SRM University-AP educators, Dr Balaguruprasad Narayanan and Dr Anupama Ghattu from the Teaching and Learning Centre are now accredited facilitators under The Cambridge Assessment International Education Program Leaders. The Duo have earned their specialisations in the Teaching and Learning Program & Teaching with Digital Technologies Program respectively.
The certification will enable the educators to provide the faculty and students with specialised competency in teaching and learning mechanisms, it will also facilitate student learning experiences. Following this accreditation, the programme leaders through TLC are planning to guide SRM University-AP faculty members for International Cambridge Certification in one of the above-mentioned programmes of their choice.
Congratulations to Dr Ghattu and Dr Narayanan!
The Teaching and Learning Centre along with The Directorate of Corporate Relations & Career Services conducted Diagnostic Skills Assessments for Freshman undergraduate students for AY 2023-24 from August 17, 2023 – August 19, 2023, during the Freshman Orientation Programme.
The main objective of the diagnostic assessments was to identify individual students’ knowledge, skills, strengths, and potential areas of growth in English, Aptitude, Math, C Programming, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. It is primarily used to identify and address learning gaps to meet their learning needs. Furthermore, it will also help in tracking student achievements throughout their learning process. The assessment data will be used for differentiated instruction among other techniques in the classroom to foster student learning.
Dr Balaguruprasad Narayanan and Dr Anupama Ghattu, Associate Professors from the Teaching and Learning Centre, SRM University-AP delivered a 3-Day Outcome-Based Teaching & Learning Workshop on “Innovative Pedagogies and Assessment to Serve NEP Aligned Curricula” at the Institute of Aeronautical Engineering (IARE) on September 14-16, 2023. IARE located in Dundigal, Hyderabad is a prestigious autonomous college that offers various undergraduate and graduate programs with 23 years of rich experience in the higher education arena. The 3-day workshop was hosted with the objective of introducing active learning pedagogies and assessment strategies to the faculty of IARE that are engaging, student-centric and aligned with NEP.
The workshop included various sessions on Revisiting existing curriculum to align with the NEP and adopting effective learner-centred approaches to build on their learning; Demonstration of various active learning pedagogies to cater to the needs of the 21st-century learners and how to enhance their learning experience; and a session on the different assessment tools and evaluation techniques that provide an opportunity to assess the learner for further progress.
Dr Anupama addressed and demonstrated the active learning strategies that can be used in the classrooms to encourage student participation, promote higher-order thinking, and increase engagement and accountability of learning. Through her session, she illustrated the importance of assessment and how it must be mapped with the student learning activities to assess their learning and encourage them to work towards their aims. Dr Balaguruprasad discussed the NEP and its guidelines for higher education and how it is important to align the curriculum in line with NEP to facilitate classroom learning that instils 21st-century learning skills in students and how active learning strategies can enhance learning experiences.
The Teaching Learning Centre at SRM University-AP conducted a 4-day face-to-face Faculty Orientation programme for the newly joined faculty members from January 17 – 20, 2023. Honourable Vice Chancellor, Prof. Manoj K Arora delivered an introductory talk expounding on the larger goals of the University. The programme aimed at seamlessly aligning faculty activities with the University’s ideology & philosophy.
The workshop included a series of hands-on sessions on Active Learning, Project Based Learning, Technology-enabled learning, Outcome-based learning, Curriculum design, development and delivery, new ways of assessments, Classroom communication and Student engagement facilitated by Dr Balaguruprasad N and Dr Anupama G, faculty members of the Teaching Learning Centre.
More than 50 new faculty members attended and benefited from the programme by working together in experiential activities, creating new lessons using innovative pedagogies and designing innovative assessments among other teaching-learning practices. The participating faculty members also benefited from the University student counsellor, Ms Liza Hazarika and Dr Veena Kumar from the University of Maryland, Global Campus.
The Teaching Learning Centre at SRM University- AP enables the faculty and researchers to create a conducive environment for teaching and learning. The centre had organised a Teaching Process-Round Table Programme on May 31, 2023 for the faculty to discuss their best teaching practices and strategies in facilitating the students with a better experience.
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Manoj K Arora, Deans, Professors and other faculty members were in attendance. Prof. Arora, emphasised on the necessity of such interactive programmes. He called it a “360° feedback session from you, for you.” The programme also examined the ideas from the Faculty Development Programme conducted in January this year.
Practices like, Experiential learning, Active learning and Peer learning were the highlights of the session. Audio-Visual techniques, storytelling, case studies, Jigsaw technique and technology based learning were stressed upon to make the classes more engaging.
The session ended with Vice Chancellor, Prof. Manoj K Arora handing over certificates to the presenters.