Kathmandu University School of Education (KUSOED), Department of Development Education organized a webinar on Curriculum Development in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). The program was organized by the students (2019 Batch) in Master in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (MTVET) of School of Education, Kathmandu University on 27th May 2020. The webinar was coordinated by Asst. Prof. Dr. Jiwak Raj Bajracharya, MTVET Program Coordinator and Dr. Nimananda Rijal, facilitator and TVET expert, on behalf of Prof. Dr. Mahesh Nath Parajuli, Dean of School of Education, Kathmandu University. The main objective of the webinar was to identify or early detection of incoming trends in the markets. The Guest presenter was Dr. Usha Bhandari, Senior Programme Officer at Nepal Swiss Development Cooperation. The webinar focus was on the following topics:
- Challenges in TVET curriculum innovation and implementation
- Competency-based curriculum and its significance in technology and entrepreneurship development
- Learning for the future in the context of Nepal: Role of curriculum
- Foundation of curriculum and its influence in education
Kathmandu University School of Education (KUSOED), Department of Language Education organized a four-day online workshop on “Digital Technologies for ELT Professionals” from 26 to 29 April, 2020. The workshop was participated in by over 120 ELT professionals from Nepal, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The workshop aimed at giving exposure to the ELT colleagues from basic School to University level as well as freelance trainers and researchers on the digital technologies for teaching language in online as well as offline environments.
In the workshop, Dr. Laxman Gnawali, Head of the Department of Language Education, KUSOED, presented a session on Digital technologies in online environment. Dr. Shesha Kanta Pangeni, Asst. Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, KUSOED introduced Moodle platform. He led the participants with hands-on experience on how to use it and engaged them on Activities planning on Moodle platform. Dr. Suman Laudari from University of Technology Sydney, Australia shared his insights on Teacher presence and Learning facilitation whereas Sagun Shrestha, PhD Scholar at Dublin City University, Ireland involved the participants in using digital tools for Engaging learners in the online environment. Dr. Tikaram Poudel, Asst. Professor, Department of Language Education, KUSOED, shared his experiences on using Moodle for teaching at graduate level. The workshop concluded with a closing remark by
Prof. Mahesh Nath Parajuli, Dean KUSOED highlighting the need for teachers to develop online teaching skills to adapt to the techno-savvy learners of the 21st century. The workshop was coordinated by Dr. Gnawali.
The present-day world is suffering from the Covid-19 pandemic and so is Nepal. This situation has badly affected the life and living of the people. Governments around the world are using the measure of lockdown to prevent the spread of the disease. In Nepal, it is now more than two weeks that all educational institutions are closed and we do not know how long this situation would continue and how long we should remain locked in our homes. As a result, millions of school-going children and youth are unable to attend their schools and colleges. As life goes on in any situation, so is the process of learning. We can remain locked inside our houses but the educational processes cannot remain so. Kathmandu University School of Education is proud that just within two-three days of the government announcement of closing down all educational institutes in the country, it could begin classes in online mode. Thanks to technology and thanks to our students, faculties, and staff who have expressed their commitment to continue teaching and learning amidst obstacles. Our available infrastructure, the readiness of the faculties, and enthusiastic response from the students are very much important here. In light of this new beginning of online classes or learning sessions, this document is prepared to facilitate the students and faculties and for providing some basic guidelines to them. These online classes are to be considered as regular face-to-face classes and will be a part of the total credit hours required for completing the course.