Pedagogical Initiatives

Pedagogical Initiatives:

  • Making the students understand the concept/principles/ theory / problems during one hour lecture in the classroom keeping in view various cognitive levels of learning like, remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, synthesis, evaluation and creativity.   This helps in enriching the quality of teaching on one hand and leads students towards fast learning in the classroom environment on the other hand.
  • Inspiring the students through the examples of legendary persons like Sir.M.Visvesvaraya, quoting of their life time contributions from the newspaper articles.
  • Motivating the students by helping them to improve their personal management skills like 4Cs viz., communication, collaborative learning, creativity and critical thinking.
  • Using NPTL videos and Open source courseware for improved and effective delivery of course contents.
  • Using simple models to demonstrate the principles of mechanics.  For example, the hinges of the door of a class room can readily demonstrate the mechanism of hinged support.  The door can be rotated on hinges by applying the force perpendicular to it.  It can be shown that farther the point of application of the force from hinges, lesser will be the force required, thus delivering the idea of a moment as the product of force and distance effectively. The piece of chalk can be used to demonstrate the failure in single plane shear and double plane shear by holding it between the fingers appropriately and breaking it.
  • Using ICT tools such as AUTOCAD, StaddPro, Matlab, NISA, Etabs, GIS , E-Surveying software,  virtual labs shared with NIT Karnataka, films from Youtube and standard videos etc to help quick learning.
  • Using a duster, the concept of a simply supported beam, a cantilever, bending theory, orientation of a beam for enhancing moment of resistance can be explained.  A chalk can be used to show a concentrated load. Again a duster can be employed to explain the concept of a uniformly distributed load.
  • A series of chalks kept parallel can be used to deliver the concept of a roller support by supporting the duster on it.
  • A thin blade can be used to show the effects of vibration on an upright cantilever by supporting a mass at its end.

Lecture method and Interactive learning:

  • The faculty use chalk and board and audio visual aids in teaching. Students are also encouraged to actively interact during the lecture hour. Further, a visit to site will clarify the doubts if any.

Project-based learning:

  • During the Survey Camp in 6th semester and project work in 8th semester, students are exposed to real time situations and project works are identified to encourage industry-institute-interaction.

Computer-assisted learning:

  • The students are encouraged to make use of computational facility available in the department and learn the internet based resources. This concept gains momentum during the project phase.