7-Day Online National Level FDP on OBE and Essential AI Tools for Teachers, St Albert’s College Autonomous Ernakulam

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7-Day Online National Level FDP on OBE and Essential AI Tools for Teachers, St Albert’s College Autonomous Ernakulam

Feb-27-2024, FDPs

 

In today’s rapidly evolving Higher Education landscape, Outcome Based Education (OBE) has emerged as a critical framework for ensuring students acquire the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to thrive in an ever-changing world. OBE places a strong emphasis on defining clear learning outcomes and assessing student performance based on these predefined goals. This approach not only provides students with a more structured and relevant educational experience but also allows educators to adapt their teaching methods to better align with the desired outcomes. Furthermore, integrating essential Artificial Intelligence tools for teachers in Higher Education has become indispensable, as it streamlines various aspects of the teaching and learning process, enhancing educational efficiency and effectiveness.

Outcome Based Education in Higher Education is essential because it shifts the focus from the traditional model of delivering content to one that prioritises the achievement of specific learning objectives. By delineating explicit outcomes, OBE enables educators to design curricula and assessment methods that are closely aligned with the real-world skills and knowledge that students need to succeed. This not only enhances the quality of education but also empowers students to set clear goals and track their progress, fostering a deeper understanding of the subject matter.

In parallel, the integration of AI tools for teachers is transforming the Higher Education landscape. AI can assist educators in numerous ways, from personalized learning recommendations to automating administrative tasks. Machine learning algorithms can analyze student data to identify areas where individual students may be struggling, enabling teachers to offer targeted support. AI-driven chatbots and virtual assistants can provide immediate answers to common queries, freeing instructors to focus on more complex and engaging aspects of teaching. These tools help optimize course content, grading, and scheduling, ultimately saving time and enhancing the overall educational experience.

Moreover, AI can facilitate the creation of adaptive learning materials, tailoring content to each student’s learning pace and style. This personalization fosters engagement and retention, as students are more likely to succeed when the learning experience is tailored to their specific needs. In this way, AI tools not only improve the effectiveness of teaching but also contribute to higher retention rates and student satisfaction.

In conclusion, Outcome Based Education and essential AI tools have become indispensable in today’s Higher Education sector. Outcome Based Education (OBE) ensures that students are equipped with the relevant skills and knowledge needed in the modern workforce, while AI tools empower educators to deliver education more efficiently and effectively. As we navigate a world of rapid technological advancements and evolving educational needs, the synergy between Outcome Based Education and Artificial Intelligence is pivotal in ensuring that Higher Education remains a cornerstone of personal and societal development.

 

Highlights of the FDP:

★ The resource persons for the seven-day sessions were Dr Mendus Jacob, Dr Sunil
Job KA, Dr Suresh Namboothiri, and Dr Anil Ramachandran.
★ Programme sessions are delivered through synchronous-asynchronous hybrid mode.
★ Live webinars steered the Inaugural session and streamed through multiple channels.
★ Hands-on Activities through LMS provide an enriched learning experience.
★ 3060 Participants and 1137 Institutions from 27 States and 3 Union Territories in
India, one each from Dubai, Saudi, and Uzbekistan, and 3 from Botswana
registered, of which 1187 participants accessed both online sessions and the LMS
platform and the remaining 1873 participants attended the online sessions alone.

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Resource Persons for the Faculty Development Program:

Dr Mendus Jacob

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A former Director of the School of Applicable Mathematics, MG University, an Academician, and an Entrepreneur with 30+ years of experience, Dr Mendus is a well-known resource person for FDPs in OBE, NEP and Accreditation.

Dr Mendus is also the MD and CEO of ipsr Solutions Limited – an IT Company supporting Higher Educational Institutions in implementing Outcome Education and Innovative Teaching-Learning and Assessment strategies.

Dr Sunil Job KA:

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Adjunct Faculty, Marian College Kuttikkanam (Autonomous) and Chief of Academics, ipsr Solutions Limited.

An Academician well-versed in OBE and a resource person for National Conferences at FDPs, Dr. Sunil Job with 30+ years of experience in teaching and 10+ years in Corporate Consultancy is the Associate Professor at MG University, College of Teacher Education since 1999.

Dr Suresh Namboothri:

The Founder Member of Espoir Technologies Pune.

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Former Chief Operating Officer at Tata Motors and a Product Design Specialist in automobiles, consumer electronics, home appliances, computers and telecommunications, Dr Suresh is a highly sought-after professional interviewer for senior positions in Engineering and Management.

A well-known resource person for FDPs on OBE, Critical and Creative Thinking, Dr Suresh Namboothiri, a designer and developer of 200+ products with over 30 years of industry experience, is also the founder of Espoir Technologies, Pune. He has worked with engineers from 8 countries.

Dr Anil Ramachandran: 

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Currently the Director, Research and Development Cell of Kannur University, Dr Anil Ramachandran has served as Professor & Head of the School of Physical Education and Sports Sciences, Director, IQAC, and as former Registrar of Kannur University. He was a Consultant Sports Phychologist and Secretary General of Sports Psychology Association of India.

Participants:

Participants in the Faculty Development Programme include Deans, Heads of Departments, and Faculty Members from Higher Educational Institutions across the Indian States and abroad. 3060 participants took part and benefitted from the seven-day Faculty Development Programme on Outcome Based Education and Essential AI Tools for Teachers organised by the Internal Quality Assurance Cell and Department of Computer Science of St Albert’s College Autonomous, Ernakulam in association with The Kerala State Higher Education Council.

Screenshots of a few participants of the Faculty Development Programme:

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Day 1: 2 November 2023

The opening day session of the seven-day National Level Online Faculty Development Programme of Outcome Based Education and Essential AI Tools for Educators organised by the Internal Quality Assurance Cell and the Department of Computer Cell of St Albert’s College, Autonomous, Ernakulam in association with The Kerala State Higher Education Council began at 19.00 Hrs, 2 November 2023.

Inaugural Function: 2 November 2023

The inaugural function of the seven-day Faculty Development Programme on Outcome Based Education and Essential AI Tools for Teachers organised by the Internal Quality Assurance Cell ( IQAC) and the Department of Computer Science of St Albert’s College, Autonomous, Ernakulam in association with The Kerala State Higher Education Council (KSHEC) began at 19:00 Hrs on 2 November 2023.

Welcome Address:

The Welcome Address was delivered by Dr Bijoy VM, Principal of St Albert’s College, Autonomous. Dr Bijoy, a renowned expert in the field of Fish Nutrition, holds a PhD from Cochin University of Science and Technology and was honoured with the Teacher Fellowship by the UGC for his doctoral research under the FIP scheme. An active participant in seminars, workshops and refresher courses, his expertise is further acknowledged through his memberships in organisations like SOFTI, and the Marine Biologists Association. In addition, he serves as the Secretary of the Board of Studies, Treasurer of the Department.

Inaugural Address:

Rev Dr Antony Thoppil, Chairman of St Albert’s College Autonomous gave away the Inaugural Address. A distinguished academician and revered leader, currently serving as the Chairman and Manager of St Albert’s College, Rev Dr Antony holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature and has completed his Doctoral studies from St Anselm Rome. Rev Fr Antony’s expertise, dedication, and passion for education have made him a guiding force in shaping the educational landscape and an inspiration to students and educators alike.

Introduction of the FDP:

Dr Sunil Job, an Adjunct Professor at Marian College Autonomous, Kuttikkanam, an active blogger in the IT, Education, and Data Science sector and, a well-known Resource Person in Faculty Development Programmes in Outcome Based Education, Data Science E-Learning topics, gave a brief introduction about the FDP and its importance in the present. During his speech, Dr Sunil mentioned that the entire educational system is going through a major transformation with the introduction of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 and a drastic change in the system of education (Teaching-Learning) needs to be implemented. He informed that the FDP will provide the necessary information about how to integrate/restructure the Curriculum transactions along the lines of Outcome Based Education.

During the Introduction of the FDP, Dr Sunil also introduced “question paper.ai”, the AI-based Question Paper Generation Tool that can effortlessly generate questions from any topic or discipline and at various levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy and where the educators have the flexibility to edit, regenerate, and modify questions ensuring uniqueness in each paper and tailored to their teaching objectives.

Word of Thanks:

The Word of Thanks was delivered by Dr Jithin Benedict, Dean of Training and Development, St Albert’s College, Autonomous Ernakulam. In his speech, Dr Jithin specifically thanked the members of the Kerala State Higher Education Council for the relentless support and patronage offered. He also thanked the Chairman, Principal, IQAC team members, all faculty and staff members of St Albert’s College Autonomous for their support in conducting the programme. He also thanked the Resource persons, Dr Suresh Namboothiri and Dr Sunil Job, all the administrative staff and members of Marian College, and most importantly, the participants for their interest and enthusiasm for joining the seven-day Faculty Development Program.

Technical Session: Day 1 The inaugural session of the Faculty Development Programme was followed by an interesting and informative session by Dr Sunil Job KA, an Adjunct Faculty, Marian College Autonomous, Kuttikkanam on the topic of Bloom’s Taxonomy.

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During the first day session, Dr Sunil explained the hierarchy levels – Remembering, Understanding, Applying, Analyzing, Evaluating, and Creating – in Bloom’s Taxonomy, and the list of verbs representing each hierarchy level. Click to watch the day-one session on Bloom’s Taxonomy by Dr Sunil Job. The first task, Question Paper Analysis on the Basis of Bloom’s Taxonomy was assigned to the participants to check their level of understanding of the topic discussed.

Day 2: 3 November 2023

The interesting and informative second-day session of the seven-day FDP was handled by Dr Sunil Job based on the topic Introduction and Architecture of OBE.

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During the session, Dr Sunil gave an introduction to Outcome Based Education and the Formulation of Outcomes. Dr Sunil, in his two-hour session, briefed the participants about What and Why is OBE important in the present situation, the Building Blocks of OBE, Program Educational Objectives, Graduate Attributes, POs and PSOs, Course Outcomes/COs, Writing Learning Outcomes, Quality Check for a good Outcome, Structural Design of PO. PSO, and CO, and the Detailing on LMS Tasks.

 A second task Course Outcome and Quality Check was assigned as Workshop Activity to the participants on day two.

A second task Course Outcome and Quality Check was assigned as Workshop Activity to the participants on day two.

After the informative and interesting session by Dr Sunil Job, Prof Nithin Sebastian, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science delivered the Word of Thanks in which he thanked the resource person, the team members of ipsr, and the participants for their active participation.

Day 3: 4 November 2023

Dr Mendus Jacob, the resource person for the third day of the seven-day Faculty Development Programme introduced the interesting topic Mapping of Outcomes, Attainment Calculation, and Tools for OBE, Various Analytical Reports on OBE for Accreditation.

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Dr Mendus, during the session, discussed the Process of OBE, the levels of Mapping, Assessments in OBE, CO – Test Item Mapping, CO-PO Mapping, Outcome Based Education and Outcome Based Evaluation, Traditional Education System Vs OBE, CO Linked Assessment, CO Level Assessment, Institutional Level Evaluation, etc.

Two separate tasks, Formulation of Assessment Questions with respect to a Course Outcome and Finding the Mapping Strength, and CO Computation Prototype Model were assigned to the participants to understand their grasping power in the subject.

Word of Thanks

Prof Nithin Sebastian, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science delivered the Word of Thanks in which he took time to thank the resource person for the informative session and the participants for their active participation.

Day 4: 6 November 2023

The fourth-day session of the seven-day Faculty Development Program on Outcome Based Education and Essential AI Tools for Educators was handled by Dr Anil Ramachandran, based on the topic New Curriculum Framework in Line With NEP 2020.

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In his session, Dr Anil clearly specified what NEP has got to deliver in this new curriculum framework. During the informative session, he explained in detail the responsibilities of the Higher Education Institutes, The National Higher Education Qualification Framework, Programmes with Credit Requirements, Levels and Credit Assignments in Higher Education, regarding the Four Year Under Graduate Degree Programme, Guidelines in FYUGP, etc.

Word of Thanks:

Ms Ashly Mathew, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science gave away the Word of Thanks after the interesting session by Dr Anil Ramachandran. She thanked the resource person, the participants, ipsr team members, the staff and members of St Albert’s College Autonomous, Ernakulam.

Day 5: 7 November 2023

Dr Suresh Namboothiri was the resource person on the fifth day of the seven-day Faculty Development Programme on Outcome Based Education and Essential AI Tools for Educators organised by the Internal Quality Assurance Cell and Department of Computer Science of St Albert’s College, Autonomous, in association with The Kerala State Higher Education Council. The topic for the day was Underlying Threads of OBE & ChatGPT and AI Tools for Educators.

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Dr Namboothiri started the interesting session by giving a detailed explanation about Outcome Based Education, Why foreign university syllabi don’t produce the same results in India, five major principles of Lev Vygotsky’s Theories, 100+ smart ways to use ChatGPT for an Exciting Classroom, Using ChatGPT for Class Preparation, etc.

Multiple Choice Questions related to the topic were assigned as tasks for the participants after the completion of the informative session.

Word of Thanks:

After the informative session by Dr Suresh Namboothiri, Ms Haritha Rajeeve, Department of Computer Science delivered the Word of Thanks in which she thanked the resource person and all the participants.

Day 6: 8 November

The sixth-day session handled by Dr Suresh Namboothiri was the continuation of the day-five session based on the topic of ChatGPT and AI Tools for Educators.

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On the sixth day of the Faculty Development Programme, Dr Suresh Namboothiri explained the various prompts which could be used in ChatGPT to attain better and more accurate results. He clearly stated that superior results can be expected from ChatGPT only when one is smart at asking in the correct manner and hence understanding the prompts is an important factor for obtaining accurate results.

Topic-related questions in the form of Multiple Choice Questions were assigned to the participants after the end of the sixth day’s session by Dr Suresh Namboothiri.

Day 7: 9 November 2023

Two interesting and informative sessions awaited the participants on the final day of the seven-day Faculty Development Programme organised by the Internal Quality Assurance Cell and the Department of Computer Sciences of St Albert’s College Autonomous in association with The Kerala State Higher Education Council. The first session, Applications of ChatGPT &AI Tools in Teaching-Learning & Assessments was handled by Dr Sunil Job and the second, OBE – AI-Assisted Assessment Tools & the Road Ahead, was delivered by Dr Mendus Jacob.

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During the first session, Dr Sunil clearly stated that the outcomes from ChatGPT are not hundred percent accurate and it’s the expertise of the faculty to accept or reject the proposed suggestion/answer. He also discussed the ways to write Course Outcomes, Assessments, Preparation of Question Papers in alignment with outcomes etc. The second session by Dr Mendus Jacob explained the ICT Tools, especially an AI Tool which helps faculty in Assessments, identifying the innovative teaching-learning strategies which are needed to be identified for properly implementing OBE, Best Practices, and the road ahead by which one can implement OBE in the institution in a proper manner. He also briefed the participants on the usage of Padlet in many of the Teaching-Learning activities/Assessments. After the informative session on ‘OBE – AI-Assisted Assessment Tools & the Road Ahead’, Dr Mendus Jacob introduced “QuestionPaper.ai” – a powerful tool with a user-friendly interface and incorporated multiple features to streamline the process of quality question paper generation.

Dr Mendus introduced “QuestionPaper.ai” to the participants as a revolutionary tool designed to streamline the process of question paper creation in the realm of education. He mentioned that with this platform, educators will have the power to craft their templates by drawing from a diverse gallery of quick templates, efficiently generate question papers and that these templates can be copied, modified, and archived for future use, ensuring maximum flexibility. On mentioning question generation, Dr Mendus said what truly sets this software apart is its flexibility in generating questions from any topic, or discipline, or accommodating various levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy. He also mentioned that as the systems are aligned with Outcome Based Education, it allows input of Course Outcomes and maps questions accordingly facilitating the assessment process. Regarding the cost-effectiveness of the software, Dr Mendus mentioned that it’s a time and cost-efficient solution as it lets to archive question papers for future reference, thereby saving valuable time. He also mentioned that “QuestionPaper.ai” aids in generating accurate answers for the questions generated, simplifying the preparation of scoring keys and valuation schemes, making it an indispensable tool for crafting multiple-choice questions with distracting options and correct answers. In his concluding words, Dr Mendus mentioned that these platforms will be a game-changer for educators looking to enhance their efficiency in question paper creation and assessment. After the introduction of “QuestionPaper.ai” software, Dr Mendus briefly explained how the implementation of OBE will help in the Accreditation process.

A final task ‘Submit an Article on Innovative Practices in Teaching and Learning for Publishing Online’ was assigned to participants as an optional task.

 

Word of Thanks:

The Word of Thanks was given by Dr Krishna Kumar KS, Coordinator, the Internal Quality Assurance Cell, St Albert’s College Autonomous, Ernakulam. During her speech, Dr Krishna Kumar thanked Dr Mendus Jacob, Dr Suresh Namboothiri, Dr Sunil Job, and Dr Anil Ramachandran, the resource persons for the 7-day Faculty Development Program. He also took time to thank The Kerala State Higher Education Council – especially Dr Rajan Gurukkal, the Vice Chairman and Dr Rajan Varghese, Member Secretary, members from ipsr Solutions who stood behind the scenes but focused on every minute detail so that things went smoothly, the participants from all parts of India and abroad, and the staff and management members of St Albert’s College, Autonomous, Ernakulam

 

Feedback in a Nutshell:

➢ Wonderful Sessions throughout. Expecting more such informative sessions.
➢ Very informative sessions provided good knowledge about ChatGPT and OBE.
➢ Additional reference materials help improve the practice of learners, especially in AI
Tools.
➢ Duration of the FDP or time scheduled daily must be increased if possible.
A few notable suggestions from the participants:
➢ Providing offline sessions will be more effective as queries can be cleared in a better
manner.
➢ More sessions on Outcomes and Mapping and for more number of days.
➢ Need to conduct more such informative and interesting sessions.
➢ Extension of time period for LMS access.
➢ The FDP is of Short duration. Consider an extension in the number of days.

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