JAMMU, May 19: A two-day international conference on “Perspectives in Teaching, Learning and Assessment During COVID-19 Pandemic”, sponsored by NAAC, began today at MIER College of Education.
Prof Naresh Padha, Dean Academic Affairs, University of Jammu, was the chief guest in the inaugural session. The conference was attended in blended mode by eminent educationists, high officials, researcher scholars, faculty and students from colleges and universities not only from J&K but from different parts of the country.
Chairperson of MIER Group of Institutions, Dr Renu Gupta, in her introductory remarks, said that the whole gamut of educational process underwent the largest disruption during the COVID-19 times including teaching, learning and assessment. She emphasized harmonizing education through a blend of online and offline learning which may form the future of education.
Dr Adit Gupta, Director and Principal MIER College, dwelt upon the themes of the international conference which were `Blended Learning and MOOCs’, `Web-based Learning Environment’, `Recent Trends in online Teaching and Learning’, `Online Assessment and Evaluation’, `Role of stakeholders in improving quality of higher education’, `Teacher Professional Development during COVID-19’, `New Developments in ICT in Education’ and `The future of Digital Universities’.
Prof. Amit Kauts, Dean Faculty of Education, GNDU, Amritsar, in his inaugural keynote address, said that there are three important aspects of ICT namely ICT access, ICT skills and ICT attitude. He emphasized on different models of online teaching, learning and assessment and highlighted the initiatives being taken in this direction like SWAYAM, National Digital Library, DIKSHA, and SWAYAM PRABHA.
In his presidential remarks, Prof. Naresh Padha said there are challenges in shifting from traditional face-to-face model to online mode and all the stakeholders need to ready to make the shift in an effective manner. He highlighted that NEP 2020 also emphasizes on flexibility, universal access and online teaching and learning but we still need to crave the roadmap for the transformation.
On the first day, Prof Michael Sankey, Director, Learning Futures & Lead Education Architect, Charles Darwin University, Australia and Prof Perry den Brok, Chair, Department of Social Sciences, Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands presented key note address via Zoom. About 24 papers were presented on the first day of the conference.
Dr Nishta Rana, Head Center for Educational Research, MIER College of Education presented a formal vote of thanks.