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Pre-conference workshops of 7th IEEE Conference T4E-2015

Pre-conference workshops of 7th IEEE International Conference on “Technology for Education 2015” were held on 9th December 2015 at NIT Warangal as a curtain raiser for the conference. These workshops were followed by the actual conference during 10-12, Dec.2015.

The programme commenced with the inauguration of the events by the Chief guest Prof. Kesav Vithal Nori, former Executive Vice President, R & D, of Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.. Guest of honour for the inaugural session was Prof. Sandhya Kode of EnhaceEdu, IIIT Hyderabad and also steering committee chair of the conference. The program is attended by 81 participants from different institutions. The participants comprised, faculty, post-graduate students and research scholars. In the morning session, Dr. C. Venkatesh of IIIT Hyderabad shared his experiences with “Virtual Labs” project. They have demonstrated some of the experiments online. Details of” A-VIEW Tool” were shared by Jisha Shanavas of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri. This is a powerful and useful platform for offering courses online with video, audio, chat and live interaction facilities. Concept of “Blended Learning” was explained by Dr. Sandhya Kode, of EnhanceEdu , IIIT Hyderabad. This was followed by a presentation on “Overview of NME-ICT Pedagogy Project of IIT Kharagpur and Pedagogy Courses Developed at NIT Warangal” by the team from NIT Warangal.

In the post lunch session, a three hour long workshop was conducted by Prof. Sridhar Iyer and Prof. Sahana Murthy of IIT Bombay. The themes of the workshop were “Effective use of visualizations in Teaching” and “Conducting Action Research on the Effectiveness of Visualizations and Publishing the outcomes”. These ware hands-on sessions, where participants were trained to search, download and explore animations and simulations pertaining to the topics of their interest. They were given guidance on choosing appropriate visualizations for their classrooms and laboratories. Participants were also provided with guidance on planning and conducting action research on the usefulness of the chosen visualizations for the students in the class.