Nagaland: Training for teachers to adopt e-learning

Kohima, September 25 (MExN): Faculty Development Programme (FDP) for teachers of schools including higher secondary schools is being conducted by National Institute of Electronic and Information Technology (NIELIT), Kohima in collaboration with the Nagaland Board of School Education (NBSE). 

According to a DIPR report, the first batch of training started from September 23 and will continue till October 17 in which primary, graduate, assistant and post-graduate teachers from all over Nagaland will be participating.

The main objective of the training is to facilitate teachers in adopting e-learning or online classes for students, in the prevalent situation. The training will also include e-learning content preparation, effective use of online teaching tools and learning management system for e-delivery systems.

Asano Sekhose, Chairman NBSE, while inaugurating the training on September 23 highlighted how the emerging trends of virtual learning systems support teachers in imparting knowledge in classroom. She encouraged all the teachers to actively participate in the training, learn and make best use of the opportunity to upgrade their skills with technology usage. She reiterated that the training will become a stepping stone for them to become more knowledgeable in providing blended learning to the students. She acknowledged the support and cooperation extended by NIELIT in the venture.

During his address, L Lanuwabang, Director NIELIT Kohima thanked the NBSE Chairman and officials for their interest and well-timed activity. He observed that the initiative would go a long way in bringing necessary changes in the education system of the State, as e-learning/online classes are emerging to be the new normal during the pandemic.

Though not intended to replace the conventional methods and learning in classrooms, he emphasized that the aim is to create an augmented learning environment where technology is put to effective use to deliver a combined range of teaching and learning techniques, through which students can benefit immensely. He felt that all stakeholders including the teachers and technology providers should explore the full potential of Information and Communication Technology. 

A total of 2145 teachers from different schools across the State are enrolled for the training on e-content development and delivery system. The training is to be conducted in eleven different batches. The three days programme per batch is being conducted on blended mode viz: Instructor-led live classes and self-paced online learning using NIELIT Kohima Learning Management System (LMS). 

The programme covers varied topics such as creation of e-content, uploading/updating contents, e-assignment and e-assessment, conducting on-line practical lab for experiments, scheduling and conducting on-line exams, monitoring of student’s performance, communication/live interaction with students through different on-line techniques etc. 

This initiative of NBSE and NIELIT Kohima will provide an opportunity for the educators to develop a successful working knowledge and understanding of online teaching strategies and bring Nagaland at par with the rest of the country as far as innovative methods of teaching with technology aid is concerned. Teachers who have registered and are not included in the 11 batches will be covered in the next subsequent batches.