Teaching Excellence

The methodology of teaching has undergone significant changes in recent years. Explosion of knowledge and information, developments in arts, science, engineering, management, medicine agriculture, and other fields and rapid development in information and communication technologies have led to the need of modernizing current teaching methodology. Educational technology includes smart classrooms with internet connectivity, interactive writing boards, online learning, globally competitive content development, and video conferencing. Teachers need to be trained in pedagogy, use of audio-video tools, web content development, modern methods of teaching, examination and evaluation methods in frontier areas such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, bioinformatics, business management, and use of software for scientific data analysis. Because technologies keep changing, the syllabi need to be revised and updated to the changing needs.

To address these changes teaching methodologies in India, AIP proposes the creation of Centers for Teaching Excellence at partner universities that will promote the advancement of teaching and learning. An integrated program, built on the current successes of AIP’s educational and skill development programs at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University, UAS-Dharwad, GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, and Punjab Agricultural University, will be designed to improve the curriculum at other selected SAUs in the Indo-Gangetic Plains.

Updates

  • With an aim to improve the teaching skills and learning experience of students, a workshop on Teaching Interest and Basics of excellent teaching was held at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology (SVPUAT), Meerut on 19-20 August, 2014. More than thirty professors attended the workshop conducted by Centre of Teaching Excellence at SVPUAT under the AIP project.

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  • AIP conducted a training workshop at Assam Agricultural University (AAU) in coordination with Dr. Prasanta Kalita, Professor, Soil & Water Resources Engineering, University of Illinois (UoI) at Urbana Champaign, to facilitate the process of setting up a center for teaching excellence at AAU.

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  • Under the aegis of the AIP, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, organized a three-day international workshop titled “Innovative Teaching for Improved Learning”, July 16-18, 2012, at the ITC Sheraton Hotel in Saket, New Delhi, to address ways in which Indian learning institutions can achieve excellence in teaching and learning methodologies. The attendees included vice-chancellors, senior faculty members and top officials from various AIP partner universities. Interactive sessions and training models involving practice teaching allowed participants to experience innovative, effective learning environments. These exercises helped them choose appropriate best practice models to implement in their classroom sessions, work on interactive modules and assignments for students, and receive peer feedback.

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