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Dr Anusha Ramanathan


Centre for Education Innovation and Action Research

Ph.D (English)

M.Phil (English)

M.A (English)

B.A, (English)

Anusha Ramanathan has worked as Curriculum Consultant in the Centre for Education, Innovation and Action Research (CEIAR) since 2015.

She leads TPD English and coordinates the academic aspects of TISSx, an Open edX based MOOC platform. She co-leads TPD-Implementation for CLIx and is a part of the CLIx English Team. She teaches Language Education, Assessment and Academic Skills courses across MA Education, BEd-MEd, MA Education for Teacher Educators from Afghanistan programmes. She also designs, develops and facilitates Language Education and Mentoring Courses for Reflective Teaching with ICT. She, further, conducts research in the areas of language and teacher education. 

Anusha has years of teaching experience at UG and PG levels. She teaches MA English, Mass Media and MBA students across colleges of the University of Mumbai and autonomous colleges. She has worked as a research assistant, course coordinator, content writer, editor, teacher trainer and corporate trainer through her career. 

Her expertise lies in English Language Teaching, English Literature, Assessment and Evaluation, technology-based learning and Teacher Professional Development. 


Anusha's doctoral thesis was in the domain of Assessment and Evaluation. She specifically 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 research 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 continuous professional development programme. 

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.



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 

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

Ramanthan, 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 

Ramanthan, 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 (www.tissx.tiss.edu)

     S-01: Communicative English Language Teaching
     E-04: Designing Learning Experiences for the English Language Classroom
     E-08: Mentoring for TPD

Co-designed and developed Blended Learning Courses for MA Education for Teacher Educators in Afghanistan (MA TEMP)

    CC-5: Introduction to Assessment and Evaluation
    OCP-1: First Language Pedagogy
    OCP-10: Teaching of English (as a Second and Foreign Language)

Teacher Professional Development Chapter in CLIx Guidebook on Gitbook (in print).


Awards and Achievements 

  • Recepient of UGC-UKEIRI-India-to-UK Faculty Award 2015-16.
  • Co-author of proposal, presentation and report sent to Open Education Consortium which won CLIx the Open Collaboration Award for Excellence 2019
  • Judge, Key Note Speaker, Key Resource Person and/or Panelist at various events, seminars, conferences and workshops.


  • Member, Board of Studies, SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce (Autonomous)

Design and Development 

  • Co-design and deploy courses for Reflective Teaching with ICT programme (Focus Areas: Language Education, Mentoring, ICT in Education, Assessment). (since 2017)
  • Co-designed and developed tools, lessons and modules for CLIx English. (2015-2017)
  • Co-designed curriculum for BEd English Language Specialisation courses. (2016)
  • Designing Staff Training Programmes at TISS (2014).
  • Co-designed curriculum for Self-Financing Certificate Courses for Proficiency in English and Children’s Literature (2012)
  • Designed and deployed ‘Language Enhancement Classes’ for post graduate, MPhil and PhD students at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Deonar – 88 (2005 - 2016)

Coordination and Organisation 

  • Coordinate academic aspects of TISSx, an Open edX based MOOC platform) 
  • Co-coordinate TPD-Implementation for CLIx (since 2016)
  • Coordinated Course on Assessments in English Language Teaching conducted by King's College, London under the UGC-UKEIRI collaboration between the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and KCL. (April-July 2017).
  • Coordinated with PrathamBooks StoryWeaver Team for CLIx English Modules development materials. (2016 onwards)
  • Coordinated and was instructor for ‘Language Enhancement Classes’ for post graduate, MPhil and PhD students at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Deonar – 88 (2005-2016)
  • Coordinated Self-Financing Certificate Courses for Proficiency in English, Department of English, University of Mumbai (2014-16)
  • Coordinated Staff Training Programmes at TISS (2014).
  • Coordinated BMM Department at Bunts Anna Leela College of Commerce and Economics, Kurla (2010-11)


  • Lead TPD English Research into Teacher Beliefs and Practices.
  • Co-designed and led study on Teacher Perspectives on Online Learning for Self and Professional Development. (March - May 2019)
  • Worked as part of CEIAR Team on a national study of School Management Committees commissioned by Save the Children. (2019)
  • Worked as part of CEIAR Team on a national evaluative report of the CSSTE (Centrally Sponsored Scheme for Teacher Education) scheme. I was part of the report writing team in generating a consolidated analysis of the findings of the functioning of TE institutes in 11 States and 2 UTs in India based on field survey conducted across 91 institutions from June-August 2017.
  • Co-designed student baseline and midline tools for CLIx English. (2015-17)
  • Co-designed and co-analysed teacher baseline, midline and endline tools for CLIx English. (2016-18)
  • Co-designed, developed and deployed field trials for CLIx English tools and lessons (2015-16)
  • Designed and conducted study and presented findings of a 2-month Research Project on ‘Effectiveness of Moodle and the evaluation of the Distance Period’, MA Education (Elementary), TISS, Deonar – 88. (Oct – Nov 2008)


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 CEIAR: 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.

Email: anusha.ramanathan[at]tiss[dot]edu