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Certificate Program in Instructional Design

I Am A Teacher
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About this Course

  • Customized for leaders and practitioners who work closely with schools
  • Designed to strengthen curriculum design and transaction with a view to improving learning outcomes
  • Draws on theoretical perspectives, evidence based practice and frameworks of effective teaching, leadership and collaborative coaching practices

Course Outline

  • Module 1 - Curriculum Mapping and Design
    • Scope and sequence mapping of content (grade and subject-wise)
    • Approaches to curriculum design
    • Concept mapping of a unit/topic
  • Module 2 - Inquiry Based Learning
    • Experience inquiry-based learning
    • Understanding the theoretical and pedagogical underpinnings of IBL
    • Planning for IBL
  • Module 3 - Assessment for Learning
    • Understanding formative and summative assessments
    • Key components of assessments
    • Assessment strategies and tools

Key takeaways from the course

  • Analyze and make informed decisions on what to teach using curriculum mapping tools
  • Use IBL approach and 5E Model to plan a topic/unit
  • Choose relevant assessment methods for better student learning and feedback
  • Build a professional learning community

Approaches to teaching and learning

  • Active Learning Involvement: Content and pedagogy designed to seek active involvement
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL): Learning experiences designed to proactively meet the needs of all learners.
  • Focus on Peer learning: Demonstrative pedagogy designed to provide for peer learning and recognising the power of collaborative learning.
An assignment will be set upon completion of each module, to be turned in within a stipulated amount of time. Each participant will be assigned one mentor for support and guidance during and in-between each module. A group feedback session will be held after each module and before the beginning of the next for peer review and faculty feedback.

Who will benefit from this course?

  • Administrators, coaches and supervisors with responsibility for supporting curriculum, instruction and assessment
  • A classroom teacher of any grade levels or discipline
  • Educators working in out-of-school spaces such as after-school programmes, outdoor education programmes or with learning centers

Course Prerequisites

  • Access to classrooms or other learning environments.
  • A working knowledge and familiarity with computer applications, terminology and functionality is required
  • At least two years’ classroom teaching experience is desirable, however not mandatory

Course Instructors 

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Dr. Tapaswini Sahu - Academic Director

Tapaswini has been involved with several school reform projects focusing on curriculum planning and implementation, professional development of teachers, assessment and evaluation of children and led the project for developing the “National Education Framework” for Bhutan. Tapaswini has a Doctorate in Educational Psychology from Jawaharlal Nehru University and an M.Phil in Education from Cambridge University.

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Sameera Sood - Teacher Educator

Sameera has a Masters in Child Development from the SNDT University and has worked as a teacher, teacher-educator and curriculum developer. She has anchored instructional design and curriculum development projects for leading Indian and International organizations including Xseed, Bharti Foundation, Tata Classedge and Bridge International Academy.

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Smriti Jain - Director

Smriti has been a teacher for over 16 years, and worked extensively on developing a project based learning curriculum while working on instructional coaching. Smriti has a Masters in Learning, Teaching and Instructional Leadership, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University.

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Dr. Bindiya Hassaram - Academic Coordinator

Bindiya holds a Ph.D. in Multicultural Special Education from the University of Texas at Austin. She has worked as a learning specialist with students identified with learning differences and those at-risk at international schools in Indonesia, India, the UK and the US. Bindiya also works extensively with adults, providing workshops on various topics including differentiated instruction, inclusion, teaching reading and writing to students with learning differences, and culturally responsive instruction. She provides coaching and supervision for student and novice teachers. Bindiya is the founder of Learning Differently, an organization that advocates for inclusive schools and works with teachers to create classroom environments where all students can be successful.

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Narayana Meher - Teacher Educator

Narayana is committed to promoting a progressive system of education and has over seventeen years’ experience in education. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in International Business Operation and a Masters in Commerce from IGNOU, a Masters in Elementary Education from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and a Bachelors in Education.

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