Outcome Based Education
STEPS FOR OBE (Objective Based Learning)
- As our institute is affiliated to Shivaji University, we try to implement the principles of OBE within the framework of the university curriculum
- Program Outcomes (PO) are pre defined by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA). We in our institute define the Course Objectives (CO) Program Specific Outcomes and Chapter Objectives
- COs are mapped with Both POs and Chapter Objectives
- All academic as well as non academic activities are designed such that they satisfy the PO e.g. Environment and sustainability, Ethics, Communication etc.
- Attainment of program outcomes, program specific outcomes and course outcomes are evaluated by direct and indirect methods.
STUDENT CENTRIC METHODS SUCH AS EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING, PARTICIPATIVE LEARNING AND PROBLEM SOLVING METHODOLOGIES TO INCREASE EFFECTIVENESS OF LEARNING
For engineering students, learning engineering subjects is much different than learning other subjects. This is because engineering subjects require high cognitive ability. To study any Engineering subject one must have not only the ability to understand but also must possess very high evaluation and analysis skills. Above all the student has to apply this knowledge to solve real life social problems and to create machines, gadgets or instruments. Class room teaching alone fails to satisfy these aspects. In order to develop problem solving abilities and be practical and innovative, a student has to go outside the class and get knowledge from industries and societies. Also, it takes as long as 5 years before any new and relevant topics are included in the curriculum of a subject. Hence a student will not know many new concepts, innovation, industrial practices and technology which have been introduced during this time. Methods such as experiential and participative learning are absolutely necessary to satisfy the above mentioned learning needs and keep the student abreast with the latest technologies. Only then such a student can become an ideal industry worthy person. It will also improve his chances of getting employment in a company of the student’s choice and get an attractive salary package. This will give a big career boost to the student.
- Experiential Learning: experiential learning can be obtained through interaction with industries. In our institute, it is obtained through 1) By conducting experiments specified in the term work of the given subject 2) Industrial visits: Regular visits to the industries make the students conversant with the industry practice, the technologies used there and the industry culture 3) Encouraging students to solve industry problems by taking suitable industry sponsored projects and seminars 4) Sending students for industrial training for a duration not less than 15 days. During the stay a student is made aware of industry practices, knowledge which industry requires and behavior which the industry requires.
- Participative Learning: In participative learning, student learns through participating in events which provide extra knowledge. They are 1) Conducting augmentation programs on current topics which are important for industries but not taught in the present curriculum. Many augmentation programs on latest tools and techniques of design, evaluation, analysis and manufacturing are conducted on a regular basis. Topics such as computer methods of stress analysis, design, manufacturing, industrial practices of product design and analysis, study of analytical software etc. are taught or at least an overview is presented 2) Forming a Student Study Circle consisting of different groups of students for different subjects is formed where students try to understand the given subject by discussing it among themselves. 3) Expert Lectures: Each year, eminent people from industries are invited to present an expert lecture to the students. In this lecture also students are acquainted with latest tools and techniques. Top most design, manufacturing and innovative practices are explained to them. Students understand the difference between industrial and academic practices. This is another effort to bridge the gap between industry and institute. 4) By participating in technical events such as BAJA Car, Efficycle, GoKart, EYantra etc. These are events in which relevant project are developed. Here the students’ projects are assessed by independent bodies. The stiff challenge brings the best out of a student. 5) By participating in various paper presentation competitions. This gives a student the opportunity to learn new and significant subjects.
- Problem Solving Methodologies
- Tutorial and Assignments: They are necessary for practice and understanding
- Coding: Students learn to write programs for specific applications
- Design activities such as Building design, Mechanical System Design, PCB design etc.
- Model Making