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Introducing Research-based Instructional Strategies in a Rural Engineering College in India

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

Conference Session

Studies in Faculty Development

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Continuing Professional Development

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Pradeep Kashinath Waychal Guruji Education Foundation Orcid 16x16

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Dr Pradeep Waychal is a founder trustee of Guruji Education Foundation that provides holistic support to the higher education of underprivileged students and a visiting professor of Engineering Education at CRICPE of Western Michigan University, US. Earlier, Dr Waychal has worked at Patni Computer Systems for 20 years in various positions including the head of innovations, NMIMS as the director Shirpur campus, and at College of Engineering Pune (COEP) as the founder head of the innovation Center.

Dr Waychal earned his Ph D in the area of developing Innovation Competencies in Information System Organizations from IIT Bombay and M Tech in Control Engineering from IIT Delhi. He has presented keynote / invited talks in many high profile international conferences and has published papers in peer-reviewed journals. He / his teams have won awards in Engineering Education, Innovation, Six Sigma, and Knowledge Management at international events. His current research interests are engineering education, software engineering, and developing innovative entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs. He has been chosen as one of the five outstanding engineering educators by IUCEE (Indo-universal consortium of engineering education).

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Jayantrao Bhaurao Patil R. C. Patel Institute of Technology, Shirpur, India

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Jayantrao B. Patil is working as the Principal at the R. C. Patel institute of Technology, Shirpur, India and holds appointment as a Professor in the Department of Computer Engineering. He is also serving as a Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Member of Senate, Member of Academic Council, and Chairman of Board of Studies in Computer Engineering & Information Technology at the North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, India.

Jayantrao’s research interests include Web caching, Web Prefetching, Web data mining, Biometrics, and digital watermarking. He is the author/co-author of over 10 papers in refereed journal publications and over 10 papers in conference proceedings. He is also associated with many international conferences like ICICT 2014 at Chengdu, China, ICICT 2013 at New Delhi, India, and DNCOCO 2007 at Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago as a Session Chair and Program Committee Chair.

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Pramod Jagan Deore R.C. Patel Institute of Technology, Shirpur, India

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Pramod Deore is Professor of Electronics and Telecommunication Department at the R. C. Patel Institute of Technology, Shirpur, India. He is also serving as a Senate Member and Member of Board of Studies in Electronics and Telecommunication at the North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, India.
His research interests include Interval arithmetic operations applications in Robust Control, Image Processing, and Bio-medical Signal Processing etc. He has published 40 papers in National/International Conferences/Journals and he has Co-authored two books. He is Member of IEEE and life member of ISTE

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Dharmaraj Rajaram Patil R. C. Patel Institute of Technology, Shirpur, India

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Dharmaraj Rajaram Patil has completed his master of
engineering in computer science & engineering, Government College of
Engineering, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India in 2010 and pursuing his Ph.D.
in computer engineering from North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon,
Maharashtra, India. He is working as an assistant professor in the Information
Technology Department at R.C. Patel Institute of Technology, Shirpur
(Maharashtra), India. He has 13 years of teaching experience.

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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. 10.18260/1-2--28579

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