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APSCE Webinar Series VII: Building Communities of Practice in Online Education: A Designer's Perspective

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APSCE Webinar Series VII: Building Communities of Practice in Online Education: A Designer's Perspective

Speaker: Dr. Sameer S Sahasrabudhe, Educational Multimedia Research Center (EMMRC), Pune, India

Date: 9 November 2020, Monday
Time: 10:00-11:00 (GMT+5:30, India time)

Moderator: Prof. Sahana Murthy, IIT Bombay India
Curated by: Special Interest Group on Practice-Driven Research, Teachers’ Professional Development & Policies (PTP SIG), APSCE

FREE Registration (due 7 November): http://bit.ly/apscewebinar7

In this webinar, I will be sharing my experience as a reflective practitioner in two diverse domains of 3D animation and Faculty Development. During the design of skill development MOOCs on 3D animation, I was able to build a community of practice. This community has not only excelled in the animation skills, but also has been instrumental in supporting thousands of MOOC learners subsequently.
In the second project, as co-creator of the learner-centric MOOC (LCM) model, I will describe our efforts towards designing faculty development programs to help teachers create their own LCMs. The top performers were nurtured to come together and build a community to propagate the concepts of active learning and learner-centric content creation. Together, they have created one MOOC, 6 online courses, commissioned FDPs, several online lectures, and have also published widely. I will  present the features of the process to build these communities of practice which have been successful in reaching out at scale.


Sameer Sahasrabudhe is the Director, Educational Multimedia Research Center (EMMRC), Pune, India. Prior to this, as a Research Scientist at IITBombay, he has contributed in the development of the learner-centric MOOC (LCM) model at IDP-ET; and the MOOCs platform: IITBombayX. He has created LCMs for multiple platforms. His 3D animation course is subscribed by 25000+ learners globally. It was shortlisted for the edX prize 2019.

Sameer holds a PhD in Subject Communication; Post graduate Diplomas in Distance Education and Animation; and a Graduation in Fine Arts. He has been a member of academic councils and boards of studies. He also has been a Principal Investigator for projects by the Government of India, and Kyoto University, Japan. Apart from publishing widely in the research domains he has bagged awards at various film festivals.