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Activity Based Teaching/Learning Process 5 March 2014

Dr. Jambunatha Sethuraman, Senior Professor, Physics Department, VMKV Engineering College, Salem led the weekly discussion on the topic “Activity Based Teaching/Learning Process”. The session was broadcasted live through A-VIEW on March 5th, 2014.

Dr. Sethuraman started his talk with the conventional teaching learning process, where teacher gives instructions and the children listen while the teacher teaches. Children’s participation level is minimal in this method and also no scope for group learning, self learning and peer learning. Then he briefly talked about Activity based teaching and learning process. Here, teacher provides learning opportunities and guides a range of meaningful learning. Teacher performs an experiment and encourages the students to do the same. Also all children work both individually and also in groups, discussing, sharing and co-operating and respecting other are viewpoints. It is opening up a new path on teaching and learning in schooling and the role of teacher – no longer shacked to the textbook.

The Highlights of the talk

  • BLOOM’S TAXONOMY – KCAASE (Knowledge Comprehension Application Analysis Synthesis Evaluation)
  • Activity Based Learning (ABL) - advantages and disadvantages
  • Experiments on ABL

The speaker did some live experiments on activity based learning during the session. It clearly showed that how effective is learning through activity.

Speaker’s Profile

- Dr. J. Sethuraman, M.Sc., Ph.D., Certificate in German, PG Diploma in Theoretical Physics Dean (Innovation & Extension)

- Number years of teaching: 40 years

- Area of research: Fourier Transform Methods, Polarization, geometrical optics

- Research/Teaching Experience: 30 years

- Other fields of interest: photography, Comparative religion

- Member of Lions Club Salem North

- Member of W V C.