Date(s) - 30/11/2015 - 05/12/2015
Sona College of Technology
This Short Term Training Program (STTP) on Technical Communication, is being conducted by IT Bombay under the National Mission on Education through ICT (MHRD, GoI) in collaboration with the Indian Society of Technical Education (ISTE), for enhancing teaching skills of faculty of engineering colleges. It is meant to train faculty from all departments of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM), and Humanities. The trained faculty can potentially use contents from this course for (i) teaching Undergraduate/Postgraduate (UG/PG) courses in Technical Communication, Scientific Communication or equivalent and (ii) training project students to communicate their research or development work to various audience. On successful completion of this program they will be able to organise, comprehend, write, and present, short and long forms of any technical work in the framework of the Scientific
Method. They will also be able to communicate this content within the widely accepted current norms. In this process, they will gain relevant examples in their own domain of knowledge,
and be able to use those, along with the general illustrations given here, to train students in the craft of technical communication.
Who Should/Can Attend?
1. Do you feel the quality of project reports or thesis submitted by students leaves a lot to be desired?
2. Do you see that your students are able to defend their work among peers, but are unable to express it well in an interview or to a general audience?
3. Do you think your students must carry out even small projects with a rigour expected of a scientific approach?
4. Do you observe your students have scant or no regard to ethics of technical or workplace communication?
5. Do you teach a “Communication skills” course for STEM disciplines, and felt the lack of good resources?
If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of the above questions, and you wish to try and change that situation for good, then this course may be for you.
Who is eligible?
• Any faculty member from STEM departments, or from Humanities, Social Sciences, and Management disciplines (who conduct communications courses for STEM students).
• Science teachers teaching PG courses equivalent to M.Sc level or UG courses in engineering (BE/BTech).
• Faculty from polytechnic institutes
• Teachers registered in a Masters or a Ph.D program, during their employment as a teacher in one of the above categories.
The STTP on Technical Communication will be conducted in the blended-MOOC format. It will consist of the following parts:
1. Online Component: IITBombayX (MOOCs) and Moodle (8 Oct to 11 Nov 2015 ) : 5
Weeks Registered participants will listen to online video lectures and complete assessments in IITBombayX and Moodle platforms. They will be evaluated by giving grades for this
portion. The online platform has a provision for conducting a discussion forum for clarifying doubts with IIT Bombay faculty.
2. Face-to-face workshop (30 Nov to 5 Dec 2015) : 6 Days Participants will assemble in a local college that is authorised to be a Remote Center for IIT Bombay’s Technical Communication
STTP. Sessions will be conducted by IIT Bombay faculty from IIT Bombay via the internet. Participants will be able to interact live through this audio-video link with IIT Bombay faculty.
Participants will work individually and in groups to carry out tutorial exercises in various aspects of communication, with live feedback from IIT Bombay and the local Course Coordinators.
3. Post workshop assignment Participants will need to submit online assignments after the
completion of the face-to- face workshop. This will again be a graded evaluation.
Duration and Venue
The face-to-face component will be conducted at the Remote Centers and will consist of 6 days.
1. Online Component: 8 th Oct to 11th Nov 2015 (5 weeks) A set of lectures and assignments will be posted every week. The effort expected from the participants is about 7 to 8 hours per week. The online component can be attempted at any time of the day from any computer with Internet access. About 2 to 3 hours in this weekly work will be carried out offline, and submitted online.
2. Face-to-face workshop: 30th Nov to 5th Dec 2015 (6 days) The schedule of the workshop is 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Saturday (approx 6 hours per day excluding lunch break). The participants must be present in the center they have registered. ISTE Certification Criteria ISTE will provide the STTP completion certificate only for eligible faculty (read ‘Who can attend?’)
● Additionally, the certificate will be issued only to participants who get a minimum grade equivalent to 40% in every assignment posted during the online component and post-workshop.
● It is also essential that the participants attend all the days of the face-to-face workshop.
Remote centers (ID: 1157 )
The Sona Nodal center was inaugurated by Dr.J. Abdul Kalam in the year 2009.Sona College was chosen as a remote center by IIT Bombay when the initiation to conduct live lectures through distant mode was taken. Since December 2009, more than 10 ISTE workshops have been successfully conducted through the distance mode. The unique feature of Sona nodal center is that the live lecture will be made available in a multiple window display with four LCDs.This kind of facility is available in only very few centers.
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