RAM DEVI JINDAL GROUP OF PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTIONS (RDJ) delivers curriculum using an innovative “blended approach” that includes development of programmes and courses based on industry and academics inputs, classroom teaching coupled with, application based pedagogy, continuous assessment, organized feedback from students and further improvisation of teaching techniques. Theory with practical application is the main focus on which the pedagogical approaches of RDJ depend. The teaching methods followed by the Institute are very innovative including maximum practical exposure and are dynamic enough to motivate the students participate in them with full enthusiasm and enable higher retention of the course content, thus making the programmes overall more effective. Every teaching department has well defined objectives which collaboratively work towards a single goal of imparting quality education to the students and inculcating in them the desired skill set and knowledge required by the industry. The departments ensure that the students are provided with infrastructure, technology and equipment required to carry on the teaching process in a more synchronized manner the teaching methods adopted are well in consonance with the industry needs and are updated on a regular basis hands on experience in the respective fields is provided to the students in the form of field visits, trips, national tours, etc the skills and knowledge of the teachers are upgraded regularly to make them well verse with the latest industry trends so that they can impart knowledge of latest trends and techniques to the students. Some of the Classroom teaching methods adopted to enhance best of the practices and help students to derive the best of the learning from their programmes and courses are:
Case Based Teaching
This method of teaching is devised to facilitate the students to relate theory with the real world. The suitable cases to clarify the concepts learnt by the student are given to students well in advance to come prepared with case analysis to be discussed in the class. The discussion held for the case-studies in the class encourages students to apply the concepts learnt, for problem solving/ decision making in the face of reality and develops the interpersonal skills necessary for putting one’s point forward.
Group discussions are conducted by the Institute among the students to increase awareness of the world wide events and their effects and also to enhance interpersonal skills – the ability to either convince others or get convinced. During this activity, the students are expected to well prepared about the topic, to abide by the norms during the discussion and also to respond to the feedback with a more logical and assertive approach.
This technique helps in linking the concepts with their applications in the professional field. This also helps to replicate a real world situation in a class room setting through various modes like role plays and software based modeling. Such activities link the concepts learnt by the students to their application in the professional field. During this activity, the students imagine themselves in the decision making situation and act accordingly using all the available data and theoretical models.
Presentations, Video Films and Demonstration of Models, Equipment and Processes
The Institute understands that the future professionals need to be well versed in every minute aspect of corporate world. With the concern to develop clarity of thought and confidence for addressing the public, along with other presentation skills in the students, an activity is devised where the students give presentations during their class hours. A date-wise schedule of the topics to be presented by the students is prepared by the teachers, so that the students can prepare their topics well in time. To keep up students interest and to facilitate better understanding of processes, an appropriate video related to a process / situation is chosen and later on a discussion around it is initiated by the teachers.
The teachers use Slide Shows as teaching aids to employ visual mode for flow charts, diagrams, animations etc, for the better comprehension and retention.
Brainstorming is used as an important pedagogical tool as it is a process for developing creative solutions to problems. It works by focusing on a problem, and then deliberately coming up with as many solutions as possible and by pushing the ideas as far as possible.
This technique helps the students to Think creatively and voice ideas, without fear of criticism or ridicule.Explore an issue multi-dimensionally. Shoot a problem and solicit ideas irrespective of their feasibility. Discuss the pros and cons of the ideas, find the possible solutions to the problems, if any, and come up with a proposal backing the idea.