Title of the practice Faculty and Staff Development Through Modern Technological Applications and Awareness
• To create awareness among the faculty members about the e - Learning content management systems. • To create awareness among the faculty members about application of various technology in online teaching methods for serving the needs of the students during COVID 19 pandemic lockdown. • To share the knowledge among not only between the faculty members of the college but also the faculty members of different institutions of the district. • To enhance the technological awareness among the non-teaching staff of the college. Context Like other parts of rural India, a section of students of our college come from such background where higher education is not only a luxury but also remains untouchable due to financial impediments. Majority of the students are merely first generation learners who have little scope for running and maintenance of their study during prolonged lockdown due to attack of COVID 19 at their home. Thus online teaching was the only solution for maintenance of their study during stoppage of classroom teaching. Thus it became essential to aware the faculty members about various techniques of online teaching and e-learning content generation to serve the needs of the students and to prepare them for their examinations. The Practice • The college organized a Week Long National Level Workshop:Topic: “Learning Content Management System” and “Learning Content Management System” Organizer: PG Dept. of Geography English, Cooch Behar College, Dept. of Geography, Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Vivekananda Vidya bhavan from 02/09/2020 to 8/09/2020. • A Week Long National Level Faculty Development Programme (Online) on “Empowerment in Online Teaching, Learning Evaluation for Combating Covid-19 Pandemic Situation” The Programme was approved by Cooch Behar Panchanan Barma University.: Cooch Behar College in collaboration with National Service Scheme, Cooch Behar District IQAC, Cooch Behar College approved by Cooch Behar Panchanan Barma University from 2nd - 8th June, 2020. Evidence of success • The impact of the programme has been very encouraging. • Students’ attachment with the institution and teachers faster. • The students took active part in online classes and could maintain their study during lockdown. • They do not feel like aliens. • Nearly 100 students got passed in their final examination after unlocking. Notes The college has in its credit a number of activities aimed at student’s welfare and benefit. As the students are vulnerable to dropouts, irregular attendance and poor educational resources it becomes a responsibility of the parental institution to extend assistance of every possibility in order to lend a hand of support to the talents. The first and foremost challenge before the college is to resist the dropout rate. As more than 65 of the students come from a rural and poor socio- economic background it becomes increasingly difficult for them to continue their studies uninterrupted. To check this circumstances the college has come out with effective measures to start online teaching and supply of e-resources to cater the needs of students.