The pilot phase of this project is primarily meant to be a learning experience for designing and developing an outcome-based curriculum document covering a sample list of core engineering courses at bachelor’s level, in selected disciplines, involving a very large number of eminent faculty members and experts spread across the country. Written in terms of Specific Learning Objectives, following established Learning Taxonomies, an outcome based curriculum document needs to specify not only what courses are to be taught, but why and how such courses are to be taught. Efforts are to be directed at combining domain specific learning objectives with a set of domain independent learning outcomes through innovative learning strategies.
The concept of outcome based education being comparatively new, there is very little expertise in the country in this area. Faculty members and experts likely to be involved in this project are those, who possess considerable domain knowledge, but perhaps, not enough pedagogic expertise and hence will require significant exposure to pedagogic principles before undertaking this difficult assignment.
The real challenge will be in identifying, inducting, motivating faculty members and experts from far and wide, providing adequate information and support to everyone to accomplish the stated objectives in the very limited time frame of the pilot phase of this project. Developing appropriate ICT tools to implement, monitor, coordinate and support the project within a short span of time is likely to prove as challenging as the main task. Although not explicitly stated, this learning experience is an important objective of the pilot phase of the project.
It is hoped that, unlike any past effort, the new curriculum document will reflect a major shift from the currently prevalent teaching learning methodologies, moving away from the traditional teacher-centric approach to largely student-centric approach; combining the strength of face to face teaching with the power of technology enhanced learning, laying emphasis on blended learning, attempting to introduce concepts such as problem based learning and collaborative group learning. The curriculum document is expected to combine the best practices in pedagogy with appropriate e-learning tools to take care of the individual differences amongst learners of various classes and intellectual calibers.
Generation of a comprehensive research review report and spreading awareness about best pedagogic practices amongst a significant number of faculty members are two additional objectives of this pilot project