It’s an immense pleasure to share my experiences and faculty experiences of our ECE Dept during this lockdown period.
In the initial stage of lockdown, we only used WhatsApp, phone calls for communicating with the students to clarify doubts, giving assignments & materials. We hardly got a response through the students in rural areas due to their non-availability of online resources. Finally, a few students used to respond to it in the initial days.
Vedic helped the faculty to use additional online tools like Google Classroom, Google forms, TTT Tools which created more interest and participation from the students. Some of the faculty used to zoom, WhatsApp video to teach students. The faculty gave weekly schedules for all subjects. This approach gradually increased the number of students communicating with faculty. Now almost all students got used to these available online platforms. Not only giving assignments, notes, clarifying doubts but also our faculty-guided students to do online courses like CISCO and motivated them for their future. This experience made us to realize that online teaching created more interest in students, reduced communication barriers between student and faculty, and less time taking in explaining things. More students raised their voices and doubts than in class. Apart from all these, some of the problems we faced with students are lack of smartphones from the students, unable to use it though having it, internet connection problems especially students in rural areas.
In addition to that the management always gave mental and moral support to all faculty. My heartful thanks to our beloved Chairman sir, Vice-Chairman sir, Director sir who stood behind us in overcoming this pandemic situation. In this period we are doing online courses which are helping us to improve ourselves for better teaching and better communication. This is a time we also thought about the way we teach, we speak and kind of approach to be with students. This lockdown period gave us time to think about our upcoming students to give the best possible way to connect with them & improve their knowledge by using some of these online methods. We are all able to make some of the changes in teaching from our drawbacks. I hope we can get better output from students by using these methods and also by the way we teach.