A three hours in-house faculty consultation workshop was organized by the Central Communications Unit, Project E-QUAL, Jadavpur University at School of Education Technology, Jadavpur University on 27 October 2014, between 12 noon and 3:00 pm. All the faculty members of the project from four different thrust areas ( Cultural Studies, Natural Resources Management and Sustainable Development, Human Ecology and Critical Thinking and Knowledge Management Systems) joined the meeting at the multimedia lab of SET. Agenda for the workshop was a) Pedagogy of teaching and learning methods to be adopted b) Progress of project development c) Modality of implementation d) Various issues/doubts/queries regarding the project and finally, e) Execution plan for scheduled project activities

Participants

Prof. Supriya Chaudhuri, Faculty Coordinator and Member of the JWG, Critical Thinking

Prof. Sugata Hazra, Jt. Faculty Coordinator and Member of the JWG, NRM and SD

Prof. Samar Bhattacharya, Faculty Technical Advisor

Prof. Amlan Das Gupta, Member of the JWG, Cultural Studies

Prof. Moinak Biswas, Member of the JWG, Cultural Studies

Dr. Samantak Das, , Member of the JWG, Human Ecology

Prof. Sudipta De, Member of the JWG, NRM and SD

Dr. Matangini Chattopadhyay, Faculty Member

Dr. Madhucchanda Sen, Member of the JWG, Critical Thinking

Dr. Nilanjana Deb, Member of the JWG, Human Ecology

Deepnanda Ray, Project Coordinator

Piyali Chakraborty, Researcher/Technologist

Somak Mukherjee, Project Assistant

Report on the discussions held at the event

The event was initiated by Prof. Supriya Chaudhuri who welcomed all the participants and elaborated on the agenda. Deepnanda Ray informed about project progress and the contributions made by the Central Communication Unit in developing and maintaining the project website, newsletter and Facebook page for the project. Piyali Chakraborty made a presentation on a demo course setup using Moodle. She also explained other relevant features in Moodle. Queries and doubts on Moodle were answered at the end of the presentation. Following this, there was a detailed discussion among Faculty Members on the design methodology that needs to be followed for a typical online course. Prof. Samar Bhattacharya explained the ideal online course structure with the help of two excellent documents on Course Template and Learners' Manual which he has developed using his extensive experience on online courses. There were discussions on evaluation methods that would be supported by Moodle, possibility of aligning course progress eligibility on the basis of marks/grades obtained on the current chapter, and also combining online and offline modes of course delivery in order to address internet speed or availability issues. Another important suggestion from Prof. Samar Bhattacharya was to make offline DVDs password protected to address probable copyright violation issues. Invigilation requirements for an examination held online were also discussed. Prof. Amlan Das Gupta and Prof. Moinak Biswas discussed on course content generation for Cultural Studies with Prof. Samar Bhattacharya and fund allocation plans with Prof. Sugata Hazra. It was agreed that a regular classroom session of 1 hour should not translate to more than 15 minutes of recorded video lecture in the online mode. The rest of the time should be given for discussions, queries and short quizzes. Towards the end of the session, Deepnanda Ray presented a demonstration of an in house tool built to generate html templates for an online course. Somak Mukherjee was instrumental in organizing the entire event in terms of logistics and also efficiently liaised among the participants and took notes on the discussions. At the end of the workshop it was decided that similar follow up workshops will be held at the same venue on a monthly basis to efficiently discuss and track project progress and keep all stakeholders updated.