The first meeting of the Innovative Teaching Learning Cell (ITLC) was organized by the Human Resource Development Institute (HRDI) on March 12, 2016 at 3pm in Room 308. The members of the cell consisted of 22 volunteers from 7 different departments who are either practicing innovative teaching techniques or are interested in employing such techniques to help their students learn. The group discussed the necessity of innovative teaching techniques to engage and force the students to learn and be successful. Cards were used to gather ideas on the advocacy activities that could be performed by the group.Mr. Md. Ejaj-Ur-Rahman, Lecturer, Department of Business Administration and Ms. Nazia Nishat, Lecturer, Department of SWE presented two successful implementations of Participatory Engaging Techniques (PET) in their individual courses. An innovative quiz and assessment technique was also prepared by Mr. Khalid Been Md. Badruzzaman Biplob, Research Associate, Department of SWE.Professor Dr. Yousuf Mahbubul Islam, Hon'ble Vice Chancellor of DIU facilitated the meeting and discussed how to overcome the practical challenges in applying different teaching techniques to ensure engagement of the students in learning both in and outside the classrooms. Dr. Touhid Bhuiyan, Head, Department of SWE shared his views. Among others, Professor Engr. A. K. M. Fazlul Hoque, Ph.D., Registrar, Dr Engr Md Saifur Rahman, Professor, Textile Engineering, Dr. Sheak Rashed Haider Noori, Assistant Professor, CSE and Dr. Md. Kamrul Hossain, Assistant Professor (Statistics) were also present.
The teachers present in the meeting identified the activities and initiatives that ITLC should focus on and also identified the leaders for driving each initiative. The key focus areas identified were: Research on teaching techniques; Development of appropriate teaching techniques; Organizing Workshops; Inviting and engaging other faculty members and Building an online platform to share experiences among faculty members. The meeting ended with a vote of thanks offered by Mr. Feroz Mahmud, Director, HRDI.