QEEE Feedback Session on Phase VIII
23rd December 2017
A Feedback Session of QEEE Coordinators was held on 23rd December, 2017 in the ADI Seminar Hall at IIT Madras. It was aimed at gathering colleges’ views/comments about the Phase VIII QEEE Program and to get the feedback about the new changes made for the Phase IX. Ms. Monu Singh represented Dronacharya Group of Institutions, Greater Noida in the Feedback Session.
The meeting started with a welcome note by Ms. Akhila Vijayakumar, QEEE Coordinator – IITM, who welcomed all the coordinators and thanked them for taking time out and attending the session at IITM.
Continuing with the session, Ms. Akhila, highlighted the QEEE - D2S progress at different centers. Her focus was on QEEE Minors and Project Activity sessions which was introduced for the first time in Phase VIII with an objective to help students understand their subjects better through Project Based Learning and in the process increase their placement potential. She also pointed out that there has been a significant rise in the registration but still the number of students getting certificate was less as compared to registrations.
Prof. Venkatesh T.G., Faculty IIT Madras, suggested that the colleges should register for Project Based courses. He said that QEEE-D2S emphasizes on Practicals. Therefore a Faculty Training would be conducted for QEEE Minors to improve enrollments. He said that on few occasions he felt unconnected during the QEEE Sessions when there were no or very little interactions. He urged all colleges to come up with queries during the sessions and make use of the opportunity being provided through QEEE.
Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Chairman QEEE, joined the meeting for a shortwhile. He welcomed all the coordinators and said that though QEEE’s “Direct to Student (D2S)” program has been successful due to the committed Heads of the participating Colleges.
Giving an overview of Phase IX, Ms.Akhila said that besides 1.QEEE Regular and 2.QEEE Minors few other categories of courses are being introduced in Phase IX, i.e.,
1.QEEE Faculty Training 2.NPTEL Regular 3.NPTEL Faculty Training
QEEE Faculty Training Courses
The local faculty will be trained in these courses by IIT Faculty (2 hrs) so that the local faculty can re-run these courses to the students at their convenient schedule. Students to take the proctored quiz and assignments to be eligible for certificates from QEEE.
NPTEL Regular Courses
These courses will be offered by NPTEL. A Q&A live session will be offered by respective IIT Faculty during the middle of the course. Students can take NPTEL proctored examination(paid) as per given dates to get NPTEL certificate or QEEE proctored quiz (in Coursepack) to get QEEE certificate
NPTEL Faculty Training Courses
These courses will be offered by NPTEL. The local faculty will be trained in these courses by IIT Faculty (2 hrs) so that the local faculty can re-run these courses to the students at their convenient schedule. Students to take the proctored quiz and assignments to be eligible for certificates from QEEE
During the feedback session more than 15 colleges expressed their views regarding their concern related to QEEE sessions. The two issues related to the timing (particularly 2nd half) of the session and technical issue related to unavailability of the video or audio signal were raised in the session. Both the issues were noted for further review and corrective action. Other issue raised was related to the Course Pack Rerun. Ms.Monu Singh suggested for an Interactive Session for the Rerun Courses, since no direct interaction with IIT Faculty makes the students lose interest. One of the QEEE Coordinator suggested that SMS notification for rescheduling and other information should be initiated.
Prof. Andrew Thangaraj, NPTEL Coordinator-IIT Madras, also joined the session. He talked about NPTEL, an MHRD initiative, and informed that few of the NPTEL courses will be shown through QEEE Channel, the list of which would be shared soon. He said that a methodology was being worked out to merge NPTEL with QEEE.
The workshop concluded with informal interactions.