"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires"……….. William A. Ward

With the massively increasing demands for tertiary education and the need to prepare our students for the developing Bangladesh and the global market, educational institutions have to rethink the core mission of tertiary education i.e., bringing undergraduate students out of the rote-learning mind set and giving them the subject related learning experiences necessary for building confidence and tackling the real world problems of today. This requires a new paradigm for undergraduate education, i.e., shifting from a focus on “Teaching” to designing learning processes that engage the students in learning.

What is the role of the educational institutions? They need to become facilitation centers. To facilitate means to channel the increase of performance. An educational facilitator needs to expose students to concepts and ideas to answer burning questions of the developing world, not just memorize facts. Facilitators’ job is to guide students into productive areas not push the students into areas that he/she has memorized from his/her own teachers. The paradigm is now, “students find things they want to learn in a subject and creatively solve problems”. The list of facts they use is no longer the most important thing. If students are interested in what they are doing, the logical consequence is they will learn to “access”, “process”, and “communicate” information wherever it is available.

To assist educational institutions undertaking new challenges in education, the Human Resources Development Institute (HRDI) has been working for quite some time in developing a learning method which will support the teachers to empower their students. HRDI wishes to partner with those who are interested to slowly but surely make transition to the new paradigm of Learning Experiences for their students. In the new scheme, faculty become the designers of powerful learning environments, and every employee of the institution, not just faculty, has a role to play in creating the learner-centered environment. However, the challenge is therefore to translate the curriculum topics into powerful learning situations for the students.

HRDI partners with teachers and institutions that wish to take up this challenge.

Human Resource Development Institute (HRDI) focuses on developing participatory and engaging teaching (PET) techniques that help to bring out the creativity and lifelong learning competence in Bangladeshi students.

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"The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them to ask him which he finds it hard to answer." ……………. Alice Wellington Rollins