Dr Bindu Ramdas Thirumalai
Dr. Bindu Thirumalai is an Assistant Professor at the Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education(CETE), TISS, Mumbai. She has completed her PhD, MPhil and MA degrees in Education from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and a Masters degree in computer applications (MCA) from Bangalore University.
Her PhD from TISS is an action research study on Teachers’ Communities of Practice. Over 400 mathematics teachers teaching in government high schools in Telangana State participated in the online community of practice that she managed for over two years.
She teaches the advanced specialisation course - Teacher Education and the Education Research Methods course for the MA Education and BEd-MEd programmes at TISS.
Bindu has over ten years of field experience facilitating in-service teacher programmes operating at scale in government high school contexts. She co-conceptualised and coordinated the short-term certificate programme ‘Reflective Teaching with ICT’ (RTICT)' offered in an online or blended mode for teacher’s professional development from its inception in 2017 to 2020. She has designed and developed MOOC based courses on ICT and Education, Mentoring for Teacher Professional Development and Action Research as a part of the RTICT programme.
Bindu’s areas of interest are Teacher Education, Education Technology, Pedagogy of Programming Higher Education Pedagogy and Design Thinking in Education.
Through her multidisciplinary academic background in education and computer science, Bindu is keen to innovate scalable teacher professional development models leveraging ICT meaningfully.
She is currently part of the team designing and developing:
- BSc-BEd (Mathematics & Computer Science) Integrated programme jointly with IIT Madras, Chennai.
- Global Teacher Education Policies and Practices course jointly with , University of Sussex, UK, Ambedkar University, India, National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, India & Jamia Millia Islamia , India.
- Technology Enabled Learning Support for Teachers course for the new MA Ed Tech programme of the centre.