Role of Modern Curriculum, Teaching, & Fair Assessment in Quality Education

Education leads from darkness of illiteracy to brightness of intellect. Education is the right of a human being in the world which is required to develop all of their attributes and skills to achieve their potential as human beings and members of society. In all aspects of the surrounding education community, the focus is on learning which strengthens the capabilities of human being to act progressively on their own behalf through the acquisition of relevant knowledge, useful skills and appropriate attitudes; and which creates emotions of safety, security and healthy interaction in the human. Best universities in Rajasthan like JK Lakshmipat University help learners develop creatively and emotionally and acquire the skills, knowledge, values and attitudes necessary for responsible, active and productive citizenship. How well education achieves these outcomes is important to those who use it. Modern curriculum, teaching, and fair assessment have an important role to inculcate the quality education in learners.

Curriculum is a systematic and intended packaging of competencies (i.e. knowledge, skills and attitudes that are underpinned by values) that learners should acquire through organized learning experiences both in formal and non-formal settings. A noble curriculum plays an important role to the development of thinking skills and the acquisition of relevant knowledge that learners need to apply in the context of their studies, daily life and careers. The curriculum which is to be offered to the students has to be developed by a team consisting renowned academicians and industry inputs so that curriculum can be prepared based on latest requirement of the industries/market. The curriculum should comprise three major components in a justified proportion i.e. theory, practical and projects for acquiring conceptual knowledge & understanding, practice and development the skills in students. Seeing the various contemporary issues and challenges emerging in the field of modern education, interdisciplinary courses should be incorporated in the curriculum for the overall development of the student.

Not only curricular development, major emphasis should also be given on effective transaction of curriculum in any educational program. The main responsibility of the curriculum transaction lies on the teachers and trainers who may use different types of pedagogies to create a nice academic environment in the institution and students can be benefited in gaining knowledge and developing skills as per industry demand. Curriculum is implemented by teachers, and depends moreover on the quality of teaching and learning strategies, learning materials and assessment. Quality education should not be regarded as a process of consumption, but as a process of interaction between teachers and students. A wide range of teaching techniques is used in institutions. The set of teaching techniques strongly depends on the instructional form of education. Apart from the ubiquitous lecture, the additional consultation teaching elements may be Seminar (small group teaching), Tutorials, Research seminar, Exercise classes or courses, Workshops (classroom based practical classes), Problem-solving sessions, Laboratory teaching, Demonstration classes, Placement (internship/traineeship), Work based practice, Fieldwork, Online / Distance or e-learning. Use of teaching elements depends on the focus of the teaching and the intended learning outcomes for the students.

To complete the cycle of learning one must also look at how students’ achievement of learning outcomes is assessed. Good assessment information provides accurate estimates of student performance and enables teachers or other decision makers to make appropriate decisions. Effective assessment of learning requires that teachers provide a rationale for undertaking a particular assessment of learning at a particular point in time, clear descriptions of the intended learning, processes that make it possible for students to demonstrate their competence and skill, a range of alternative mechanisms for assessing the same outcomes, transparent approaches to interpretation, descriptions of the assessment process. In assessment of learning, the methods chosen need to address the intended curriculum outcomes and the continuum of learning that is required to reach the outcomes. The methods must allow all students to show their understanding and produce sufficient information to support credible and defensible statements about the nature and quality of their learning. Assessment of learning methods include not only tests and examinations, but also a rich variety of products and demonstrations of learning—portfolios, exhibitions, performances, presentations, simulations, multimedia projects, and a variety of other written, oral, and visual methods.

There are very few top institutions like JK Lakshmipat University, Jaipur which are very focused and committed to provide quality education in India in the field of Engineering and Management for building technocrats and leaders of tomorrow. JK Lakshmipat University has been promoted by the JK Organization with the vision “Education is education for life. JK Lakshmipat University offers various programmes in Engineering and Management with modern curriculum which is designed to enrich the students with the knowledge and relevant skills to prepare them not only to face the contemporary world but also to make them future ready to perform the leadership roles assigned to them effectively. The curriculum consists of compulsory/core and elective courses. The core course package provides students with the foundation of Engineering/Business. Elective courses, on the other hand, are offered with an option to specialize in an area. The curriculum provides for high weightage on internship to develop employable professionals with the cooperation of business and industry. The variety of teaching pedagogical methods are used at the University for effective transaction of curriculum i.e. lecture, problem solving exercises, workshops, laboratory teaching, demonstration classes, practice school (internship/traineeship), case study and field work/project work. These methods are supplemented and complemented by role-plays, simulations, tutorial/syndicate discussions, etc. The actual mix varies with the nature of a course. The carefully chosen pedagogy at JKLU is aimed at the overall development of a student as a person. The University follows continuous evaluation approach at par with leading institutes in the country. The learning of the students is assessed through session assignments, quizzes, weekly tests, minor and major tests at the middle and end of each semester, and a holistic view is taken of all these inputs for awarding the final Grade. The author wishes you all the best for choosing the best institute meant for “Quality Education for Life”.

About the Author:

Dr. Vipin Kumar Jain Dr. Vipin Kumar Jain received his Master’s Degree from Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University, Agra. Further, he obtained his M.Phil and Doctoral Degrees in Physics from the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. He has over 12 years of teaching, research, and administrative experience. Dr. Jain’s current areas of research interest include Opto-electronic properties of thin films, Transparent Conducting Oxides (TCO) thin films, Nano Science and Nanotechnology.