Seven Day Faculty Development Programme (FDP) in Online Mode for University and College Teachers on Preparation of Self-Learning Materials for University and College Learners

Looking into the adverse impact of the pandemic of COVID-19 resulting to nationwide lock down and the dire need for the education system to innovate and adopt suitable and appropriate pedagogy alternative to the cent percent institution-based classroom teaching, Dibrugarh University organized an Online Seven Day Faculty development Programme on Preparation of Self Learning Materials and E-contents for the University and College learners during 12th to 18th May, 2020. By inaugurating the Programme, Prof. R. Tamuli, Vice-Chancellor of Dibrugarh University stated that the Programme is an endeavour to find an appropriate alternative system to support the students for self-learning reducing cent percent classroom attendance and eventually go with the principle of ‘social distancing’. Prof. K. Das, Vice-Chancellor, KKH Open University participating online as Chief Guest of the session appreciated the timely effort of the University. A diverse pool of resource persons, namely, Prof. M. Hazarika, Dibrugarh University, Prof. S.K. Panda, IGNOU, New Delhi, Dr. A.C. Borah, Regional Director, IGNOU, Jorhat and Prof. S. Borkotokey from Dibrugarh University deliberated various issues of developing SLMs in printed forms, while Dr. G. Mythili, Dr. K. Gowathaman and Prof. V.V. Subramanyam of IGNOU, New Delhi conducted training sessions for creation and delivery of e-contents, use of open educational resources, online assessment, using mobile in teaching-learning process, etc. Dr. D.P. Rajkhowa, Director, Directorate of Open and Distance Learning, Dibrugarh University, Dr. Shrutidhara Mahanta, Dr. Moromi Gogoi of Dibrugarh University participated as the panelists throughout the technical and presentation sessions. During the valedictory session chaired by Prof. M. Hazarika, Chairperson of the Organizing Committee, Dr. H.C. Mahanta, Registrar of the University congratulated the participants for successful completion of the Programme. Prof. D.B. Talukdar, Dean, Faculty of Education from the chair of Chief Guest expressed her concern d Changing Scenario of Higher Education affected by COVID-19 pandemic. The effectiveness of the Programme, which aimed to develop a pool of trained persons with aptitude of alternative pedagogy in different disciplines was ascertained through different assignments, hands-on practices and presentations by the participants. The Programme participated by 340 participants across the Country was designed and coordinated by Dr. B.C. Borah, Joint Registrar (Academic) and Prof. S. Borkotokey, Head, Department of Mathematics, Dibrugarh University.