June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Educational Research and Methods
Micro–Project: A Curricular Reform in Maharashtra State, India
Key words: Micro–project, Competency-focused Outcome-Based Curriculum (OBC), course outcomes (COs), skills, assessment, portfolio.
This ‘evidence-based practice' paper relates to an innovation in engineering education programs in the Western region of India. It endeavors to discuss the concept, design, implementation and evaluation of the micro–project, the one of its kind innovation introduced for the first time in the Indian engineering education system. The curricula of Indian education systems in general, and Indian engineering education system in particular, have often been criticized for the lack of provision of sufficient practical work and experiential learning which is much required to prepare the students for the world-of-work. They often do not get opportunities to work in real life or near-to-real life situations, apart from their final year major projects. To minimize this deficiency, the authors evolved a ‘Competency–Focused Outcome–Based Curriculum’ model for engineering education programs. This new curriculum model is implemented for the first time in 17 different engineering diploma programs, which is being offered simultaneously in over 452 polytechnic colleges geographically spread out across the whole state of Maharashtra in the Western part of India, where more than 75,000 students are assessed every semester. Apart from other innovations introduced in this curriculum model, the most significant one i.e. ‘micro–project’, is being discussed in this paper. This micro–project is embedded in each course of all the 17 engineering diploma programs. As there are about 30 courses in a normal three-year program, every student gets opportunities to work in about 30 different groups for undertaking 30 different micro–projects depending upon the elective courses being chosen by him or her. With continuous feedback from the teachers, every student has to generate a micro–project report (apart from the model/product) at end of each course which serves as an indirect tool to assess the attainment of the course outcomes and competency of the respective course. As the students progress through the different courses of the respective engineering programs, they get ample opportunities to integrate different types of skills-sets very much required by the industry, thereby enhancing their employability levels.
Earnest, J., & Gupta, S. K., & Mathew, S. S., & Joshua, S. R. (2019, June), Micro-project: A Curricular Reform in Maharashtra State, India Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/33104
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