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Video films in compact discs to tackle faculty shortage in polytechnics

B. Aravind Kumar

Move also aimed at integrating ICT in classroom teaching

Chennai: The Directorate of Technical Education will be using video films in compact disc format to solve the problem of faculty shortage in polytechnics to an extent and integrate information and communication technology (ICT) in classroom teaching.

The conventional classroom learning was not enough to gain the attention of students as they expect some kind of music, rhythm, vibration in teachers' presentation, said S. Mohan, director, National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR).

Students of engineering, be it in engineering colleges or polytechnics, prefer to watch demos rather than attending classroom lecture. In the age of You Tube, there are thousands of video films available on any subject.

As it was essential to change the strategy of presentation in the classroom to suit the learning style, the institute has produced video films for lecture-based, field-oriented, based on the curricular requirements of southern States, he said.

These films were being pedagogically well designed by understanding the learning outcome, employing suitable strategy for presentation and integrating suitable animation into the content, said R. Theagarajan, Head, Educational Media Centre, NITTTR.

The institute organises training programmes on script writing and video production for polytechnic and engineering college teachers in identifying topic based on the complexity of the lesson, writing script, developing suitable animation, video shooting, non-linear editing and evaluation, he said.

Any faculty can develop video film or animation with the software and hardware available to attract the students, said Kumar Jayant, Commissioner, Directorate of Technical Education.

As the governments were taking steps on integrating ICT in education, any faculty should be able to uplink the content in sakshat portal.

About 250 video films developed by NITTTR in CD format would be made available to all the polytechnics in the State in a phased manner, said Mr. Jayant.

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