were also conducted on daily basis. The organizers roped in top-notch eminent resource persons representing leading Higher Educational Institutions in India and abroad. Prominent among them were Prof. K. Srinivas, Head ICT & Project Management Unit of National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), Govt. of India, MOE, New Delhi. Dr. Nisha Singh, Deputy Director, Centre for Online Education, IGNOU, New- Delhi, Dr. Deepak Bishla, System Administrator (IT), Dr. B. R.  Ambedkar University, New Delhi., Dr. K. Thiyagu, Assistant Professor, Department of Education, Central University of Kerala.,  Dr. M. Srinivas, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Warangal, Telangana.   Prof. D V L N Somayajulu, Director, IIITDM, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh.

The topics for the workshop included; Concept of e-learning, Digital Initiatives of GOI,  Video developing tools, Development & Editing of Audio material, Development and use of Online evaluation, Mobile Apps for Education, Tools of effective student engagement in online teaching, Use of OERs), C-map tools & MOODLE

Prof (Dr.) Amit Kauts, the Project coordinator, presented the report of the one week workshop. He shared that to make the workshop practical oriented, the participants were provided with hands on experience on online, blended, flipped and distance learning with Moodle Cloud. The participants are expected to develop a course in their respective disciplines with the complete tool kit, including the learning outcomes of the course, self-instructional module on each of the topic, introductory video, Audio & Video recording pertaining to the topics, selecting audios/videos from portals like Swayam, swayamprabha, NDL, e- Pathshala, etc. Preparation of Concept maps, Rubrics for evaluation as the outcome of the workshop. He further shared that the collaborated work of participants and experts of the workshop would be translated into a resource book for the reference of the teaching academicia.

Dr Jasveen presented the report of the workshop and the Participants, namely Dr Rashmi & Dr Jasmeet kaur shared their reflections on the faculty program during the valedictory session.

Dr. Deepa Sikand Kauts congratulated the participants on the successful completion of the programme. At the same time, conveyed her gratitude to all the speakers for enriching sessions & appreciated support of the administration for such faculty development programs in the university.

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