The 'Train 1000 Teachers' programme was initiated by IIT Bombay in 2009, under the project 'Empowerment of Students/Teachers,' sponsored by the National Mission on Education through ICT (MHRD, Government of India). The main focus of this programme is to work with Engineering Colleges in the country to enhance the teaching skills of faculty in core Engineering and Science subjects. This project attempts to address a critical subset of important issues, and adopts an approach to address these utilizing modern technologies. It uses an ICT enabled process involving both synchronous and asynchronous mode to actually reach out and engage a large number of teachers, and through them, a much larger number of students. Indeed, actual involvement of these important stakeholders in the entire process, scaled to very large numbers using ICT, can be said to be a major contribution of the project.
In 2013, this programme was scaled further, to train up to 10,000 teachers at a time, using 338 established Remote Centers across India. IIT Kharagpur is our partner Institution in the second phase. Together, we have a mandate to train 1, 50,000 teachers over the next three years.
The 'Train 10,000 Teachers' (T10kT) uses the AVIEW framework developed by Amrita University, which provides an interactive social environment through the internet, for e-learning, and communicating and interacting with people at different places. It is used to deliver and transmit live lectures given by faculty at IIT, to all RCs.
We identify engineering institutes across the country, which could act as RCs (Remote Centers). The criteria used are proximity to a number of other colleges, infrastructure, good faculty, and number of engineering disciplines.
Once the topic of the workshop is decided, we invite expert faculty from these centers to a five-day Coordinators' training workshop held in IIT Bombay, two months before the main workshop. The training workshop is conducted by IIT faculty members, who are subject experts in the topic of the main workshop. This workshop is conducted to finalize the syllabus of the main workshop, and to train the workshop coordinators in the methodology used by the IIT faculty.
Each Remote Center hosts the main two week ISTE workshop with partial funding from IIT Bombay. The workshop is attended by interested participants of the nearby colleges. The lectures of the IIT subject experts, are transmitted live from IIT Bombay/IIT Kharagpur during the workshop. The participants attend lectures in the morning and participate in assignments/tutorials in the afternoon. The Workshop Coordinators supervise the conduct of tutorials and Labs at their Centers. They liaise between the participants at their Remote Centers, and IIT Bombay/IIT Kharagpur. The participants of the workshop receive certificates from IIT Bombay/IIT Kharagpur and ISTE, after satisfying all the stipulated requirements. All the lectures and tutorial sessions are also recorded for future use.
The final edited audio-visual content, along with other course material, is released in Open Source to be freely used later by all teachers, students, and other learners.