Quality Enhancement
in Engineering
Education (QEEE)
Program Concept & Phase I Overview
July 16, 2014, New Delhi
Indian Education:
Quantity, Equity, Quality
• Rapid expansion in number of schools / colleges /
technical education
• RTE, Affirmative action, accessibility – near equal
opportunities to all across demographics
• What about Quality?
What about Quality??
Rapid growth in
numbers not
matched by quality
 Infrastructure
 Quality faculty
Lack of quality has led to:
 Less equipped graduates who
are not employable
 Students aspiring to study
further go abroad – ‘Brain
Drain’
Can ICT be leveraged in making in improving quality in education
available to all and bridge the gap between demand and supply?
Quality Enhancement in Engineering
Education(QEEE)
• MHRD Committee set up in February 2013 under the chairmanship of
Prof Ashok Jhunjhunwala
• Broadbased committee consisting of members from government, academia and
industry
• Objective - suggest comprehensive reforms to improve quality of
engineering education being delivered to students across the country
• Proposed intervention across 3 areas:
• Direct – to – Student
• Teacher training: Comprehensive ten year plan for
teacher training
(pedagogy
Designed
and implemented
and subject) and certification
at IIT Madras
• Policy changes focusing on governance, transparency, autonomy, accreditation
• [email protected]
Design of D2S recognizes Global
eLearning Trends
Advantages of ICT in education have been recognized globally:
• Taking limited resources – teachers, quality learning
material etc. to many
• Enabling different pedagogical methods – video, animation,
2D/3D viewing, games, simulations…
• Enabling individualized any-time, any-where learning
• Interactive and two-way learning process
QEEE’s D2S designed to incorporate all the above advantages
but aims at supplementing and empowering the local
resources / teachers, rather than replacing them
D2S Methodology
Designed as distinct modules to cover all aspects
of engineering education
LIVE CLASSES
 15 lectures (1/3rd of a course) delivered live from IIT Studio to 100
classrooms simultaneously
 Faculty can use teaching aides like video, screen share, whiteboard; or
simply use the blackboard
 2-way interaction made possible by suitable hardware / software
Institute
Server
NKN
Central Server
at IITM
Institute
Server
Institute
Server
Students&
Local
Faculty
D2S Methodology
Live Classes - Delivery
IGNOU
At the college
DTH
Live Class from IIT
Recording
Institute
Server
Set top box
Moderator Laptop
Central server
hosted at IIT
Madras
Classroom at Engg. college
with two screens
D2S Methodology
TUTORIALS
 Remote tutor or local tutor can conduct private sessions for a
batch of 30 students
 Synced with Live Class – Problem solving emphasized
 In case of remote tutor, software and infra communication
used for conducting online sessions
Broadband
Institute Server
Remote Tutor
Students&
Local Faculty
D2S Methodology
LABS
 Simulation based / remote trigger labs implemented at multiple
colleges simultaneously by remote tutors
 Remote tutor logs in to facilitate labs in the participating college
Broadband
Institute Server
Remote
Tutor
College: 2
College: 3
College 1:
Students&
Local Faculty
D2S Methodology
MOOC
 Similar to MOOC offered
by MIT, Coursera
 Live intervention through
3 to 4 live sessions
 Proctored exams and
grading
BRIDGE COURSES
 Training on noncurriculum courses
 Make students industry
ready / employable
D2S Methodology
Delivery through infrastructure
specially designed and setup
LOAL COLLEGE
IITM
HARDWARE
SOFTWARE
 Redundant heavy duty servers
with adequate bandwidth on
NKN
 Live class delivery in
partnership with AVIEW,
Amrita
 Monitoring and Management
 Server with requird bandwidth
to connect to IITM server,
 classroom with 2 projectors,
screens, AV/ recording devices
 Dedicated computer /
headphones per student for labs
/ tutorials
 Web based interface for
delivering moduls developed at
IITM
 Software for video interaction,
quiz etc. developed at IITM
Pilot implementation of D2S
undertaken Jan – Apr 2014
12 Live Courses
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
Comp Arch and Org
EM Fields
Probability and Statistics
Linear Algebra
Comp Methods in TFE
Engg ThermoD
Geotech Analysis
Engg Mech
Engg Flu Mech
Operating Sys
Heat Transfer
Wireless Comm
2 Virtual Labs
1. Digital Signal Processing Lab (IITM)
2. Virtual Smart Structures Lab (IITD)
1 Tutorial
1. Computer Arch & Org
1 MOOCS
Algorithms (MSR, India)
Pilot Planning and
Implementation
• 100 colleges identified based on response to questionnaire
• Website created to serve as link between IITM and local
colleges
• Timetable and infrastructure requirements put up
• Various stakeholders – head, local teachers, system admin, IIT
teachers, tutors etc. orientated at specially designed workshops
• Program Management and Technical support teams put in
place during implementation
• Qualitative and Quantitative feedback collected from all
stakeholders
Pilot Launched on Jan 27 2014
Total # of
Colleges
Registered
# actively
participated
Total # registered
in all courses
# completing
105
73
603
527
• Colleges not ready
with required
infrastructure
• Alignment with
semester start date
• Syllabus mismatch
• Colleges had made it
voluntary for students
• Mismatch with exam
timetable / vacation
• Syllabus mismatch
• Content mismatch with level
Overall Feedback
Stakeholders
Exceeds
Below
# of
# of
av #/
Neutral
expectations expectations
respons college course
(score 3)
(scores 4 or 5) (scores 1 or 2)
QEEE Coordinator
70
70
53%
22%
26%
System Admin
57
57
55%
27%
17%
Local Teachers
56
16
4.3
63%
21%
16%
4570
26
326.4
40%
35%
24%
Students
Detailed Analysis of feedback
Feedback considered stakeholder wise, student wise,
course wise and college wise…
Exceeds expectation
Below Expectation
• Live classes very well received by
colleges
• Core concepts taught by IIT
faculty helped students in GATE
preparation and placement
interviews
• Tutorial module provided handson and problem solving approach
to understanding concepts
• Need the program to offer more
number of courses across
semesters
• Syllabus mismatch – Local faculty
be involved in finalizing course
content
• Start at 9:00 AM instead of 8:00
AM
• Suggested whiteboard /QEEE
software tools be used for lectures
rather than blackboard for better
clarity
• Need for uninterrupted network
connectivity for the smooth
functioning of the program
Early conclusions from Pilot
The D2S modules delivered involved active participation and
engagement.
This eLearning model appears to be well received
Colleges can easily absorb an engagement based model into
their offering as it involves “active” involvement
MHRD Committee gave Mandate to continue for 2 years
and collect, measure and analyse feedback in a more
comprehensive manner over a slightly longer time frame
Areas for improvement have been identified for Phase II (July 2014)
….
Learnings from Phase I
• Implementation issues to be addressed
• 8:00 am too early for start of live lectures
• Mid term break to be introduced for colleges to adjust their internal
teaching schedule and exams
• Strengthen technology
• Platform to be upgraded to enable continued access to content
• Issues with audio / video, connectivity to be addressed - Colleges to be
tested comprehensively for readiness and ratings provided for the same
• Local faculty involvement to be strengthened
• Local faculty to be involved in curriculum planning for the 15 QEEE
sessions
• Increase interaction between local and IIT faculty
• Issues of “standard”, curriculum mismatch can be addressed
Learnings from Phase I cont.
• Ensure commitment from colleges
• Introduce attendance
• Introduce exams based on QEEE coursework
• Ensure Grading from QEEE test are integrated with overall grade
• Rating of colleges on infrastructure setup / extent of participation
• Periodic reviews and college participation reports
• Observers at colleges to assess program acceptance / compliance
• Address specific issues related to difficulty in English based
education
Screenshots from phase I classes
Live Class using White Board
Live Class using Black/Physical Board
Tutorial Session in progress
Phase II
Program & Expectations
Phase II implementation
• Designed as a 2 year program
• Will aim to be a comprehensive and high quality learning
program
• Enhance basket of offerings to give the student multiple and
varied learning options
• IIT faculty and program implementation team to “include”
colleges / faculty as collaborators in program design
• Addresses issues from Phase I as well as focus on
continuous improvements based on feedback
Program modified based on Phase I
feedback…
• Live Classes to start at 9:00 am
• Program to be designed to have a “Mid term break”
between the 15 lectures. This is in order for the colleges to
make adjustments to their teaching and exam schedules.
• Labs and tutorial to be synchronized and offered along with
a select set of live class courses
• Unlike phase I, tutorials to be handled by local faculty with
support from IIT faculty on content and delivery
Increased emphasis on
accountability and compliance
• Student attendance to be made compulsory.
• Local faculty to enter student-wise attendance details at the start of every class
• Observers to be sent to colleges to gauge program “acceptance” and to evaluate
the technical quality of the program received.
• Review meetings to be organized regularly with participant colleges
• College report cards and rating on college participation, interaction, quality of
infra set-up, local faculty involvement, student grades, observer reports
• Overall program feedback as well as course-specific feedback to be made
compulsory. Feedback to be collected across all stakeholders at college.
• QEEE certificates to be awarded to students based on participation and
performance
Increased involvement of colleges in
course design and delivery …
• QEEE live class courses decided based on polling of colleges –
most wanted courses offered
• Local faculty to provide inputs to collaboratively decide the coursework
with the IIT faculty for 15 sessions
• Tutorials to be conducted by local faculty with support from
IIT faculty on content.
• Continuous interaction between local /IIT faculty through forum /
video sessions to be enabled
• Local faculty to be involved in grading/assessment of QEEE
related mid-term and end-term exams
Program Specific Enhancements –
Exams and Grading
Proctored Exams to be introduced as part of every live class
 Mid-term exam (after 8 lectures) to consist of objective type
questions. Evaluation will be system automated.
 End-term exam (After 15 lectures) to be a mix of objective and
subjective questions.
 Answers to subjective questions to be scanned and uploaded question wise
at the college
 To be evaluated by randomly chosen local faculty from other participating
institutes
 answer key and grading strategy provided by the IIT faculty
 Grades from QEEE mid-term and end-term exams to reflect in final
grade of student
Technology upgraded…
 Satellite link to be added for video broadcast in addition to broadband
 Comprehensive testing to ensure colleges are “ready” to receive the program
 Software platform to host a course page for each course. - Lecture notes,
recorded video, assignments, quizzes and forum to be part of the course page
New modules introduced –
Bridge Programs
Two bridge programs being offered
1. Learning Python (In vernacular language)
 9 week long program delivered as 3 hour sessions each on Saturdays
 Offered in 6 Indian languages (Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Oriya, Bengali and
Hindi)
 Sessions to have a dedicated remote tutor logged in to interact with students
from each college through the QEEE software
 Students to also perform exercises on their own in the lab post interactive
sessions
 Quizzes to be conducted as par of course and certificate to be provided based
on performance
New modules introduced –
Bridge Programs cont..
2. Spoken English
 10 week long program delivered as 4 hour sessions each on
Saturdays
 First 2 hours to be interactive with a remote expert delivering the
session similar to the live class model followed by students
performing exercises on their own in class
 In addition to the weekly practice sessions, there will be a preassessment, mid-term and an end-term assessment which will be a
mix of objective and spoken exercises
 Local faculty to be involved in evaluation of spoken exercises
 Based on above assessments certificate to be provided
CII- QEEE program
Industry Bridge – Technology
Trends in Industry
• 15-18 sessions to be delivered by senior industry persons from a
variety of industry sectors including Aerospace, IT, Electronics,
Telecom, Auto, Chemical, Utilities, Consumer durables etc.
•
hosted companies including TCS, CTS, Siemens, Flextronics, Ford, Hyundai, Saint
Gobain, Rolls Royce, Kirloskar, BPCL, ONGC, Cavinkare, etc. and others like
Microsoft
• 2 hour sessions to include a video on technology, talk by the industry
person, panel discussions and extensive interaction with students
•
Aimed at exposing students to these industry sectors
• Ideal for 4th-5th and 6th-7th semester students
MOOC+ module
New modules introduced –
Course Pack
 Digital collection of
Learning material - text, video,
animations, ppt
Evaluation components - quiz,
assignments,
Interactive components - forum,
chat,
Embedded with dictionary and
bookmark support.
 organized chapter-wise / topic wise
 The learning material and evaluation components for a
course are sourced from the IIT Faculty delivering the live class
Offerings for term starting Aug 1
LIVE CLASS
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
Math I (Tut)
Math III (Tut)
Physics (Tut)
Transportation & Traffic
Engg
Analog Circuits
Intro to DB
Mass Transfer
Indus Engg & OR (Tut)
DSP
Machine Design (Tut)
Data Struc & Algo
Chemical Reaction Engg
(Tut)
Smart Struc (Tut)
Software Engg
Fibre Optic Comm (Tut)
LABS
1.
2.
3.
DSP
Smart Structures
Lab
Physics Lab
MOOCs
1. Basic Electric
Circuits, IITM
2. Theoretical
Computer
Science, MSR
BRIDGE &
INDUSTRY BRIDGE
1. Spoken English
2. Learning Python
3. Industry Bridge
sessions from CII
Break up of colleges
Total : 146
Participants from Phase I: 80
New colleges: 66
Teqip:78
Non – Teqip: 68
Geographical
distribution
Roles & Responsibilities
of stakeholders at the
college
Coordinators are ambassadors of
the program at the college…
• Single point of contact for all program related communication
•
•
Ensure that all the colleges are “ready” and “tested” to receive the program
Register college for courses offered
• Integrate the QEEE timetable/schedule into the college’s schedule, to
ensure that there is minimum disruption to students and local
faculty’s academic calendar
•
Identify at least one local faculty for each live class, labs, MOOCs and bridge
program that the college is enrolled for
• Work towards providing weightage for the student’s QEEE grade in
the final grade
• Host the QEEE “observer” who will be assigned for 2-3 days at the
college for collecting feedback
• Ensure that all reports, feedback and other requirements (attendance,
grading, testing etc..) are complied with in a timely manner
• Take necessary action as indicated by the college report cards and
periodic reviews
System Administrators ensure
effective running of the program
• Ensure that the hardware / classroom /
connectivity and QEEE software interface is set
up as specified
• ensure that testing for each QEEE module (h/w & s/w)
in conjunction with the QEEE-IITM team is done well
before start of the classes
• Enrol local faculty, students for the courses opted for
• Ensure testing, software upgrades and sync with
cloud is done whenever indicated
• Train all the users on the QEEE problems, as well as be
the single point contact for any issues related to
hardware and software
Local faculty deliver QEEE at the
college
• Work in collaboration with IIT faculty to finalize content for 15 live
classes
• Integrate the 15 sessions into the overall course as typically offered
by the college
• Conduct the quizzes as specified, as well as participate in the randomized
grading methodology being adopted
• Enter and manage digital attendance records, quiz scores and compliance on
assignment submission, providing feedback etc.
• Integrate Live class marks with grading for the course
• Be the interface between the students and IIT faculty both during
the live class, as well as offline on the forum
• To cover course topics in sync with the Live Class course topics
(handling topics between lectures, covering missed out topics,
replaying recorded videos of unattended live class sessions etc)
Additional responsibility for
tutorial, lab faculty
• Participate in video sessions with IIT faculty before
each lab / tutorial
• Be familiar with the tutorial/ lab experiments, and
ensure students are ready for the class
• Teach the tutorial class, using inputs provided by the
IIT faculty
• Ensure students comply with the requirements of
the tutorial / lab as regards submission of problem
sets, lab records etc.
• Provide support and guidance to students during the
lab sessions
Additional responsibility for
faculty for other modules
Spoken English
• Participate as evaluators for pre, mid and end term spoken
language assessment of students from the college
• Participate in Workshops on assessment methodology and
guidelines to be conducted by bridge program provider
• moderate the sessions and ensure student participation.
Learning Python / Industry-Bridge Sessions
• Facilitate the sessions locally and ensure student attendance
and participation
MOOCs
• Guide students through the program and monitor progress
Contact Us
Website: www.pilot.edureform.iitm.ac.in
Program related quries: [email protected]
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Sys Admin related queries: [email protected]
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