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Faculty Initiatives

Faculty Initiatives on Teaching and Learning

1. Teaching Beyond Classroom:
To stimulate cross –cultural sensitivity among students, students are taken to un-conventional set-up. Students visit Shrines of different religions and share their leanings in the class. This helps students to develop an inclusive and open mindset and promote inter-faith dialogue and religious harmony. Under the Centre of Excellence for Leadership and Entrepreneurship, students visit Kala Ghoda Festival. During the visit, students interact with entrepreneurs and sellers and discuss the employment of innovation and creativity for small business and social awareness.

2. News Analysis:
To help students’ link concepts of Managerial Economics with actual business situations, News analysis sessions are conducted in the class. Students read articles from Economic Times and analyze the article with the help of theories taught. Through this interesting way of learning, students understand how to apply concepts to real life situations. With an opportunity to test their understanding of Managerial Economics, students develop their knowledge on business and economics and thereby enhance their employability.  

3. Online Quizzes:
Online quiz is a way of conducting test to measure the understanding of the participants on a given topic. Faculty members use various platforms like google-quizzes, Flubaroo, Quizstar for designing and conducting the online concept/midterm tests.  It serves as an objective measure for analyzing student performance. Students can attempt these tests using various devices like mobile, laptops or desktop.  

4. Movie Clips and Videos:
Movie clips and Videos help to communicate a topic in an engaging and insightful way. It provides students deeper understanding of the concepts. It helps by combining learning with a source of entertainment which is an ideal way of getting the most out of the young minds. Faculty members make use of these technology driven aids while teaching various concepts.  

5. Simulation:
Business Simulation is brought through German Simulation Pvt. Ltd, subsidiary of iBizSim, Germany. It is used as a teaching and learning tool. The instructor defines the learning goals and the students use the simulation as a learning tool. The emphasis is shifted away from the results of the simulation to the learning experience. Students learn concepts of strategy, planning controlling and decision making. The focus is on team work. The students manage the simulated company for 8 quarters, divided into learning and doing phases. They develop spread sheet templates for planning and uses the decisions in the Business Simulation application. Every period, based on the results the students fine tune their company’s goals and take decisions. The last part of the simulation is the reflection phase, where they analyze the results of the company. Understand and explain the differences between the expected, planned values and the achieved, actual values, and submit their learning.

6. Case Discussion / Mapping using Miro Whiteboard:
Miro is a cloud-based collaboration tool for small to midsize businesses. The solution features a digital whiteboard that can be used for research, ideation, journeys and user story maps, wireframing and a range of other collaborative activities. It is useful as a diagramming software and mind mapping apps. It blends the various functionalities with video conferencing tools by making it a grand collaboration app. It enables distributed teams to work effectively together, from brainstorming with digital sticky notes to planning and managing agile workflows and mind mapping. During pandemic it helped to engage the students in a more effective way. It was useful while discussing the caselets and case-studies over MS Teams virtual platform.

7. Country Analysis of Company using Miro - Kanban Framework:
Group-wise conducted detailed analysis reports using Miro Mind Maps of the Kanbanframework. Students had to visit various country detailing web portals and prepare a detaileddraft report on the country analysis. Countries like Germany, Australia and United Kingdomwere analysed. The culture and demographic details of the citizens were prepared using Miro – Kanban tool which facilitated live discussions and report sharing by each team.

8. Tedx Talk:
TED is dedicated to sharing knowledge through short talks and presentations. Rather than reciting facts the TED speakers captivate with emotional influence and speak passionately about the topic. These presenters touch the hearts of their audience, use enthusiasm, and inspire the audience to positive action. Use of these TED Talks as an effective medium for sensitizing students on matter helps in effective learning. Students are asked to summarise the contents and take up blogging for developing their subject knowledge and awareness.

9. Collaborative Teaching:
Collaborative teaching is practiced and encouraged in the Institute as the benefits of collaborative teaching are many. With proper planning and mutual understanding and coordination, multiple faculty members take one subject. Advantages of collaborative teaching are better lesson plans, more challenging assignments, greater learning for students, faculty backup in case of an unplanned cancellation of session, exposure of students to different perspectives of the same topic, more inputs given to students with respect to feedback, areas of  improvement, counseling, guidance, better assessment of students and many more. The result of collaborative teaching is definitely positive. Enhanced learning happens by the students due to perspectives of multiple faculty members handling the same subject.

10. Flipped Classroom:

Flipped classroom is a good teaching pedagogy which can be done with the class to relieve the monotony of the instruction mode being only faculty member centric. Students are greatly encouraged with this methodology. Advantages are many, both for the students as well as the faculty member. The limitations are negligible as compared to the number of advantages. Hence, this type of teaching must be encouraged across all semesters. The result of flipped classroom is very encouraging. The monotony of regular classroom training is broken by this method. Students retain the topic covered by the flipped classroom better as they feel more accountable to the topic that they have learnt themselves and found information about. Enhanced learning happens by the students when using the flipped classroom methodology.

11. Role Plays:
The fact that role play simulates a real-life environment for the students which they are able to associate with, shows that it is a powerful methodology. It also helps the faculty member understand the various perspectives of students as everyone has a different manner of approaching the similar situation. Hence it gives an insight to faculty members too of not only the understanding of the student but also the student’s manner of approaching the situation. Using the methodology of role plays in the classroom helps students associate the concept and apply it in a simulated environment. This helps them to remember the concept better. It allows the students to play the roles of certain characters in these situations so they are able to see things from a different perspective. Through role-play, they have a better understanding of how and why things are done in a particular way and they are able to associate what all factors are considered in a particular scenario. Hence it is a methodology which should be used often in classrooms.

12. Word Clouds using Mentimeter:
Word Clouds using mentimeter or any other such application can help to create stimulating visuals of the otherwise simple words. This helps in student engagement. Common words get clubbed and increases in size giving the faculty member the analysis of what the majority of students feel about the question. Usage of different colors, fonts, schemes helps the student to observe reflections by all. Added advantage is that it is easy to use. Learning of students gets accelerated due to the mere presentation of the words, as the student’s attention is drawn towards the words which others have written and they had not thought of or missed reading. Hence, word clouds enables students to explore new subjects and deepen their understanding of difficult concepts, and understand others perspective.  

13. Polls using Mentimeter:
Using polls with the help of Mentimeter or any other such application is an effective way to interact and engage with students. Reason being it is very visually pleasing, plus it gives a real-time analysis of the reflections. Also, it is very user friendly and hence needs not much preparation time on part of the faculty member. The faculty members can immediately track the learning and understanding of students. The same can be done with a questionnaire, but this real time effect makes it more engaging. Also the analysis is immediate unlike that of a questionnaire.

14. Poster Making Contests:
Students were engaged in use of Poster making contests to explain HR concepts in class group-wise and conducted assessments. Teams were judged on the basis of the appropriateness of the solution to the given unsolved Case. Teams were having around a maximum of six members and no less than four members. Teams were judged on the basis of the appropriateness of the poster to the given theme. The winning posters were posted on the college Blog.

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