Understanding the importance of critical and analytical thinking for a student’s career, the Telangana education department takes a step beyond monitoring attendance, punctuality of students and teachers using technology. CCE, Government of Telangana is coming up with a disruptive initiative that keeps a regular check on teaching and learning between teachers and students. T Vijay Kumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Higher Education, Government of Telangana, tells more in an interaction with Sudheer Goutham of Elets News Network (ENN)
Tell us about the initiative that has been taken by the Telangana Commissionerate of Collegiate Education to check on the learning and teaching in the higher education. How the idea was envisaged?
High order thinking and problem solving ing skills are crucial to a student’s career that will help students to go places. In order to bridge the gap between effective learning and teaching in the existing ecosystem of higher education, our team came up with the progress-monitoring tool. Besides the existing monitor solving of attendance, regularity through biometric system, a mobile app will be introduced for the students (As most of the students have mobile phone and other gadgets with them). Periodically, based on the subject and classes covered, the app will automatically generate set of questions every fortnight for the students to answer. We will encourage students to attempt answering the questions that are in objective type format. This will help us update on learning that has happened in the classes. Every fortnight the assessment will be done by a dedicated team that will check for the gaps between the teaching and learning. If learning by students is poor, then we would ensure that staff is trained accordingly for effective teaching and other necessary steps. This will also help in engaging students in establishing and tracking personalized learning goals and objectives. Our team would help in setting objectives and providing feedback.
How are the questions generated in the progress monitoring app please explain?
Question bank is uploaded in the server and based on the subject that is covered in class, the system will generate questions that will be available on the Mobile App. Every student, with the mobile app, will get a different set of questions from others in the class.
What is the current status of this initiative?
To begin with, the project will be taken up as a pilot in the government degree colleges to capture the level of learning among the students of a class. It will also help in assessing the workload to the teaching and non-teaching staff and get feedback from the stake holders. There are a total of 1131 government, private, private-aided and university degree colleges in Telangana state. Of the total, 130 are government degree colleges.
Will you make this progress monitoring tool a mandate in the private colleges too?
We have created the tool that will be developed further and shared with the universities, which will ultimately take the call. We will engage the universities for hands on training to use the tool.
What is the cost that involves in implementing the initiative in each college?
It is a cloud-based initiative which doesn’t involve much cost for colleges