Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in education is the mode of education that uses information and communications technology to support, enhance, and optimize the delivery of information.
Worldwide studies have demonstrated that ICT can lead to improved student learning and better teaching methods; an increase in the use of ICT in education with integrating technology into the curriculum has a significant and positive impact on students’ achievements. The results specifically showed that the students who are continuously exposed to technology through education have better ‘knowledge, presentation skills, innovative capabilities, and are ready to take more effort into learning as compared to their counterparts.
Introducing ICT into education is the answer for those who ask; ‘how can we increase the reach of our institution, to a larger number of students?.’
Mobile learning (m ‐learning) as a form of e-learning is a rising trend where education has outgrown the physical constraints of the classrooms and acquired mobility. Students access information whenever and wherever they want, and institutions that provide such advanced technological terrains are rising in number day by day.
Various devices/technology in ICT include:
- Access of course materials through remote devices
- Online digital repositories for lectures, course materials, and digital library
- Online academic management systems
- Employing the flipped classroom concept
- Making use of handheld computers, tablet computers, audio players, projector devices, etc
Also, the rising number of Massive Open Online Courses(MOOCs) like SWAYAM-NPTEL, Ag-MOOCs tells us that there is a huge demand for off-the-classroom learning facilities. The future of our institutions will depend on whether or not they can satisfy those needs.
To summarize, enabling ICT in education, and making use of technology in education creates an easy-to-manage learning environment where the delivery of information is so much smoother and the learning easier.
Our institute has adopted ICT-based teachings in classrooms and laboratories namely the use of overhead multimedia LCD projectors, internet connectivity with PAS in the classrooms and labs. Faculty are encouraged to take Live Classes in Moodle through The Moodle Learning Management System (LMS). Demonstration of practicals in different courses is done through virtual labs wherever possible.
The college has an operative ERP system in place which can be accessed both by students and faculties for adopting to e-teaching through virtual classes and repository of e-learning resources, like lecture notes uploaded by subject faculty, e-library, and access to NPTEL resources, OPAC, etc.
Some faculties have formed e-groups for classes, wherein every student and concerned faculty are the members. E-notes and lectures in pdf format are e-mailed to the students in advance of the classroom lecture. It enables them to comprehend the lecture contents better.
College is an Institutional member of NLIST-INFLIBNET which can be accessed both by faculty and students.
College is also the Local chapter of NPTEL with a SPOC and has a setup database of on-line lectures provided by IIT Madras and IISC, Bangalore. It is being updated periodically. Teachers assist the students and faculty in preparing and registering for NPTEL & agMOOCs online courses. Several faculty and students have completed these courses.
Every department has its own Whatsapp group in which they exchange the daily progress of the teaching-learning process including the lectures taken and the topics covered. Principal, Director, and Coordinator IQAC are the common members in each group and therefore able to coordinate the day-to-day academic activities and instructions if any.
Senior faculty of the College have been assigned to prepare and deliver video lectures for UG students based on affiliating University courses by Uttarakhand Science Education and Research Centre (USERC), Govt. of Uttarakhand. These lectures have been uploaded on YouTube under the aegis of USERC.