The higher education department on Friday issued a new blueprint for introducing blended learning in the form of ‘guided self study’ covering 25 per cent of the syllabus both at undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) levels from the commencement next academic session 2020-21.
The department mentioned that ‘blended learning’ is a well-thought out mixture of standard classroom teaching and experimental learning through projects, fieldwork and practical including student self-study facilitated through appropriate guidance by teachers.
For UG courses (both honours and pass subjects), the entire second unit (25 per cent of the total four units of each subject and paper) has been aptly reserved for the students’ self-study except 2 papers (ability enhancement compulsory course (AECC) and skill enhancement compulsory course papers(SEC).
For PG courses, the respective PG department will keep aside 25 percent of the syllabus for each paper for student self-study. The papers that incorporate project work, field work and dissertation would continue to be conducted as before, said the official sources.
No regular classroom teaching will be held for the portion of the syllabus earmarked for student self-study. Rather a synergetic combination of text books and e-learning resources( PPTs/recorded lectures/animated videos) will be prescribed to students for self-study.
For UG level, Odisha state higher education council (OSHEC) will be accountable for prescribing the text books and e-learning resources for student self-study by taking help of some universities and some autonomous colleges.
For PG level, PG departments of each university and college will completely shift to text books and e-learning resources for self-study. The colleges and universities will provide easy access to availability of these study materials for their students.
For ensuring rigorous student self-study, teachers will guide students through 4 hours(4/5 classes) of doubt clearing sessions in physical classroom teaching mode. One class can be held at the beginning, one class at the end and two or three classes in between. Mid-term internal assessment will be primarily based on the self-study portion of the paper.
News Source: Times Of India