Placements are the inevitable Terminal stop in the professional education journey,
Campus Placements remain a challenge for college management and students alike.
Most colleges as well as students fail to adequately Prepare, Repair, Revise and Activate subject knowledge and fundamentals before crucial interviews.
Jobs are 20% certification, and 80% knowledge, but colleges and students predominantly rely on the former while conveniently ignoring the latter.
Most students wish for a system that can get them to rigorously prepare their key core subjects in a few months and get their in peak preparation for upcoming crucial interviews.
Engineering is a vast field and colleges are aware that questions can come from anywhere. To adequately prepare students would mean re-studying the key subjects all over again, but there are constraints on the time and effort of their faculty and schedule. Therefore, most colleges either don’t do anything to avoid losing face or settle for a perfunctory General Aptitude or soft skills training.
Core2Learn (C2L) is an 8-12-week intensive academic preparation program for students of Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, Electronics and Computers branches looking for that one last chance to rapidly learn, relearn and prepare all core concepts and interview questions for key subjects in a short period and get really ready for Job Interviews and life beyond.
Summary Propositions of the Program:
Blended Learning Program: Mix of self-study and Instructor-led portions delivered in a mix of online and face-to-face modes, so to make the best of both worlds.
Two-Teacher Advantage: 2Learn senior Subject Matter Expert delivers curated video lessons while the College Teacher clears any remaining doubts, and guides students on Frequently Asked Interview Questions, using real time Quiz and classroom discussion.
Preserve College Value Proposition: College is the key stakeholder for Campus Placements, so the solution preserves the role, contribution and value proposition of College Teacher through their conduct of LiveClass sessions.
No Student Left Behind: Core2Learn is ready for five engineering streams namely Computers, Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical and Civil. Derivative branches having common subjects are included.
Program Outline: 4-6 subjects, 250+ hours of curated video content, covering 300-400 topics, 800-1200 learning outcomes, 3000-4000 video-embedded Knowledge Check Questions and 1500-2000 higher-order Summary Quiz questions. In addition teacher poses new or repurposed questions using question banks during Live Sessions.
Pedagogy Pyramid: Three-Step Pedagogy pyramid is adopted where,
Prepare Step Implementation
Course organisation: Subject, Unit, Section, Topic, Active Learning Outcomes, Active Learning Modules.
ALM is an Interactive Video lesson with embedded Knowledge Check Questions (KCQ). Summary Quiz module checks understanding for all ALMs of that topic. A Session Reflections Activity carries feedback on content and unresolved doubts for faculty to address during LiveClass. All activities and responses are graded and recorded.
In preparation for each Interactive Live session, students will study 6-12 lesson hours, answer 40-70 formative questions, and submit Session feedback Session.
The Practice Step or Interactive Live Session Implementation
Teacher’s objective is a) to review the preparation and performance of students, b) to uncover and remedy the doubts and misconceptions on subject concepts, c) Practice Frequently Asked Interview Questions (FAIQ).
The Grade Book and system reports enable the faculty to evaluate student performance and readiness for all or each activity, view student response for each question, Rank students by Activity, Topic or Section, View actual Video Play Time (VPT) time spent by each student on each activity and so on.
The Live Sessions can be Face to Face or Online using Google Meet.
Active Quiz poses a variety of questions in real time to students to elicit response and discussion. No scores but attendance and responses retrieval make it a very useful tool.
After all session are completed, using Active Quiz, Question Banks and own questions, College can organise several Mock Interviews with internal or external participants to expose students to live interview facing techniques.
Pre-Learn is tricky. How we address it?
Teachers wish for an active, clued-in, connected, interactive class. This comes with an activated pre-knowledge. Past challenges in Pre-Learn concept have been that the Teacher does not come to know in real time or otherwise, the student effort, results or challenges for each session, and they end up starting from the start, which defeats the concept of Pre-Class preparation. In Core2Learn we have built several metrics on Teacher dashboard or in Reports in each subject for Faculty to understand and address student progress, performance, and challenges respectively.
First, we have a concept of Video Play Time. So, they can see the actual study time, which in our case is the Video watch time per allocated activity for each student in real time.
Second, Teacher can view the Activity Completion of each student. Activities are completed if the student has received a grade upon completion of the activity.
Third, Faculty can view the grades received by all students, each student for each activity etc in various views.
Fourth, Faculty can view the Session Reflections and Feedback to view Most-Unclear and Most-beneficial segments of allocated lessons, as well get a list of questions requesting faculty attention.
Finally, Using Active Quiz, a real time synchronous activity, faculty can pose questions from Question bank or create their own, to instruct finer conceptual minutiae. A set of FAIQs is provided for this purpose.
Student Study Plan and process?
Detailed listing of Course, Session, Topics, Outcomes, and the effort required per unit of coverage is clearly indicated for student convenience. Students can plan their schedule in advance with this data.
Based on the final schedule adopted by the college, students can also construct a Personal Study Plan which can be implemented individually in their system, and be guided by that.
A Completion-cum-Competency certificate will be awarded to each participant upon successful completion of the Program.
Overall Program Benefits for Students
2Learn will complement College efforts to prepare students in the best possible manner so that they have the best possible advantage to confidently face the Interviews.
The program is quite comprehensive and will likely cover almost every possible question that can be asked in the Interviews. So, at the end of this program students will feel much more confident in their subjects for off-campus interviews.
Future employers will continue to test technical basics for 2-4 years after passing out. So, the program will set the basics for future opportunities as well.
Firm fundamentals will help students for final year project, final year subjects, Viva etc.
The program will help for upcoming competitive exams such as AE, JE, GATE, as well as PSU and Private company exams.
Students will get a Completion-cum-Competency Certificate upon successful and timely completion of course.
Merit students will get additional rewards or recognition, subject to college agreement.
If students score well, and display diligence and timely completion under constrained timelines, the College could showcase the student portfolio comprising Completion-cum-Competency Certificate, Gradebook snapshot and completion records etc to convince Companies to consider even those students who would not be eligible owing to backlogs or poor past grades.
This is a unique, second chance to students to re-do their engineering from the scratch, and in far more depth and structure than how they studied earlier.