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ISB adopts new teaching technology to boost student participation

Published On: 23 Aug 2014 | Last Updated On: 23 Aug 2014

The Indian School of Business (ISB) has adopted a fresh teaching technology in a bid to boost student participation in classrooms. The new methodology, devised by ISB faculty, has been named 'The Engaged Classroom' (TEC), which is at a testing stage at present. The technology firm Creatist has partnered the institute in this venture.

ISB is an international business school (B-school) with campuses in Hyderabad and Mohali, India. The school offers PGP, post-doctoral programs as well as executive education programs for business executives. The faculty of ISB includes eminent management intellectuals with research and teaching experience from the best B-schools in the world.

TEC includes questions in the study material which are distributed to students in the classrooms. Students are not able to change the leaf of the articles or switch topics unless they attempt all the attached questions. The method ensures that all the students come to class after reading the study material and thereby can respond to questions or assessments in class.

By using the technology, teachers can ask questions in class and students need to respond in real time within a set time limit. This ensures constant participation and commitment of each and every student in the class.

Few main challenges faced by the faculty of B-schools are students attending classes without preparation (pre-class), coming late to classes and not being engaged enough in classroom work/calculations (in-class). This leads to difficulty in scoring student participation (post-class). The new technology is an active learning/teaching method and resolves such issues.

According to institute officials, the new technology helps faculty in selecting the relevant/effective responses during sessions which make them more productive. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students and faculty from premier B-schools are expected to be trained on the new technology from ISB officials.

The Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Bengaluru is in the process of testing TEC technology for future use. Many faculty members from institutes across the world, such as School of Technology Management, UNIST in South Korea, Texas Tech University in the United States (US) and the University of Texas at Dallas in US are testing it as well. The Harvard Business School has also invited ISB faculty for workshops on the new technology.

ISB has granted admission to the highest number of women students into its Postgraduate Program in Management (PGP) for the class of 2015, among all the top B-schools of India. There are 231 women students in the PGP class of 2015 at the institute, which constitutes 30% of the overall class size. ISB officials stated that the institute in partnership with corporate bodies has adopted several initiatives to encourage women to pursue careers in management, which has resulted in the rising number of women candidates at the institute. The increased involvement from women will contribute to the cause of gender diversity across sectors, the officials added.

Source: The Economic Times

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