Experiential learning at FXEC includes different types of activities, with one common goal- to immerse students in “hands-on” experience outside the classroom. Following are the Experiential Learning activities adopted at FXEC
In this the students are deputed to work in an organization related to their professional field and thus get trained in that organization. They usually work on a project for the entire duration.
Field Trips includes students going on a field visit to an organization / any site relating to the profession for which they are being groomed in order to get a feel of the real world’s professional demands. It provides a valuable opportunity to discover the realities and practices of the profession the students are aiming for.
National and International Tours
National and international tours form an integral part of most of the courses offered here. These help to familiarize students with the latest in their respective domain and develop a better understanding of the world.
Projects are a crucial part of any programme at FXEC. The Projects are done by a group of students and are intended to be intensive, active learning projects, requiring significant effort in planning and implementation as well as preparation of a substantial final written work product. The group students are made to choose a project from their domain and asked to conduct practical and real life studies on them. They provide hands on learning experience to the students by enabling them by making them aware how to convert the theoretical knowledge to the practical one They also help to boost ‘learning by doing’ teamwork.
To impart the students with core understanding about the subject, they are asked to search literature on a particular topic and write term papers on that. This imbibes in the students the basic orientation about research and lets them develop an insight on how the basic research is conducted which further helps them in their further studies.
Media Watch involves the students in keeping a regular track of the news floated in the media viz newspapers, TV, magazines, internet, etc and discuss in a group about the current news. They are also encouraged to paste the news clippings in their workbooks and write their comments on how the events might affect them as an individual, a professional and a society. This acts as a source of motivation for the students to voice their opinion regarding the happenings in the society and also lets the group to come on a common consensus and develop a new approach towards the issue.
There are bulletin boards in every classroom where the students paste clippings from newspapers, periodicals, journals or their own creative work which can be of interest or value to others and give a few minutes presentation on the same. This is followed by a feedback from the rest of the class and a discussion on the point talked about. Now the FXEC has introduced the E-bulletin boards on UMS where the students can write their opinion about any topic.
Web Based Learning
A number of courses across the FXEC use web based learning materials to augment the more traditional forms of course delivery. This is a very flexible method to allow the students to select when such study takes place and to adjust the pace of learning. In addition, our students benefit from use of the web, CD ROM catalogues, desktop publishing and industry standard office software. Web pages are available for each and every programme for updating latest events. Both faculty and students update this page mentioning the source of information to become a professional leaning community.
The students are encouraged to use the social networking sites for developing professional contacts that can be instrumental for arranging summer internships, projects, guest faculty, seminars etc.
Small Group Activities
A variety of group activities are performed with an aim to create an urge for collaboration, to find I win- you win type of solutions to problems rather than I win- you lose type. The Class is divided into subgroups of individuals having different academic backgrounds / competencies. . Case studies, group discussions etc. are done by dividing the class into groups.
The target of these activities is to promote cooperative learning i.e. the group members will help each other in understanding concepts, solving problems, doing projects as are evaluated on the basis of team performance.
Student Record file
Students prepare a record a file of any design work they have done (relevant in Mechanical Engg.). The students later present and discuss specific cases with the faculty members and fellow students in subsequent classes. This helps in linking class room learning with the real world.