BEST PRACTICE 1

1. Title of the practice- Academic Performance Enhancement Practice (AEP)

2. Objectives of the practice (100)

Academic Performance Enhancement Practice (APEP) has been implemented with the following objectives:

  1. It aims to enrich the curriculum along with improving the results of the students.

  2. It focuses on enhancing  academic performance of slow and mediocre learners by making teaching learning process structured.

  3. To ensure the effectiveness of educational experiences, explored throughout their learning process.

  4. It aims to motivate students to view exams as a way to demonstrate their learning and knowledge

  5. To help the students reflect on past exam experiences and to review the key strategies for doing well in the university exams.

3. The Context

The college introduced this new pattern of Academic Performance Enhancement Practice in the context of the syllabus revision in 2017 and the low academic performance of the slow learners. As per MG University examination regulations 2013, the pass GPA has increased from 0.5 to 1.8 on a four-point scale. This shift became a great challenge to the students as they had to score a higher pass mark in the internal as well as in the University examinations. The difficulties of the students to face the university exam and the fear and anxiety of writing exams were addressed in the mentoring and tutorial sessions. This was taken up for discussion in the parent teacher meetings. The College Council decided to create extra time to deal with the issue. As per the discussions, the college Council and IQAC decided to create extra time to deal with the issue by introducing APEP.

4. The Practice

As Student assessment is a crucial aspect of the teaching learning process, the college initiated Academic Performance Enhancement Practice (APEP), to strategically evaluate the effectiveness of teaching and learning by measuring the learning outcome from the course. APEP involves evaluation of student learning over a course of time by interpreting student’s performance through assessment. Instructors help students to realize their strengths and weaknesses and enable them to reflect on how they can improve themselves in the university exams.

By following a disciplined format, an extra half an hour outside of the regular teaching time is devoted for the timely execution and completion of the syllabus, for carrying out revision assessments and for improving the exam writing skills of students, thereby improving the performance of the students in the continuous assessment as well as in the university exams. For the smooth conduct of the assessment, the working time of the college got changed from 10 am to 09.30 am. Every day from 09.30 am to 10 am, all the departments conduct brainstorming sessions, quizzes, group discussions, mock viva and tests on various topics which are basically revisionary in nature. The conduct of the assessment will be informed prior to the assessment and the students are given ample time to revise the portions. Teachers in charge of each subject update the grades of the students to the mentors/class tutors, which helps in identifying those students with low performance, making timely intervention possible. The mentors give proper guidance to the students for improving their scores in continuous assessment through peer teaching and remedial teaching. The marks of the assessment will be entered in the online portal ERP, which keep the parents informed about the performance of their wards in each stage of the programme.

Over the five years, teaching faculty has generated around 16200 extra working hours and 480000 hours of students’ learning hours. Collectively, this practice has generated 496200 extra learning hours approximately. This has enhanced the learning capabilities of the students and has enhanced their competency in their respective subjects. Academic Performance Enhancement Practice has become part of continuous assessment, making the continuous evaluation process more constructive.

APEP hence turned out to be a consistent and efficacious method of assessing the knowledge of students, crucial to student engagement and improved learning outcomes. This has helped teachers to set targets for learners and help them adapt to teaching leaning practice effectively.

5. Evidence of Success

A student satisfaction survey was conducted among the students to analyze the concerns regarding Academic Enhancement Assessment Practice (APEP). The survey results show that the students have responded very positively to this practice. The survey findings and result analysis point to the success of the practice initiated in the college.

  • The tests instilled confidence among the students for facing the university exams and have helped in the better comprehension of curriculum.

  • Through effective revision strategies, the students were able to perform well in university exams.

  • The teachers could properly guide the students regarding areas for their improvement. This has helped the students to enhance the learning skills in writing the exams.

  • The students are able to complete the exam in the stipulated time without any anxiety or fear.

  • As APEP is a part of internal assessment, the students could score better in their internal assessment.

  • The parents of the students were also in favour of the practice as students’ daily hour per study had increased due to APEP.

  • The students are able to self-evaluate and assess their academic performance in each stage of APEP.

  • As per the University result analysis, the university marks of the students have improved after practice.

6. Problems Encountered

As the working time of the college got changed from 10 am to 9.30 am, the students who were coming from distant places had difficulties reaching on time. Due to this difficulty of the students, the APEP got shifted from 12.30 pm to 1.00 pm. As extra time was carved out of the normal working hours the time schedule was slightly affected in the beginning. This issue was resolved through regularization of the practice. Students had to get familiarized with the new time schedule which caused some difficulties in the beginning which was later resolved. As APEP required continuous monitoring, teachers had to take extra effort in understanding the difficulties of students. Teachers had to convince and motivate the students regarding the effectiveness of APEP and also had to conduct informal Parent Teacher meetings for bringing forth the attention of the parents in improving the performance of students.

BEST PRACTICE 2

LIVE LAB – ‘Sajeev Prayogashala

Objectives of the Practice

The major objectives of live lab are

  • To provide learners with valued experience and helps in applying their knowledge in a practical platform.

  • To create ability to surpasses classroom and lab barriers by applying theory in real life situations.

  • To help in creating a social space for designing and experiencing learning in concrete contexts by validating solutions in their learning environment.

  • To enrich the curriculum and develop the entrepreneurial and administrative skills of the students.

  • To provide leadership opportunity, enhances social commitment, community engagement, alternative learning, personal engagement with local community, and prepare students for careers after college.

Context

The college initiated the practice of live lab in the context of offering learners an experiential learning system which helps them in applying their knowledge gained in the classrooms in a non-classroom environment. Applying the theory to a practical situation enables one to build upon existing skills, imparts life skills, motivates team-work, improves emotional intelligence and also assist the students in identifying their real interests. Such a learning allows students to learn things first hand and can strengthen one’s comprehension on a subject. The students are given opportunities to perform in multiple levels like enabling them to maintain healthy and practical food choices, making the students aware about the protection of rights of children, the digital tools, learning skills of the preschool children and the learning-disabled children, fundamentals of banking and practical aspects of accountancy, consistent with their learning experience. In these varied contexts, the live lab was initiated to provide the best practical learning experience to complement the learning skills of students.

Practice 400

The college practices live lab in multiple levels. As part of this practice, college calls applications from interested students to participate in the various live labs. After screening by the concerned HoDs, students join live lab of their choice.

SWAAD (Student Work in Alternate and Allied Domains)

To promote entrepreneurial skills, students are given duties in the canteen and coffee shop on a rotation basis where supervision of menu, purchase, finance, quality checks are done daily and food orders are taken from inside and outside the campus. Food Tic incubation centre initiates students to undertake product formulations through research, trial and error and standardization. This being a unique practice, headed by Department of FSQC, provides technical expertise to budding entrepreneurs and familiarizes students with research and development.

Student Social Initiative

The Child Resource Centre initiated by the Department of Social Work initiates programmes with regard to protection of child rights. Students are given orientation at the beginning to sensitize about the activities. Student Durbars, street plays and summer camps are organized as part of the practice. Students coordinate cultural night, a visual treat by providing a platform for children from children’s homes and differently abled children by giving special training to showcase their talents. During the floods, students have been actively involved in providing psychosocial support to the needy children. The college brings forth a journal, ‘December 10’annually, a literary voice to child related issues.

Student Digital Initiative

Under this initiative of the college, the students effectively maintain and update all the 139 systems installed with LINUX software. By using digital printing, students also prepare identity cards for staff and students. QR codes are generated for all systems in the college under this initiative. Students imparted e- learning skills among the women in the local community.

NURTURY- Child Care Initiative

The live lab functions under the guidance of department of FACS. As part of the NURTURY, awareness campaigns for improving the learning skills of differently abled children, classes on preparation of their teaching aids, indigenous and creative toys are conducted. This has helped in assessing children with disabilities, suggesting interventions and remedies for special children (Learning Disability, Attention Deficit Hyper active Disorder), monitoring the growth and assessing the holistic development of children.

Diet and Stress Management Clinic

The diet clinic managed by Department of FACS provides right health tips and diet plan for the staff and students.

Evidence of Success 200

  • Under the initiative of SWAAD, management of both coffee shop and canteen has helped the students in developing student’s managerial, administrative and financial management honing skills.

  • The students of department of FSQC benefit from project work as they are assigned to the R & D departments which help to form new product formulations.

  • Student Social Initiative has helped the students to be highly competent professionals, skilled at providing effective service by integrating interdisciplinary knowledge and social values to address the needs of children.

  • Student digital Initiative has helped in the timely updation and maintenance of the computer systems in the college.

  • Installation of QR codes in the systems, have helped in monitoring the systems properly and maintenance of infrastructure on time.

  • Student Digital Initiative has helped in the timely issue of the ID cards.

  • Through Child care initiative, distinct learning aids and creative toys were made available to the differently abled children.

  • The Child Care Initiative made the parents and teachers aware of various learning disabilities at the early stage of child growth.

  • Diet Clinic provided appropriate diet plans for staff and students

  • Stress management clinic acted as monitor and bust stress of the staff and students.

Problems Encountered

The SWAAD faced difficulty in teaching product formulations to students with no knowledge of the same, which later got solved through practice. The canteen managers found it difficult to manage the crowd of students during the tea break. This was solved by providing a coffee bar and a canteen aid in campus. The Child Right Centre had some initial difficulties in countering less cooperation from outside communities which was later resolved by proper communication with the concerned people. The Student Digital Initiative initially faced difficulties with regard to application of the large scale updation. With regard to the Child care initiative, the students have found it difficult to convince the parents of the children who are diagnosed with learning disabilities like ADHD. Inability to change certain eating habits and difficulty in sticking on to long term eating habits by the clients are the major challenges faced by diet clinic.

Notes

The college has entrusted the conduct of the Student Amenity centre with the Department of Commerce from the year 2021. This aims to enable the students to familiarize with current business process and practices. It helps in understanding consumer behaviour, develop good marketing sense and enables them to start their own enterprises. The students are also exposed to the fundamentals of banking and practical aspects of accountancy.

The Department of English has launched a Campus Radio which aims to build an inclusive atmosphere, allowing students to give a voice to their views, gain technical knowledge and build their confidence. It gives them an ideal opportunity to put into practice what they have learnt through On the Job Training experiences. This also helps in updating the college community on the latest events within the campus, embracing and fostering various cultural practices and making mass appeals to fellow students.