Effective Engineering Teaching In Practice

By Prof. G. K. Suraishkumar, Prof. Edamana Prasad, Prof. Richa Verma   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 1397
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.

INTENDED AUDIENCE  : All engineering teachers and aspiring teachers.
INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Any industry or start-up interested in education.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Category :
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Faculty Domain - Advanced
  • Faculty Domain - Fundamental
Credit Points : 1
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 18 Feb 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 27 Mar 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

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. Effective on-line learning

Books and references

Wankat and Oreovicz. 2015. Teaching Engineering. Purdue University Press.

Instructor bio

Prof. G. K. Suraishkumar

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.

Prof. Edamana Prasad

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. Richa Verma

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

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 27 March 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 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. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

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.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

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