Learning & Development
The Marwadi University has come up with a pioneering initiative in-house, to hone the skills of faculty and students alike, by setting up a Learning & Development vertical with a Director in charge. The intention is to cater to the in-house requirement, after which, it can take up external requests too.
A Learning Center with excellent facility is also being planned
Sharpening the saw – Stephen Covey. Ever heard of this?
Just like every wood cutter needs to take time off to sharpen the axe or the saw, a Faculty must fine tune the skills learnt and also acquire new skills and learning in order to stay in front of the line. The FDP also provides one a chance at peer to peer learning and innovation to provide the kind of teaching that will enthuse a student to learn well. The Faculty of an Institution form, the nucleus and thus should be efficient as well as articulate. It would therefore be very prudent to invest time and effort for developing their abilities. The areas to be trained in, could be considered separately or in combination as below.
- Communication Skills
- Pedagogical Skills
- Innovative Teaching Methods
Making the transition from the average teacher to an accomplished facilitator in today’s competitive world takes more than the hard work and management skills – it requires an understanding of every nuance of the teaching – learning process to get there. The FDP is carefully structured to accelerate and streamline the professional transformation.
Through a series of three on-campus modules, a complete makeover can be provided. The program integrates personal awareness and practical knowledge to help improve facilitation skills and build greater confidence.
This consists of four components, namely
Communication Skills: An “in-camera” experience where the Faculty will be provided a review and feedback through a video capture of the presentation. This not only provides a thorough understanding of the improvements that are needed, but will also focus on the strong points. The confidence will get boosted through this experience.
Listening Skills: One of the most important attributes required by a Teacher. Through a series of activities and examples the forms of listening and non-listening will be discussed and experienced.
Communicating with Impact: through a reading exercise, faculty will be able to experience the changes that will make him/her a better communicator.
Problem Solving Technique: A Teacher needs to be a problem solver. This module utilizes Case Studies to highlight the Problem Solving Abilities.
Change Management: The changes needed to facilitate the learning of today’s learner will get highlighted in this module.
The Theoretical Backgrounds: The module highlights the theoretical aspects of pedagogy like the Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligence and the Bloom’s Taxonomy
The Lesson Planner: Building a strong lesson plan always helps in spreading the syllabi suitably and comfortably to suit the need of the Learner.
A practical hands-on approach that demonstrates the interactive teaching methodology, with the use of innovative teaching aids.
A peer evaluation will also be there.
The FDP is designed for teachers who have a minimum of 3 years of experience and are desirous of making the class room teaching interactive. A judicious mix of senior and junior teachers is advised, including a blend of different streams of Engineering or Science. Teachers who need to develop their confidence levels, sharpen their teaching/facilitation skills will benefit most from this program. Ideally a group of 25 would be the best number and would benefit from individual attention that can be provided.
SIG at Marwadi University
The Special Interest Group (SIG) formed from the Elite group of Students who have secured a CGPA of 6, goes through a special purpose skills training that is designed to upgrade their skills from the very Second Year of their Engineering studies.
This program is also structured to run as follows:
- SIG 3 in the third semester focuses on Communication Skills and study methods
- SIG 4 in the fourth semester focuses on Teaming and Problem Solving
- SIG 6 in the sixth semester focuses on the Teachability – Assessment, Alignment, and Attitude
- SIG 7 in the seventh semester focuses on the Finishing skills and the Grooming. Focus on Industry expectation, finishing skills, grooming and etiquette.
There is an optional SIG 8 in the eighth and final semester which focuses on the People management, leadership and personality building. These programs are essentially hands-on and activity oriented and the facilitator will oversee the development of the student from the raw material to a budding professional.
Group Discussions & Personal Interviews
As a part of the Finishing Skills Program, the students are trained to participate in Group Discussions (GD). The methodology looks at two separate aspects viz., observation first and participation next. A group of 15 students first watch and observe another 15 students participate in a GD and then participate in the next batch with another batch in the observation mode. This process will strengthen their skills. Personal interviews are carried out with the help of invited experts from the Industry. Action points for improvements are provided individually.
Special Training Programs at Marwadi University
From time to time several special training programs for the Faculty are announced and conducted. To name a few:
1. Mentoring Skills
2. The Art & Science of Designing a Question Paper
3. Advanced Communication skills
4. Personal Effectiveness
5. Personality Analysis
6. Johari Window
7. The Silent Language – Body Language
8. The Art of Taking & Receiving Feedback
Leadership Training Programs
Learning intervention is provided in a structured process with the Faculty going through the Personal Effectiveness program, the Johari window and the Time Management followed by a Personality Analysis program. A hands-on Leadership module will then follow.