Nirma University

Teaching-Learning Process

Effective teaching-learning process is a sine qua non for academic success. Nirma University follows outcome-based education to develop the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes and habits of students. The purpose of the teaching-learning process at the university is to be student-focussed. Thus, the university endeavours to promote student-centred learning. Each student is motivated to take the ownership of his or her learning and reflect on the learning process. Further, the various institutes of the University are actively shifting from lecture based teaching to experiential learning.

Project-based learning is another salient feature of the teaching-learning process. Students work on a host of projects in different courses as well as across courses. Internship and project-based courses are part of different curricula. These courses are supervised and students are given sufficient support by faculty to apply their learning and learn from real life situations.

Each programme has its Programme Learning Outcomes that are derived after consultation with all the stakeholders, benchmarking and intensive internal discussions. Then, Course Learning Outcomes are developed on the basis of Programme Outcomes. The course content and assessment are based on the Course Learning Outcomes. Each programme has mechanisms for the assurance of learning. For example, the rubrics are developed on the basis of course learning outcomes and various assessment mechanisms are developed to assess the level of learning among students. Finally, assurance of learning results in improvement in the teaching-learning process.

Continuous evaluation of learning is followed at the University. Efforts are made to measure cognitive as well as applied learning. Project work, quiz, problem solving exercise, classroom assessment methods, end-semester examination, etc. constitute the different components of the overall assessment. Moreover, students are provided feedback on their work with a view to improve their academic performance.

Curriculum and course upgradation is a continuous process. Its purpose is basically to enhance the learning of students. Business realities are changing fast. Therefore, the various institutes of the University modify and upgrade their curricula and courses from time to time to provide the latest knowledge and skills to our students. Assessment system at the University is open and fair. Students are shown their assessed work and are allowed to discuss their scholastic performance with the instructors.

Academic Development and Research Cell (ADR Cell), an important institution at the University, helps the various institutes to continuously upgrade the quality of the teaching-learning process through research, training, academic audit and quality assurance.