The department explained that ‘blended learning’ is a synergetic combination of standard classroom teaching and experimental learning through projects, fieldwork and practical including student self-study facilitated through appropriate guidance by teachers.
For UG courses (both honours and pass subjects), the entire second unit (25 per cent of the total four units of each subject and paper) has been earmarked for the students’ self-study except two papers (ability enhancement compulsory course (AECC) and skill enhancement course (SEC) papers.
However, for PG courses, the respective PG department will identify and earmark 25 per cent of the syllabus for each paper for student self-study. The papers that involve project work, field work and dissertation would continue to be conducted as before, said the official sources.
No regular classroom teaching will be held for the portion of the syllabus earmarked for student self-study. Rather a synergetic combination of text books and e-learning resources (PPTs/recorded lectures/animated videos) will be prescribed to students for self-study.
For UG level, Odisha state higher education council (OSHEC) will prescribe the text books and e-learning resources for student self-study by taking help o universities and some autonomous colleges. For PG level, PG departments of each university and colleges will advise text books and e-learning resources for self-study. The colleges and universities will facilitate easy access of availability of these study materials for their students.
To ensure proper student self-study, teachers will guide students through four hours (4/5 classes) of doubt clearing classes in physical classroom teaching mode. One class can be held at the beginning, one class at the end and two or three classes in between. Mid-term internal assessment will be primarily based on the self-study portion of the paper.
The guided self-study mode of teaching should get the approval of board of studies and academic council of respective university and autonomous colleges. Doubt clearing classes must be reflected in the department time-table. The progress made in these classes by the teacher be maintained in the lesson plan and progress register, said the department.