Published on: 
19th July 2013

Bhopal, 19 July 2013: TESS-India held its second state orientation workshop at the SCERT campus in Bhopal today to present its project rollout plan for MP State. The 30 registered participants at the workshop were senior teachers, teacher educators and principals and officials from the SCERT, DIETs, IASE, RMSA, RIE and schools.

This one-day programme was kicked off by a welcome address by the TESS-India Partnerships Specialist, Ms Neelam Dobhal. She presented an overview of the project and introduced the workshop to all. This was followed by a keynote address by the SCERT Director, Dr O.P. Sharma.

In his speech, Dr Sharma spoke on issues and challenges being faced in the area of teacher education in India, drawing back to concerns within Madhya Pradesh. He said that ‘The Open University is a pioneer in open educational resources (OERs) and we look forward to benefitting from our association with the TESS-India project directed towards the betterment of teacher education in Madhya Pradesh’. He further extended his support to the project for its successful implementation.

The session then progressed with Dr Steven Hutchinson, Academic Director of TESS-India, giving a formal introduction to The Open University and its courses. Thereafter, he explained in detail the intent behind the TESS-India project as a conscientious initiative to improve the quality and quantity of teacher educators in the country, highlighting the USP of the project: that teachers will get to learn within their classrooms without having to move anywhere else. He also described the pedagogical trends that have moved from the concept of one to many to many to many (open resources).

Emphasising the quality of TESS-India materials, Dr Hutchinson said ’all our materials will be developed by specialised subject experts from India and the UK in eight different subjects: maths, science, English and mother tongue (for primary school), and maths, science, English and leadership & management (for secondary school). These will then be localised to the MP context.’

Then the session had Yogesh and Shankar conduct a group exercise with the objective to find out key thrust areas of teacher education in Bhopal.  They were then asked to present their views group-wide. Mostly all groups echoed similar views and shared the need for better teacher training, motivational incentives, and the need to include activity-based learning classroom practices.

The next session was conducted by Dr Hutchinson on TDUs and frameworks, where he talked about the components of the framework and how it is related to the TDUs. He shared copies of draft TDUs with participants and asked them to review and suggest feedback on each section so that any gaps can be addressed.

The session concluded with Rohit familiarising the audience on aspects of research, monitoring and evaluation (RME).