To become Engineers, is the first choice of many students in our country. However, there are comparatively very few research studies accessible on it. There is a need for more and more research studies on engineering education, which helps in providing proper feedback and fair assessment. It makes the students ready for real industry work.
The study was conducted by two renowned minds from IIT Madras, NP Subheesh, Research Scholar, and Dr. Satya Sundar Sethy, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. It focused on deriving efficient assessment methods which can increase the learning in engineering courses. It will place a huge role in transforming our future engineers.
When earlier this year the New Education Policy was passed, questions were raised on the accuracy of the assessment methods. The processes were updated in schools and higher education.
LACK OF TRAINED FACULTY MEMBERS
There is a dearth of proper training being provided to the engineering faculty before they start to teach. It clearly states that the faculty learns it on the job.
Addressing the issue Dr. Sethy said that the faculty of engineering should be given access to the ‘Teacher Training program for Engineers’ in the starting phase of their careers. The benefits for the faculty include new methods to teach a course, assessing the performance of the students, giving proper feedback and strategies to motivate them to learn more. The professors can learn it from educational experts and can derive their efficient methods.
ADVANTAGE FOR THE ENGINEERING FACULTY
While speaking to India Today, Dr. Sethi said that the study will be extremely beneficial for the faculty members as they will learn different types of assessment practices. It will improve their teaching methodology and will be good for the students.
These practices will be helpful for students to explore the strengths and weaknesses of a subject. It will make them better learners for tomorrow. The paper highlights an interesting connection between the evaluation, assessment, and grading students’ performance especially in educational settings.
It provides a scope of improvement for the teachers. He added that the paper would be available across IITs, NITs, IIITs among other engineering colleges. It will boost quality education in the institutions.
In the renowned peer-reviewed journal, EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education, this research paper was published.
Assessment methods for engineers
Formative and Summative are the two types of assessment methods. The former deals with conversational feedback and the latter work with numerical marks and grades.
Further, the assessment is also carried out in 2 ways, namely, Norm-referenced assessment and secondly Criterion-referenced assessment. The first caters to comparing the performance of one student with another and the latter deals with analyzing the performance by judging the learning outcomes.
Choosing the best assessment practice
On close study and analysis, it concluded that criterion-referenced assessment practice is a better option as it eliminates the issues of subjective judgment.
IIT Madras added that the norm-referenced method is filled with bias. Moreover, formative assessment ensures proper feedback. It makes sure that the learning outcome is fruitful and satisfactory.
Check out the difference between three terms evaluation, assessment, and grading
Assessment deals with marks and qualitative feedback, both. Whereas evaluation is identified with scores/marks and on the other hand grading sums up the evaluations into a single number or course.
The researches aim to build a research-based standard framework that covers assessment and feedback methods. It will focus on engineering colleges in our country.
For this project, data is collected from IITs and NITs. It’s been done by physically visiting more than 600 faculty members. It’s said that the results will be published soon.
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