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N. Sharma, Rajendra STUDENT LEARNING GOING THROUGH A METAMORPHOSIS. The 6th Saudi Engineering Conference, KFUPM, Dhahran, December 2002.



In the classical mode of learning, the student is the center of attention and tutoring is the preferred mode of teaching. The onus of learning remains with the students. From the sixties onwards, in our technology-driven society, learning, and education were geared towards performance, demanding rewards. Administration commenced using students’ ratings for faculty promotions, salary adjustment, and tenure etc. This generated the problem of Grade Inflation, which is easy to feel but is difficult to prove. It is equally difficult to decipher the learning curve since a Gaussian distribution imposed on the grades profile camouflages the real learning trends of the students. It is postulated that a complex interaction of the instructor’s desire to get good ratings, of the student’s desire to get a good grade and of the administration’s intent to use the ratings, produces a formula-plugging approach to course learning. This needs to be broken. Teaching should be left to the teacher and the taught that could with mutual discussion upgrade the learning process. Non-intervention of the administration enables the instructor towards more innovative and analysis oriented course delivery and its comprehension. The students are once more responsible to learn. This is an interim arrangement. Ultimately computers and Internet shall strongly influence the classroom learning. Student surveys will then become outdated and redundant. Monitoring assessment will still be needed. Local strategies or Outcome assessment portfolios with feed back control can be used.

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Creators:N. Sharma, Rajendra
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