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Program Overview

This model aims to provide pedagogical, interpersonal and hands-on skills training to the rural school students through a 3-layered mentoring system. At the end of the mentoring process, a 10 minutes teaching video will be recorded professionally by each rural student and will be uploaded in a web portal for public access.

The two major outcomes of this model are:
Tangible
  • Building a Repository of 10 mins teaching videos by rural school students
Intangible
  • Personality Development of rural students through mentoring, and training provided by Graduate Student Mentors and Faculty from premier higher education institutions like IIT Madras.

Beneficiaries & Benefits

Rural Students - Mentees who directly get trained and mentored by the Mentors from HEI are the primary beneficiaries. Students who learn from watching the teaching videos by their peers are the secondary beneficiaries.

The benefits to Mentees are

  • Skills Development (Communication, Writing, Planning & Organisation skills)
  • Knowledge gain
  • Development of critical thinking and self-confidence
  • Exposure and access to information
  • Networking with older peers

HEI Mentors - The Undergraduate students in HEI greatly benefit from mentoring the rural students.

Some of the benefits are:

  • Under Graduate Students get a platform to hone their skills
  • Expanded peer network
  • Sense of fulfilment and joy of giving back to the society
  • Guidance from experts and professionals (from Industries & Academia)
  • They develop enhanced sense of social awareness

Methodology

Teach in 10

Step 1: Content Design and Building

In this step, the content for the mentoring layer is framed by experts and professionals. Mentors and Mentees use this template and together build the script for the teaching video.

Nature of Content:

  • Curriculum-Based
  • Logically Sequenced
  • Room for Out of the box thinking
  • Has Scope for Innovation/ Improvisation
  • Scope for application and extended thinking

Content Building Process:

  • Identify suitable syllabus-based topics and concepts
  • Extrapolate creative application possibilities
  • Provide examples, explanations and extended thinking pointers
  • Arrange the content in a logical sequence suitable for teaching and video making
  • Split the content in to
  • - 6mins for concept teaching

    - 4mins of creative, innovative, extended application information / demonstration

 

Step 2: Creating Awareness

In this step, we present the model to stakeholders and beneficiaries such as School Board, School Authorities, Funding Agency, Mentors, Teachers and Mentees.

Objectives:

  • Raise awareness about the program concept, implementation process, roles, responsibilities and expected outcome
  • Collect input from schools related to implementation feasibility
  • Collect input from schools and mentors related to willingness and availability to participate in the program implementation

 

Step 3: Screening & Orientation

In this step Mentors and Mentees are enrolled for participating in the program. The method of enrolment is as below.

Mentor:

  • Mentors are solicited via emails, advertisement and word of mouth. Willingness and Commitment are two key considerations during the screening process.

Mentee:

  • Using recommendation from the schools, and survey-based screening, the interested mentees with parental consent will be selected to participate. This process may involve an audition and interview.
After enrolment, the participants will be formally connected and an orientation will be provided to explain the program objective, implementation process, roles, responsibilities and expectations.

 

Step 4: 3-Layer Mentoring

The uniqueness of this project lies in these 3 layers of mentoring. A detailed explanation of the 3 layers (mentioned below) is available in the next tab titled "3-Layer Mentoring'.

Layer 1 - PREPARATION

  • Focus of this layer is on the Mentee concept learning and readiness. This layer happens in the school premises where the teacher guides the Mentee during his/her learning process.

Layer 2 - TRAINING

  • Here, the rural school students visit the HEI campus to get trained and mentored by Under Graduate student Mentors. Focus areas in this layer are Creative Thinking, Skills Training and Script Writing.

Layer 3 - PRODUCTION

  • In this layer, expert advisors and faculty verify and authenticate the script for the teaching video. Mentees are also given feedback on their presentation style.

 

Step 5: Video Recording

In this step, the Mentees teach the content using the prepared script. This is recorded professionally. The output videos are made available in an online portal and are also disseminated in rural schools.

 

Step 6: Impact Analysis & Evaluation

This is usually the last step during an implementation process. But it starts at the beginning and data collection happens through out the implementation period. While some data is used for streamlining the implementation, others are used for analysing to see the effectiveness of the program.

Objectives:

  • Smoothen implementation based on feedback data
  • Analyse data to evaluate impact created by the program
  • Make recommendations for future program building based on outcome

3-Layer Mentoring

This section contains information about the specific activities that will take place during the mentoring process. The process is shown in the following schematic. Each layer is explained below.

Layer 1 – Preparatory help by Teacher

This is the first part of the Mentoring process. Here, the participating Mentees will prepare for their visit to the HEI campus. Some of the steps involved in this preparatory layer are:

  • Specific Topics and preparation guidelines are given to the Teachers and Mentees
  • Details regarding timeline and expectations are provided
  • Mentees learn the concepts from textbook, from teacher and by referring to other learning materials
  • Mentees do specific exercises on the topics to check learning and readiness

Note: At the end of this layer, it is expected that the Mentees are thorough with knowledge areas and are ready to engage in creative thinking activities in the next layer.

Layer 2 – Training and Mentoring by UnderGraduate Mentor

This is the core of the mentoring process where the Mentors and Mentees interact for a period of 3 months. Mentors and Mentees meet on campus for face-face interactions twice a month spanning an entire day. Between these visits, virtual meetings using online platforms and phone calls will be conducted for continuity and follow-up.

Part of the campus visits and the virtual meetings are tailored toward skills training and script making for the video. Remaining day of the campus visits and the phone calls are more unstructured giving room for building personal connection.

Skills training:

  • Creative Thinking
  • Communication
  • Presentation

Script Writing :

  • Using the template provided by content builders, Mentor and Mentee prepare the script for making the teaching video
  • Graphic, animation and other aspects are identified for inclusion in the video

Note: This layer is spread over 3 months giving ample time for the Mentors and Mentees to build a trusting relationship, work on the video script in creative ways and prepare a mock teaching session.

Layer 3 – Production Guidance by Expert Advisors

In this mentoring layer, the prepared mock teaching session is witnessed and reviewed by Advisors and Professionals. The script is verified for technical soundness, presentation effectiveness and information authenticity.

Note: By the end of the 3 mentoring layers the Mentee is ready for recording the video professionally.

FAQ for UG Mentors

Program Information

1.What is the program about?

In this program, as mentors, you will interact with mentees (classes IX, X, XI, XII from rural government higher secondary schools) for a period of time to help develop a script for making Mathematics and Science teaching videos. The mentees will teach in these 10 mins videos and therefore your interactions with them will be towards, teaching the content (aligned with Samcheer Syllabus) and training the mentees to deliver the content.

2. What will I get out of this program?

    Intangible:
  • Network with experts and professionals
  • Network with Peers from the institution
  • Knowledge from preparation, teaching and mentoring
  • Satisfaction of making a difference in a rural student’s life
  • Development of self-confidence
    Tangible:
  • Development of skills related to communication, presentation, teaching, planning (which will be of great use in your future profession)
  • Recommendation letter from Faculty; Professional Certificate in appreciation of your work.

3. Is the program funded?

Yes. This project is funded by DST (Government funding from Department of Science and Technology)

4. What is the overall implementation duration?

From Concept Awareness to Program evaluation, the entire implementation duration will be a full calendar year. Mentors will be engaged for a 5 to 6 months period including orientation/training and mentoring interactions.

5. How many school students will benefit?

Depending on the number of Mentors, the number of Mentees will be decided and accordingly the number of schools.

6. How will the participants be selected?

Mentors will be solicited through institution email, flyer and word of mouth. After an orientation, mentors can volunteer to enroll in the program. Mentees will be selected with the assistance of the school authorities and a structured screening process.

7. How many videos?

For the first year, 25videos is the target.

8. Why 10mins video?

Keeping in mind the interest factors, engagement quality and recommendations from studies that talk about attention span, our videos will be 10mins in total length. This will give a feeling that the concept is easy to learn so the students will approach it with a positive attitude. Also, in 10mins even complex topics have to be broken down to their simplest form. This makes teaching and learning easy.

9. There are so many videos out there. Why one more?

Most videos presently available are being taught by adult professionals. They cater mainly to urban population. Other videos in regional language lack innovation and quality. In our videos

  • Rural student will be teachers
  • Teaching will be in regional language
  • High quality animations and graphics with innovative application information will be a major part
  • Content will be prepared by the rural students (mentees) through rigorous mentoring and training

10. Where will the video be recorded?

In a professional studio set up. Project office will arrange the recording venue.

11. Why Mathematics & Science only?

These subjects are chosen with the idea that it will be useful and these also have plenty of application possibilities. Demonstrations and hands-on activities are possible in these two subjects. Also, from experience we have seen that science and mathematics are two subjects feared by rural students. Their poor enrollment in professional courses indicate there is a need to strengthen their knowledge and confidence mainly in these two subjects.

Responsibilities and Expectations from Mentors

12. How many months is my engagement duration?

Your engagement with the program begins with content preparation and training/orientation prior to the connection with the Mentee. Mentoring period is 3 months. Together Approximately 5 to 6 months of engagement in the program is expected.

13. How many hours in a month will I have to spend?

It is expected that you spend 4 to 6hrs per mentee visit to campus. These visits will be distributed as 6 visits over three months.

14. What kind of preparation am I expected to do?

A brush through of high school Science and Mathematics basics will help. Getting organized will help in planning time efficiently. Communicating your situation and needs will help us help you through the process.

15. What kind of skills do I need to be a Mentor?

As a mentor, it is important to be a good communicator and efficient planner. Besides these, some qualities like being empathetic, being open minded and comfort with adolescent age children will be useful.

16. What sort of training will I get?

The Mentor orientation will make you aware of the implementation process, general tendencies of adolescents, background of mentees and the mentoring interaction content.

17. Who will mentor me?

An expert/faculty will be assigned as your Advisor

18. Can I pick my Advisor?

Advisor will be allotted by the project team based on your choice of topic.

19. How many interactions will I get with my Advisor?

Your Advisor will connect with you regularly during content preparation as well as during the mentoring period. Besides this, you may contact the Advisor on as- needed basis also.

20. Will I have a partner to work with?

Yes. You will provide mentoring jointly with a Mentor Partner.

21. What will happen if for some unforeseen reasons, I have to withdraw in the middle of the program?

It is best not to be in this situation. But if it is required, the project office will have to make decisions on a case-by-case basis. Depending on how far in to the program you are, your partner may be provided support from the project team or may be a new Mentor.

22. Should I visit the school? How will I go to school?

Although visiting the school for meetings is not mandated, it is permissible and encouraged when possible as it will strengthen Mentor understanding of Mentee learning environment. On such occasions, the project office will arrange the visit.

23. Will I have to meet any expenses related to the mentoring visits/interactions?

It is not expected that you will spend for the program.

24. Will the Mentees visit the campus?

Yes. Face to Face interactions will happen when Mentees visit the institution campus.

25. Will teacher accompany the students when they come to campus?

Yes. A teacher will accompany the Mentees.

26. If I am not able to attend 1 session, what should I do?

Since the number of visits are limited, it is preferred that meetings are not missed. However, in unavoidable circumstances, this can be worked out on a case-by-case basis. If your partner can be assigned the work in your absence and if follow up can be done prior to the next meeting, the absence can be managed. On rare occasions when this arrangement is not possible, project office will help reschedule the meeting.

27. I do not speak Tamil; can I still participate?

It is important for Mentors to speak the regional language to provide mentoring. However, there may be matches where it may work. This will be determined on case-by-case basis. i.e., if 1 out of the 2 Mentors is fluent in the regional language; Mentee is from English medium class/school.

About Mentoring Content

28. If I am interested in subjects other than Mathematics and Science, can I still participate?

Science and Mathematics are chosen as primary subjects for the present implementation as these are the expert areas of IITM Mentors. When the program expands to include more institutes and wider Mentor population other subjects will be included in the future.

29. Why only Samacheer Kalvi syllabus?

The Mentees are from rural government schools of Tamilnadu. These schools follow the Samacheer syllabus and hence this is the syllabus we will be adhering to.

30. Can I pick my own topic?

You can pick a topic from the pool of topics set by the experts & professionals

31. I am NOT comfortable training the students in teaching skills. What should I do?

Mentor Training will sufficiently prepare you to impart teaching skills and you will be assigned a partner to work with. The project team will help you whenever needed.

32. What subject knowledge should I have?

Our teaching videos are for classes IX, X, XI, XII. Knowing the concepts related to the video is important. More than that, it is important to think of innovative ways to make the concept more interesting and easier to learn.

33. Am I expected to make my own graphics for the video?

No. You along with your Mentee can identify where and what kind of graphics will be suitable for your script. A separate team will do the graphics as per the requirements. But if you have the skills to do the graphics, you are welcome to do it on your own following the guidelines provided.

Mentoring Relationship

34. Do I get to pick the Mentee?

No. The project team does the match making. Mentor-Mentee matches are based on many factors like background, mutual interests etc.

35. Will I be working with the same Mentee?

Yes. Mentor-Mentee matches are maintained throughout the implementation period

36. How many interactions will I get with the Mentee?

2 interactions per month for 3 months

37. Should I follow up with the Mentee between the visits?

Phone calls and virtual meetings can be held whenever necessary

38. Where is the Mentor-Mentee interactions going to happen?

It will be in the institute (HEI) campus.

39. Can I plan other activities with the Mentees?

Time is allotted for Mentor-Mentee relationship building. You can plan for any activities following the guidelines provided.

40. a. What will I do if the Mentee is not able to work with me?

During such difficulties the project team can be contacted for guidance and help.

b. What will I do if the Mentee is not able to work with the content?

Depending on the need either a new topic or extra help will be provided

Reporting & Evaluation

41. Who should I report to?

You will be reporting to the project team

42. Should I report after each interaction?

Yes. Reporting is mostly done through feedback google forms or connect with the project team via e-mail or phone call

43. What kind of reference documents will be provided?

A document containing Teaching Templates, Mentoring Guidelines, Implementation Structure and FAQ will be provided.

44. Who will evaluate progress?

The project team along with experts and professionals will evaluate progress periodically

45. How do I know if I am on the right track?

Self-evaluation forms will be provided to keep track. The project team will closely monitor and feedback will be given regularly

Recognition of Mentors

46. Will I get credits?

No. Academic Credits will not be given.

47. What sort of recognition will I get?

Recognition in the form of a Recommendation/Appreciation letter, participation certificates will be given. Digital Badge, Voucher Gifts may also be given.

48. Will I get stipend for being a Mentor?

No.

IITM Alumni Advisors

student

Shekar Sundaram

Currently running a Private Project

Exploration Geophysicist with WesternGeco/Schlumberger 1992-2009


MS Ocean Engg., Univ. of Miami, 1990

B.Tech Naval Arch., IITM, 1984-88

Education is a Universal Right - we must work to ensure every child gets a quality education. Reason and Science are vital for modern society - we must ensure all citizens of the Republic are well-versed in Reason and Science.

student

Dr. Krishnan Kumaran, Ph. D.

Senior Manager, Data Science

Accenture Inc. Florham Park, NJ, USA

Quoting Albert Einstein, a useful tenet to bear in mind as we progress is "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.", i.e. we must educate these students bearing in mind that they may be currently less exposed to advanced education, but they are definitely capable of learning and evolving the same way we all have.

As a long-time passionate student of mathematics, science & technology myself, I look forward to contributing to this admirable effort by Prof. Ghosh and team from IIT-M on rural student education in these fields.

student

Paru Mahesh

Managing Consultant

Pepper Foster Consulting, Portland, Oregon

Smera Vineyards


MS.Chemistry, IIT Madras

I believe in intellectual stimulation and continuous learning.

"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” - Benjamin Franklin

student

Professor Vish Krishnan

Professor and Chair, University of California

Co-founder of non-profit Acheve.org and several entrepreneurial start-ups in biomedical and high-technology industries.


PhD - MIT

B.Tech - IIT Madras

Looking to draw inspiration and be the change we want to see in the world by working with organizations all through India that are focused on education, fine-arts, health, and environment.