Chowgule Centre For Teaching and Learning (CTL)


Introduction

Use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in enhancing the quality of education is something that almost everyone is interested in, these days. Concepts like open content, open data, and open resources, along with notions of transparency and easy access to data and information is becoming a value. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) are being widely explored as alternatives and supplements to traditional university courses. The workforce demands skills from college graduates that are more often acquired from informal learning experiences than in universities. Education paradigms are shifting to include online learning, hybrid learning, and collaborative models. At the same time, the teaching paradigms across all sectors too, besides including the above, demand much more teamwork and collaboration. As the abundance of resources and relationships made easily accessible via the Internet grows, we are ever more challenged to revisit our roles as educators.

Faculty training still does not acknowledge the fact that digital media literacy continues its rise in importance as a key skill in every discipline and profession. The demand for personalized learning is not adequately supported by current technology or practices on campus. Economic pressures and new models of education are bringing unprecedented competition to the traditional models of higher education. The emergence of new scholarly forms of authoring, publishing, and researching, outpace sufficient and scalable modes of assessment. Many challenges impacting technology uptake are grounded in everyday realities that often make it difficult to learn about, much less adopt, new tools and approaches.

A number of workshops, seminars and training programs in this area are being held regularly. There are also many conferences and publications in this area. However, still the adoption and effective utilization of technology in education is low. One of the contributing factors is the lack of awareness at the level of teachers and institutions, and perhaps the lack of access to usable resources and inadequate sharing of experiences among those working in this field. A centre like this will help address this gap, by offering useful inputs and allowing for sharing of experiences with the relevant community.

The infrastructure for the centre has been partly funded by RUSA (Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan).

OBJECTIVES

The main objective of setting up of the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is to:
1. Educate faculty on how to go about integrating ICT in Higher Education effectively by conducting workshops, seminars and provide them with hands-on experience/training.
2. Develop E-content for the various courses offered by the college and other educational institutions.
3. Innovate, Implement and Share different ICT tools in teaching like Simulation, Gamification, LMS, Mobile Applications, etc.
4. Conduct Research related to use of ICT, Learning Analytics, Mobiles, LMS, etc.
5. Provide Consultancy services to schools and other Higher Educational Institutions by providing a roadmap for ICT implementation.
6. Provide Assessment/evaluation strategies to track student progression to graduation.

Purpose

Dealing with compelling issues in the contemporary world, primarily, but not exclusively, concerned with Geo-Politics, linkages with the past and future are fait accompli. The focus is not only limited tobringing together the in-house capabilities available at the home institution, but also to actively collaborate and synergize with various other institutions; regionally, nationally and internationally

Function

The functioning of the CSAS being at a nascent stage, it was considered prudent to focus on a limited number of aspects and issues initially. During this while, the CSAS has had some exposure, including first-hand experience with contact building and primary data collection in Northern Province (Sri Lanka); a rather ignored and less understood region, even within mainstream discourses in Sri Lanka.


A prominent boost to the CSAS initiative has come from the winning of the ERASMUS Plus project alongside the Universite de La Reunion, to enable collaborative research and exchange ideas and personnel between both the institutions. Not only is ParvatibaiChowgule College is the first Institution in India to have such a linkage with this French public university, this is also the first time that Universite de La Reunion is cooperating through an MoU with a Non-EU partner institution. It also encourages a wider thematic canvas that will also promote collaborations at all levels, across disciplines, as well as across the borders.
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