Change in teaching pedagogies inspires students to work more efficiently
In a small way, one can say that a Mumbai University student is getting smarter with focus shifting from rote- based learning to classroom, and out- of- class learning. Internal assessments now matter, especially in the specialised courses like Bachelor of Mass Media ( BMM), Bachelor of Management Studies ( BMS), and Bachelor of Business Administration ( BBA).
‘There has been an evident change in teaching pedagogies over the years. The difference has set in due to the difference in programmes. With the BMS classes, 40 per cent weightage is given to internal assessment, which comprises projects, case studies, class presentations, book reviews etc. Smaller class sizes make it easier to involve students,’says Professor Meena Saxena, former Course Coordinator and Faculty, BMS, Jai Hind College.
In fact, many are of the opinion that students need to experience a feeling of satisfaction after every assignment. Since in the new system they are graded for the same, they put in their best efforts.’This better equips students to handle real- life situations. Not only have they polished their research and analytical skills with their project making, but also acquired and honed their communication skills with class presentations. Also, corporate exposure adds manifold to their knowledge,’says Mayank Bhatt, visiting BMM faculty at MK College.
While students enjoy class projects, the pedagogy definitely takes precedence.’It is in the way a professor teaches. If he is interesting, we dont mind listening endlessly and then saving energy for brainstorming for projects after. On the other hand, if the class does not interest us, we spend our time messaging each other on our Blackberry phones,’quips BBA student Meenakshi Gupta.