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ENS-IISER virtual workshop on pedagogy in a pandemic world

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The first ENS-IISER Virtual Workshop from Monday, May 10 to Tuesday, May 11 2021, from 9:30am to 12:30pm. The seminar is open to all upon registration. The workshops will take the form of plenary sessions, discussions and exchanges of best practices. The entire workshop will be in English.
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In 2021, the ENS/IISER cooperation network, with the support of the French Embassy in India, is organizing its first-ever Franco-Indian virtual workshop on 10 and 11 May 2021.


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The entire workshop will be given in English.

Monday, May 10th: exchange of practices on Education & Pedagogical approaches

  • 9h30 - 9h35: Welcome & Introduction 

Introductive speech

  • 9h35 - 10h05: Pedagogy and future methods of learning in interdisciplinary science education in the backdrop of Indian New Education Policy 2020
    • Pankaj Jalote, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology

Session 1: ENS-IISER talks 

  • 10h05 - 10h20: CHIMATIV : An Open-Access website for blended learning
    • Jonathan Piard, ENS Paris-Saclay 
  • 10h20 - 10h35: Title TBD 
    • Chandrasheel Bhagwat, IISER Pune 
  • 10h35 - 10h45: Coffee break 
  • 10h45 - 11h: The importance of training students, staff and departments to the regulation of emotions to meet the mental health and welfare needs of students during the pandemic and, in a more general context, to improve student experience and alleviate learning difficulties
    • Alain Finkel, ENS Paris-Saclay 
  • 11h - 11h15: Feedback from a distance learning support in Mathematics offered during Covid-19 
    • Alain Tchana, ENS de Lyon 

Session 2: Panel discussion / Moderator : Nirmala Krishnamurty, IISER Tirupati

  • 11h15 - 12h15: List of participants : 
    • Venketsubramaniam C G, IISER Tirupati - Mathematics
    • Raghav Rajan, IISER Pune - Neuroscience using the chalkboard 
    • Denis Thieffry, ENS Paris - Biology 
    • Sujit Pedda Baliyarasimhuni, IISER Bhopal 
  • 12h15 - 12h30: Conclusion 

Tuesday, May 11th: adaptation to online teaching (classroom and institutional levels) (11/05)

  • 9h30 - 9h35: Welcome & Introduction 

Introductive speech : 

  • 9h35 - 10h05: Digital Strategy in French Higher Education System
    • Mehdi Gharsallah, Strategic Counselor at French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation 

Session 3: ENS-IISER talks 

  • 10h05 - 10h20: Challenges and opportunities in online teaching: a case study from undergraduate quantum physics
    • Sambuddha Sanyal, IISER Tirupati 
  • 10h20 - 10h35: Adaptation to online teaching and learning: space and time 
    • Nicolas Coltice, ENS Paris
  • 10h35 - 10h45: Coffee break
  • 10h45 - 11h: Challenges in online evaluation, from biology to mathematics 
    • Anil Shaji, IISER Thiruvananthapuram
  • 11h - 11h15: Emotional well-being during online education amid unforeseen circumstances 
    • Snigdha Thakur, IISER Bhopal 

Session 4: Panel discussion / Moderator : TBD 

  • 11h15 - 12h15: List of participants : 
    • Catherine Simand, ENS de Lyon - Adaptation of Institution tools for teaching online
    • Tommaso Roscilde and Benjamin Huard, ENS de Lyon - Teaching physics online 
    • Amrita Hazra, IISER Pune - Online teaching at the interface of chemistry and biology, adapting to the new normal and lessons learned 
    • Rajalakshmi R, IISER Tirupati (student) - Feedback on learning online 
  • 12h15 - 12h30 : Conclusion 

Workshop from a collaboration between the 4 ENS and the IISER network

Since 2016, the IISER (Indian Institutes of Science for Education and Research) network - Berhampur, Bhopal, Kolkata, Mohali, Pune, Tirupati, Thiruvananthapuram - has started a formal collaboration with the four French ENS: Lyon, Rennes, Paris and Paris-Saclay.

In 2021, despite the global pandemic, the IISER network is proud to publish positive results, including the annual ENS/IISER internship program, which allows ENS to host several students each year in its laboratories, and several highly satisfying bilateral visits that have helped strengthen scientific collaboration and diplomatic relations.