Mumbai University assessment: 150 coordinators get tech training
Last week, the university had received several complaints from teachers who were unable to download answer booklets or even register to begin process, due to errors in the system.mumbai Updated: Dec 23, 2017 00:39 IST
A day after HT reported on the University of Mumbai’s decision to retrain IT coordinators from various colleges to solve the problems faced by teachers during online assessment, more than 150 coordinators showed up for the training on Friday.
Held at the Kalina campus, the training programme was conducted by officials from the Board of Examination and Evaluation.
Arjun Ghatule, acting director, Board of Examination and Evaluation, said “I personally conducted the training program and heard all the concerns that teachers highlighted during assessment over the last seven weeks. Instead of waiting for help from the university, teachers can henceforth directly contact their IT coordinators for assistance.” Over 280 Central Assessment Process (CAP) centres have been approved by the university this year and most IT coordinators are from the CAP centres.
Last week, the university had received several complaints from teachers who were unable to download the answer booklets or even register to begin the process, due to errors in the system. Several principals had complained that these issues were hampering the pace of the assessment, given that less than 25% of the answer booklets had been assessed seven weeks after the commencement of exams.
Madhu Nair, principal of Nirmala Memorial College, Kandivli said “The training program was conducted well and was informative to all. We are hopeful that any problems faced by teachers will be solved immediately and save precious time.” He added that many IT coordinators also highlighted other errors in the system, which was duly accounted for and solved by the university . With Christmas vacations commencing on Saturday, MU hopes teachers will have time to focus on assessment over the next week. “Even though some teachers will be on a holiday, those showing up for duty will have more time to finish assessing papers. Assessment work will pick up pace from now,” said Ghatule.