Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)

A massive open online course (MOOC) is a model for delivering learning content online to any person who wants to take a course, with no limit on attendance. It aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. MOOC provide interactive forums for discussion to support community interactions among all the stakeholders. Various platforms like EdX, Coursera, Udamey, Khan Academy, Skillfeed, Uopeople, etc. are available to take up the online courses of one’s interest.

The Institution strives to create the ICT enabled learning culture as its brand identity in the society. The students are being trained in the use of  computer as an  information and communication technology using online, offline and blended approach of learning. WIFI enabled classes, smart board and computer lab help students in their curricular and co-curricular activities like application  of different software to create learning resources, vedios etc, using you tube, WWW for referencing and social networking apps and software like, BLOGS, Audio and Vedio CHAT for off campus interaction on mobile and computers.

 

The Institution also trains the students to learn using the online platform of  Learning Management Sysytem (LMS). One of the MIS that can be easily availed is provided by Massive Open Online courses.(MOOCS) There are thousands of good courses available online designed by experts in academic fields and are affiliated to the prestigious universities from all over the world.

The Institution believes in inculcating the habit of lifelong learning among the students and hence encourages and ensures that students take such courses for gaining more knowledge in the field of education. Students are provided with the guidance for selection of the course and also during the process of learning in terms of technical assistance, concept clarification etc. Hence the teacher act as the sage by the side.

The Course is readility available and hence the transaction of the MOOC  is followed by the Institution as given below:

The Course Transaction:

  • Students are oriented to the concept of online learning and also are trained to the basic skills of computer application if required.
  • Students explore different courses initially selected by teachers by ensuring the appropriateness in relation to time, content and context.
  • Students’s queries about the structure of Learning Management System and the instructional design that the selected specific course offers are answered in a session.
  • Students work in the computer lab on fixed days and also at their convenient place and time.
  • At a given time students submit the progress chart of the student as a proof of completion of the course.  Oraal examination is conducted in the form of Viva-Voce to test their learning outcomes.

For the current year, tudents have enrolled themselves for the certificate course on “Learning how to learn” at Coursera.

Such online courses of educational significance t can help them grow personally and professionally as well as would make them familiar and comfortable with online WEB technology.

 

A Certificate Course in YOGA training

“Yoga is the Journey of the SELF.. Through the SELF to the SELF”

The BHAGWAT GEETA

Yoga Training programme:

The Institution is committed to create an environment where students feel empowered  to  improve upon  their learning behavior for which mere academic inputs is not enough. Going beyond it, they are provided with the training that contributes in their capacity building by motivating them to train their inner self, through  emotional management, Self-understanding and positive thinking.  Yoga training can help students  to strengthen their potentials.

Following value added courses are provided to students:

Institution conducts a certificate course in Yoga training for students in view with making them conscious of the importance of physical and mental wellbeing.

Objectives of yoga training programme are as follows:

  • To enhance the capacities of students for physical and mental wellbeing through self help.
  • To develop healthy habits for better health
  • To empower student teachers to create a harmonious classroom at workplace.

The yoga course is one of the value added course that the Institution offers.  It is research based course wherein the effectiveness of the course is studied through students’ post training feedback and pre-test and post achievement tests.

Before commencing with the  yoga training, students are given pre-test where their knowledge or awareness about yoga is checked.  On the basis of the outcomes of the pre-test, the programme is designed or modified to make it mode need based for trainee students.

The modified version of the Training package is  then implemented. The course is conducted by the expert Yoga teachers who are invited to run the course. The content of the course include theory as well as practical demonstrations and practice of different types of pranayama and Yogasans.

The achievement test including practicals and theory is administered to check the learning outcomes in terms of   knowledge and awareness about yoga. The students’ feedback too is taken to find the effectiveness of the programme. The students are awarded with the course completion certificates.

For the current year, complete package of 20 hours training programme in a span of 10 to 11 days was designed in collaboration with the well-known Patanjali Yoga Samiti from Mumbai region. It included developing understanding of the concept of Yoga, theoretical and scientific bases for the Yogasans and pranayama and  practice sessions for learning these asana and pranayama. Similarly, students were trained in Surya Namaskar and yogic jogging. These sessions were conducted by the trained yoga teachers. Finally the Practical and theory examination was held.  As discussed above pre-test and post-test were taken.  Achievement test was taken to see their performance level.  Quantitative assessment was done and marks were assigned.   Students are awarded with the certificate endorsed by the Yoga Samiti.

As the quote implies, Institution thus pays equal importance to provide platform for facilitating self-understanding among students through self-training for  mind, body and heart.

Web link for the quote:

http://www.sheknows.com/health-and-wellness/articles/1032671/inspirational-yoga-quotes


Certificate Course in Phonetics

A certificate course in  Phonetics for effective  pronunciation of words of  English

The Lords Universal College of Education is committed to nurturing its student teachers  to develop into ready professionals and competent teachers.

In this direction , the institution  identifies the  most common  drawbacks of students that  may prove hurdle for them in future to get jobs in good schools  or also in their interaction with students in the teaching-learning process or with other stake holders. One of the very crucial aspects that any teacher needs to have mastery over is communicating the expertise to the learners. The verbal medium of communication in this context becomes very important for common understanding of the learning message sent by the teachers. There are many factors in the language used as a medium of instruction that can become barriers to effective communication. One of these is pronunciation. Mastery over language is observed also through the way the words are uttered.

Institution offers a certificate course in Phonetics for such students by considering following objectives:

  • To caters to the individual needs of the students
  • To enhance the proficiency of the students in English pronunciation.

The Course covers all the main aspects of English phonetics:

  • phonemic system (vowels and consonants)
  • segmental analysis (allophonic processes)
  • word stress
  • weakening and co-articulation processes
  • intonation and meaning

 

These topics are dealt with using  interactive strategies like inquiry, discussion, experiential learning etc. Speaking and listening is equally focused in the course deployment. Learners get plenty of practice in pronunciation performance (sounds, more importantly, in connected speech) and in auditory discrimination (ear-training).

The main strand of ‘Certificate Course in Phonetics’, pays particular attention to the challenges of English pronunciation for native speakers of other languages. We cover the English consonant and vowel systems, and examine the phonetic characteristics of connected speech, analyzing the ways in which the pronunciation of words in discourse typically differs from their ‘dictionary’ pronunciation. The lectures, ear-training and practical classes focus on English phonetics rather than on phonetics in general.

Alongside this main strand, we also conduct an examination to test the skills achieved by the learners.

The course is well researched in terms of identifying common mistakes made by students while pronouncing certain words in English, the survey was conducted to find out the readiness of the students about the course.

The first course is scheduled to be launched in the first week of April on a pilot run. The effectiveness of the course will be analysed through students’ achievement test and their opinion about it post course and the modifications will be made to make it more refined and need based.

The course will be conducted by a well qualified staff member, who has an advanced course on Phonetics and Phonology run by University of Mumbai to her credit.

Perspective plan:

The institution intends to offer the certificate course  to the learners from the institution and beyond it too as an integral part of its community outreach campaign.

 

Blended Experiential Training Program – “Enabling for Inclusion”

(19th September, 2017 – 01st March – 2018)

Inclusive Education refers to the act or practice of including students with special needs in a regular school classes. Respect and understanding grow when children of different abilities and cultures play and learn together. Hence an inclusive class is a set up where children with and without disabilities learn with and from each other. This deepens the need for a teacher to be able to identify children who face greater challenges, and to provide them with the care and support they need and deserve. However inclusion can become a reality only if teachers are trained for it.

Keeping the need in mind The Lords Universal College of Education in collaboration with Drishti–  an organization working for children with Special Education Needs (SEN) conducted a 72 hours of blended experiential training program for S.Y.B.Ed. students.

Ms. Vasundhara Kaul, from Drishti oriented students and staff about the entire working of the program. The course began on 19th September, 2017.

 

Program Structure

  • Online course (6 Modules) offered through the learning management system.
  • Assignments for every module (MCQ and Application based)
  • Workshops
  • Visit
  • Certification jointly issued by the Lords Universal College of Education.

 

The program included topics like understanding inclusion and special education needs, High incidence disorders and disabilities, Identification process and tools and Intervention process (remedial and behavior interventions).

On 12 December, 2017 a workshop was conducted by Ms. Vasundhara Kaul and Ms. Darshika Shah from Drishti. Activities were conducted to describe inclusion followed by a discussion and group presentation on multilevel lesson planning.

On 28 February, 2018 a visit to the training centre of Drishti was organized. This gave students an insight into the working of the organization. It also helped students to put all learning specially the theory studied into practical perspective. Students experienced the sessions – individual and group that are held with the students.  Students were given free access to the teaching resources in their resource room where they had the opportunity to go through all the various teaching resources in detail. Students also noticed Individualized Education Plan(IEP), how they were planned over a period of time and how the goals for every student was designed from simple to complex helping them learn and study in mainstream  Schools.

On 1st March 2018 another workshop was conducted Ms. Vasundhara and Ms. Darshika where they discussed the difference between segregation, integration and inclusion. The entire course content was reviewed and emphasized on the important pointers to be remembered for life while dealing with children in an inclusive classroom. The course concluded with the certificated distribution on the same day.

Overall undertaking of this program was a great opportunity which helped students to learn more about the needs of the special children. It gave an insight to how they learn and can be brought up to the level of the mainstream school if teachers recognize them, understand their problems, help and support in their learning.  This course has helped prospective teachers to have a better understanding of the needs of the special children in an inclusive setup and thus support them and have a classroom which reflects equity and not equality.