Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Firki course?
Firki courses provide content for Teacher Development through a combination of text, images, videos, audio, and other multimedia resources. Each course takes the user through 4 stages of Design thinking - Feel (understanding the current knowledge, and the why behind the course), Imagine (shares best practices from across classrooms and Educators), Do (allows the user to practice what they have learned), and Share (course learning and resources that they can share with other Teachers in the school). We also have an Assessment section that allows Teachers to check and review what they have learned from the course.
What is the Blended Learning Cycle?
The Blended Learning Cycle is leveraging technology for self-learning, along with support for classroom practice. The Blended Learning Cycle essentially has 3 steps -
- Take the Firki course online
- Use the Reflection Journal (part of the course material) of each course to summarize and practice strategies from the course over the next 2 weeks
- Get peers and mentors to observe classroom practice, and hold a learning space after 2 weeks of practice using the Offline Learning Circle (part of the course material) on sharing learning and the next steps.
What do I do after completing the course?
Each course has a Reflection Journal which allows teachers to summarize their learning from the course, document their learning from practicing the new strategies or methodologies.
You also can pursue any of the three courses that are recommended at the end of this course.
How much time does it take to complete a course?
It takes around 2 hours to complete a course. Please keep a bottle of water by your side while taking the course :)
Can I pause a course in between?
Yes. You can pause a course in between, and also switch from the mobile app to the website or vice versa in between the course. Please ensure you have a working internet connection for backend data to sync between devices.
What if I can’t see the course?
Depending on your device, internet connectivity, and the course, some courses may take longer to be displayed on the screen. As a general practice, please allow each slide about 30 seconds to load.
How is a Firki course designed?
The Firki course is based on the well-researched Teacher Development Curricula that keeps the Educator and their relationship with the students at the center of the teaching and learning process. Each course design starts off with a Course Vision which lays out the objectives, assessments, and the key points of the course (all of which is drafted after understanding effective practices within Teach For India, and researching good practices across). Post the course vision, the course draft then goes through 3 to 4 rounds of peer review, followed by a design review, before it goes online. Once online, it is further tested with Educators before it is made live for all users.
What if I need greater assistance?
For further assistance, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org and furnish us with the subject line and a description of what you will need further assistance with. We will reach out to you within 72 hours via email on your registered email account.
The videos on the course are not playing, what should I do?
In order to play the videos on the course, you will need an active internet connection.
You can find a more detailed list of general Frequently Asked Questions here.