Date & Time: 29 July 2020 (Wed) 2-30 pm to 5 pm

Recording of the Interactive Online Session

Kannan discusses the ambience and the computer + mic + camera configuration required for online.

Karmalkar discusses the conduct of an interactive online class using simple accessories, namely - a laptop with integrated mic + camera and webcam. He demonstrates how a combination of power-point and (paper + pen + webcam) which simulates (chalk + blackboard) can be used to deliver textual material as well as mathematical derivations. He also shows how to play and "deliver" videos.

Ramalingam demos a live class using the Wacom writing device that he has been using for his regular classes and also for last semester's online classes. He also shows how file sizes of recorded material can be compressed significantly without significant loss in quality.

Srilata teaches excerpts from Charlotte Perkins Gilman's novella "The Yellow Wall paper", and then discusses with students some open-ended questions pertaining to the text, its narration and style.

Discussion concentrates on various means of student engagement and assessment in online environment.

VIDEOS ON MOODLE by Dr. Janakiraman (EE)

Introduction to Moodle

1. Add files to Moodle in a separate topic

2. Create groups of users on your course

3. Send messages to all/ selected group of students

4. Add URLs to external resources


Student Interaction through Moodle

1. Create a poll and send it out to the students

2. Create a discussion forum for your course


Setting up a quiz on Moodle Part-1

1. Create a quiz with appropriate setting

2. Create categories of questions in a question bank

3. Populate the question bank with T/F, MCQ, MSQ, and Numerical Answer Type questions


Setting up a quiz on Moodle Part-2

1. Edit a quiz and populate it with questions

2. Preview the quiz

3. View the results of the quiz after students finish

4. Create a randomized question paper

VIDEOS ON MOODLE by Prof. Phanikuamr (MME)

Assignments and Anonymous Feedback using moodle

1. Set up an assignment submission process

2. Set up an anonymous feedback form in moodle

VIDEOS ON MATLAB GRADER by Prof. Arun Tangirala (CHE)

Matlab Grader Tutorial - Part 1

Matlab Grader Tutorial - Part 2

With this two-part Tutorial, the learner should be able to:

1. Frame questions and assessments

2. Create a course, enroll students and set up assignments

Run the assessment (assignments) and monitor the progress of each student / assignment on the MATLAB Grader platform


Date & Time: 19 Sep. 2020 (Sat) 4 pm to 6-30 pm

00:00 Welcome to Day 1 of Online Teaching Workshop

13:52 Effective teaching in Educational Institutions

38:23 Note-taking using Windows Journal

53:47 Compressing files using FFMPEG software

1:16:44 Content preparation for online classes

1:34:19 How to make an effective PowerPoint Presentation

1:49:40 How to engage the class in online scenario

1:54:03 Content Delivery and Student Engagement

2:19:05 Contents covered in Day 2 of the Workshop


Date & Time: 20 Sep. 2020 (Sun) 4 pm to 6-30 pm

00:00 Welcome to Day 2 of Online Teaching Workshop

4:37 Assessment in Online Classroom

17:18 Strategies and Tools for Online Assessment

48:13 Flipped Classroom Method

1:03:40 Options and specifications for Recording

1:11:00 Virtual Labs

1:18:55 Presenting Handwritten notes in Online Class

1:29:33 New approach to present Online Class using IPEVO software

1:52:10 Using FFMPEG software to compress files

2:03:00 Recipe for Effective and Efficient Teaching

2:29:18 Acknowledgment

2:32:40 Feedback Form

PARALLEL TEACHING OF LARGE CLASSES (by three or more teachers)

The sessions give a perspective on how large classes are taught by multiple teachers in various courses across the institute. Issues covered include class division, syllabus / learning outcomes, text book / notes, assignment / tutorials, quizzes / exams and use of TAs.

Date & Time: 1 Oct. 2020 (Thu) 5-00 pm to 6-30 pm

E. Prasad (CY), M. V. Satyanarayana (PH), Thamban Nair (MA), Rinku Mukherjee (AM), G. K. Suraishkumar (BT)

Date & Time: 2 Oct. 2020 (Fri) 5-00 pm to 7-00 pm (had a longer discussion at the end)

V. Babu (ME), D. Jalihal (EE), C. Vijayan (PH), Lakshman Rao (AM), V. J. Kumar (EE)


Date & Time:22 Dec.2020 (Tue)

Format of the sessions was ~ 15 min presentation by each faculty followed by Q&A and discussion. The presenters were R. Gnanamoorthy (ME), Suresh Babu (HSS), S. Karmalkar (EE), P. Sudarshan (HSS), V. Janakiraman (EE) and G. Phani Kumar (MME) in that order.

The faculty discussed various assessment procedures adopted by them. How to avoid mutual discussion among students during the examination was pointed out. For this purpose, rather than making the entire question paper available at the beginning of the examination, parts of the question paper of about 1/2 hr duration each can be released sequentially after students have turned in their answers to the previous part. The nitty gritty details of practical implementation of this basic idea using TAs and / or Moodle for small and large classes were brought out.

You may also refer to the following DIY videos by V. Jankiraman (EE).

Calculated simple questions Demo of using Moodle to generate random numbers for selected parameters in a question so that the numerical answer will be unique for each student, though they are tested on the same concept.

Creating a sequential quiz Demo of using Moodle to generate random numbers for selected parameters in a question so that the numerical answer will be unique for each student, though they are tested on the same concept.


Date & Time: 12 Aug 2021 (Thu) 5-00 pm to 6-30 pm

Speaker: K. Kasturirangan


Date & Time: 12 Jan 2022 (Wed) 5-00 pm to 7-00 pm

Recording of the Interactive Online Session

The intended outcomes of the session were:

* Indicators of student learning and factors that affect this learning

* Role of quality of problems and feedback in learning

* Best practices for content preparation, delivery, student engagement and assessment

* Teacher portfolio – evidence of teaching effectiveness

* Assistive technologies for students with special needs

* Reflection – Larger goals of education

The presenters were S. Karmalkar (EE), E. Prasad (CY), V. Janakiraman (EE), G. Phani Kumar (MME), A. Prabhakar (EE) and D. Menon (CE) in that order

Speaker: Rahul Kulkarni

Date & Time:10 Mar 2022 (Thu) 5-00 pm to 7-00 pm

What if schools and colleges ran like open source communities - self evolving every day, pushing the boundaries of education through co-creation and collaboration? What if education were not a means to a degree but immersive learning micro-experiences, initiated by you, when you needed them? What if these experiences were virtual in a metaverse, or physical - galvanizing an entire city to action? In this interactive session, join technologist and mentor, Rahul Kulkarni, on a journey to push the limits of education technology to transform Indian education. Let’s talk about personalized textbooks that write themselves, holograms that come to life to explain a concept, the digital rupee that may change the way education is financed, and discuss learnings from open source communities that can be applied to education. Most importantly, let’s also dive into the evolving standards and constructs in Indian education technology such as Digital University, NDEAR, National Academic Depository, Academic Bank of Credit, API Setu for Education, Beckn, Sunbird, DESH stack, NPTEL, SWAYAM, DIKSHA, e-Vidya amongst others - that are all evolving as we speak and how you can get involved in contributing to them.

Speaker Bio

Rahul Kulkarni, Co-Founder and Partner at DoNew, is a seasoned product innovator and mentor having built teams, products and businesses over 20 years across large organizations and startups. At DoNew, Rahul and another ex-Googler Vihari, operate as fractional time CPO / CTO to help organizations embark upon their technology moonshots, with new or existing teams. Rahul also serves as Chief Technologist at Samagra where he helps build open source, population-scale software to run education, skilling, service delivery, health and agriculture infrastructure across state governments. Rahul previously served as Chief Product Officer at Sokrati, an ad technology startup that was eventually acquired by Dentsu-Japan. Before entering the startup world, Rahul spent six years at Google - starting out as Google’s first product manager in India in 2006 and helping build several of Google’s key products and businesses - Google Finance, Orkut, OpenSocial and Google Apps platforms, Google Cloud Platform, Google India Maps amongst others. Prior to Google, Rahul was the Product Manager for LabVIEW at National Instruments Corp in Austin, TX where for five years he led cutting edge product development, with customers such as NASA and CERN. Rahul holds 9 patents, is a TEDx speaker, serves on various expert technical committees, has a Masters in Engineering from Georgia Tech in Atlanta and Bachelors in Engineering from VJTI Mumbai.

Speaker: Ashok Kamath

Date & Time:30 Mar 2022 (Wed) 5-00 pm to 6-30 pm

While India’s access to schools and enrollment ratio in primary schools is one of the highest in the world, assessments on quality of education report at least 50% of children across grades are below minimum learning levels. The latest National Education Policy (NEP) points out that we are currently in a severe learning poverty: a large proportion of students currently in elementary school have not attained foundational literacy and numeracy, i.e., the ability to read and comprehend basic text and the ability to carry out basic addition and subtraction. The NEP goes on to state that attaining foundational literacy and numeracy for all children must become an urgent national mission. While there are several effective efforts to bring in literacy at scale, there are only a few efforts in numeracy that have scaled up. We need to raise the numeracy expectations of every stakeholder - parents, teachers, the State, employers and, most of all, children by creating structures conducive to a math learning movement. Akshara’s Ganitha Kalika Andolana (GKA) is an example which has scaled up to cover nearly 100,000 schools across the states of Karnataka, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.

Speaker Bio

Ashok Kamath has been Managing Trustee since 2003 and Chairman of Akshara Foundation since July 1, 2008. He’s been actively involved in the strategic planning, analysis and expansion of programmes at every stage. An alumnus of IIT-Bombay, he was formerly the Managing Director of the Indian operations of Analog Devices. He opted to leave behind a successful career in the corporate sector and involve himself in the development sector. In April 2019, he was conferred the prestigious 'Namma Bengalurean' award for exemplary work in education. His alma mater, IIT-Bombay, presented him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2013 for his various initiatives and contributions to the field of child education. Ashok is also a Co-Founder and Trustee of Pratham Books and Secretary, IIT Alumni Centre, Bengaluru (IITACB).

Speaker: Anil Sahasrabuddhe

Date & Time:19 Apr 2022 (Tue) 5-00 pm to 6-30 pm

This talk will discuss and answer questions on the roadmap for technical education in India in the light of NEP 2020. It will highlight the reforms introduced in technical education by AICTE and the measures which transformed the College of Engineering, Pune to be reckoned amongst top institutes in India. The speaker will also be happy to answer questions on the role and functioning of AICTE.

Speaker Bio

Prof. Sahasrabudhe is currently the chairman of AICTE. He graduated from BVB College of Engineering and Technology, Hubli, under Karnataka University with a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and was a gold medalist. Thereafter, he obtained a master's degree and doctorate from IISc, Bangalore. He had brief stints as Scientific Officer at IISc and at Tata Consulting Engineers before joining academics as faculty member at NERIST Itanagar. Then he moved on to IIT Guwahati as Associate Professor from its inception and later as Professor, served as Head of Mechanical Engineering, Dean Academics, Chairman JEE and many other committees including Deputy Director at IIT Guwahati. He served as the Director of CoEP from 2005 to 2015 and transformed the college to be reckoned amongst top institutes in India. As Chairman, AICTE, he has been an architect of reforms in technical education, which include mandatory student induction and internship, faculty certification and ATAL faculty development programs, creating first ever India’s MOOC platform SWAYAM, examination reforms, innovation movement, series of hackathons, Indian knowledge systems, new funding schemes for supporting students, faculty and institutes. He is also the Chairman, Basic Scientific Research (BSR), Empowered Committee of UGC & SWAYAM Board. He is a Fellow of ISTE, IET, Institution of Engineers (IE), and INAE.

Speaker: Ramabhadran S. Thirumalai

Date & Time: 22 Jun 2022 (Wed) 5-00 pm to 6-30 pm

The session will cover how to prepare as an institution and as faculty members to teach courses either entirely online or in hybrid format. It will also touch upon the challenges from faculty as well as students in online and hybrid formats. The session will also touch upon ideas on how to use the learnings of online and hybrid courses in a post-pandemic world when all regular programmes return to fully in-person mode.

Speaker Bio

Prof. Ramabhadran S. Thirumalai is Associate Professor of Finance (Practice) and Deputy Dean of Programmes at the Indian School of Business. He is currently based out of ISB’s Mohali campus. He has been with ISB for 16 years. His research interests are in the fields of market microstructure and market efficiency issues. He teaches introductory finance courses and courses on Options & Futures and Security Markets & Trading. He was a public interest director on the Board of the Indian Clearing Corporation Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the BSE Ltd. He is currently an outside expert on BSE Ltd’s Risk Management Committee. He has a PhD in Finance from Indiana University, Bloomington, MS in Statistics from the University of South Carolina at Columbia and a BE (Honours) in Chemical Engineering from BITS Pilani.

Speaker: Anusha S Rao

Date & Time:22 Sep. 2022 (Thu) 5-00 pm to 6-30 pm

Metacognitive skills involve assessing the demands of a task, evaluating one’s own knowledge and skills, planning an approach, monitoring one’s progress, and adjusting strategies as needed to complete the task. Metacognitive skills are foundational for becoming self-directed and life-long learners. These characteristics are implicit goals of education and have been shown to improve students’ learning and success. In this interactive presentation, attendees will learn how to blend metacognitive skill instruction with content instruction by using various strategies such as instructor modeling of reflection, student self-reflection, formative assessments, and more. Participants will also learn about the benefits of metacognitive skills in one’s teaching growth and how they can become metacognitive instructors. All presentation resources will be made available to participants at the start of the presentation.

Speaker Bio

Anusha S. Rao is the assistant director at the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). She also holds an adjunct faculty appointment in Electrical and Computer Engineering at IUPUI. In addition to teaching in engineering, she manages several faculty and future faculty development initiatives at the CTL. Her areas of expertise include course and curriculum design, assessment, evidence-based teaching practices, scholarly teaching and scholarship of teaching and learning, and graduate student professional development. She enjoys collaborating with faculty and graduate students on teaching and learning efforts that can make a positive impact at the course, program, or institutional level and believes in an inclusive leadership model that recognizes and embraces every member’s values and inputs. She holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.