Student centric methods, such as experiential learning, participative learning and problem solving methodologies are used for enhancing learning experiences
Palamuru University is making sincere efforts to expand the scope of Student-Centric learning in its academic Programmes in tune with its mission of imparting quality higher education. The introduction of Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) and restructuring of Curriculum in consonance with it are the steps in this direction. The University seeks to provide holistic learning environment through a dynamic curriculum coupled with the balanced & integrated use of teacher-led guided learning, student-led action learning and context-dependent experiential learning. Accordingly, the teachers are encouraged to get oriented with the philosophy and pedagogy of active learning and integrate these practices into classroom teaching to enrich and enhance the students learning experience.
Experiential learning, wherein the reflections of the immersive experience from the real life settings deepen learning and pave way for the transferable skills among the students, forms an integral part of the course structure and teaching methodology in a number of Programmes at Palamuru University. Internships, field visits, project work and service learning through Community engagement find increased application in MSW, MBA, M.Ed, Pharmacy (B. Pharmacy & M. Pharmacy), M.Com, M.Sc. Botany & M.Sc. integrated Chemistry programmes. Practicals as the live medium of experiential learning constitute the core of science and other programmes. In the laboratories, students are exposed to the basic techniques that are required to carry out research.
There is equal visibility of participative learning or co-operative learning strategy being facilitated through group tasks across many a Departments. Instruction through group tasks is done through varied forms of group discussions, group presentations, group assignments, projects and peer learning which provide platform for active participation of students in classroom learning. Case study method is also employed in participative learning scenario to stimulate critical thinking and awareness of multiple perspectives. MBA, MSW and M.Ed programmes play a major role in deploying this methodology.
Problem-based learning occupies a place of pride in the teaching methodology at Palamuru University. Efforts are on to anchor the activity based learning and integrate it harmoniously with the ubiquitous lecture method to cope with the continuity and change in the higher education landscape.
Active learning through problem-solving exercises, project, case studies, role play simulations, games, quizzes, seminars, poster presentations and assignments is being pursued vigorously in many Departments. While seminars are a regular curriculum ingredient of almost all the academic Programmes, case studies are prominent feature of MSW and MBA programmes. Quizzes and assignments are deployed on a regular basis to enrich classroom teaching. Further the students are encouraged to participate in seminars, conferences and workshops to improve their knowledge and skills. The students are also provided opportunities for research projects/ internships during summer vacation.
So to say, Student-centric methodologies are facilitating in making students more active in their educational pursuits. This way, Student-centred learning by focussing on interaction and promotion of transferable skills among the students has opened up alternative avenues for enrichment of campus learning experience.