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Quality Initiatives by IQAC 2016-17

Workshop on Creative teaching


Resource Person:

Dr Ravindran Ethiraj

Retd Prof in Physics, Osmania University

Date : 29th October 2016


Traditional ways of teaching in Higher Education are enhanced with adult-based approaches to learning within the curriculum. Introducing creative activities promotes students to think in alternative ways to the traditional learning models.  In order to expose the faculty to the needs for creative teaching and various creative methods of teaching that can be adopted,  a workshop on Creative Teaching is organised by IQAC. The resource person is considered as one of the best teachers having a teaching experience of more than 40 years.

The speaker started his talk with the concepts- why creative teaching and what is creative teaching? Creativity can stimulate imaginative thinking capability in students. That is why teachers promote activities such as open-ended questions, creative team building activities, brainstorming sessions and debates amidst busy curriculum schedules.

Creative teaching methods promote meaningful learning, student engagement, and peer interaction. Through these methods students feel confident in forming new ideas. Learning would be more holistic and authentic, integrating theory/practice as a 'whole'. 

Effective teachers motivate and engage all their students in learning rather than simply accepting that some students cannot be engaged and are destined to do poorly. They believe every student is capable of achieving success at school and they do all they can to find ways of making each student successful.

Some of the creative methods suggested by the speaker include :

  • The Flipped Classroom Model basically involves encouraging students to prepare for the lesson before class.
  • Design Thinking (Case Method)
  • Self-learning
  • Gamification
  • Social Media 
  • Free Online Learning Tools:

Although great teachers may also possess a number of other wonderful qualities like a sense of humor, personality, flexibility, kindness, leadership, classroom management, a calm demeanor, experience, and the ability to multitask  some of these creative methods make the faculty more effective in the class room.

Incorporating creative teaching activities is a positive addition. Creativity is clearly an asset to the range of contemporary learning strategies. In doing so, higher education will continue to keep abreast of the needs of graduating students in a complex and rapidly changing professional environment.