A Three-day Pre-Certification Workshop for IUCEE International Engineering Education Certification Program (IIEECP) was organized for the faculty of Engineering Colleges by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering from March 06, 2018 to March 08, 2018. While the Certification Program (IIEECP) is designed and offered by IUCEE in 3 phases, to address the need for teaching skills and their certification, the phase-1 constituting of 3-day hands-on face-to-face workshop, was hosted in the SJEC campus. The resource person for the event was Dr Archana Mantri, Pro Vice Chancellor, Chitkara University, Punjab, India who is one of the renowned OBE leaders and a global expert in Engineering education.
The workshop was formally inaugurated in the Bethania Hall at 9:00 AM. Dr Archana Mantri, graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Rev. Fr Rohit D’Costa, Assistant Director-SJEC and Dr Joseph Gonsalvis, Principal-SJEC were the Guests of Honour. Rev. Fr Wilfred Prakash D’Souza, Director-SJEC presided over the function. Dr Rio D’Souza, Vice-Principal-SJEC, Dr Sridevi Saralaya, HOD-CSE and Dr Kavitha K Mahesh, Convener were present on the dais.
Chief Guest, Dr Archana Mantri in her address highlighted the course of workshop and welcomed all the faculty participants to the Pre-Certification Workshop. In his Presidential address, Rev. Fr Wilfred Prakash D’Souza, stressed the importance of teamwork and the benefits that one gets to experience in such learning platforms as the IUCEE workshops. While providing a brief overview of the objectives and motto of IIEECP, he spoke of its relevance in improving the quality in Engineering Education. Dr Kavitha Mahesh, Coordinator of the workshop proposed the vote of thanks.
The Three Day Pre-Certification Workshop comprised of three sessions on each day from 9:30 AM -11:AM, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM and from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM, post lunch-break. 31 faculty members of SJEC and 1 from neighbouring institution actively participated in workshop. The session on first day began with the introduction of the workshop learning objectives, outline and participant’s expectations by the resource person. Further, Dr Archana Mantri discussed about the common classroom problems, the need to know the Millennium Learner-The Student and thereon elaborated on the Student’s Learning Styles. The session enabled the participants to introspect on their personal teaching styles and further get to know on how misalignment between the students’ learning styles and teacher’s teaching style affect class environment. Focus of the rest of her talk was in motivating the faculty members on the need to shift from being a good teacher to a facilitator. Elements of Course planning, Design Backwards vs Backward Design were other topics addressed on first day of the workshop.
Sessions on the second day focused on Reviewing Bloom’s taxonomy and engaged participants in revisiting/rewriting Course Learning Objectives. The resource person shared valuable insights with the participants on Planning Effective Instruction through mechanisms such as Promoting active learning in regular / large classes, collaborative interventions – PBL etc. While engrossing the participants in re-planning their respective courses, the resource person illustrated the importance of choosing best pedagogical practices suiting each course.
The Phase-1 of the IIEECP Pre-Certification Workshop concluded with an informal valedictory function held at 3:30 PM in Bethania Hall on the third day.
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