Next Education India Pvt. Ltd, one of India’s leading tech-based education solutions providers and a pioneer in the K-12 segment, has joined hands with the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, to offer two Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for teachers. The courses will be offered on IITBombayX, an online platform developed by IIT Bombay. The two courses, MOOC 1 and MOOC 2, aim to introduce research-based and learner-centered pedagogies and enable effective integration of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in school education. Next Education aims to increase the use of cutting-edge technologies in education to improve learning outcomes in the K-12 segment.
Teachers today are finding ICT to be an effective solution to the perennial problems of retaining student interest, gauging their ability, managing large classes and preparing students for examinations and tests. The two courses– ‘Pedagogy for effective use of ICT in classrooms’ and ‘Effective teaching- learning of Computer Science in schools’ – will enable participants to apply the strategies learned during the course to design materials and activities for topics in their domain. The lessons will also help the teachers stay informed and tackle the teaching-learning problems competently. The ‘Pedagogy for effective use of ICT in classrooms’ will commence on July 26, 2018, and conclude on August 22, 2018. The second course, ‘Effective teaching- learning of Computer Science in schools’ will begin on August 26, 2018.
Beas Dev Ralhan, Co-founder and CEO, Next Education India Private Limited said, “For effective learning, teachers should not only have good knowledge of the subject but should also be able to pass it on to students in an effective manner. The integration of ICT will help educators create a learner-centric environment and transform the ways in which teachers and students interact with each other. Our aim is to offer teachers the right training and help them address some of the common problems they face, like dealing with varying student interests and abilities, managing large classes and so on. Through our association with IITBombayX, we aim to bridge the existing gaps in the teaching-learning ecosystem and initiate a journey towards transformative education.”
Dr Sridhar Iyer, professor of Interdisciplinary Programme in Educational Technology, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT-Bombay, said, “Pedagogies for effective use of ICT can transform the traditional practices of teacher-centric education to student-centred learning methods. Teachers require extensive exposure to ICTs and training in order to be able to evaluate and select appropriate methods of teaching. We believe that through MOOCs, we can empower more and more teachers to use ICTs effectively to tackle teaching-learning problems competently.”
The registration for the first MOOC has already begun. Teachers can log on to IITBombayX website, www.iitbombayx.in/courses, where the course is being hosted. Renowned faculty members will conduct these courses in Mumbai. All candidates will receive certificates from IITBombayX on the successful completion of the course.