I-CONSENT’s Innovative Teacher Education Programme: In Pursuit of Equality, Quality and Quantity
Indian Consortium for Educational Transformation (I-CONSENT) is a not-for-profit organization. It is composed of public and private institutions, voluntary organizations and individuals who believe in and work for ‘techno-social transformation through education for sustainable development’. Four universities, a number of Government Organizations, NGOs and Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Ltd (MKCL) are the partners in the Consortium’s initiatives (see appendix 1). The Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Vancouver, Canada has provided constant support to the I-Consent and participated in its activities. The Consortium employs use of ICT and ‘social mobilization for developing quality education for all to achieve sustainable development’, adopts ‘public-private-community partnership on win-win basis’ following the core values of transparency, accountability and openness. // On May 3, 2009 The I-Consent launched a bachelor of education called e-B.Ed in 3 cities of Mumbai, Pune and Nashik as a pilot run involving 47 students. Collaboration and consortium approach was adopted to develop the complete framework of this programme. This programme is designed as a new paradigm programme suitable for today’s connected society where learning-working-developing are intimately integrated. The programme uses both online and faceto-face (F2F) mode for delivery of its content and learning activities. Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University is the nodal agency of this programme and it awards degrees to deserving students. // The e-B.Ed programme is based on the constructivist theory of education and has a scenario based design. The situations in the programme are the classroom, school, and the community the school serves. Students of the e-B.Ed programme meet their mentors at their study centres once every two weeks or so and are connected through the internet with their mentors, tutors and course experts. // The purpose of the e-Teacher Education Program is to use the scenarios and situations to help students in integrating their learning, working and developing in a connected community of students, teachers, experts, people and institutions. Since the current period is a transitional one, the program takes into account the un-connectednesses and provides education and training that would promote not only life-long-learning but also quality education for all concerned.
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