(ONB103) Paradigm Shift in Education and Learning in the 21st century

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    Prof. Arvind Kudchadker,
    Professor Emeritus IIT Bombay
    Course Title: Paradigm Shift in Education and Learning in the 21st century

    Instructor: Prof. Arvind Kudchadker, Professor Emeritus IIT Bombay & Founder Director of Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information Technology, & Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar

    Credit:  One credit, 15 hours course

    Period: August 26th – September 6th, 2013.

    Time & Days:  Tentative 3:30 -5:00 pm (Monday- Friday)


    Consider a possible recipe for a typical 55min involvement of participants in a class (typical lecture duration) using the active learning approach, assuming that the attention span of today’s student is about 15min:

    (i)      initiate the class with a ‘lecturette’ of say 10-15min, introducing what is expected to be learnt by the participants,  some examples and problems, clarifying major concepts, etc. (it is assumed that participants have been provided with the ‘course file’ with details of material to be discussed in each class, learning objectives and outcomes);

    (ii)   team assignment (teams of 5 students each for a class of 30 students) for 10min;

    (iii) student-initiated discussion involving a few randomly chosen teams for 10min;

    (iv)  another ‘lecturette’ of 10min;

    (v)    a situation/ problem for discussion

    (vi)  home assignment

    Such a combination of instruction and discussion involving student teams will bring in better participation of students and be more effective for learning. The responsibility of the instructor is to see that everybody is given an opportunity to learn and that every attempt would be made that she/ he will attain at least a minimum of competence in the subject.

    Venue: Goa University

    Objective: To generate a model for teaching that incorporates and integrates student-centric active learning, , critical thinking, analysis, synthesis and systems thinking, problem-solving, and multidisciplinary approach, guide-on-the-side, through  collaborative team working, self-learning, effective communications & discussions, using modern technology, excellent audio, video, & internet facilities, and ‘bringing people to learning’ as well as ‘taking learning to people’. An ‘Extended – Classroom model for imparting learning to larger clientele will be tested for its efficacy and a suitable sustainable model developed.


    1. Critical thinking and problem solving ability (problem identification, problem definition, analysis, synthesis, solution with systems approach), effective communication skills & team working.
    2. Better and more suitable teaching & learning model suitable from KG to PG for the present internet savvy generation.
    3.  Superior student evaluation process that tests student ability to identify, analyze, synthesize, and solve real-life problems.
    4.  Extended-classroom model for ‘reach and richness’ for India’s  huge population, especially in rural areas.
    5. Case studies and reports prepared by participants (students & faculty).