In response to one of the biggest questions in higher education which has been difficult for many Institutions to answer since the start of this pandemic, Vadodara based Parul University has found a way to conduct practical lectures while the students are at home.
As a way of catering for the academic needs of its students, while they learn from home, Parul University has been reinventing and renovating its digital teaching practices to make room for practicals.
The University has taken the initiative of recording a series of essential lab experiments and workshops which are designed to provide the students with an engaging learning experience. From the start of this pandemic, it has been constantly making efforts to ensure that their students continue having a comprehensive learning experience.
To ensure the success of this initiative, the University has been investing in resources designed to equip its faculties with the ability to conduct these practical lectures for the students. Some of the resources include high resolution recording devices, movable stands, and specific microphones, all designed to ensure the highest form of quality in the recordings.
These practical lecture recordings have been being provided in real-time while the students are present for the lectures and where they get to interact and get clarifications with their lecturers. For the convenience of the students, the University has also been creating a digital practical database, which the students can access from place at any time.
The University’s wide range of programs such as Engineering, Medicine, Pharmacy, Applied Sciences, and Computer Science specialisations in Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things, have created a demand for these practical lecture recordings.
Through these constant practical engagements, Parul University has made it possible for its students to participate in hackathons where they have gotten to express their innovative skills even while they are home. The students have taken part in a series of SSIP’s Student Open Innovation challenges where they have been recipients of grants of upto 20 lacs.
Through its teachers training cell, the University has also been conducting extensive capacity building sessions for the faculties to develop within them apt digital skills, further enhancing their abilities. “With online education being in place for both our current students and our new admissions, we made provisions to ensure that our students do not stop learning and continue getting the same exposure as they would get if they were in the classroom, in other words we are bringing their classroom and their laboratories to their homes,” said the University’s Vice President, Dr Parul Patel.