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Effective Engineering Teaching In Practice


Traditionally, teachers are not trained to teach professional courses. Thus, they learn even the essential principles of teaching through experience, ‘on the job’. This leads to a less than satisfactory in-class learning experience for most students in many courses, except if the teacher has a natural orientation to teaching. This course is aimed to introduce the essentials of facilitation of student learning (‘teaching’) in an interesting way to any teacher of professional courses, with a special focus on engineering. Further, education is a vast, old area of research, with rigorous, evidence-based knowledge that is useful for the facilitation of learning. However, the knowledge is not in an easily accessible form for teachers without experience in education research. This course also aims to begin bridging that gap, by appropriately introducing research in education to engineering teachers.


All engineering teachers and aspiring teachers.





Any industry or start-up interested in education.

2216 students have enrolled already!!


This course is being offered by Professor G. K. Suraishkumar in collaboration with the Teaching-Learning Center (TLC), IIT Madras

Prof. G. K. Suraishkumar is a Professor in the Department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM).  He has been at IITM as a Professor since May 2004, and was earlier a faculty member in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) from April 1993 until mid-May 2004.  He was also an Associate Faculty member in the erstwhile Centre for Biotechnology, which is now the Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, at IITB, between 1995 and 2004.  

He earned his Ph.D. from Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA in 1993, and his B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from IITM in 1986.  He also did his Masters work at the University of Cincinnati, USA, between 1986 and 1988.

He is passionate about improving student learning and has published papers in reputed international journals on the methods that he had developed for the same.  He is the author of a book, Continuum Analysis of Biological Systems:  Conserved Quantities, Fluxes, and Forces, which was published world-wide by Springer Publishing in March 2014; the foreword has been written by the reputed author of the famous textbook, Transport Phenomena, Professor R. B. Bird.  Recently, he created two 10-h MOOCs on Bioreactors, and Biology for Engineers and other Non-biologists as NPTEL online certification (NOC) courses. Earlier, he created a 40-lecture NPTEL video course on Classical Thermodynamics for Biological Systems.  He has also created other short videos on biochemical engineering principles. 

His major area of research is reactive species – currently, the relevance of them in cancer and nanoparticle toxicity. Earlier, his research group had made significant, original contributions in the area of reactive species applied to improve bioreactor productivities and bio-oil which were financially supported through many sponsored research grants.  The research contributions have been better disseminated through publications in reputed international journals– the complete list of publications is available as a link from his Department webpage, https://biotech.iitm.ac.in/faculty/suraishkumar-g-k/).  He is also the inventor on 3 (granted) + 3 (under process) patents.  Further, the technology developed in his group was successfully applied at Biocon industries, and has been featured in prestigious technology alerts such as the one by Frost and Sullivan.  He has guided many Ph.D., and Masters theses. Some recognitions of his work by others are listed in his web-page given above.

Administratively, he played pivotal roles in the set-up of the Departments of Biotechnology, as the first formal Department Head, first at IIT Madras and later, at IIT Hyderabad. He was one of the main architects of the first postgraduate program in Clinical Engineering in India, which is a multi-Institute program, and a first of its kind in India.  In addition, he contributed as the Head of the Sophisticated Analytical Instrumentation Facility, Chennai. He continues to contribute on National level faculty selection/advisory/institution level committees in relevant areas.

E. PRASAD, Head, Teaching Learning Centre (TLC) and Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600 036, INDIA
Phone: ++91-44-2257 4232 ; Email: pre@iitm.ac.in
Educational Qualification: BSc., & MSc. From Calicut University, Kerala, India during 1990-1995; Ph.D. from NIIST, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India in Photophysical Chemistry in 2000.Post Doctoral Research Experience: (2001 to 2006) Texas Tech University & Lehigh University, USA and University of Bonn, Germany (Alexander von Humboldt Fellow) 
Professional Experience (11 years): Faculty at Department of Chemistry, IIT Madras since 2006; (8 years): Core team member, Teaching Learning Centre, IIT Madras; (3 years): Head, Teaching Learning Centre, IIT Madras. Specialization and Expertise: Chemistry: Photophysical Chemistry, Design and Synthesis of organic and hydro gelators for various applications; Education/Teaching: Designing Learning Outcomes for Courses, Conducting Classes using Active and Collaborative Learning Techniques.Awards and Distinctions: AvH Fellowship (2002), Young Faculty Recognition Award (IIT Madras, 2011).Research Publications in Peer Reviewed Journals: 65.Conference Paper: Development of a Teaching Learning Centre and Ongoing Faculty Development Programs - A Case Study, Prasad Edamana,  Ajith Kumar Kolar, Pramod S Mehta, Sujatha Srinivasan and Jeffrey Froyd, American Society for Engineering Education, USA, June, 2012.

Prof. Shreepad Karmalkar (TLC) is a Professor of Electrical Engineering Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM). He received the B. Tech and accelerated PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from IITM, in 1983 and 1989, respectively. He has held visiting research / teaching assignments at several US universities, namely, University of California, Santa Barbara; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York; and University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA.He has authored numerous articles in journals, conferences and books, and has been awarded several patents in the areas of semiconductor device modeling and process development. For his research contributions, he has received the 2006 Vikram Sarabhai Award and a 2007 IBM Faculty Award. He also acts as a consultant to industries for developing manufacturing processes for semiconductor devices, and as a reviewer of several reputed journals.His contributions in the field of education include video courses on “Solid State Devices”,
“Semiconductor Device Modeling” and “Introduction to Research” hosted on the internet. The latter is a lecture-cum-activity oriented course to foster research skills among research scholars. He is a senior member of the IITM Teaching Learning Centre Executive team. He has conducted numerous workshops/sessions on pedagogical topics such as “Feedback and Reflection”, “How teachers can make a difference” for the faculty of IITs, IISERs, NITs, IIIT and BITS. He has also been conducting Teaching Assistant Orientation for the research scholars at IITM.He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Education, and serves on the All India Board of Undergraduate Studies constituted by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), as the representative of IITs. He was a member of the National Working Group on Nanotechnology set up by Department of Information Technology, Govt of India. He was the Coordinator of the Educational Technology Cell, and Vice-Chairman of JEE 2006 and Chairman of JEE 2007 operations in the South Zone

Richa Verma (TLC) 

Professional summary 
Currently I work as Senior Project Officer, at Teaching Learning Centre- IIT- Madras. For last 4 years I was faculty in Vision Science at the School of Medicine, Deakin University, Australia. Since 2013, I have been actively involved in optometry education at Deakin University where hybrid model of Problem Based Learning (PBL) is used for the entire course. During this time, I have gained experience in curriculum design, assessment and various pedagogies. I have also received formal training in Designing, Teaching and Assessing Higher Education Programs My area of research is Visual neuroscience with specific focus on retinal physiology. I completed my PhD at The University of Melbourne and post-doctoral fellowship in Visual Neuroscience at Monash University, Australia. I graduated as an optometrist from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India. Since then, I have used various experimental models to understand the nuances of the visual system ranging, from psychophysics, electrophysiology in humans to single-unit electrophysiology in non-human primates. 

Key attributes 
In unique position with specialized training in pedagogical teaching strong research background in optometry & vision science.Research area- retinal physiology & anatomy,system neuroscience Formal training in: Designing, Teaching and Assessing Higher Education Programs Contextualizing Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Higher Degree Research Supervision Team Based Learning Designing of formative and summative assessment tasks .
Experience in: Curriculum development Running of Problem Based learning Team based learning Flip Classrooms Published papers in international peer reviewed journals 
Reviewer for peer reviewed journals and Australian Research Council (ARC) grant applications 

Educational qualifications 
2015-2016 Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Learning & Teaching (GCHLT), 
                   Deakin University, Australia. 
2012           Good Clinical Practice (GCP) course for research professionals, Nucleus Network,
                   Melbourne, Australia. 
2008           Doctorate (PhD) in Vision Science, The University of Melbourne, Australia. 
2008-2010  NHMRC Post-Doctoral fellow, Dept of Physiology, Monash University, Australia. 
2006            Post graduate coursework in statistics (SPSS) for researchers, The University of 
                    Melbourne, Australia. 
2001            Bachelor of Science in Optometry (B.S.Optom)- Elite school of Optometry, Birla
                    Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani India


Week 1
  1. An inexperienced engineering teacher’s view  (GK)
  2. From traditional lecturing to helping students learn (GK)
  3. Better learning (Bloom’s taxonomy)  (GK)
  4. Problem based learning (PBL) and problem solving (GK)

Week 2
  5. Learning outcomes (TLC – E. Prasad)
  6. Active learning (GK)
  7. Co-operative group learning (GK)

Week 3
  8. Flipped classroom (GK)
  9. Lab courses (GK)
  10. Evaluations/assessments  (TLC – Richa Verma)

Week 4
  11. How can we use research in education? (GK)            
   (a) Class composition 
   (b) Psychological type and learning
   (c) Models of cognitive development 
   (d) Learning theories   
  12. Feed-back and Reflection  (TLC – Shreepad Karmalkar)

  • The exam is optional for a fee. 
  • Date of Exam: March 31st 2019 (Sunday).
  • Time of Exam: Morning session 9am to 2 noon; Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm
  • Registration URL: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.


  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of 4 weeks course: Best 3 out of 4 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score.
  • Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup. It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT MADRAS . It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.