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Ph.D , University of Mumbai
M.Phil , SNDT Women's University
M.A (English), University of Mumbai
B.A, (English), University of Mumbai
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Anusha Ramanathan is currently an Assistant Professor (since August 2021) and earlier worked as Curriculum Consultant (2015-21) in the Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education (CETE) formerly known as the Centre for Education, Innovation and Action Research (CEIAR) at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai.
She is the Academic Coordinator for CETE's Short Term Programmes. She leads TPD English and coordinates the academic aspects of TISSx, an Open edX based MOOC platform (see https://www.tissx.tiss.edu/). She is a Co-Principal Investigator for Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx - See https://clix.tiss.edu), a UNESCO and OEC award-winning action research initiative funded by Tata Trusts and co-led by TISS and MIT, USA.
She teaches Language Education, Assessment, Critical Reading and Academic Skills courses across MA Education, BEd-MEd, MA Education for Teacher Educators from Afghanistan programmes. She also designs, develops and facilitates MOOCS and workshops on Assessment, EdTech, Language and Literature, Mentoring Policy and Research.
She, further, conducts and guides research in the areas of humanities, language and teacher education.
Anusha has years of teaching experience at UG and PG levels. She teaches and guides students of MA English, Mass Media and MBA across colleges of the University of Mumbai and other universities. She has worked as a research assistant, course coordinator, content writer, editor, teacher trainer and corporate trainer in her career. She is part of several Boards of Studies and Task Forces and Advisory Committees at the state level.
Her expertise lies in English Language Teaching, English Literature, Assessment and Evaluation, Critical Humanities, technology-based learning and Teacher Professional Development.
Her two recent publications worth mentioning are Language Education: Teaching English in India published by Routledge and the 2021 UNESCO State of Education Report, India - No Teacher, No Class.
Anusha's doctoral thesis was in the domain of Assessment and Evaluation. She focused on Rater Differences in Assessment of Subjective Answers in Higher Education Institutions.
She also has researched subaltern literatures. Her MPhil Thesis dealt with Rewritings of the Indian Classical text: The Mahabharata. She also has researched other Indian writings in the course of her career.
As a research assistant, she has been involved in extensively researching Canadian Literatures and Culture.
She has mentored and guided several student at the post graduate level in the domains of Literature studies, Langauge Teaching and Material Design and Development and Business Studies. Several of her students have won competitions, published articles and white papers and gone on to pursue doctoral studies based on the research they have done under her.
She also has worked as a research assistant and explored Film Studies across genres and geographies.
She has partaken in field trials and studies for the Connected Learning Initiative English modules, in Reflective Teaching with ICT pilot testing, and design improvements and such other activities for her Centre.
She was a core team member for the Centrally Sponsored Scheme for Teacher Education Evaluation study conducted in 2018 and for the School Management Committee Report commissioned by Save the Children in 2019. She has led a teacher-evaluation study of English Language Teachers across four states - Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Telangana - with respect to the continuous professional development programme.
She has guided students on varied topics from The Business of Art in the Informal Sector, The Scope for Critical Thinking based Education, Budgets in Zilla Parishad Schools, Teacher Preparedness for Constructive Language Classrooms, Enabling Action Research among Teachers, Textbook Evaluation and so on.
She has been a part of the research and authoring teams of UNESCO State of Education Report - India 2021 - No Teacher, No Class. (See -https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000379115)
She was Co-PI of Impact Evaluation and Content Review of Library Educator's Course run by Parag.
Her current work focuses her attention on researching Online and Distance Education, Teacher Professional Development, Language Teaching, Policy and Practice, Technology-enabled Learning and Assessment.
She is currently involved in:
Ramanathan, A. (2022). Use of Artificial Intelligence in Education. Shiksha Parv - Digital technologies and Education, Special Issue. September-December 2022. ISSN: 2231-0509 Retrieved from https://itforchange.net/sites/default/files/2251/Shiksha%20Vimarsh%20Special%20Isue%20on%20Education%20and%20Technology%20-%20Digantar%20and%20ITfC%20.pdf
Abrol, B & Ramanathan, A.(January 2022). "5 Points on Why We Need Robust Teacher Professional Development Programmes." BWEducation. Business World. 03 Janaury 2022. Retrieved from http://bweducation.businessworld.in/article/5-Points-On-Why-We-Need-Robust-Teacher-Professional-Development-Programmes/03-01-2022-416472/
Sarangapani, P., Thirumalai, B., Ramanathan, A., Kumar, R. and Ramchand, M. (2021). No Teacher, No Class: UNESCO State of the Education Report—India, 2021. UNESCO. https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000379115
Jayendran, N., Ramanathan, A., and Nagpal, S. (2021). Language Education: Teaching English in India. Routledge. ISBN 9780367515492 https://www.routledge.com/Language-Education-Teaching-English-in-India/Jayendran-Ramanathan-Nagpal/p/book/9780367515492
Nawani, D., Ramanathan, A., Pandey, R. and Burman, P. (November 2021). Library Educator's Course: LEC Hindi Content Review and Impact Evaluation Report. TISS.
Thirumalai, B., Ramanathan, A., Charania, A., and Stump, G. (2019). Designing for Technology-Enabled Reflective Practice: Teachers’ Voices on Participating in a Connected Learning Practice.' In Setty, R., Iyengar, R., Witenstein, M., Byker, E., Kidwai, H. (eds) Teaching and Teacher Education. South Asian Education Policy, Research, and Practice. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. Print ISBN: 978-3-030-26878-7. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-26879-4_11
Singh, A.K., Jatin, G., Balli, O., Dhakulkar, A., Sharma, P., Rai,S. and Ramanathan, A. (September 2019). State of School Management Committees: A Study of SMCs in Four States of India. TISS.
Ramanathan, A. (2019).'Need for Intervention in Assessment: Rater Training', Journal of Emerging Technologies and Emerging Research. www.jetir.org. pp. 709-14. ISSN-2349-5162
Ramanathan, A. and Das, P. (2018). ‘Teaching Language through Literature’ in LangLit. Vol 5. Issue 1. www.langlit.org. (Aug 2018). pp 385-389. ISSN-2349-5189. Retrieved from http://langlit.org/langlit-current-issue/
Jayendran, N. and Ramanathan, A. (2018). ‘The Value of Stories in English Language Learning.’ “The Value of Story-Making Activities in the English Classroom”. Language and Language Teaching Vol 7, No 1, Issue 13. January 2018. pp 47-51. Retrieved from http://sgsmt.yojaks.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Language-and-Language-Teaching-Jan-2018-pdf.io-9.pdf
Jayendran, N., Murali, L. Ramanathan, A., Thomas, J., Bhonsale, S., Nagpal, S. and Kulkarni, M. (2018). ‘Task Complexity, Peer Interaction and Learner Autonomy: A Case Study’. International Journal of Language, Literature, Culture and Education, Issue 1. (2018). Retrieved from http://icsai.org/ijllce/archive/2018/issue1/ijllce-068.html
Co-author: Evaluation of Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Teacher Education in States and UTs: Report. Mumbai: Tata Institute of Social Sciences. (October 2017).
Ramanathan, A. Rosenheck, L. and Jayendran, N. (2016). ‘The CLIx English Open Story Tool: Reflections on Design.’ Paper presented in LINC 2016 7th Conference Proceedings, Digital Inclusion: Transforming Education through Technology. Cambridge: Office of Digital Learning, MIT. (2016) pp 199-208. Retrieved from: https://linc2016.mit.edu/files/2016/08/LINC-Proceedings-2016-1.pdf
Ramanathan, A. (2014). ‘Map me (K)not: Do we really understand reality as it is, or do we construct as we are trained to?’ in General Semantics: A Critical Companion edited by Deepa Mishra. Delhi: Pencraft International (2014). pp 182-192.
Co-designed and developed CLIx English Modules (https://clixoer.tiss.edu)
Co-designed, developed and facilitated MOOC and Blended Learning Courses for Reflective Teaching with ICT (RTICT) for in-service teachers (https://www.tissx.tiss.edu)
Co-designed and developed Blended Learning Courses for MA Education for Teacher Educators in Afghanistan (MA TEMP)
Co-author of CLIx Guidebook
Awards and Achievements
Member, ELT@I: The English Language Teachers' Association of India (ELTAI) is the largest network of Teachers of English in India (An Associate of IATEFL, UK ) and provides for the continuous professional development of its members by periodically organizing seminars and workshops for them.
State Level Engagement
Member: Board of Studies (English)
Member: Syllabus Committee (Outside of TISS)
(a) Functional Proficiency in English
(b) Professional Profeciency in English
(c) Understanding Literature and Cinematic Texts for Children upto 7 years
(d) Understanding Literature and Cinematic Texts for Children from 8 to 15 years
(e) Diploma in Digital Humanities
(f) P.G.Diploma in Cyber Security Law and Forensics (PGDCSLF) (Special Executive Development Program)
MA ELT: University of Mumbai
MA English: KJ Somaiya College of Arts
PhD Applied Language Studies (English), University of Mumbai
Convenor Syllabus Committee (Outside of TISS)
Design and Development
Coordination and Organisation
Anusha has extensive teaching experience across a diverse range of cohorts.
She currently teaches students of MA Education, BEd-MEd and MA Education for Teacher Educators at the postgraduate level. Her subjects include Language Education, Assessment and Academic Skils. She also teaches courses in the Short Term Programmes offered by CETE: Reflective Teaching with ICT and Contemporary Education Perspectives and Research.
She has over 17 years of experience teaching English at the UG and PG Level and has taught English Language Teaching, Text Analysis, Literary Criticism, New Literatures, Indian Literature, Literary Criticism, Linguistic and Stylistic Analysis of Texts, Gender Studies, Research Methods, Translation Studies, American Literature, Communication Skills among others. In the domain of Mass Media, she has taught at both UG and PG levels a vast array of subjects including Creative Writing, Culture Studies, Film Studies, Journalism, Advertising in Contemporary Society, Public Relations and Ethics. In MBA programmes her expertise lies in Business Perspectives in the Global Context, Business Ethics, Creative Writing and Appreciation of Creatives and Business Communication.
In addition, Anusha teaches at the MPhil-PhD level.
She also guides/mentors students for research at the postgraduate level.
Anusha has been a teacher trainer since 2009 and has trained over 5000 teachers in English Language and Literature and Technology-based Learning.
She has also designed syllabi, developed materials, vetted and edited content for various institutions from primary to postgraduate curricula.
She is regularly invited as an expert in workshops, seminars and webinars.