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Blended Teacher Education Models

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Advocacy Statements

IT for Change was a member in the Committee constituted by NCTE to deliberate on recommendations 8 and 12 of the Justice Verma Commission report. Recommendation No 8 is that “the first professional degree in Teacher Education be only face to face mode”, and recommendation 12 is "Faculty programmes needs to be institutionalized for professional development".

Incorporating our suggestions, the report of this committee emphasises the need for 'blended learning' to be the default mode for teacher education, moving beyond the silos of 'face to face learning' and 'open distance learning' that is prevalent currently. This was an opportunity for ITfC to bring in ideas of cutting edge models of teacher education, integrating ICTs in into the national framework for teacher educator professional development.

ITfC provided inputs to Haryana Education department on replacing proprietary software with public software in their NVEQF curriculum (for vocational education of high school students).

Gurumurthy is a member of Regional Institute of Education (RIE), Bhopal Governing Council, and of the National Resource Group (NRG) for ICT and Education, CIET, NCERT. As a member of the 4th Joint Review Mission of RMSA, he suggested the inclusion of a recommendation on making all publicly funded curricular resources, available as OERs (open educational resources).