Following are the minutes of the Second Internal Faculty Consultation Workshop of EU-India Project E-QUAL held on 20 January 2015 at H.C. Guha Memorial Auditorium at Triguna Sen Multimedia Resource Centre, School of Education Technology, Jadavpur University:
Prof. Supriya Chaudhuri, Faculty Coordinator and Member of the JWG, Critical Thinking and Knowledge Systems
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. Madhucchanda Sen, Member of the JWG, Critical Thinking and Knowledge Systems
Dhriti Sundar Roy Chowdhury, Media Lab, Department of Film Studies
Asmita Das, Media Lab, Department of Film Studies
Deepnanda Ray, Project Coordinator
Piyali Chakraborty, Researcher/Technologist
Somak Mukherjee, Project Assistant
Note: All designations are with regard to Project E-QUAL, Jadavpur University
a) Demonstration of the developed course modules by the faculty members
b) Progress of project development
c) Modality of implementation specifically with regard to teaching pedagogy as developed in the module
d) Various issues/doubts/queries regarding the project
e) Execution plan for scheduled project activities
School of Education Technology, Jadavpur University (Central Communication Unit, Project E-QUAL) Duration: 2 hrs (12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM)
Summary of discussions held at the event:
The event was initiated by Prof. Moinak Biswas who welcomed all the participants and gave a short but excellent demonstration of the module developed for the project by Department of Film Studies and the Media Lab, Jadavpur University titled “Evolution of Film Form”. Dhriti Sundar Roychowdhury and Asmita Das, the research scholars of The Media Lab who were instrumental behind the development of 5 episodes of the module (each divided into four subsections that included video lectures and audio descriptions with on screen texts) also assisted Professor Biswas during the presentation/ demonstration. The developed module was highly lauded by the participants for its content and production quality. Queries and doubts on the modules were answered succinctly by Professor Biswas and his team at the end of the presentation .This was followed by another excellent presentation by Professor Amlan Das Gupta on the module “Digital Cultures” developed at School of Cultural Texts and Records by a team lead by him. The content comprised of several video lectures and other multimedia elements like images and texts. Notably, both Professor Das Gupta and Professor Biswas have shared a comprehensive and minute by minute learner’s manual with the members of the Joint Working Group in Cultural Studies. Their content production also followed the similar model. After these two demonstrations the faculty members participated in a detailed discussion, elaborating on the modalities of the developed modules. For instance, Video compression was suggested as the original videos shared for "Evolution of Film Forms" often exceed 500 MB, whereas optimum size for video files to facilitate upload is ~50 MBs. Additionally each video lecture should ideally span for around 5 minutes. Professor Supriya Chaudhuri suggested annotation through subtitles or any other means to help in learning and reinforcement .Professor Sugata Hazra suggested that there should be some kind of interactivity associated with each module which would make the learning process more engaging for the students. Deepnanda Ray and Piyali Chakraborty also demonstrated an in-house tool, and all the participants accepted and approved of the structure in which the tool is generating the HTML pages for each module.
It was resolved that salient points of the main discussion may be included as bullet points in the end, to help in reinforcement. An alternate proposition by Prof. Samar Bhattacharya was to allow the students to arrive at the salient points on their own, as proof of their comprehension of the course content. Finally, the members agreed that a brief description on the topic of the course as well as an introduction on the lecturer/teacher associated with the particular class should be included in the beginning of the topic page.
The Central Communication Unit was instrumental in organizing the entire event in terms of logistics and the team also efficiently liaised among the participants, taking detailed notes on the discussions. Also a document on best practices is being planned by the CCU which will facilitate course material production and automation of template generation.
With no other point left to discuss, the workshop concluded with an informal lunch at the venue, participated by the faculty members.