Modular teaching is an advance teaching approach based on building expertise and knowledge in distinct self-contained units, for arranging learner experience in the educational field. Nowadays, modular teaching has gained more attention due to its features like autonomous, self-sufficient, well explained and defined, dealing with individual differences, structural arrangement of learning, instantaneous support of responses and interpretation of work.
In The NorthCap University, the strategy of learning modules has become an important part of teaching at every level. The learning module is a self-learning package with technology-based teaching in a specific subject associated with industrial demand. Mainly, implemented in a small group of 25 students, it is designed in such a way that the learner can find his/her own objective, choose sufficient material from a commonplace, follow a sequence by choosing a method of presentation and at last interpreting his/her own performance by submitting quiz, assignments, drills and exercises. Teachers become a mentor and facilitator in order to control the knowledge of learners instead of a traditional dispenser of knowledge. The teacher keeps student motivated throughout the cycle of module teaching through puzzles, quizzes and group discussions. Enough and sufficient material regarding theory and practice in modular teaching is available in the classrooms.
Modular teaching is facilitated with pre class readings that give the student an idea about the topic which is further explored in the lectures delivered by the teacher. Class exercise and assignments of each topic are given to the students for better understanding the concept. Peer reviews help the students in building normalcy around constructive feedback and utilize it to improve their understanding of the concept. The teacher maintains a system of constant reviews and feedbacks to help the students.
Modular teaching includes guided project-based learning, which helps them in completing unguided projects in real life scenario on their own. This advance teaching helps student to gain practical technology-based education and later, aids them in getting placed in good companies with high packages. Additionally, regular assessment of student’s work helps them polish their skills and achieve justifiable performance as a result.
In The NorthCap University, this approach is used in subjects like Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Full Stack Development, Internet of Things and Cloud Computing, Game Technology, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. The course structure and content is specifically designed by the mentors keeping in mind the industrial standards and needs, its connectivity with other subjects and student's ability to grasp.
Dr Yogita Gigras,