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Overview

University Innovation Fellows Spring 2017 Pitch Video

Strategy 1: Peer teaching sessions

This idea is all about creating a beautiful platform for the students to enlighten and bring out the innovative thinking ability in them, and at the same time to effectively express their idea. We believe that peer Teaching is the best way to make this happen. We already have peer teaching classes going on in our daily classroom schedule. But the activities are not being executed in the way they are to be done. This might be due to the fact that students have an unnerving feel as they think they were forced to participate in the activities which might seem boring to them. So, changing the way these activities happen inside a classroom that students might be interested in, can help them grab opportunity to work in a team and learn something that would improve their knowledge.

How PT can be interesting:

  1. Instead of facuty, students from senior classes may be designated to lead the classes
  2. Maximum strength of each peer teaching session must be limited to 20.
  3. At initial stages, group discussion with 4–5 students each group may be experiemented. This might help them to overcome their fear of public speaking at the initial stages.
  4. To avoid monotony, different activites many planned from session to session.

Possible issues:

  • As seniors are assigned as mentors to freshmen, they might not mingle in the team.
  • Availability of senior students who can effectively lead the sessions might be a problem.
  • Students might not want to participate in a team all of a sudden.

Hope of solving these issues

Faculty members mentor seniors, helping them solve the issues with the freshmen. Seniors to be awarded credits for their commitment to peer teaching sessions. Feedback from the members of a team lead by that senior, may fetch him/her credits. This puts senior students in their path as they help peers to participate in the activities.

I&E ecosystem via PT

Student Collaboration 

In these sessions, students meet their fellows more personally. They talk to each other, and we believe that this is the initial stage of innovative mindset, such ecosystem can be developed across the campus. This helps students to understand the resources on campus.

Grabbing every opportunity

Participating in a team activity develops thought process that helps a student to know what interests him/her. Thus, they come to know what all opportunities they have at the moment. With the help of their team lead or the assigned senior, they can connect to the right way to grab an opportunity.

Connecting to campus resources

By collaborating with seniors and thereby faculty, students will get to know resources that the college has to offer them. Knowing the availability of resources, students will think of using them for their own growth leading to innovation & entrepreneurship.

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Strategy 2 : Technology, Entertainment, Design Club

A TED-Ed club in the college is a great way to boost the communivation skills, and as well as let students know about the trending technologies. The effect of laughter on someone who’s sad. The danger and excitement of dirt biking. The reason human beings need so much sleep. The thought of infinity.

Through TED-Ed Clubs, students — with the help of an adult facilitator — identify and research the ideas that matter to them most. And while TED-Ed Clubs offer students the opportunity to connect with others who, like them, are unabashedly curious about the world, TED-Ed Clubs are also about presentation literacy. TED-Ed Clubs offer students a hands-on opportunity to work on the storytelling and communication skills that will be vital, no matter what career path they end up strolling down.

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How it works:

In TED-Ed Clubs, students work together to discuss and celebrate creative ideas. Club leaders receive TED-Ed's flexible Clubs curriculum to guide their school's club and to help inspire tomorrow's TED speakers and leaders.

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Identify Your Passion: "What makes your heart beat faster?" The first part of the Clubs, curriculum has members explore the ideas they're passionate about. By diving into activities that expand curiosity, club members will identify and discuss what matters most to them.

Choose Your Idea: "What is your big idea?" As members journey through the Clubs curriculum, they'll be challenged to identify and shape the story only they can tell. Through guided brainstorms and active peer feedback exercises, members will craft their very own TED-style talk.

Start Talking:  "How can your idea change the world?" By the end of their club cycle, members will have recorded their very own talk and uploaded it to our TED-Ed Clubs YouTube channel, which can then be shared with their families, friends, communities and the world.

Design Thinking: 

The TED-Ed club is precisely based on design thinking. We are going to recruit members for this club without the seniority in the college. The recruitment process ends with an interview preceded by a psychometric test. Interviewers will be senior UIF fellows. This club concentrates on the strategies of the college education and tries to improve it so that the students will be benefited in learning rather than in spoon-feeding. The members of the Club will help the faculty to nomiate candidates to UIF for the concerned term. This club takes all the ideas and problems, which the institution is not aware of, to the notice of the personnel who could make time and solve the problems and implement the useful ideas. The Club can also help the college administration by helping to formulate different ways to solve problems realted to both academics and infrastructure.




Strategy 4 Re-Designing the College Time Table

The main reason behind selecting this problem is to explore the hidden skills of the students by providing them a time to get exposed to different things like sports, extra-curricular clubs, peer teaching session etc. In regular curriculum, students are not having much time to get exposed to those things. So we plan to re-design the time table of my college, and propose it to our administrators for its best implemention.

How our new time table is different from the regular one?

It provides students an effective Innovation space and allows them to do much more. They are allowed to do more in their area of interest. In regular curriculum, only 3–4 periods are given to extra curricular activities per week. But in re-designed one, the students will have at least two such periods for the day.  The new curriculum will have more emphasis on student's exposure to practical learning techniques. Current time table only allows three pairs of periods for the students to spend time and experiment their ideas in labs. The new time table will atleast have a pair of periods per day dedicated to labs or similar facilities on the campus.

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Strategy 5 Spreading the concept of "Open Access"

Awareness and contribution to "Open Society" initiatives is one of the most important to methods to check the institutions role and impact on the society. However, in the present situation, the culture of "Open Access" on the campus can be rated as 3/10. With the following strategies, it can be developed to 7/10 in a period one year.

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The first step of this strategy is create awarness among the students, staff, and the administration, about "Open Access", its need and importance. To achieve this goal, the major cut will be hosting an OpenCon satellitive event. OpenCon satellite events are hosted a sub regional events of annual OpenCon (similar to TEDx under TED). Again, the 3rd week of October is globally celebrated as Open Access week. During this week, various sessions can be organized for the students.Another important way is to place Did You Know (DYK) posters from Wikipedia, and info with the intersting facts about Open Access and QR codes more information.

After there creating awareness on the campus, the next step is faculty engagement. A workshop for "Intergrating reasearch methodology into Wikipedia and its sister projects" should be organized. All the articles & papers published are to be made sure that they are indexed with Google scholar, and an e-copy is to be sent to R2C. Faculty can be trained to contriute to Wikiversity (Open Education Resource), and intersted faculty can trained on MediaWiki as well.

The step involves student engagement. This step invovled organising Wikipedia Edit-a-thons, and sucessfully form Wiki-club on campus. This part has already been started and is in implementation phase. The next step is to make the Computer Science Engineering students to learn MediaWiki, and take up projects to develop tools, bots, gadgets on MediaWiki. A resolution is to be made across the campus, by students, to release the images related to educational content through CC BY-SA licenses.

The final step of this strategy is administrative engagement. The instituion can form a "Open Access Repository" with all the required resources, and partner with various online databases to access their paywalled content through a collaboration. The college magazine must be incude Open-ed, and is to be published under CC BY-SA.

In the process of implementing this strategy, the by-products are as follows: students involved will enchance thier organizing, and problem solving skills, and the design thinking is adopted to improvise the ways to implement this startegy. Various organizations may also show interest due to the culture, and support can be obtained from goverment as well.

Strategy 6 Re-Designing the Academic curriculum

This strategy is about re-designing the academic curriculum of the college in way that it helps the student to excel more in his/her area of interest. In the present curriculum, students only have the choice to pursue the subjects as mandated by the affialiated University. Though some flexibility is provided at the the end of the gradution course, it is being limited due to certain constraints the college has. Even then, the electives are not so wide enough for the students to excel in their own interest, and these electives are mostly related to their own branch. For students, those who wish to pursue subjects from other streams are unable to do it.

So to avoid the above mentioned students, the primary target of the college must be to attain automous status from the university. Considering the college is autonomous from the university, it'll have the choice to design its own, even to a significant extent.  After this, the college has to conduct an extensive survey among the students, staff, stakeholders, and its recruiters. Doing so the college will be able to analyse the need for a particular subject considering the interest of the students in a subject, ease of teaching for the faculty, risks involved can be given by the stakeholders, and the present day requirement of the industry can be understood from the recruiters. After a desiging a curriculum that suits all of the above mentioned categories of people on campus, the college ought to give at least one departmental elective, and one open elective (inter-disciplinary) for each semester. The the number of the subjects given for the choice of electives should be gradually increased as the student moves towards the end of his/her graduation. In this way, the student can will have more chances to secure a job in the field of his/her interest.

As a part of this process, to inculcate design thinking and innovation among the students, the open electives that are inter-disciplinary must insisted upon the students to study on their own. Instead of regular classes, as the students choose the subject from out of their own interest, they should be aksed to work on the subject, and then have an Q&A session with the teacher to clarify their doubts in the process of their learning. This process also helps the student to understand the subject in his/her own way.

Related Links

Spring 2017:

Naveen Kumar Salipalli 

Sowmya Narukullapati 

Poushya Munipalle 

Venkata Sasank Pamulapati  

Campus Overview Wiki :Vasireddy Venkatadri Institute of Technology

VVIT Pitch Video link

Fall 2017:

Venkata Sai Charan Sattu 

Marella Yasaswini

Manogna Avula

Shaik Mohammed Raiyyan