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:
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.
TUET projects are based on:
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.