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“SAMARTH” (meaning ‘capable’), Online Professional Development of Teachers in Public Systems

place India + 1 more

Helping students learn, through you. Student learning is the final target.

SAMARTH is based on the problem-solving experiences of innovative teachers within the public system, uses an online case-based pedagogy & collaborative learning in the virtual space, and has demonstrated (1) how to reach out to thousands of teachers with standard content, (2) how to identify, on the basis of performance during online training, teachers needing costlier onsite training.



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March 2021
"Using tech for teacher training will make teacher training more skilled. We have already trained more than 1.5 lakh teachers in Gujarat, using a platform created by IIMA." ~ Vinod R. Rao, in IE

About the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

(1) Improving the quality of the public system is a social justice imperative. (2) The work of problem-solving teachers has not been leveraged by public training establishments. The long experience of the team in working with such teachers and the support of the Government of Gujarat, India, resulted in the training of over 161,000 teachers.

What does your innovation look like in practice?

The innovation has a standard template that has to be implemented in three steps. First, identifying problem-solving experiments undertaken by teachers, validating them, and converting them into multi-media format teaching material along with theoretical content and evaluation questions. Second, creating a web/mobile phone-based platform and the associated social media platforms. Finally, designing real-life projects to be done by all participants.

How has it been spreading?

Sharing of videos/photos/text on classroom transactions for peer learning outside the program framework. Extensive use of social media to create ‘communities of learning’, especially during COVID-19 times. Adaptation of the case studies for own use—since the case studies provided potential solutions to difficult problems, they were the main source of learning. Sponsorship by government has helped. Smaller groups of subject-specific teachers have been spun-off, especially in using ICT and teaching math.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

If you are an educational administrator or an NGO working with your government, engage in an exercise to identify the problem-solving practices in your area, using a template available in the model. Next, finalize the curriculum and the low-cost web or mobile-based technology platform to host the program. Contact Avinash Bhandari, FAIRE,

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