Innovations in Teaching Learning Process
Innovative teaching-learning approaches are considered as a combination of the traditional lecture method along with other innovative methods such as screen casting 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 selective list of instructional methods is shown in Table 5.5.a. The works shown are all available for peer review and can be developed further by others. The goals and objectives of each work, methods used and significant results, are described in the table.
Innovative Teaching Methods
Methods /Tools used
Few faculty members have also created their own Google sites wherein they upload study material relevant to their subjects. The links are shared with the students and the contents are openly accessed by all students.
Faculty Name: Dr. Silpa PA
Website link: https://silpapa.wordpress.com/vlsi/
Available courses in the site
1. Courses code/Name: EC304 VLSI
2. Courses code/Name: EC MEMS
3. Courses code/Name: EC 402 Nano-electronics
4. Courses code/Name: EC 205 Electronic Circuits
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 for organizing and managing online classes.
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.
Lab experiments are recorded and the demo videos are shared with the students. This is done mainly for Logic Circuit Design Lab and Communication Systems Lab. The Communication Systems Lab is also conducted with the help of virtual labs provided by Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University at https://vlab.amrita.edu/.
For the Logic Circuit Design Lab, coding experiments and the tools used are demonstrated and explained online to the students so that they can execute their own codes and submit the same. Circuit experiments are demonstrated online and simulated using online applications. Experiments are conducted virtually in the Communication Systems Lab too. Demo sessions are provided online by the faculty. The same can be performed by students at their remote terminals. This helps them in learning basic and advanced concepts through remote experimentation. This practice provides a complete Learning Management System for Virtual Labs where the students can avail various tools for learning, including additional web-resources, video-lectures, animated demonstrations, and self-evaluation.
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Enabled Teaching-Learning
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).
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.
e-books and e-journals can be accessed using the link given below.
IEEE Xplore: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org
DELNET: www.delnet.in (http://www.delnet.in/)
The students and faculty members are engaged in an effective teaching and learning process through the use of digital learning platforms.
Power point Presentations
This has become a standard norm in the teaching-learning process. Power point presentations are very effective in Communication Skill Development, Improving verbal skills for effective public speaking and Sharing of Knowledge by communicating in regular interactions.
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.
Online Quiz Tool: Linways,
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: Dr. Caren Babu
Course code/Name: EC468 SECURE COMMUNICATION
Batch: S8 EC 2017-2021
2. Faculty Name: Ms. Ambily Francis
Course code/Name: EC482 BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
Batch:S8 EC 2017-2021
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 Program 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 faculty to advance their skills for career development.
Google provides a range of free learning content designed to help enhance one’s skills as well advance in career. Courses are available at https://learndigital.withgoogle.com/digitalgarage/courses . One can learn by selecting individual modules or take an entire course end-to-end. Few of our faculty members have completed online certifications by Google.
Activity Based Learning
Study group activity:
• JAM(Just A Minute)
• Essay writing
• Poster making
• 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 such as debates, JAM, essay writing and so on 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 others’ point of view which increases listening and interpersonal skills.
This initiative has proved to be highly effective in class sessions especially in courses such as Life Skills and Professional Communication. A group leader is selected for each group discussion 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.
Technical Writing Skill Development
The sixth semester students are instructed to submit a project report consisting of a technical paper, patent document and business plan of an idea of their choice.
The objective is to make the students learn technical writing skills, develop business plans for the projects, improve patents/IPR and publication and promote entrepreneurship
The faculty also conduct training sessions on how to write technical papers and enhance their technical skills.
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.
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 platforms by using URL. A few samples of the URLs are given below.
Faculty Name: Ms Jisha Jacob
Course code/Name: EC 206 Computer Organisation
Batch: S4 EC 2018-2022
The video lectures of specific topics in selected courses were prepared by the course faculty and had the same content as the classroom lectures. Video lectures give students control of the lecture and are portable. Students can replay segments and stop the lecture as they study to understand the content. They can skip segments of topics they know. In effect, they can adjust the instructors delivery speed and topic selection to match their learning pace, especially beneficial to the weak students.
1. Course Code and Name: EC 304 VLSI
Faculty : Ms. Jisha Jacob
2. Course code and Name: AWP 306 Antenna and wave propagation Faculty: Dr. Vishnu Rajan
Project Based Learning (S1 – S4)
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 Electronics and Communication Engineering. A project group consisting of a 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.