Keeping the changes that are unfolding in higher education as per above, the Human Resource Development Centers (HRDCs) on war footing shall strive hard:
- a. to increase access to high quality education regardless of budget or location and tailor lesson plans to individual needs by organizing specially designed orientation programmes on pedagogy, based on free massive online open courses (MOOCs) and hybrid classes, adaptive learning software, and the unbundling of traditional degree credits.
- b. to organize blended learning programmes (induction/ orientation/refresher courses) for serving teachers, with a focus on outcomes rather than the output, covering every teacher at least once in three to five years so that they don’t see themselves as mere instructors, but as designers, and members of a learning development team with particular goals in mind.
- c. to encourage teachers to develop in-house education-technology incubators that help entrepreneurial start-ups get off the ground by providing them with research, mentorship and connections and linking them to capital and to participate in seminars, symposia, workshops, etc.
- d. to organize one week programme on a theme based topics like Academic leadership, Technology Enhanced Learning, Disaster Management, Gender Sensitization, IPR, Social Connect Programme and Learning Outcome Based Education including evaluation.
- e. to organize specially designed induction/orientation programmes/refresher courses in IT for new entrants as well as for in-service teachers; and value-based interactive multimedia through integrated practice in instructional media and ICT can nurture the character such as Creativity, Curiosity, Appreciation, Hard work, Self-reliance, Honesty, Discipline and Compassion among teacher facilitators.
Thus the objectives of the Human Resource Development Centre (HRDC) in the light of above shall be focused towards enabling all the faculty members of HEIs including newly appointed Assistant Professors to:
- i. understand the significance of education in general, and higher education in particular, in the global and Indian contexts;
- ii. understand the linkages between education and economic and socio-economic and cultural development, with particular reference to the Indian polity where democracy, secularism and social equity are the basic tenets of society;
- iii. acquire and improve basic skills of teaching at the college/university level to achieve goals of higher education;
- iv. keep abreast of the latest developments in their specific subjects;
- v. understand the organization and management of a college/university and to perceive the role of teachers in the total system;
- vi. utilize opportunities for development of personality, initiative and creativity;
- vii. provide a comprehensive and structured look at the challenges and opportunities brought by the use of ICT and open content (OER and MOOC) in higher education and to overview the visions and expectations of key higher education stakeholders towards the future of learning at universities and higher education institutions.