The Math Section of UTAS- Salalah Organised a Webinar on “Innovation and Sustainability in Teaching and Learning”, on 18th January, 2021, under the able guidance of Convener, Dr Mallika Natrajan, Head of Section, Math Section.
The goal of the Webinar was to refresh the skills of our faculty to integrate the new range of instructional approaches and resources for the current scenario to meet the diverse needs of our students. The Webinar focused on how our students can learn successfully, with constrains and limitations of the current situation and create a purposeful learning experience for our students.
The Session began with an address by Dr Abhishek Dubey, Head of Section, IS Section, followed by a welcome address by the Webinar Convener, Dr Mallika Natrajan, Head of Section, Math Section. They were six lectures delivered on varying topics.
The inaugural lecture was delivered by Dr. Radha Rammohan, Professor, Faculty of Computer Applications, Dr.M.GR. Educational & Research Institute, Chennai, India. Dr. Rammohan, spoke on “Reasons for Attrition and Drop out in Online Teaching”. His lecture focussed on Student-Institutional Expectation Gap and Strategies to overcome it.
The Second Lecture was delivered by , Dr.D.Nagarajan, Professor and Coordinator, Department of Mathematics, Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, Chennai, India. Dr. Nagarajan gave an insight into Collaborations, Team Skills, Intellectual Property, Patent Process and Geographic Indicators.
The next lecture was delivered by Dr. Malika Natrajan, Head of Math Section, UTAS-Salalah, on the topic “Changing the Role of Instructor in Online Mode of Instruction”. Dr. Malika emphasized on technological pedagogical content knowledge, blended learning, personalization technology in learning, learner community association, the future of technology in education and online teaching best practices.
Her practical suggestions of Using a mix of content delivery methods such as text, audio, video, and presentations, having short video lessons of 10 minutes or less-as they are easier to watch, breaking up long lecture recordings into bite-sized chunks that would result in more video views and improved retention and engagement, were appreciated by all participants.
Dr.Akhilesh Mishra, Lecturer, University of Technology and Applied Sciences, Salalah, delivered a lecture on “Blended Learning” explained about the effective way of online and offline teaching methods.
As part of a Lecture on “Digital tools to support interaction in online learning” , Mr. Rajesh Menon, Lecturer, University of Technology and Applied Sciences, Salalah, had a brief discussion on 3D Modelling using Sketch-up, 2D Modelling and Constructions using Math-Pad, and use of Casio Emulator for teaching calculator skills.
Mr. Suresh, Lecturer, University of Technology and Applied Sciences, Salalah, displayed the working of MS Teams Breakout Rooms and its utility in conducting group discussions in online classes and in conducting online exams with separate rooms for girls and boys.
The Webinar was successful and witnessed a participation of more than one hundred faculty Members from all over Oman and other countries.
The success of the Webinar would not have been possible without the constant support of Dr. Fatima Al Shanfari, Head, Department of IT, and the cooperation of the Dean’s Office.
We wish to extend our gratitude to Ms. Aminah Sirajuddin, for moderating the Webinar and ELC Department for providing Technical Support.