Facilitating Learning Organization
“Of all the hard jobs around, one of the hardest is being a good teacher,” Maggie Gallagher said so long back, and despite multiple changes happening in the core structure of engineering education, the role of teachers remained critical in ensuring high quality of education. An estimated 800 engineering colleges in India are expected to shut down owing to low enrolment, lack of infrastructure and quality of education. A FICCI report suggests that only 2% of graduates from these engineering colleges are employable. AICTE is currently considering a six-month-long program for capacity building of faculty members working in private engineering colleges.
In its continued efforts to enrich the Engineering education system and based on popular demand of the colleges, in 2016-17, the company decided to work with the faculty members of identified Engineering Colleges in India to ensure excellence in the education of engineers.
ARISE ToT was conceptualised as an in-service faculty development program using a blended learning approach. The program aims to build a community of engineering educators in India to create knowledge and resource pools to improve pedagogical approaches /practices for improvement in engineering education. The program is extensively working with educators, students and leadership team members of the chosen engineering colleges for strengthening their professional capacity.
Starting in 2017-18, ARISE ToT has combined the power of experiential and blended learning and is designed to support educators to carve their professional growth. The program also introduces educators to peer networks such as Trainer Tribe and access to teaching tools that are unique and can be customised to support different learning environments and help them in the transition to their new roles. A brief of the program intervention and pedagogical journey presented below – (Image)
In 2019, Quest Alliance and Altran continued to engage with educators, students and institutions for holistic change in the engineering ecosystem, using a three-pronged approach that involves educators, students and heads of institutions of engineering education. The faculty development program has been facilitating the adoption of newer skills, application strategies for a 21st Century Learning Environment in the classroom. On the other side, students’ engagement program focuses to inculcate 21st-century skills to bring about self-awareness, improved and effective communication skills, develop critical thinking to make their own decisions, and meaningful engagement with their faculty and classmates to exchange learning and knowledge. Workplace readiness is one of the core competencies under the student-oriented program that is helping to improve their performance during the placement. The leadership team engagement program helps to build self-learning culture in the institution, resolving their conflicts with faculty and facilitating changes in classroom teaching and overall management.
The ToT, learning facilitation program has received an overwhelming response so far from teachers, students and college leadership team members having exposure to F2F and online learning curve. All faculty members are enrolled now on “The Trainer Tribe” for a lateral exchange of best practices by the teaching community that has created a culture of continuous learning. Most of the participants are highly inspired by the impact of this program on their lives and in their classrooms.