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Centre for Teaching and Learning hosts Doctoral Consortium on Teaching for PhD scholars

Participants learn to work on effective teaching along with research to become successful academics

17 JANUARY, 2023: The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at IIMB hosted a four-day Doctoral Consortium on Teaching 2023, from 9 to 12 January 2023, for the Institute’s PhD scholars. 

In all, 23 PhD students, who are in the concluding stage of their doctoral study and soon going to begin their journey as academics, participated in the programme.

On the opening day of the consortium, Prof. Chetan Subramanian, Professor of Economics, Dean Faculty and Chairperson – CTL, delivered the introductory speech, welcoming students to the consortium. He encouraged the participants to work on effective teaching along with research to become successful academics.

Prof. Ananth Krishnamurthy, Chairperson of the Doctoral Programme at IIMB and faculty in the Decision Sciences area, urged the final year doctoral students to use the consortium to gain valuable insights into innovative pedagogical methods and effective learning practices.

The consortium focused on various aspects of effective teaching, and was led by Prof. Sourav Mukherji, faculty in the Organizational Behaviour & Human Resources Management area of IIMB, and Dr. Arun Pereira, MIT-Sloan International Faculty Fellow and Emeritus Faculty at the Chaifetz School of Business, Saint Louis University, USA.

Prof. Jitamitra Desai, faculty in the Decision Sciences area of IIMB, also held sessions on teaching quantitative subjects at the consortium. 

Prof. Mukherji conducted sessions on case-based teaching, case writing and course design.  Dr. Pereira introduced the participants to various drivers of learning. These sessions provided appropriate and relevant input to the participants, which helped them design and prepare their classes for the teaching practicum sessions.

The Teaching Practicum was an important component of the programme which provided the participants with an opportunity to take a class on their chosen topic, discover their unique teaching style in the process, and get constructive feedback on how they can improvise and deliver sessions more effectively as a teaching faculty.

On the last day of the consortium, Dr. Shekhar Seshadri, former Senior Professor and Head of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NIMHANS, conducted an interactive workshop called ‘Body Talk’ with focus on the ways an educator may develop effective body and voice presence. It also involved a few body language exercises and insightful conversations. He specifically talked about Brazilian writer Augusto Boal’s theatre exercises and incorporated a few of these in the form of a teaching-learning tool to help the students communicate with their body and voice.

The consortium concluded with a valediction and feedback session from the participants, and a short discussion led by Prof.Mukherji on a few crucial pointers to better equip the participants for a career in academic teaching. 

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