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Practicing Experiential Learning

Best Practice - Practicing Experiential Learning


 

The Context

India can be called as one of the youngest nations in the world having more than 62% of its population in the age group of 15-59 years out of which around 54% are below 25 years of age. It must be taken seriously that one of the immediate actions needed to enhance the quality of higher education is to re-design the higher education curriculum of all the courses in order to teach the students what is relevant in the present modern age.

One of the Vision of the Institution is to offer need-based, Job-oriented Courses of study relevant to the society. And hence it continues to provide quality education to graduates to become employable. One of the prospective Vision for India’s Higher Education is to improve the quality of teaching and learning process, because the education system is affected badly by poor quality teaching, outdated methods of transaction, rigid curricula and pedagogy, lack of accountability and quality assurance. Our Institution is working towards achieving success by overcoming these constraints by providing quality education.

The Practice

The experiential learning is a process of learning through experience and is more specifically defined as ‚Äúlearning through reflection on doing‚ÄĚ. The experiential learning enhances the teaching and learning process that makes learning relatable to students. Students can build on what they already know and are provided with opportunities to make connections between new concepts and existing ones, which increases the effectiveness of learning and also helps students to develop and acquire skills like critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, etc.

In 2018, a restructured curriculum was prepared by the Institution, which includes upgradation of pedagogy together with modernizing the training of teachers totally based on a vision. Recently, the Curriculum was strengthened by adding courses like Internship, Professional English, Communicative English, Skill Oriented Course, Professional Courses, etc., which engage students in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, etc.

The following are the list of few courses introduced in 2018 Regulation related to skill orientations that require experiential learning.

Course Code

Course Name

U18SPH601

Embedded Systems II

U18EPH604

Introduction to C Programming

U18EINP51

Internship

U18MMA604

Programming Language in C 

U18MMAP61

Programming Language in C - Practical

U18EMAP51

Mathematical Statistics

U18AHS101

Studies on States and Government-I

P18ECM103

Computer Application in Business

U18SBAP51

Automation Lab-I

U18MBAP60

Major Project

U18SKS601

Office Management

U18EKSP61

Institutional Training and Project

U18SKSP51

Practical Microsoft Office Lab (SBS - III)

U18ECH501

Spectroscopic Techniques

U18SCH301

Water Treatment & Analysis

The following are few pedagogical techniques adopted to enhance the skills of the students 

Teaching Methodology

Students Activity

Expected Outcomes (Blooms)

Educational Tours are necessary to be undertaken by students to gain a more practical understanding of their area of study

Participate

Observe

Analyse

Listen

Comprehends

Applying

Analyzing

Understanding

Remembering

Poster presentation

Create

Participate

Analyse

Comprehend

Creating

Applying

Analyzing

Understanding

Remembering

Models

Observe

Analyse

Listen

Realize

Analyzing

Understanding

Remembering

Demonstration, which helps students to understand the concept clearly

Participate

Observe

Analyse

Listen

Comprehend

Creating

Applying

Analyzing

Understanding

Remembering

Field Visit is very helpful for supplementing the theoretical knowledge. It aids to interlink the facts with the practical field and teaches core competencies.

Applying

Analyzing

Understanding

Remembering

Industrial visit is to provide an exposure to students about practical working environment

Applying

Analyzing

Understanding

Remembering

 

Industry-Academia Collaboration

As part of NEP - 2020, the college has institutionalized several activities under Industry-Academia Collaboration. As part of industry-academia collaboration, many experiential learning practices were also planned and executed that effectively influenced the teaching and learning processes as described in the given below table

Sl.No.

Activity

Name of the institution/Department Collaborated

Organization with which MoU is signed

1

Industrial Visit

Department of Chemistry, C. Abdul Hakeem College (Autonomous), Melvisharam

AH Group, Ranipet

2

Students Seminar

Department of Urdu, 

C. Abdul Hakeem College (Autonomous), Melvisharam

Government Degree College, Rayachoty, Kadapa

and 

Justice Basheer Ahmed Sayeed College for Women (Autonomous), Chennai.

3

Internship

C. Abdul Hakeem College (Autonomous), Melvisharam

Footwear Design and Development Institute,

Ministry of Commerce & Industry,

Government of India

4

Coaching & Training

C. Abdul Hakeem College (Autonomous), Melvisharam

Varanda Learning Solutions and Pvt Ltd, Chennai 

and 

Thivya IAS Academy, Ranipet

5

Projects

Department of Business Administration, C. Abdul Hakeem College (Autonomous), Melvisharam

Timber Wood Industry, Vellore,

and 

Rahman Leather Exports, Ranipet

6

Vocational Training

Department of Commerce, C. Abdul Hakeem College (Autonomous), Melvisharam

Tally Institute of Learning, Vellore

and 

New Technology, Coimbatore

7

Add - On Courses

Department of Physics, 

C. Abdul Hakeem College (Autonomous), Melvisharam

Thinkin Lab

 

Constraints/ Limitation

  • Time consuming,

  • Intense training to teachers is required,

  • Students‚Äô participation is essential for effective implementation,

  • Teachers‚Äô involvement is needed in planning and execution, etc.

Evidence of Success

Students coming from various educational backgrounds feel happy with the student-centered pedagogy and skilled based courses, which was evidenced from students’ feedbacks, students’ involvement and their improved pass percentage i.e., 92%.

Majority of the students have authorized that the quality of teaching-learning process in the Institution is very good and on par with the high standards, which was obtained in the students’ satisfaction survey of 2019-2020 about our institute.

The following snaps given below indicate the effective involvement of students in the teaching-learning transactions

Problems encountered and Resources Required

Any practice is like an adventure. It is an academic adventure to arrive at the destination by overcoming the hurdles on the way. The success of higher educational institutions depends on the quality and engagement of its faculty. Hence, training the teachers is an essential and foremost action to initiate this practice. For the past three years, the IQAC has been striving hard to institutionalize this practice. The institutionalization of this practice is under progress, which will help the college to achieve academic excellence.

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