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About this website  

The Forum for Academic Culture (FAC) is devoted to conduct of studies, dialogs, and events concerning various aspects of the academic culture at IITB, such as student motivation, teaching techniques and methodologies, and large class issues. The Forum was launched in March 2013.

This website contains related articles and reports, presentations used at dialogs and in events, and summaries of dialogs and events. It was inaugurated by Prof Shiva Prasad, Dean AP, in March 2013. Currently, the material is organized chronologically.

2010         February     September
2011         February
2012         December
2013         January     February     March     April     July     August     September     November
2014         January     February     March     July     August
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  • FAC organized two events on the occasion of the
    First Annual Orientation Program for New Faculty
    organized by Dean (Faculty), Dean (AP), and Forum for Academic Culture,
    14 July 2014, 9.30 am - 5.30 pm, Gulmohar Banquet Hall.
    65 faculty registered online for the events.

  • Discussion on "What should be our expectations from students"
    14 July 2014, 11.15 pm - 2.00 pm, Gulmohar Banquet Hall
    organized by Prof D M Dhamdhere, Prof Ashish Pandey, and Prof Virendra Sethi

    • Motivation

      From its inception, FAC has worked on the theme that enrichment of the academic culture requires a sustained dialog between all stake-holders where each party would project its expectations from other parties in the spirit of mutual understanding and a desire to reconcile different viewpoints. Such a dialog would require the faculty to project its expectations from students, and vice versa. This discussion was aimed at projecting academic expectations of the faculty from students.

    • Format of the discussion

      Dean (AP) outlined the purpose and scope of the discussion, followed by brief presentations by Prof D K Ghosh, Physics, and Prof S Sudarshan, Computer Science & Engineering. Participants worked in groups of 5-7 persons to exchange views and list expectations. Each group shared its key points in a general discussion, and later worked on how faculty can facilitate fulfilment of their expectations from students.

    • Participants

      Over 65 faculty from various departments of IITB.

    • Video recording of the discussion  Video  

  • Workshop on "Comprehension, Learning, and Instructional Design"
    14 July 2014, 2.00 pm - 5.30 pm, Gulmohar Banquet Hall
    organized by Prof D M Dhamdhere, Prof Ashish Pandey, Prof Madhu Vinjamur, and Prof Virendra Sethi

    • Motivation

      Faculty, whether young or experienced, often face situations where students do not take interest in a lecture, do not retain much from a meticulously prepared lecture, or do not answer examination questions at the correct level, e.g., they might describe "what" is to be done in a given situation even when a question asks "why" or "how" it is to be done.

      Faculty can employ Instructional Design techniques to avoid such frustrating experiences. Instructional Design helps to verify that students have the necessary prerequisites for a topic, ensure that they would acquire new concepts well, and guarantee that they would know how to answer examination questions at the correct level.

      These sessions discussed, for the first time in IITB, various aspects of Instructional Design such as how to specify learning outcomes of a topic and how to plan instruction such that desired learning would result. These sessions provided take-aways that the faculty could use in their courses straightaway.

    • Program

        2.00 am - 3.15 pm   :   Comprehension and Learning Objectives of Courses
        3.45 pm - 5.00 pm   :   Learning Theories and Instructional Design
        5.00 pm - 5.30 pm   :   Discussion

      In the hands-on sessions, participants worked in small groups to develop an instruction plan for a topic or course of their choice.

    • Participant Feedback

      In written feedback, participants commented positively on

      • Importance of being clear in your mind as to what level in Bloom's taxonomy
      • Importance of activating prior knowledge
      • Importance of breaking up content in small modules
      • A slightly different (than what I already had) perspective on how learning works
      • Should be made compulsory for all new faculty members.


  • Seminar on "Effective Learning" for CSE Btech2 Students
    22 August 2014, 3.45 pm - 5.30 pm, F. C. Kohli Auditorium
    organized by Prof D M Dhamdhere, Prof Ganesh Ramakrishnan and Prof Ashish Pandey

    • Purpose

      The seminar aims to create "a culture of effective learning" in which learning expectations are specified, learning fundamentals are explained, and help and directions are provided to learners for enhancing the effectiveness of their learning experiences.

      Such a culture would project the learning expectations to learners as they enter IITB and would form a context for the learning and teaching activities. In some sense, the culture would constitute the new paradigm for learning at IITB. The reference documents contain details of the complete scheme for creating a culture of effective learning.

    • Reference Documents

       Teaching-Learning Maturity Model
      Focus Segments for a Culture of Learning  

    • Modules in the seminar

      • What is Knowledge---Levels of Learning
      • Principles of Learning and Thinking
        • The Process of Learning
        • How to Represent Knowledge
        • How to Organize One's Thinking
      • Peer Learning Techniques

    • Report on the seminar

      The seminar was attended by about 85 students of CSE Btech2 and 9 faculty members of the CSE Department. An online feedback was obtained in October 2014, more than six weeks after the seminar, to assess its outcome.
       Summary of student feedback



  •  Video recording of the workshop
    "Comprehension, Learning, and Instructional Design"
    Organized by Prof D M Dhamdhere, Prof Ashish Pandey, Prof Madhu Vinjamur, and Prof Virendra Sethi
    On the occassion of the First Annual Orientation Program for New Faculty
    organized by Dean (Faculty), Dean (AP), and Forum for Academic Culture,
    14 July 2014, 9.30 am - 5.30 pm, Gulmohar Banquet Hall.


  •  Document "Facilitating Knowledge Construction by Learners --- An exercise in Course Design"
    by Prof D M Dhamdhere, CSE Department


    The constructionist view of learning holds that knowledge is not transferred from an instructor to a learner, but is constructed by the learner. The instructor facilitates knowledge construction by designing appropriate learning experiences. The active learning approach holds that learner learns best by getting involved in a learning experience. This document describes an exercise in course design to facilitate knowledge construction by learners for CS 347: Operating Systems in the January--April 2015 semester, using an innovation called Think-Discuss-Share (TDS) peer groups.


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