Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, June 3
Even as the academic sessions are expected to start from August or September and students are likely to start attending classes from then onwards, DAVIET principal Manoj Kumar said he will have a ‘split classroom’ model for all courses.
He said, “In such a model, all students need not be physically present in the classroom. We won't mind if the students attend classes from their home, hostel room, canteen and library. Only a limited number of students who do not have access to gadgets such as laptops and desktops will have to come to the class. These students will have fixed seating while ensuring proper social distancing.”
Elaborating further, the principal said, “The moot point is that they will all have to be connected online as the class goes on through video-conferencing. In this mode, pre-information about the chapter by e-books and YouTube links will already be shared. In the classroom, the same information will be recalled in a different manner - a concept called as flip learning. To know as to how well the students have understood the concept, there will be a quiz at the end of every lecture. Only the students who will be able to answer 50 per cent of the questions will be marked present for that day's attendance. This new concept of education is also termed as 'outcome-based education' wherein we will use assessment tools such as excel sheets and rubrics. This will help us gauge the learning level of every student.”
The principal added that after the colleges reopen, the concept of High Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) will be promoted in students.
He said, “In the traditional education system, the focus was on how many marks the students got. The students were evaluated on the basis of their recalling skills which included some definitions, explanation and diagrams. But now they will have to demonstrate and illustrate things. They will be given assignments on the Microsoft Teams platform. Earlier, the students who submitted assignments were given marks ranging from 4 to 10 depending on the resources they used. But now, our focus on ensuring that all those students who have scored 4 are made to do revisions in their project two to three times so as to be able to achieve full 10 marks. Education will soon be comparable to a production line in an industry where all parts will be like students who have to be brought to the top level to make the final product appear to be the best.”
He said he was also starting small production units in colleges for students to get a hands-on training experience in manufacturing and sales in the local community. The Centre-promoted concepts of ‘Local is vocal’ and ‘Make in India’ will also get a fillip through this step.
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