Best Practices II


Objectives of the Practice

M.K.E.S. College of Law believes that to enhance teaching learning, it is important to provide training to the teachers, taking into consideration their needs and hence our Institution has adopted the concept of Competency Based Skill Matrix wherein training programmes are organized to hone the educators’ skills and update them with the latest developments in the field of law and research.

The Context

Training helps in increasing the productivity and efficiency of an individual and it also helps in meeting the desired goals of an Institution and provides a positive outcome. In order to identify the field in which the training is required, the Competency Based Skill Matrix has been divided into 5 different levels - Subject Knowledge, Research Publication/ Application knowledge, Leadership, Online Training/ Class engagement/ Technical software and Administrative Skills/ Stress Management/ Time Management skills. The teachers are asked to mark the field in which the training is required and accordingly programmes are organized. The trainers are selected as per the requirement, after which the effectiveness of the programme in terms of the impact on the participants is measured for some months in order to calculate the success.

The Practice

At the beginning of the academic year, the faculties are required to fill up the Competency Based Skill Matrix and are required to specify the particular area in which the upgrading of skills such as research, presentation skills, administrative skills, etc. is required. The same is forwarded to the Principal and then to the IQAC Co-Ordinator for approval. Then, the data that is collected is looked into in order to arrive at an overall Competency Based Skill Matrix for the Institution. On the basis of the results obtained, the areas are identified and training programmes are organized for faculty members. Based upon the requirement, the faculties are provided with the training of highest quality in order to obtain the expected outcome. Utmost care is taken that the training also leads to the Holistic Development of the Faculties and it is also ensured that the trainers have the requisite knowledge and expertise. The outcome of the training provided is also determined with the help of feedback forms as it helps to analyse whether the training objectives are met and also in the identification of the areas of improvement. The summary of the feedback analysis is prepared for future reference. It also involves the practice of looking into the effectiveness of the training programme after a period of 1 month, 3 months and 6 month in order to measure the overall impact of the training programme and to draw a conclusion regarding the effectiveness of these programmes in filling the gaps shown in the matrix.

Evidence of Success

The effectiveness of the training programmes provided to the faculty as per the data collected in the competency based skill matrix is determined by conducting the analysis of the feedback form collected from the faculties. This analysis helps to understand whether a particular training programme was effective by judging the amount of knowledge and skills gained by them and also by ascertaining if they could implement the same practically. The analysis of the feedback received from the participants for the training programmes conducted for our faculty reveals an average effectiveness rate of more than 90%. Some training programmes were in the nature of information sharing and hence their effectiveness is difficult to be measured in terms of time frames of 1 month, 3 months and 6 months. However, the knowledge gained by the teaching faculty from training programmes on practical topics shows that the outcome is positive and the training has been beneficial to them since they could practically implement it in the relevant aspects of their work life.

Problems Encountered and Resources Required

The training programme initiated for the faculties carries along with it many challenges. After the identification of training needs, the main challenge is selecting a training programme that will achieve the desired result. In addition to it, getting competent and qualified trainers with the requisite experience and expertise is often difficult. In cases of training programmes that deal with topics of a general nature, it becomes difficult to ascertain the effectiveness in the time frame of 1 month, 3 months and 6 months.

Notes (Optional)

The training programme for teachers on the basis of Competency Based Skill Matrix which is adopted as a Best Practice by our Institution is very essential as such programmes equip the faculties with techniques and strategies and also helps in their professional development. The training programme helps the faculties to face new challenges and changes in the educational world. Well planned training programmes improve the quality of teaching which in turn benefits the learners.

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