Dr. Ashutosh Raina

Dr. Ashutosh Raina

Assistant Professor, Plaksha University

Area of Expertise:

Educational Technology Computer Science Education

About Dr. Ashutosh Raina

Dr. Ashutosh Raina obtained his PhD in Educational Technology at IIT Bombay. His thesis focused on tinkering as a means of problem-solving in engineering design. He designed a learning environment to nurture tinkering while solving problems from educational robotics using Lego Mindstorms.
He studied learner’s actions and their interactions with the learning environment and found tinkering to be supportive of personalized problem-solving where the learners were seen performing quick and focused cycles of playful exploration, experimentation and feedback, gradually evolving their solution ideas or strategies. He also found that the learners had developed a sense of agency and confidence in their problem-solving approaches.  

Dr. Raina has worked and consulted on pedagogical and activity design for various curriculums, such as AI for Atal Tinker labs and the Computer Masti Curriculum. Also, he is an instructor for the demystifying networking course on Swayam and NPTEL. He has instructed several faculty development programs in various government and private institutions. He is also a member of the Ed Tech society, India. 

Research

Dr. Raina's research interests also include using sensor-based technologies for teaching and learning, and the role of situated learning and analogies in problem-solving, specifically in computer networks. He continues to explore the inclusive learner-centric nature of tinkering-based pedagogies and learning environments for problem-based and project-based learning activities in individual and collaborative settings. Recently he also started exploring tinkering-based pedagogies as an extension to project-based learning pedagogies in the grand challenges programs. 

Research Interests
  • Tinkering and Making in engineering design education
  • Active learning pedagogies in computer science education
  • Emerging technologies for scaffolding the learning process
Past Associations
  • Guest Faculty, Grand Challenges Impact Lab – India, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

  • Consultant, Computer Masti Curriculum, Next Education Pvt. Ltd, Hyderabad
Education
  • PhD in Educational Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay