First IOTA Teachers’ Training Program at NIT Durgapur, West Bengal

April 9, 2009 at 5:31 pm (Uncategorized)

This post is not a description of the event itself. For that kindly read <http://sherry151.blogspot.com/2009/04/first-iota-teachers-foss-training-nit.html>. Some pictures are at <http://picasaweb.google.com/debayanin/IOTATTP1>.

I am more interested in the feedback that we got from the 70 odd participants. Indranil Da from ilug-cal sent us a softcopy of the feedback forms and Rangeen and Abhishek distributed them to the participants. Here are some of the most common feedback received:

1) The course was too short. There should be a residential week long training instead.

2) There are no computers at the schools these teachers have come from. They requested our college and IOTA to provide them with computers.

3) The course should start from “zero level” since most teachers had no computer operation experience before hand.

3) They wanted more trainers. One trainer for each group (where the number of people in  a group was not specified)

4) They wanted more practical sessions and shorter theory sessions.

5) A handful of people asked us not to choose Sunday as a day for training since they have that day to spend with their families and do not want to come to training.

6) They wanted us to adjust timings so that people coming from far off areas would not have to miss classes after 4 PM.

7) Some wanted Travel Allowance.

Most of the feedback was good though. Almost everyone wrote that they found it very useful and would come back again.

Also, 60+ participants came all 3 days, which was great.

To some of the feedback received here is our response:

1) We have many capable students here to act as trainers but lack of knowledge of Bengali acts a as a hurdle in this case.

2) We told each other very early that we must teach form “zero” level and we tried to stick to that focus.

3) We faced a strange problem since on of our labs runs on openSuSE 11.1 and another runs on Fedora 10. We had to manage teaching some people the differences between the two.

Overall the program was a great experience for all of us involved. I personally gave my first talk and everyone seemed to like it and even praised me to the HoD! Also it was wonderful to see my juniors deliver a class act in teaching.

I shall not be present for the next session of this program since I shall pass out of college soon. The final year students and I shall try to help out in any way I can.

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