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  • What it takes to become the Best InfoTech Trainer? Sudarsun S., M.Tech., Checktronix India Pvt. Ltd. Chennai 600010 [email_address]
  • Vision Statement
    • To host a quality learning environment for my students
    • To ensure value addition to all involved in the learning process
    • To impart technical competency in students to satisfy industrial needs
    • To inculcate innovation and research interests amongst my students
    • To generate revenue by industrial consultancy
  • Today’s Objectives
    • What are the expectations of students?
    • What are the expectation of the department?
    • What is the last thing to have in teaching?
    • What is needed to satisfy the neighborhood?
    • What are the possible value additions?
    • Co-curricular activities for a trainer?
    • Extra-Curricular activities for a trainer?
    • End-of-the-day, what are the net returns?
  • Current Situation
    • Do we think there is a deficiency in the educational system?
    • Where do we think is the discontinuity?
    • Who do we attribute the problem to?
    • How do we isolate the problem?
    • How are we going to fix it?
    • Have the university guidelines guided us in the right direction?
    • Has the department aided us?
  • Students
    • Why are IIT, REC, AU valued so much?
      • Is it because of the staffing ?
      • Is it because of the students ?
    • Are we saying the quality of education is bad because the quality of students are bad?
    • Can’t we make them better?
    • If we don’t help them, who will then?
    • What are the problems with my students ?
      • IQ is poor
      • Communication is bad
    • Fine, how were we during our college days? 
    • Should students be approached with divide-n-conquer strategy?
  • Staffing
    • Who are the people who opt for teaching?
    • Ask yourself, why you chose teaching?
      • Am I using this as a fill-gap to find a job?
      • Did I come here as the last resort?
      • Is it because teaching is a 9-5 job?
      • Do I have a passion for teaching?
      • Do I think, I can make a difference amongst my students?
      • Am I technically strong enough to teach my students?
      • Am I serious about my profession?
      • Do I still believe that my profession is noble?
  • Let’s make it better…
    • Whatever be my reasons; Let me assure the following to my students and the department:
      • I’ll make a difference amongst my students
      • I’ll generate interest in the subjects taught
      • I’ll guarantee reasonable results
      • I’ll share my knowledge amongst my colleagues and students
      • I’ll ensure technical competency to my students
      • I’ll improve employability of my students
  • Expectations of a Student
    • Provide a friendly learning environment
    • Be more knowledgeable than anyone else
    • Be a ROLE-MODEL
    • Be supportive during training and evaluation
    • Have hands-on experience in the subjects taught
    • Help in finding a decent employment
    • Help in doing the final year project
    • Provide guidance and exposure to many contemporary technologies and facts
    • Help improving the communication and inter-personal skills
    • Assess the industry requirements and help preparing for it
    • Be available anytime for assistance even after office hours
    • Be innovative in conducting the learning exercise
  • Department’s Expectation
    • Get 100% pass out
    • University Ranks
    • NBA A5
    • 100% Placements
    • Industrial Consultancy
    • Publications, Products & Research results
    • Anything else?
  • Aiyo da…
    • Is the demand from neighborhood so high?
    • It’s a busy profession, ain’t it?
    • How much work one can do?
    • Isn’t there a sense of satisfaction at the end?
    • Isn’t that I am respected, celebrated after a great success?
    • Have I changed one’s life once for all?
    • YES!
  • What is the last thing?
    • Am I getting tired of doing the same thing again, again and again?
    • Am I getting de-motivated?
    • Have I lost interest in what I do?
    • Have the students and dept lost confidence in me?
    • Have I lost confidence in myself?
    • Is nothing working out for me?
  • What to do now?
    • Whom to fall back?
    • Can I do something to make myself better?
    • What is missing in me?
    • How to recover the lost confidence?
    • A genuine interest is the key
    • Talk to colleagues, industrial experts
    • Fill the missing gaps
    • Let’s take the first step today!
  • Redefine Functions
    • There are mandatory functions prescribed by the university and the department for a trainer
    • How is a trainer evaluated?
    • Mostly only by the results produced!
    • How is the teaching process evaluated?
    • Mostly by the documentation prepared!
    • Is it enough?
    • Should the functions be only results oriented?
  • Redefine Functions – Contd.
    • What’s the value addition to the trainer?
    • What’s the value addition to the student?
    • What’s the value addition to the department?
    • Does the prescribed function address the above basic questions?
    • Why is attrition so high in IT training?
    • Is it because the long run policies are weak?
    • How to complement for the missing link?
  • Statutory Function
    • Conduct Lectures
    • Conduct Laboratory sessions
    • Conduct Examinations
    • Evaluate and Grade Students
    • Guide Student Projects
    • Implement ISO9001 guidelines by books!
    • Other documentation duties
  • Foundation…
    • How many courses offered per semester?
    • How many hours of lecturing per week?
    • Do I have a Lecture Plan?
    • Do I have the Lecture notes prepared?
    • Have I done homework on the subject?
    • Do I know everything about the subject?
    • Can I handle all the possible queries?
    • Do I have the evaluation process prepared?
  • Teaching Process
    • Do you use blackboard or projection ?
    • Statistically, blackboard reaches better
      • Why? Because, students have the habit of copying from the board right from school days
    • Projection teaching is meant for revision
      • Projected items visually impress, but are not generally registered within
    • A combination of Black board and Projection is the KEY!
  • Teaching Process (Contd.)
    • Do you split the black board into index and workspace?
    • Index lists the topics for the day
    • Workspace hosts the explanation of a topic
    • While projecting, try the following;
    • Stay near the projector
    • Use a sharp stick to highlight a line in the slide
    • Use a Laser pointer
    • Use a lot of pictures while explaining
    • Use Animations instead of static pictures
    • Don’t create slides fresh; try the Internet first!
  • Soft Skills Improvement
    • What are soft skills ?
    • Professional Skills apart from Technical / Academic skills
    • Communication, Written skills
    • Inter-Personal, Team skills
    • Time, People & Stress Management
    • Professional Ethics
    • Confidentiality, Loyalty & Hardwork
  • Course Website
    • Every trainer should have a website
    • It should host all the learning material related to the courses taught
    • It should be the spokesperson for the course
    • All information be streamed through it
    • Project submission, Evaluation status, Requests, etc be channel through it
    • Online Tutoring
    • Single stop solution to a lot of clerical work!
  • Results Based Teaching…
    • There are smart, average & poor students!
    • For ensuring results target the poor students
    • Two types of poor
      • Students have Communication/Grasping problem
      • Students who don’t take the education seriously
    • Help the Average to become Smarter
    • Help the Smarter to become Rank Holders
    • Make sure you teach everything you know!
  • RBT (case 1)
    • Help students to improve communication
    • Facilitate regional language based training
    • Provide them easy to understand learning materials or simplified classnotes
    • Generate Question Banks and Solutions
    • Split the subject and make them concentrate on a limited scope.
    • Conduct revision exams like schools
    • Help keeping their confidence level higher
    • Provide extra time by online guidance, email or telephonic help
  • RBT (Case 2)
    • Find the reason for disinterest in the subject
    • Provide counseling to the affected students
    • Create interest in the subject
    • Try to orient teaching in the student’s liking
    • Motivate them by inculcating positive attitude
    • Once they are ready to learn, following RBT (Case 1)
  • Evaluation Process…
    • How are you evaluating your Students ?
    • By correcting test papers.
    • Have you tried online objective exams ?
    • Have you tried peer-appraisal scheme ?
    • Have you tried multiple evaluation ?
    • Have you tried Percentile based scoring ?
    • Have you conducted open-book exams?
    • Have you tried giving 1 problem for 3 hours?
  • Evaluation Process
    • The university guidelines do not allow this!
    • Should we limit to conducting only 3 term exams and 1 end-semester exam?
    • Is someone stopping us conducting more?
    • When you make evaluation process interesting, students would love to examine themselves.
  • Laboratory Training
    • Provide them training about fundamental System and Network Administration
    • Does your student know about IP addresses?
    • About DNS, DHCP, SSL, HTTP, Proxy etc?
    • Ok, what about SSH, Tunneling & VPN ?
    • Do they know about VNC, Terminal Services
    • Have you used VNC for monitoring ?
    • Have you used WLAN ?
    • Does your students use Version Control ?
    • Does everybody know about Debugging, Profiling?
    • Do your students use g++ or Visual Studio?
  • Online Technical Support
    • Have you provided help over phones ?
    • Yes, mostly
    • What about Internet Messengers?
    • Have you done conferencing with students?
    • Have you tried Video/Audio conferencing?
    • First thing, get a broadband at your home
    • Even during vacation, you may be available on demand
    • Painful? Actually it’s fun!
  • Publications – Conferences, Seminars & Journals
    • Why are publications important ?
    • It is a metric to measure the research strength of a department and its people.
    • Intellectual Property is an Amudha Surabi
    • When should someone opt for Patents or Publications?
    • International Journal Publication is the Crown any researcher would want to possess!
    • Start with Seminars  then try conferences at National and International Levels  then to Journals
    • Keep track on professional bodies like CSI, IEEE, AAAI etc
  • Revenue Generation Model
    • Develop Technical Abilities of your team
    • Publish your abilities
    • Prepare Demo Application(s) to shout cast your team’s capability
    • Invite Projects from Internet Communities and Industry by giving Demo
    • Assess Requirements from the Prospect
    • Provide them Quality Software (or) better Technology
    • Get Paid
    • www.topcoders.com
    • www.kasamba.com
    • www.sourceforge.net
    • www.sarovar.org
  • Industrial Consultancy
    • Why is Industrial Consultancy important?
    • It adds value to your department
      • NBA A5 is easier then!!
    • It adds revenue to your department
      • The management is happy 
    • It adds confidence & respect on you amongst your students
    • It is not easy to get this done!
    • Talk to the Industry and find out what they need and what you can offer to them
    • Make yourself capable and reliable in delivering that
    • Keep trying, there is always a first time to everything
    • Once it starts, it starts overflowing…
  • Software Development
    • Set up teams for Software Development
    • Helps your consultancy work
    • Also helps increasing the exposure and experience of your students
    • Identify areas of demand
    • If you do a lot of reading, you can assess the demand outside easily
    • Identify students with skills
    • Spend time to motivate and guide them in projects
    • Define tasks and milestones
    • You may pay them for their work!
  • Quality Perspective
    • Quality is the key in Industrial Consultancy
    • Maintain Industrial Standards in your lab
    • Make the student members as professionals
    • You do the planning, let the students execute
    • Follow SDLC in lab assignments too
    • Mandate usage of Version Control
    • Mandate Technical Documentation
    • Mandate Unit, Integration and System Testing
    • Mandate User Documentation and UI Evaluation
  • Reading Habit…
    • Do you read journal and magazines?
    • Do you read IT Magazine from EFY?
    • Do you read LFY?
    • Do you read Tamil Computer?
    • How many books you read a week?
    • Do you have habit of buying books monthly?
    • Have you subscribed to ISTE, CSI, IEEE ?
    • Do you read conference proceedings ?
  • Research & Innovation Initiatives
    • Why do you think you can do Research?
    • Why do we think R&D is Read & Duplicate?
    • Academia is primarily meant for Research and Industry is meant of Development
    • Can’t one do research without funding?
    • The dept is providing computing facility
    • The dept is providing man power as students
    • Why not innovate?
    • There could be reasons for staying busy, but there are not reasons for not doing research!
  • Industrial Interaction
    • Why is Industrial Interaction so important?
    • What do Academia & Industry get in return ?
    • Knowledge Exchange is the key!
    • Academia is the Technology Incubator for Industry
    • Academia is the Professionals Manufacturing unit
    • Academia is the place to perform experiments
    • Industry is the Consumer for Academia
    • Industry rolls the ideas generated by Academia
    • Industry & Academia should complement eachother
  • Industry’s Responsibility
    • Facilitate Knowledge Exchange by internships, forums, seminars, etc
    • Provide assistance in Research and Development projects
    • Provide exposure to Software Metrics, Standards and Design Guidelines
    • Update Academicians continuously on varying industrial demand for manpower and technology
    • Recognize and promote scientific research by converting ideas to products
  • Academia’s Responsibility
    • Learn about what’s the latest in the industry
    • Assess the requirements of the industry
    • Concoct training program fitting the demands
    • Maintain continuous interaction with SME
    • Invite Industry for Knowledge Sharing
    • Promote Staff Industrial Internships
    • Promote Industry Endorsed Dept Projects
    • Prepare Students for Industrial Demands
  • Employability…
    • What is the employability?
    • The ability to get quickly employed in a professional body.
    • What are the parameters?
    • Technical Skills
    • Education Qualifications
    • Soft Skills
    • Of course, the ability to survive the stringent On/Off Campus Recruitment Process.
  • Assess the current Industrial Requirements
    • Why should one Assess?
    • We know that Industry is our Consumer
    • Unless we understand the consumer’s need, it is not possible to satisfy.
    • We are the Loser, if we don’t sell (place) our products (students)
    • Keep in touch with many industrial professional to understand the changing demand of skills and brains
    • How to Assess?
    • Forums, Seminars, Invited Talks, Competitions, etc
    • Internet has a lot of content in this regard. Use It!
  • Mock Interviews, GD, Tests
    • Helping Students to get Placed is one of our primary goals.
    • Help Students get rid of fear on tests, interviews and GD
    • You may conduct tests based on Campus Recruitment test papers of different companies available freely in the Internet
    • You many invite industrial patrons to conduct interviews
    • On a regular basis, conduct GD on any contemporary topic at dept level as practice session
  • End of the day …
    • Have I made any difference ?
    • Have I reached my goals ?
    • Do I have better values now ?
    • Have I become more important ?
    • Are students respecting my technical ability?
    • Have I attracted revenue ?
    • Am I getting satisfied ?
    • YES!
    • At least, in the very near future!
  • Thanks
    • If you have any queries or need technical assistance, contact me at:
    • Sudarsun S
    • Checktronix India Pvt Ltd,
    • 9 Ramanathan Street, Kilpauk,
    • Chennai 600010
    • Phone: 044-30570028, 32
    • Mobile: 09840737947
    • Email: sudar@burning-glass.com