FXEC delivers curriculum using an innovative "blended approach" that includes development of programmes and courses based on industry and academics inputs, classroom teaching coupled with web based contents, application based pedagogy, continuous assessment, organized feedback from students and further improvisation of teaching techniques. Theory with practical application is the main focus on which the pedagogical approaches of FXEC depend. The teaching methods followed by the FXEC are very innovative including maximum practical exposure and are dynamic enough to motivate the students participate in them with full enthusiasm and enable higher retention of the course content, thus making the programmes overall more effective. Every teaching department has well defined objectives which collaboratively work towards a single goal of imparting quality education to the students and inculcating in them the desired skill set and knowledge required by the industry.
The departments ensure that
- the students are provided with state of the art infrastructure, technology and equipment required to carry on the teaching process in a more synchronized manner
- the teaching methods adopted are well in consonance with the industry needs and are updated on a regular basis, hands on experience in the respective fields is provided to the students in the form of entrepreneurial ventures, field visits, trips, national and international study tours, etc
- the skills and knowledge of the teachers are upgraded regularly to make them well verse with the latest industry trends so that they can impart knowledge of latest trends and techniques to the students
Some of the Classroom teaching methods adopted to enhance best of the practices and help students to derive the best of the learning from their programmes and courses are:
Lectures and Tutorials
The lectures conducted for every course are there to infuse and develop in the students the analytical, conceptual, presentation, communication and application oriented skills. The class rooms and lecture halls are well equipped with modern teaching aids like multimedia projectors and computers with Wi-Fi connectivity which help to make teaching more interesting and interactive for students. The simulated teaching software help the student to understand the process in highly visualized form.
Tutorials are the small group teaching methods that give opportunities to the students to talk about material being taught, ask questions and discuss material with their classmates and a designated tutor in a smaller group.
The students are free to ask any questions cropping up in their minds while listening to lectures and attending tutorials and the teachers make sure to answer them in the best way understood by the students.
The practical sessions are ideal testing grounds for students to apply and test the concepts taught. Modern laboratories and workshops are an integral part of the various departments of the FXEC. Each department maintains its specialized labs, well equipped with modern equipment of industrial standards.
Communication Labs meant exclusively for improving the communication skills of the students are equipped with the latest video and audio recording equipment which help in providing practical training to students in communication skills. The actions of students while speaking or doing any communication activity are recorded by these equipment and later the guide displays all their actions and dialogues and guides them about their core strengths and areas of improvement.
Also the students give presentations on experimental work followed by open house viva in which they have to explain their findings and interpretations.
Innovative and relevant Lab-work
For boosting the creativity amongst the students, challenging experiments are designed. The students give presentation on experimental work followed by open house viva in which they have to explain the findings and interpretations.
Workshops, Seminars, Guest Lectures and Extension Lectures
Workshops, Seminars, Guest Lectures and Extension Lectures are conducted on all topics to provide a platform for deliberation and knowledge sharing. Best industrial and corporate professionals are brought to the campus to bring the practical and application practices from the actual working environment and give extra input to the students on the current topics as well as the topics which are relevant to their area of specialization.
Case Based Teaching
This method of teaching is devised to facilitate the students to relate theory with the real world. The suitable cases to clarify the concepts learnt by the student are given to students well in advance for the students to come prepared with case analysis to be discussed in the class. The discussion held for the case-studies in the class encourages students to apply the concepts learnt, for problem solving / decision making in the face of reality and develops the interpersonal skills necessary for putting one’s point forward and listening to others in a group.
Group discussions are conducted by the FXEC among the students to increase awareness of the world wide events and their effects and also to enhance interpersonal skills – the ability to either convince others or get convinced. During this activity, the students are expected to well prepared about the topic, to abide by the norms during the discussion and also to respond to the feedback with a more logical and assertive approach.
Archive Based Class Discussion
Archive Based Class Discussions are held for Inductive, reflective and sequential teaching.
This technique helps in linking the concepts with their applications in the professional field. This also helps to replicate a real world situation in a class room setting through various modes like role plays and software based modeling. Such activities link the concepts learnt by the students to their application in the professional field. During this activity, the students imagine themselves in the decision making situation and act accordingly using all the available data and theoretical models.
Presentations, Video Films and Demonstration of Models
The FXEC understands that the future professionals need to be well versed in every minute aspect of corporate world. With the concern to develop clarity of thought and confidence for addressing the public, along with other presentation skills in the students, an activity is devised where the students give presentations during their class hours. A date-wise schedule of the topics to be presented by the students is prepared by the teachers, so that the students can prepare their topics well on time.
To keep up students interest and to facilitate better understanding of processes and situations as well as to encourage rational thinking and open discussion among the students, an appropriate video related to a process / situation is chosen and later on a discussion around it is initiated by the teachers. The students observe inquisitively and participate actively in the ensuing discussion.
The teachers use Slide Shows as teaching aids to employ visual mode for flow charts, diagrams, animations etc, for the better comprehension and retention.
Brainstorming is used as an important pedagogical tool as it is a process for developing creative solutions to problems. It works by focusing on a problem, and then deliberately coming up with as many solutions as possible and by pushing the ideas as far as possible. This technique helps the students to
- Think creatively and voice ideas, without fear of criticism or ridicule.
- Explore an issue multi-dimensionally.
- Shoot a problem and solicit ideas irrespective of their feasibility.
- Discuss the pros and cons of the ideas, find the possible solutions to the problems, if any, and come up with a proposal backing the idea.
In order to enable the recapitulation and evaluation of the concepts taught in each lecture, a closing quiz is conducted.