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IRC16 - Proposed Session - #EducationAndInternet (Culture and Politics of Digital Online Space as Teaching Pedagogy)

Posted by Sumandro Chattapadhyay at Nov 23, 2015 06:50 PM |
This is a session proposed for the Internet Researchers' Conference (IRC) 2016 by Shruti Nagpal and Ravi Chaturvedi.



The proposed Discussion Session involves two sections, the first concerning the media education in India and the use of online digital space as the teaching learning pedagogy and the second exploring the pros and cons of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) in India. Looking at the objectives defining the pedagogy by the media professors using them, the session will explore the ways the online space has provided voice to everyone irrespective of their designation and position. Studying the ever changing patterns of content production and consumption because of the digital literacy and technologies of governance, the session will explore the internet as a space for academic intervention. The session seeks to encourage discussion on the patterns of consumption and creation that facilitate interactivity, looking at the pedagogy on methods and materials needed to document cultures of interaction created by a digitally networked world, technologies and best practices for creating and sustaining interactivity, locating interactivity as a means for including populations marginalized by the digital divide and implications of invoking this construct for teaching as well as practice.



Section I

With 'Schools in a Cloud' (where students can explore online resources to answer questions) and SOLES (Self Organised Learning Environments) coming up, the researcher will try to integrate digital media into the classroom teaching/learning, and focus on the need to carefully review existing teaching strategies and understandings of digital media and its usage in addressing the curriculum/syllabus. Discussing the research results of a study conducted in Delhi, the paper will also analyse the current and potential use of virtual learning environment, understand if these e-modules are necessary by identifying the challenges faced in the development of e-learning modules in the university set ups and the role of Social networks, increased connectivity and its effect on the teaching learning practice and virtual regions and spaces. Being a media scholar and teacher, pursuing Phd on pedagogies of media education from MCRC, Jamia; the researcher expands 'micro' experience to 'macro' and talks of the ways the digital online space can be included in the media teaching pedagogy discussing the issues related to curriculum, learner and teacher profiles, evaluation and economics of running a digital media pedagogy/ course.

Section II

This sub section will explore the advantages and challenges of Massive open online courses (MOOCs) in emerging economies and developing societies like India. MOOCs are a relatively new phenomenon sweeping higher education. Less than five years ago, MOOC was just an idea , but currently there seems to be a robust market for these courses and India is turning into one of the biggest market for many massive open online course (MOOC) providers like Coursera. Given India’s need for reaching out to the largest possible numbers of learners, MOOCs are seen by some as the hi-tech engine of a transformative revolution that will remake education as a highly engaging, open and low cost activity, whereas the sceptics decries the hype surrounding MOOCs and claims that their benefits are illusory. The paper tries to understand the MOOC trend in India and its difference with the other online and open education programs. By conducting surveys and analysing data of institutions and universities running MOOC program in Delhi, the research study will ponder on how transformative the MOOC phenomenon can or will be, and what are the learners perspective about different tools and approaches adopted in the courses? Being a media scholar and practitioner, the researcher will also explore whether MOOC can become the interface and bridge the gap between the needs and aspirations of media education and media organizations?






Sumandro Chattapadhyay

As a Director at CIS, I co-lead the researchers@work programme, and engage with academic and policy research on data governance and digital economy. I can be reached at sumandro[at]cis-india[dot]org.