IILM College of Engineering and Technology

Shifting Towards Online Teaching

Rising the complexities in each sector of administration and governance, India has seen a lot of unwanted holidays including pollution break, Ayodhya verdict, CAA, COVID 19 break and many other cases. This has largely affected the routine functioning of schools and colleges across either whole or some parts of the country. In the light of recently happening “COVID – 19” break, where life of every individual is impacted, there is a large demand for the way out. Everybody is concerned for their future. On one side, it is important to stay safe also important is engage yourself in creative things. When the children and the youngsters are staying at home for a long time, they will watch TV, use Internet and play games for unlimited time. This will exhaust their time while not adding any value to their skills and knowledge base. Psychology says that they will get bored with in short period. Rising the complexities in each sector of administration and governance, India has seen a lot of unwanted holidays including pollution break, Ayodhya verdict, CAA, COVID 19 break and many other cases. This has largely affected the routine functioning of schools and colleges across either whole or some parts of the country. In the light of recently happening “COVID – 19” break, where life of every individual is impacted, there is a large demand for the way out. Everybody is concerned for their future. On one side, it is important to stay safe also important is engage yourself in creative things. When the children and the youngsters are staying at home for a long time, they will watch TV, use Internet and play games for unlimited time. This will exhaust their time while not adding any value to their skills and knowledge base. Psychology says that they will get bored with in short period. Ranging from the recent scenario of lockdown to a simple sprained ankle, such things can leave you searching for learning and communication alternatives when going to classroom is not an option. Online teaching is the only possibility that can help the learners to overcome those apprehensions and the feeling of isolation. It can be difficult to get started quickly. With that in mind, here are a few helpful tips. It is quite easy to move your class online without having any problem and a teacher can cover the course. It is quite happening for a teacher to stay connected with the students.

Online Lecture Tools

Live chat (synchronous) – A teacher can, GoToWebinar, Zoom, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams all are applications that allows to lecture live to your students. However, depending on your class size, this may be difficult. For example, Google Meet is a free video-conferencing tool.
However, one can also option plenty of materials from udemy, coursera or similar site and refer their students to go the same.

Additional Tips

Communication is key for many problems, but it is difficult for an instructor to have a large online presence in the digital classroom. It will work on the principle that “The more engaged YOU are, the more engaged your students will be”. These students have become habitual to face-to-face communication. Any habit in this world become with practice only. This “COVID -19” is the promoting the practice of online classes for whenever in the future it is required. With this, you can-

► Send emails multiple times a week—individual and full group.
► Give the message to the students before starting the meeting of your class so that they can join the class without fail.
► Whatever the topic you discuss try to give assignment on the same so that they can understand the topic by practicing also

Although online lecturing can seem intimidating at first, there are many helpful tools available today to help you keep your class going despite those sprained ankles or isolating pandemics.

Dr Rakhi Trivedi,
Associate Professor, Mathematics
Department of Applied Science, IILM CET

How to Make Mathematics Easier and Interesting for Engineering Students?

Mathematics begins when the numbers are put between the equations and at the same time begins the general feeling of disliking among engineering scholars. But the truth is that without mathematics, engineering studies are not possible. Therefore, a prominent engineer should have the acquaintance of not only experiential mathematics but also the conceptual understanding of mathematics.

If the students will have no idea on what the original practical problems actually mean, how can they be expected to recognize the abstractions of those problems (using the formulas)?

Why there is such lack of common understanding in mathematics?

The foremost reason is that in today’s techno-driven scenario, students pay out less time playing outdoors than they used to, in earlier times, hence they develop the poor understanding to the concepts like velocity, acceleration, gears on a bike, and generally how things around them work. So, when we say “Imagine …” students often find it quite hard to visualize what the person is talking about because of their lack of material experience with that concept.
We all know that mathematics is indispensable for the engineering community. The best way to study mathematics is to understand it as a language by describing its physical and chemical laws.

Ways to learn Mathematics-

Many populaces believe that the finest approach to study mathematics is to learn it through- songs, games, narratives or playing etc. but it is not true. Mathematics learning requires orderly tutoring and continuous practice. Another way of saying is- ‘learning by doing’ which is the finest tactics to understand, recognize, learn and master mathematics.

Engineering students should involve themselves in dealing with the practical engineering problems so as to make themselves acquaint and related to their upcoming profession. In the meanwhile, the curriculum should be designed in such a way that the students develop problem-solving, communication and team working skills along with acquiring mathematical knowledge.

To make this subject interesting a teacher should adopt new pedagogies which should build the student’s involvement and interactions in the classroom. The batch can be divided into a few smaller groups and they can be made involved in the task for solving practical engineering problems jointly. In every group, each student should be responsible for the particular task assign to him but must work collectively in the group in order to complete the task.

For the vast majority of students (who will not eventually become mathematicians), it’s more important that they understand the concepts and the process to be used when confronted with different real-world problems. They then should learn how to use computer algebra systems or graphics and even more.
Conclusion-

Every student carries the capability and interest to learn meaningful mathematics. This way learning enriches their current knowledge, intellectual and social experiences and also lays the foundation for their later phase of learning.

Dr. Rakhi Trivedi (Associate Professor)
Department of Applied Sciences
IILMCET, Greater Noida