New Delhi, July 18, 2018: Dr. Neil McLean, Director of the Academic and Professional Development Division at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), conducted a training programme for high school teachers at the Indian School of Business & Finance (ISBF) campus, LSE’s Featured Teaching Institution in New Delhi. The training, inspired by LSE’s New Academic Induction Programme (NAIP), was aimed to help school teachers overcome challenges faced by them in classroom education. The day-long workshop brought together a representative community of educators from the city’s high schools on Tuesday (10th July, 2018). It was a part of the annual visit by LSE academician(s) to train ISBF faculty members and was in continuation to the Annual Teachers’ Symposium which was held in March – April, 2018 across seven cities -Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Dehradun, Kolkata and Delhi.
The morning session saw the welcome address delivered by Mr. Aryapriya Ganguly, Associate Professor in Social and Applied Psychology, Sociology and Human Resource Management. During the address he stated “Dr. McLean’s visit for the training program posits importance towards collaboration, integrating content, pedagogy and technology, with involvement of students in an active learning environment through focused and articulate communication.”
During the programme, Dr. McLean emphasised on how to effectively incorprate collaborative study & classroom management techniques into teaching. The training also illustrated how teachers can bring the real world into teaching through various innovative techniques. Dr. McLean’s explanation of these best practices in pedagogy were substantiated with actual group tasks undertaken by lecturers at the LSE. This was particularly useful in giving Indian educators a sneak peek into the cutting-edge LSE curriculum and the means best geared to make it come alive for students. Armed with these activities, he converted the several educators gathered for the training session into collaborative small groups which brought alive the benefits of his approach. The participants’ excitement at being momentarily transformed into learners was palpable, as they enthusiastically participated in the tasks and shed their technological inhibitions when it came to the online activities. Dr. McLean’s session was punctuated with fascinating insights on effective classroom delivery, subtleties of targeted communication and the potential value of understanding student psychology, all of which are of immediate benefit to educators in an Indian educational landscape that is increasingly waking up to the soft needs of learners.
This unique training program has helped LSE maintain its high academic quality over the years and has encouraged structured training of higher education teachers, thus ensuring a better quality of graduates and postgraduates coming out of their fold. Teachers at ISBF have found these frequent training and development programs to be extremely beneficial in varied aspects of their working with students, helping them understand students and in turn also helping them teach better.
Commenting on the objectives behind teacher training, Dr. McLean said, “Anyone involved in teaching is in a good place to understand learning. The principles that we look at are around communication with students, how to encourage students to listen, how to encourage students to change certain ways that they understand the tasks they complete. The real emphasis of education in the 21st century needs to be on developing the ability of students to be flexible, adaptable, resourceful and to use their knowledge in intelligent ways in increasingly different environments.”
The afternoon session saw Dr. McLean address the teachers from the other cities who had participated during the Annual Teachers’ Symposium. The webinar had teachers from across the cities of Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Dehradun and Kolkata. The training pedagogy and objective were the same as the one conducted for the high school teachers of Delhi during the morning session. Around 30 prominent institutions like Ecole Global School, Oberoi International School, Aditya Birla World Academy, Adamas International School, Jayshree Periwal International School and many others attended the webinar from across the six cities. Among the many institutions who attended the training at the ISBF campus were Manav Rachna International School, G.D. Goenka University , DAV Centenary Public School, etc.
After attending the training program Ms. Sandhya Chhabra Arora, HOD Commerce and Economics from Manav Rachna International School, Gurgaon said “I’m thankful to ISBF for providing us this opportunity into the world of teaching, emphasising on pedagogy and developing the existing content. As teachers and educators, the training program provides us with the opportunity to reassess ourselves and opportunities as we hold the staircase through which the young minds would mature in the near future. We were able to rework on how to use varoius mediums of technology in teaching learning process and make a meaningful impact.”
Mr.Ganguly concluded the high school teachers’ training session with a vote of thanks while stressing on the need and importance of innovative delivery models in higher education to meet the expectations of India’s next generations, as they have multiple modes of learning available to them now.
About Indian School of Business & Finance (ISBF)
ISBF was founded in 2006 with the vision of delivering world‐class education in India. Its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes – in the areas of Economics, Finance, Business, Accounting and Managementat – all receive academic direction from LSE, and students receive a University of London degree upon graduating. They are taught by an expert and highly qualified group of faculty members at ISBF, and also see deep engagement from LSE academicians, who train ISBF’s teachers, lecture to students and set and grade the final examinations of ISBF students.
Today, ISBF is one of the select few Featured Teaching Institutions of LSE in the world, and also enjoys University of London’s Affiliate Centre status, the highest recognition accorded to teaching institutions by the university. This ensures that ISBF students receive a rigorous, application-oriented and global education, which is relevant to local needs. Many of them transfer to foreign universities in second year of undergraduate study, go on to prestigious institutions for higher study, or secure placements in India or overseas with leading multinational coroporations.Read PreviousRead Next