Engineeringeducation in India must strive to achieve the joy of learning and theconfidence in a student to withstand the contemporary challenges the societywill throw on them after graduation in the same order of priority. Moststudents who enrol into engineering education, especially in country like Indiado not take it up as a choice but are compelled to be a part of it. The majorchallenge for an engineering teacher is to brighten up these students with thejoy of learning. The competitiveness and its related attributes willautomatically fall in place and make them global leaders.I work towardsthis by making my content and delivery indulge the necessary inquisitives amongmy students. I always reflect upon if my students left the class with a prideof learning.
The attachment one obtains to their courses will make themcomeback and practice tougher problems and help peers who lag. This will alsolet them free from the classroom boundaries and give them space to spread thelearning across time and location thus making them life long learners withvaried transferable skills thus ensuring them to become leaders to reckon.My successthrough my efforts is something that I do not take for granted even repeatedlyteaching the same course for umpteen years because each generation that goespast brings in variety of changes in their learning styles and personalitytraits thus pushing me harder to reinvent myself each time with innovativestrategies. In the current semester I am planning to enhance myself in areaslike gamification and project-based teaching both of which suit my ideology ofdeveloping inquisitiveness while teaching.
Gamification, with the currentavailability of various e-learning and digital tools/software, has been a boonand a challenge. Catering to the thoughts of full class of students brings upvarious strategies to be implemented in a game which then becomes quitedifficult to build. Whilst technical difficulties being a major hurdle, theamount of time to be spent on them is also equally daunting.I take up specificcertification courses and attend conferences in the domain of gamification andhave been dedicating around 10 hours a week in learning the technology behindthe act.
I see fruitful results when my class of students complete a task aheadof their classwork and wait for me to give them more challenging assessments.The flipped model of teaching especially demands more such gamified assessmentsto ensure student participation prior to a class. The whole task of creatinggamified assessments is incomplete without good amount of feedback at everywrong step taken by the student through the activity. This helps me prepare forthe class with a proactive questionnaire and its ready-made solutions.My short-termgoal is to be a well-versed digital teacher equipped deftly in all toolsnecessary to create an environment where students take up self/peer learningthemselves and come to the class with inquisitiveness leading to inquiry-basedlearning.
My long-term goal is to transform myself into a learning consultantto be able to cater to millennial students with varied learning styles andchallenges.