Objective of TUET

While the use of educational technology tools (like visualizations, wikis, virtual labs) in teaching and learning has proliferated, teachers face challenges in choosing the appropriate tool and then effectively integrating them in their teaching. The objective of TUET is to address these challenges through training programs and frameworks that will guide teachers in:

  • Applying teaching principles to create student-centered learning designs (LDs).
  • Creating LDs that exploit the pedagogical affordances of the chosen tool.
  • Implementing these student-centered learning designs in the classroom.
  • Designing constructively aligned assessment instruments to evaluate student learning.

Context for TUET

In majority of our projects the research context is teacher-mediated classrooms. Such classrooms are a reality in India and many parts of the developing world. Here students cannot directly manipulate the tool and is constrained to interact via the teacher. However, one TUET project has also built interventions that tackle the challenges of using virtual labs in laboratory setting. The target audience of our interventions are Science and Engineering teachers teaching undergraduate courses.

Theoretical Basis & Design Drivers

TUET projects are based on:

  • Constructive Alignment (Biggs, 2002)
  • Meaningful Learning with ICT (Howland et.al, 2012)
  • Diffusion of innovation (Rogers, 1962)

These theoretical underpinnings are used to frame guidelines for teachers to design constructively aligned artefacts (LDs/Assessment instruments) or to choose tools mapped to their learning objective respectively.
We have designed our successful teacher training programs based on the theory of Diffusion of innovation and the principles of immersivity and pertinence to ensure effective integration and sustained practice in teaching using technology tools.

TUET Projects

  • 1. A2I2 Training Model: This training model trains teachers to apply educational technology (ET) principles in creating learning designs (LDs) with ET tools like wikis and screencasts.
  • 2. CuVIS Framework: This design framework provide step-wise customized guidelines to teachers to design theory-informed, research evidence based LDs using visualization (video/animation/simulation).
  • 3. Vlab LoTaAs Framework: This design framework provides design guidelines to teachers for generation of customized laboratory manuals for teaching using virtual labs.
  • 4. IQuE Framework: This framework evaluates the quality of assessment instrument designed by teacher in terms of Constructive Alignment.
Details of each individual project can be found in Research tab.