Traditionally, teachers are not trained to teach professional courses. Thus, they learn even the essential principles of teaching through experience, ‘on the job’. This leads to a less than satisfactory in-class learning experience for most students in many courses, except if the teacher has a natural orientation to teaching. This course is aimed to introduce the essentials of facilitation of student learning (‘teaching’) in an interesting way to any teacher of professional courses, with a special focus on engineering. Further, education is a vast, old area of research, with rigorous, evidence-based knowledge that is useful for the facilitation of learning. However, the knowledge is not in an easily accessible form for teachers without experience in education research. This course also aims to begin bridging that gap, by appropriately introducing research in education to engineering teachers.
Week 1 1. An inexperienced engineering teacher’s view (GK) 2. From traditional lecturing to helping students learn (GK) 3. Better learning (Bloom’s taxonomy) (GK) 4. Problem based learning (PBL) and problem solving (GK)
Week 2 5. Learning outcomes (TLC – E. Prasad) 6. Active learning (GK) 7. Co-operative group learning (GK + TLC videos)
Week 4 11. How can we use research in education? (GK) (a) Class composition (b) Psychological type and learning (c) Models of cognitive development (d) Learning theories 12. Feed-back and Reflection (TLC – Shreepad Karmalkar)
MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
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How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.