More than 75 percent universities require online teaching training: Survey
As per the findings of the survey more than half of the universities (both Govt. and Private) are equipped with smart classrooms but more than 75 percent of universities require training for the capacity building of faculty for online teaching
More than 75 percent of universities require training for the capacity building of faculty for online teaching
Association of Indian Universities (AIU) has released its survey report on “Preparedness of Indian Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) for Online Education 2021” which was prepared in collaboration with QASPIR, a UK based company, that highlights the realistic and complete picture of the digital infrastructure availability and preparedness of the Indian HEIs for online teaching and learning.
As per the findings of the survey more than half of the universities (both Govt. and Private) are equipped with smart classrooms but more than 75 percent of universities require training for the capacity building of faculty for online teaching. Around 40 percent of university faculty member of Indian universities have never undergone any professional training to deal with online teaching –learning. The survey helps all stakeholders, especially the educational institutions, to identify their strengths, weaknesses and highlight areas that need improvement.
The report covers 85 questions that helped institutions identify where they stand in preparing for online learning. It is intended to act as a guide to identify any critical areas of transitioning to online learning and being better prepared for the new shift in learning.
The survey report was virtually released by NAAC Chairman Prof K K Aggarwal on 17 June in the national capital.The report is based on the survey data collected from July 2020 to October 2020 from 546 HEIs constituting universities and colleges across India. The survey was aimed at providing insights to enable the higher education policy planners and government to take requisite policy measures to respond to the changing requirements.
The Objective of this survey was to assess the preparedness of Indian HEIs in the wake of Outbreak and rampant spread of COVID 19 pandemic which resulted in the complete shutdown of the Indian HEIs. The educational system of the country was not prepared for this sudden jolt. Many issues involving the difficulties in completely switching over to online education were experienced, which reinforced the need for initiating a nationwide study to assess the readiness of our HEIs for online Education.
AIU in collaboration with Quality Assurance Strategic Planning and Institutional Research (QASPIR), conducted the survey to get a realistic and complete picture of the digital infrastructure availability and preparedness of the Indian Higher Education Sector for teaching remotely/online. The survey report covers availability of critical parameters such as infrastructure, internet connectivity, training of teachers, different platforms, learning management system, current practices, and student engagement in online education. The report also considers other factors such as online value-added services, Issues and challenges in online learning, Goals for online learning, Institutional policy, Faculty readiness for online teaching and learning etc.
AIU is an apex level inter-university representative body of 840 universities. It is engaged in assisting the Government of India in policy formulation by providing research-based policy inputs. AIU represent the higher education system and Indian Universities on national and international forums and establish strong liaison with the government, National / International organizations of higher education, sister associations world over and among universities through active support, cooperation and coordination among the member universities and all stakeholders for promoting quality education, research, sports, culture & values. AIU is actively engaged in the growth and development of Higher Education. The stalwarts like Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, Dr. Zakir Hussain, and Dr. Syama Prasad Mukherjee have served as Presidents of AIU in the past.
QASPIR, is a consultancy and higher education research-based organization in the United Kingdom dedicated to improving student success. QASPIR believes that along with scholarly research, professional development is woven into the fabric of academia. QASPIR continues to provide new and innovative methods to support higher education institutions to produce better students.