17th Dec. 2018
Resource Person: Dr. Rani George
Global Competence: Teaching 21st Century Students
An FDP was organized to help faculty adopt the High Impact Educational Practices and prepare the students to be globally competent. Dr. Rani George Dean of College of Arts & Humanities at Albany State University explained the various high impact educational practices that will help the teachers to engage the students and make them competent. She started with outcome based learning covering terms like Engagement Indicators, Learning Strategies, Reflective & Integrative Learning.
She made it simple to understand with various live examples.
24th February 2018
Resource Persons: Dr. Vikas Shinde
Understanding the Program and Course Outcomes.
An FDP was organised to help faculty adopt student centric pedagogy and learn to design and measure course and programme outcomes. Dr. Vikas Shinde, Director, Center of Excellence Project Based Learning, explained that for higher education courses, one should aim for imparting ‘higher order thinking skills’ as desired outcomes. These are based on Bloom’s taxonomy.
Through illustrative examples he explained how Course outcomes can be co related with Program outcomes and further the ‘rubric’ to measure course and programme outcomes.
15th January 2018
Resource Persons: Dr. Anuradha Mathrani, Dr. Sanjay Mathrani
Effective Pedagogy (Research, Innovative Pedagogy & Industry Academic Practices)
Dr. Anuradha Mathrani, Sr. Lecturer. Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Massey University and Dr. Sanjay Mathrani, Sr. Lecturer, Product Development, School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University stressed on the inclusion of technology, participative learning and research oriented teaching as effective tools for enhancing the overall teaching- learning experience and making it more effective for the takers.
30th Jan to 5th Feb. 2017
Resource Persons: Mr. Gaurav, Mr. Anil Gupte, Swami Siddheshanand]
Effective Educational Leaders –II [Technology in Teaching – Learning Processes]
A seven day workshop on ‘Effective Educational Leaders – II’ was conducted from 30th Jan to 5th Feb, 2017 at SVIMS with an aim to enhance pedagogical skills of faculty members by using technology in the teaching – learning processes. Technology is going to play an increasingly important role in education sector. A large number of academic institutes all across the globe have adopted Learning Management Systems like Moodle.
In his opening session, Mr. Gaurav stressed upon the need to adopt and adapt to technology. An overview of many softwares and their numerous features was presented by him. He stressed on the need to use open source programmes and are user friendly. The day concluded with a demo on installation process of Moodle.
The topics of discussion on day two of FDP were user management, course management, registration and enrolment of students. Each process was demonstrated by the resource person in ‘a hands on manner’. Site administration and control process were also explained. The rights of each registered user of Moodle are defined according to the role, and this is an inbuilt feature in the system.
The third day of FDP commenced with discussion of customization features which can be integrated in Moodle. Moodle plugins, as they are commonly referred to as, can be installed to make Moodle meet specific requirements of the organisation. These plugins are available freely on Net and are user friendly with graphic interface. One distinguishing feature of Moodle is the integration of tests and assignments. Using Notepad 2 version, online tests can be created and installed in Moodle which can be accessed by students and attempted in the allocated time.
The fourth day was devoted to discussing integration of payment gateways into Moodle. He also cautioned the participants of security breaches and vulnerability of such system and preventive measures. Video conference is one of the tools which can be used to enhance the teaching learning effectiveness. The participants were familiarised with use of and integration of this feature with Moodle. Virtual classroom can be created using this platform where two way live chat can be generated. The session ended with a demo on certificate creation and customisation for programs held in the institute.
This day began with introduction to Content Management System (CMS). Mr. Gaurav explained the difference between CMS and LMS. Many free and open source CMS are available, like Joomla, which are user friendly and can be adopted without any software knowledge. Research plays an important part in efficacy of any academic program. Use of softwares like Mendeley, not only makes the process quicker but also comprehensive. Mr. Gaurav Kumar also gave a demonstration on open conference system (OCS) and open journal system (OJS)
Mr. Anil Gupte, Founder Layer 3 Media, presented the concept of Blended learning to the participants and showed how it can be implemented in the classrooms. He explained that adopting technology is no longer an option. . IT enabled teachers are a basic survival mechanism for any academic institute. He also gave strategies which can be adopted by faculties to be prepared for the inevitable future. According to Mr. Gupte, preparing and maintaining database in a systematic way is the first step towards adopting technology.
Following the tradition of SVIMS where values and spirituality are embedded in day to day activities, the seventh day of FDP was set aside for a session on inculcating values in pedagogy. Swami Siddheshananda from Chinmayanand Mission, Pune, was the apt choice for the resource person on this topic. He gave insights into the working and thinking patterns peoples’ minds. Throughout his discussion he laid emphasis on the need to have a stable mind if any learning or growth has to happen. The session ended with realisation that the best education a teacher can give to a student is value-based education.
1st Dec to 7th Dec. 2015
Resource Persons: Mr. Anil Dagia, Mr. Jitendra, Mr. Anil Gupte, Swami Siddeshanand, Mr. Rai]
Effective Educational Leaders [NLP, Multiple Intelligences, mind Maps, TQM, Value Based Education]
A seven day workshop was conducted from 1st Dec to 7th Dec, 2015 for faculty across schools and colleges with an aim to enhance their pedagogical efforts, psychological influence on students and making them effective mentors and social integrators. The FDP on Effective Educational Leaders brought together participants from Institutions in Pune, other Universities of Maharashtra as well as from Hyderabad and Ahmedabad.
Day1-3: NLP and Emotional Fitness Gym
The First Session on NLP was ably conducted by Mr. Anil Dagia, one of the foremost NLP and Emotional Fitness trainers in India. In a highly interactive 3 day session, Mr. Dagia took the participants through Changing Negative Thought Patterns, Understanding Student Types and also an Emotional Fitness Training.
Day 4-5: Multiple Intelligences
Mr. Jitendra Sandhu, COO TalentMat, conducted a two day session on multiple intelligence and its role in enhancing the “learning teaching experience”. He spoke about the eight different intelligence types present in all humans in varying proportions .Mr. Sandhu also stressed the need to develop skills sets amongst students that are linked to the type of intelligences which they majorly possess In order to enhance the effectiveness of pedagogy.
Day 6- Mind Maps
Mr. Dharmendra Rai, Mind Map Trainer and coach ,began the day with a small exercise on memory and creativity to bring out the concept of mind maps . A mind map is a powerful graphical technique which provides a universal key to unlock the potential of the brain and can be applied to every aspect of life. The various activities conducted during the session helped the participants to understand how persons differ significantly in their thought processes. Mr. Rai showed how this tool has been an effective medium for enhancing the performances in the corporate world and simulation of the same in the classroom can improve the memory and develop logical thinking amongst students.
Day 7- TQM and Value Education
Mr. Anil Gupte, Founder Layer3 Media, introduced Total Quality Management to the participants and showed how it can be extended in the classrooms. TQM is not just an individual or departmental function but is an organisational function. TQM can be achieved in an educational organization by focusing on customers, better leadership, strong internal systems and better processes.
Swami Siddeshananda from Chinmaya Mission conducted a session on Value Education. Acknowledging that he could reach thousands of students through the faculty members attending the programme, he explained the importance of values in life and how teachers should translate values into actions which would be the best way to impart value based education to students.
15th and 16th September 2014
Resource Person: Mr. Clifford de Silva
The FDP was inaugurated at the hands of Dr. E.B. Khedkar, Dean, Faculty of Management at Pune University and Director, D Y Patil School of Management, Pune and was attended by over 45 teachers from 12 city colleges.
It was conducted by Mr. Clifford de Silva, eminent trainer’s trainer and Director, Goa Institute of Counselling, Mr. De Silva, has conducted workshops on diverse topics such as Person Centred Therapy, Ericksonian Conversational Hypnosis, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Hypnotherapy and a host of other programmes in many cities in India as well as Bangkok, Thailand and in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. The session began with a self-awareness exercise that propelled individuals to examine their attitude, thoughts, behaviour and communicative skills. He offered definite guidelines to generate new behaviour patterns and overcome addictions and unwanted habits. The workshop was highly interactive, with articulate participation and spirited discussions in every session. The workshop not only gave sound theoretical inputs to participants on the need for mentoring in today’s context; it also helped the participants to formulate a mentoring plan for their institution and an action plan to implement it effectively.
Dr. B.H. Nanwani, Director, SVIMS, said that the role of a teacher has become far more challenging and complex today. While stress is fast becoming a killer disease among the youth, one-third of all suicides worldwide are said to be reported from India. There is increasing pressure on the students to perform beyond expectations in a highly competitive environment. The teacher therefore needs to be much more than an instructor. This is one of the reasons why SVIMS has chosen to make Mentoring the subject of an FDP, she added.
Prof. Prakash Chaudhary, Vice Principal, Ness Wadia College observed: “Dealing with youth today requires that teachers receive inputs through a scientific training programme from an experienced and qualified counsellor. I am glad that SVIMS has taken this initiative, and I have personally benefited from this programme. I only wish that other institutions would follow their example. Such FDPs are the need of the hour for the teaching community.”
Ms. Hazel Francis and Simone Samuel, freelance trainers, said that the workshop would equip them better to handle their own trainees who invariably looked upon them as mentors. “It made all the difference to be part of the audience and learn from a master trainer,” Ms. Hazel Francis added. Prof. Purnima Kulkarni of St. Mira’s College said: “Mr. De Silva’s tips on mentoring were invaluable… the two-day programme has left an indelible impression on my mind…I can see a drastic change in myself, a very positive one at that!” Trainee teachers and Nursing Staff also attended the programme and felt it was a wonderful learning experience.
13th February 2014
Resource Person: Dr. Raj Agrawal
No. of Participants – 26 (15 from other institutions)
Case Writing and Identification of Research Problems
The FDP on Case Writing and Identification of Research Problems came as a critical link to bridge the gap that exists for many Faculty Members between teaching and research. The resource person Dr. Raj Agrawal –Director AIMA started the session with a brief introduction of different objectives of writing case studies. The focus of the session however was on case studies for teaching/academic purposes. Important aspects to be considered prior to writing a case were also discussed followed by key issues in writing a case paper and finally arriving at a general structure for a case study. Dr. Agrawal stressed upon the fact that a research problem can have multiple dimensions. To ensure the learning objectives are met and the case is interesting for the students, the faculty has to restrict narration and discussion to the concepts under consideration.
The post lunch session dealt with identification of a research problem. Dr. Agrawal shared insights from his experience as a researcher. This was followed by a group activity of identifying research problems by participants. It was a very interactive session. Each group got an opportunity to identify and present their research problem while the facilitator and other participants critically analyzed the same. The feedback received for the programme was positive.