June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Continuing Professional Development
An educational institution is known by the faculty it keeps. A good faculty can drive other institutional success factors such as, student intake and infrastructure. Therefore, administrators spend considerable efforts on faculty development. The development efforts, though, predominantly focus on core engineering, which is a critical requirement in the ever-changing world of technology. That equips teachers with state-of-the-art technological knowledge. However, many faculty members have inadequate skills in delivering that knowledge, as they do not have formal training in instructional strategies. That results in poor learning for students. To make matters worse, many Indian colleges have inadequate number of faculty members and cannot afford to send them en-masse for long-term training. The situation requires an incremental approach.
Towards that objective, we chose a rural Indian college that has a good academic record and wants to improve that further. We introduced simple research-based instructional strategies (RBIS) such as using audio-visuals, think-pair-share, formative feedback, problem-based learning in lab sessions, and project-based learning in design courses in one-day workshops. Around 80 faculty members participated in two such workshops. During the workshops, faculty members reflected on the strategies and experienced usage of some of them to enhance their understanding. The participants’ overall rating of the workshops was 4.5/5.
The participating faculty members prepared their individual RBIS usage plans and executed for a semester. We regularly followed up with the participants to address their difficulties and reinforce the importance of deploying the strategies. The formative feedback of students indicates significant improvement in their learning. We will confirm this result with the summative feedback that will be available in the next few days.
We plan to present the detailed design and the feedback analysis of the workshop, and the summative feedback analysis of the faculty members in the full paper. We will also compare this semester’s feedback with the earlier semester, where the faculty members did not use any such strategies.
Waychal, P. K., & Patil, J. B., & Deore, P. J., & Patil, D. R. (2017, June), Introducing Research-based Instructional Strategies in a Rural Engineering College in India Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/28579
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