History and Vision
Over the past few years, a rigorous, internationally recognized certification program has become the primary means of faculty development conducted by IUCEE. As part of the certification, several innovative pedagogical practices are introduced to the participants, who try these out in their classrooms and report their experiences. In part, this has spawned a grass-roots movement of going beyond traditional “chalk and talk” methods of teaching to techniques that have been shown in the literature to be more effective. A natural consequence of this movement is to share best practices with colleagues within and across institutions. In January 2019, we decided to launch a pilot online course that would introduce faculty to the basics of research in engineering education, with a strong emphasis on the scholarship of teaching and learning, and on action research.
Our vision for this year-long in-depth course was to create an environment for those seriously interested in taking up engineering education research in India to get access to not only information and tools that would help them, but also to connect with others at other institutions to establish a community that would flourish over the years. Collaboration across institutions in India is almost non-existent. We believed that this course would serve to break those barriers and get people to think about working on research questions that went beyond their classroom or their institution. Finally, one of the potential outcomes for the course was to prepare those who might be interested in pursuing a PhD in Engineering Education to gain enough familiarity with the field to make a well-informed decision.
The first iteration of the course ran from March 2019 to March 2020. Several lessons were learned from this pilot, and a number of enhancements have been made to the design and delivery of the course. The outcomes remain the same. The second iteration will be offered with a start date of August 2020 and is expected to run through the end of 2021.
This is a practical-oriented course where the participants would learn about the scientific approach to research and the methods & techniques of academic research in an Engineering Education context. The participants would examine and be practically exposed to the significant components of a research framework, which includes problem definition, research design, methods of data collection and analyses, ethical issues in research and report writing. Once equipped with this knowledge, participants would be confident to undertake research in their chosen area and contribute their research findings to peer-reviewed journals.
This course has the following objectives:
- To develop an understanding of the basic framework of research process
- To develop an understanding of different research designs and techniques
- To develop an understanding of how to conduct and write a literature review
- To develop an understanding of the ethical considerations of engineering education research
- To develop an appreciation of the different aspects of scholarly writing and evaluate its quality
The teaching methods in the course will include readings, lectures, power-point presentations, discussions, exercises and ongoing assignments that would eventuate in the production of a research paper. The course evaluation will be done through assignments, participation in discussion forums, submission of a draft paper at the end of the course based on original research conducted by the participants during the course which will be their final submission.
This course is delivered online through CANVAS and GoToMeeting webinars, with an introduction to the course during the annual ICTIEE.
The duration of the course is 12 months.
Dr. Prathiba Nagabhushan
Dr. Sohum Sohoni
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