Developing an E-culture : A journey with Intel Teach at University of Puneby(Rusen K, founder and head of INDIACSR)PUNE: The Colleges of Education (COE) under the University of Pune prepare students tobecome teachers of tomorrow. They offer B Ed, M Ed and M Phil courses. The university wasestablished in 1948. The affiliated B Ed came in to existence in 1965 and the Department ofEducation as a direct part of the University was started in 1990. Intel started associating with theUniversity through its Teach program since 2002. As of now, the Intel Teach program is associated with 112 B Ed colleges in theUniversity across three districts of Maharashtra- Pune, Ahmednagar and Nashik. Each B Edcollege has 100 seats for Student Teachers, taught by six Teacher Educators and one Principal.So the university has approximately 700 Teacher Educators and 9,500 Student Teachers. Mostcolleges have good, upgraded labs with 10-15 machines and Internet connectivity for all.ChallengesOne of the problems faced by the university was the need to regularly update the B Ed ICTsyllabus with special focus on practical orientation. The university wanted to spread pedagogyand technology across diverse environments, including infrastructure, diverse Teacher Educators,and diverse Student Teachers. It also wanted to ensure quality across quantity – this involvedreaching out effectively to over 100 Colleges of Education.SolutionIntel Teach regularly provided updated curricula to the university, along with training and studymaterial in the form of CDs, manuals and handbooks. The Teacher Educators were trained notjust on the content, but also on how to present the content to the Student Teachers so as to enablethem to become successful teachers of tomorrow.In 2002, the Intel Teach program modules were integrated into the B Ed ICT Practicals as acompulsory component. In 2005, Pune University reviewed and reconstructed the ICT B EdPracticals to include the Intel Teach Version 4.1 that focuses on the use of technology forpromoting higher order and critical thinking, problem solving and 21st century skills, as acompulsory component for B Ed. In 2008, the updated Version 10.1, which has project-basedlearning, ongoing assessments, Web 2.0 technologies integration and help guide was integratedinto the B Ed syllabus. In 2010 Project Based Approach (PBA) course was launched as part of e-learning practicals The PBA was integrated into the Intel Teach Version 10.1 modules as acompulsory component. Till then, e-learning had been included only in the ICT theory.
The Teacher Educators were trained on project-based learning methodology, which enabled themto help their student teachers become globally competent teachers. The global standards forassessment, PBL methodology and Web 2.0 technologies were covered in the Intel TeachVersion 10.1 curriculum.The Help Guide as part of the curriculum was accepted as a big boon by colleges, as it allowedthem to achieve technical expertise without depending on anyone. The Help Guide CD providedskills for self-learning options. The e-learning promoted by Intel Elements-PBA definitelyprovided a solution to accommodate diverse learners. It included teacher educators, studentteachers and learners in lab environments. Teacher Educators and Student Teachers couldstrengthen their PBA pedagogy through e-learning with interactive, visually compelling andflexible contents developed by Intel.The policy changes developed by the Pune University based on the education programs of Intelhelped them to ensure quality education. The HOD of the Department of Education at the PuneUniversity now plays an active role as a member of the National Core Committee., to devisestrategies for quality implementation of ICT in education. Teacher Educators received exposureby attending NAAC-Intel research workshops, national meets and seminars. Opportunities weregiven to Student Teachers, Teacher Educators and colleges to participate in National Contests.To ensure that the Program could be sustained for a period, a follow-up plan was put in place. Aspart of this:(1) Intel Teach modules were included in the B Ed ICT Practice syllabus as a practicalcomponent(2) Elements-PBA modules were included as a part of the Version 10.1 modules(3) University Directives were issued to Colleges of Education fori. upgrading labs as mentioned in the Intel Teach Version 10.1 pre-requisitesii. making it mandatory for them to send Master Teachers for participationiii. submitting the Intel Master Teachers and Participant Teachers certificatesfollowing theVersion 10.1 implementation plan developed by an Intel Program Mentor with the help of theresource persons (Master Trainers trained by the Intel Resource Persons) who were teachereducators appointed by the universityiv. following the evaluation scheme which had marks for the Version 10.1 component and alsofor the Elements-PBA action planv. completing the PBA Course for all student teachersvi. registering student teachers on the Intel engage online India communityvii. registering student teachers on Intel’s Assessing Projects website(4) The university directed the Colleges of Education COEs to send reports declaring the numberof student teachers being trained under PBA, and the number of student teachers registered onIntel Engage Online.Intel® Teach’s Project Based Learning ProgramThe University of Pune is one of the institutions participating in Intel Teach’s Project BasedLearning Program. The Intel® Teach Program is aimed at improving teacher effectiveness
through professional development, helping teachers integrate technology into their lessons. Theprogram promotes students’ problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration skills. Havingreached 1.3 million teachers in India and training more than 7 million teachers in 50 countries,Intel Teach is the largest, most successful program of its kind.ImpactAll the B Ed students at the Pune University feel that the curriculum has been an eye openerregarding how technology could be be effectively.This is the first year of PBA implementation, and the university estimates that every year 75% ofB Ed student teachers are sure to benefit through the Elements-PBA course. The course willenable them to develop their skills so that they are at par with global teaching standards.The university came up with the following estimates for the number of student teachers whobenefit from the program annually, each year, at the university:70% student teachers use Web 2.0 technologies through integration in projects100% student teachers experience the benefits of e-learning80% student teachers use technology as a productivity tool90% student teachers use technology as a communication tool50% student teachers use technology as a collaboration tool90% student teachers use technology to support overall administration80% PG students use technology as a research toolThe program is aimed at developing student teachers successful teachers in their career. Thestudent teachers who have completed the course have experienced the benefits of ICT andProject Based Learning during their training period. Hence they are better equipped to use ICT asa teaching aid in their career as teachersAs result, 90% of the Colleges of Education COEs in Pune University have developed e-culturein their day to day teaching and administration. The development of e-culture helps the studentsto focus on 21st century skills which is the need of the hour.“The university has developed an e-culture, thanks to the Intel Teach Program. We learnt howto use technology judiciously, without compromising on the pedagogy. It was because of thisprogram that in 2007, we were in a position to ask for an updated curriculum, as the collegeswere well versed with Intel’s basic course.”- Dr Sanjeev Sonawane, HOD and Dean-Education, University of Pune“The launch of e-learning with the Intel Teach Elements Project Based Approach (PBA) Coursewas the need of the hour. It is one of the best combinations of a strong content through the e-learning mode for Student Teachers. This will lead to a standard message regarding ProjectsBased Approaches in diverse environments.”- Shaheen Shaikh, Teacher Educator, H.G.M. Azam College of Education,affiliated to the University of Pune
“I am now able to justify what I do with technology to support the teaching learning processin schools. This is the result of undergoing the Intel Teach Curriculum Modules when I was aStudent Teacher at Vidya Pratishthan, Baramati. Long Live the Intel Teach Program.”- Avinash Kulkarni, ex student teacher from Vidya Pratishthan, Baramati“What Next?”“We want to prepare future teachers who can develop e-content for their subjects, and who areable to use available e-content from different open learning resources, enabling their pupils tolearn more effectively.”- Dr Sanjeev Sonawane, HOD and Dean-Education, University of Pune