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Innovative Teaching Learning Methods

Innovative teaching-learning approaches are considered as a combination of the traditional lecture method along with other innovative methods which help the young minds to increase their learning capacity. To enhance the learning experience of students, it is required for the faculty to shift from conventional methods of teaching to a creative form of teaching. The faculty members of the department are oriented towards implementing an Outcome Based Education (OBE) by engaging the traditional, digital, and innovative approaches in the teaching-learning process.


Methods /Tools used


Study group activity

    • Debates
    • JAM(Just A Minute)
    • Essay writing
    • Poster making
    • Quiz
    • Product marketing

Sahrdaya conducts Study group activity during Fridays from 12.00 pm to 1.00 pm in all the classes under the supervision of advisors. Students are instructed to conduct different interesting activities during study group activities. This inculcates leadership, communication skills, presentation skills, and responsibility in students.


Learn from other people’s experiences and background knowledge.

Gain perspective and point of view which increases listening and interpersonal skill.

Group Discussions

This initiative has proved to be highly effective in class sessions. A group leader is selected for each group working on an activity in class sessions. The group leader is made responsible for all the outcomes of the activity of that particular day. Every time, the group leader is changed to pass the responsibility to each student by the end of the semester. This inculcates leadership and responsibility in students.

Mock Interview

Mock Interviews are conducted to improve the confidence and communication skills of the students. This can help them in placements.

Methods /Tools used


Technical Talk

Alumni students are invited for a technical talk and interact with the students. It is arranged in each semester for the students to know the current industry needs.

Methods /Tools used


Lecture Capture system

Lecture Capture system is an automated audio-video recording solution for classroom lectures. It provides access to classroom video lectures and online activities. Students can access the recorded video lectures and other materials from anywhere through laptops, tablets, and Android platform by using URL. A few samples of the URLs are given below.

Faculty Name: Ms Sujana R


Batch: S4 CE 2018-2022

Methods /Tools used


Concept tests that are initially analyzed by students in a small group.

This method is practiced by some of the faculty. The faculty pauses during class and asks students a conceptual question. The students will be divided into groups. A few minutes will be given to think about the question and provide answers with a little briefing about the topic. They are allowed to discuss in the group and come out with answers.

Methods /Tools used


Google sites

Faculty members have created their own Google sites. The links are shared with the students and the contents are openly accessed by all students.

Google sites:

Faculty Name: Mr Ciby Jacob Cherian

Website link:

Methods /Tools used


Online Quiz Tool:


Google Forms

Low-stakes testing involves the frequent use  of evaluation instruments  that have a low impact  on a students’ course grade.

Online Quiz: These help in creating interest by breaking the monotony of regular classes while enhancing the learning experience.

Quiz-in-theory courses:

  1. Faculty Name: Ms Ragi C Ravindran
    • Course code/Name:  CE307 GEOMATICS
    • Batch: S5 CE 2018-2022
  2. Faculty Name: Ms Remya P M
    • Course code/Name:  HS300 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT


  1. Faculty Name: Ms Reshma Antony/ Ms Ragi C Ravindran
    • Course code/Name:  CEL203  SURVEY LAB
    • Batch: S3 CE 2019-2023
  2. Faculty Name: Ms Ragi C Ravindran
    • Course code/Name:  ESL120 CIVIL WORKSHOP
    • Batch: S1 CSB 2020-2024
  3. Faculty Name: Mr Akhil S Nair
    • Course code/Name:  ESL120 CIVIL WORKSHOP
    • Batch: S1 EC 2020-2024

Classroom quiz

Faculty members in the department conduct Classroom quizzes. This helps in creating interest by breaking the monotony of regular classes while enhancing the learning experience.

Faculty Name: Ms Remya P M

Course code/Name:  ESL120 CIVIL WORKSHOP

Batch: S1 BM 2020-2024

Methods /Tools used


Major core courses in the curriculum are linked with massive open online courses (MOOC)




Faculty members and students are motivated to take up online courses for their subjects from various eminent platforms like NPTEL and Coursera.


The main objective of the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) is to enhance the quality of engineering and science education in the country by developing content for undergraduate and postgraduate curricula using video and web-based courses. These courses cover the syllabi prescribed by universities and approved by AICTE.

NPTEL Local Chapter:

Our college is having NPTEL Local Chapter: It is a partnership between the college and NPTEL. Many students and faculty members in the department enroll for courses and get certified after the successful completion of the course.


Many faculty members and students in the department have completed online courses based upon their area of interest. These courses also help the students to advance their skills for career development.

Methods /Tools used


Project work


Report writing

The department has made it a mandatory requirement for every student to design and conduct a project, right from the first semester onwards which is beyond the regular curriculum for the semester. This helps the student to have a hands-on approach to the engineering design process and utilize the theoretical aspects they have learnt to develop prototypes and design experiments on what they have learnt.

  • During first and second semesters, the students are encouraged to do micro projects related to the courses in those semesters.
  • During the third semester, the students conduct a mini-project that focuses on the fundamental aspects of Civil Engineering. A project group consisting of maximum of four members under the guidance of a faculty member explores a scientific principle related to their area of interest. The learning process is given more weightage during the assessment and not the results obtained. 
  • Students in their fourth semester are encouraged to do a project which will help them to learn new technical skills with guidance from an allotted faculty member. They are encouraged to explore a problem and develop a simple prototype or working model that can solve it. This introduces them to the concept of the Engineering design process method. 

The group of students is also mentored by their allotted guides in preparing a well-structured report. To assist this process, the institution has published a scientific format in which each project group is required to submit the report. This practice helps the students to understand and improve their scientific writing skills. The prepared report is archived in both soft and hard copy and is made available in the department library for peer reference. At the end of each semester, the project work done by all the student groups is exhibited in the department. The students and faculty members from other departments also visit these exhibitions. Students explain their work to the visitors and prizes are awarded based on an evaluation done by a committee that is appointed by the Principal.

Methods /Tools used


ICTs are used for content delivery.




  • To provide direct access to quality instructional resources through computers connected in LAN and Internet.
  • Motivate the students to do electronic presentations (PPT).

Facilities: Every classroom is provided with an LCD projector, computer with LAN and internet connection. The faculty member can use a blackboard/ LCD projector judiciously during the lecture delivery. The faculty member can access the database of the digital library from the classroom which consists of course material, recorded video lectures, and animations. Faculty and Students can access the journal resources also from the classroom. The student can access the server of the digital library from home also with the help of the URL link provided in the college website.

Digital Library

e-books and e-journals can be accessed using the link given below.


IEEE Xplore:



The students and faculty members are engaged in an effective teaching and learning process through the use of digital learning platforms.

Powerpoint Presentations

This has become a standard norm in the teaching-learning process. Powerpoint presentations are very effective in Communication Skill Development, Improving verbal skills for effective public speaking and Sharing of Knowledge by communicating in regular interactions.

Student Seminars: Seminar from the first semester onwards (other than seventh semester) which is being practiced in Sahrdaya helps students to enhance oral expression and presentation skills. This significantly boosts students’ confidence and their learning experience.

Seminars are a vital part of academic programs that allow developing essential skills and understanding of the subject.

Methods /Tools used


Google Classroom

Creating a Google classroom using google app. Students are made to join as members of the Google classroom. Lecture materials, Assignments, Quiz questions are posted in the online classroom.

Many faculty members are using Google Classroom extensively.

Online classes:

Google meet


An online class is a course conducted over the Internet. They are generally conducted through a learning management system, in which students can view their course syllabus and academic progress, as well as communicate with fellow students and their course faculty. These classes can be recorded for future reference.

Virtual Labs

The experiments are recorded and the videos are shared with the students. This is done mainly for Survey Lab, Geotechnical Lab and Material Testing Lab.

This also provides remote access to labs in Environmental Engineering Course. For the CAD Lab, AutoCAD drawings were shared online with the students so that they could do the drawing manually and submit the scanned copy.

This helps them in learning basic and advanced concepts through remote experimentation. This practice provides a complete Learning Management System around Virtual Labs where the students can avail various tools for learning, including additional web-resources, video-lectures, animated demonstrations, and self-evaluation.