Innovative TLMs

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 students’ learning experience, 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.

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Study group activityDebatesJAM(Just A Minute)Essay writingPoster makingQuizProduct marketingSahrdaya conducts Study group activities on Fridays from 12.00 pm to 1.00 pm in all the classes under the supervision of advisors. Students are instructed to conduct different engaging activities during study group activities. This inculcates leadership, communication skills, presentation skills, and responsibility in students.Context:Learn from other people’s experiences and background knowledge.Gain perspective and point of view, which increases listening and interpersonal skill.
Group DiscussionsThis 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 InterviewMock Interviews are conducted to improve the confidence and communication skills of the students. This can help them in placements.
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Technical TalkAlumni 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.
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Lecture Capture systemLecture Capture system is an automated audio-video recording solution for classroom lectures. It provides access to classroom video lectures and online activities. Using URL, students can access the recorded video lectures and other materials from anywhere through laptops, tablets, and Android platforms. A few samples of the URLs are given below.Faculty Name: Ms Sujana RCourse Code/Name:  CE208 GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING 1Batch: S4 CE 2018-2022
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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.
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Google sitesFaculty 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 CherianWebsite link:
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Online Quiz Tool:LinwaysGoogle FormsLow-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:Faculty Name: Ms Ragi C RavindranCourse Code/Name:  CE307 GEOMATICSBatch: S5 CE 2018-2022Faculty Name: Ms Remya P MCourse Code/Name:  HS300 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENTQuiz-in-labs:Faculty Name: Ms Reshma Antony/ Ms Ragi C RavindranCourse Code/Name:  CEL203  SURVEY LABBatch: S3 CE 2019-2023Faculty Name: Ms Ragi C RavindranCourse Code/Name:  ESL120 CIVIL WORKSHOPBatch: S1 CSB 2020-2024Faculty Name: Mr Akhil S NairCourse Code/Name:  ESL120 CIVIL WORKSHOPBatch: S1 EC 2020-2024
Classroom quizFaculty members in the department conduct Classroom quizzes. This helps in creating interest by breaking the monotony of regular classes while enhancing the learning experience.
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Major core courses in the curriculum are linked with massive open online courses (MOOC) NPTELCourseraFaculty members and students are motivated to take online courses from various eminent platforms like NPTEL and Coursera.NPTEL: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 successfully completing the course. faculty members and students in the department have completed online courses based on their area of interest. These courses also help the students to advance their skills for career development.
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Project workandReport writingThe 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 the 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 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 that will help them 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 the Principal appoints.
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ICTs are used for content delivery.  The objective of ICT is to provide direct access to quality instructional resources through computers connected to LAN and Internet. This also motivates 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 digital library database 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 digital library server from home also with the help of the URL link provided on the college website. and e-journals can be accessed using the link given below.EBSCOhost: https://search.ebscohost.comIEEE Xplore: https://www.delnet.inThe students and faculty members are engaged in an effective teaching and learning process through the use of digital learning platforms.
Powerpoint PresentationsThis 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 Knowledge by communicating in regular interactions.Student Seminars: Seminar from the first semester onwards (other than the 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.
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Google ClassroomCreating a Google classroom using the 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 LabsThe 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.