Engineering colleges redesign, develop teaching modules as they kick off new academic session

Written by Arnab Mitra
| New Delhi |

Updated: December 11, 2020 6:01:35 pm

From December, first yr lessons at engineering colleges began in on-line mode. Representational picture/

As a lot of the engineering colleges are kicking off their new academic session after a delay of 4-5 months due the coronavirus pandemic, managing a curtailed session and mode of supply of research materials are high on their agenda. To tackle this, a number of engineering colleges have both redesigned their current on-line platform or are planning to develop their very own built-in system for conducting lessons.

NV Ramana Rao, director at National Institute of Technology (NIT) Warangal, stated the institute developed its personal learner administration system (LMS) in July. “The learning platform has many features – from attendance to test. Students will be asked to incorporate their feedback for the betterment of the platform,” he stated.

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One of the main challenges to carry on-line lessons is poor community connections, particularly in distant places. To tackle this drawback, Rao stated, the institute has added a new characteristic of sophistication notes and recorded tutorial movies. Also, NIT-Warangal has redesigned the paper sample in open e-book examination (OBE) mode to curb dishonest throughout on-line exams.

The Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar (SSN College of Engineering), as an example, is following each synchronous and asynchronous modes of conducting lessons. According to Sunita Nair, advisor, SSN school, “In the synchronous mode, the online live classes will be conducted, while in asynchronous mode, the tutorial video, lab instructions, and class notes will be uploaded for the distant learners.”

Sonali Behura, first yr CSE scholar, attending on-line lessons. Image supply: Special association

Amity University, Gurugram says it follows a mentor-mentee system. The academics add recorded lessons for college kids who couldn’t attend dwell ones. Shivoham Dagar, a primary yr scholar of the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI and ML) programme stated, “The online classes are being conducted smoothly through Microsoft (MS Teams), Amizone. Even the lab work is also conducted on a weekly basis through the virtual lab portal-”

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At the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Delhi), first yr lessons have been began on November 18. Shantanu Roy, Dean Academics, IIT-Delhi stated, “The classes are being held through the available learners’ platforms- MS Team, Cisco Webex, Impartus. There are no technical challenges as such, fewer students faced problems due to server issues. For such students, recorded videos of classes are being uploaded in Impartus.” The sensible/ lab lessons will likely be carried out as soon as institutes open.

Shivoham Dagar, first yr AIML scholar attending digital lessons. Image supply: Special Arrangement

At the Baruipur Engineering College in West Bengal, nevertheless, the web lessons are being affected by poor server and community issues. “The network system is very poor in and around Amtala. After receiving complaints from students and teachers, the college has decided to segregate the class with students having proper server connections, and classes are now being held in small groups. For other students, the recorded classes are shared in the WhatsApp group,” stated an official requesting anonymity.

Santanu Mondal, a BTech first-year scholar stated as the web lessons usually are not held correctly resulting from poor connections, they need to depend upon recorded lessons. “The teachers also conducted doubt clearance classes over the phone but with so many students, it’s hardly of use,” he stated.

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