How does Teaching & Learning Work – For the
Online MBA Program

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ICFAI's eLearning Environment

Our eLearning environment is an integrated online platform that provides anytime access to our multi-format content, on multiple devices like Desktop, Laptop, Tablet and Mobile.

The eLearning environment ensures delivery of multi-format content of each course to the students. This platform facilities collaboration and engagement between Faculty and Students with various integrated features like Discussion Forums, Blogs, Virtual Sessions, and Chats.

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The eLearning environment has inbuilt gamification elements to motivate learners and instil competitive spirit.

eLearning Objects

ICFAI’s content is known to be rich. It has been made richer with the inclusion of context. The content built for the Online MBA Program uses the power of technology to provide for a variety of eLearning objects. An eLearning object is the smallest reusable collection of content supporting a specific learning concept or objective in online learning. The following are the differentiated categories of eLearning objects. The short duration enhances flexible learning.

Concept Videos

Animated interactive videos with rich visual content which explain a concept in the background of a micro case and is self-assessed with activity.

The duration 15 minutes enhances flexible learning.

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Case Videos

Animated videos with rich visual content which illustrate a short case for a concept.- typically of duration 7-8 minutes

PEP Videos

Animated videos with rich visual content which illustrate a research insight for a concept.- typically of duration 7-8 minutes

Workout Videos

Animated interactive videos with rich visual content which illustrate a micro-case and poses a conceptual question.- typically of duration 2-3 minutes

Course Introduction Videos

These are animated videos which introduce the course- typically of 3 -4 minutes

Faculty Video Lectures

Recorded concept videos where the faculty lectures on one or two concepts- - typically of duration 15 minutes

Glossary

An exhaustive list of terms in a module of study

Engaging Exercises

Micro- case based exercises which test the student at foundational, problem solving and application levels. In fact these are three learning objects.

Blog

Contemporary thematic short articles/ nuggets posted for discussion for both the prospective and current students. These are aligned to course concepts and can be used as engaging exercises.

On Demand Live Session

One hour sessions organized by the Faculty based on student demand on topics.

Constructive eLearning Forum

It is a discussion forum used to build student generated content on key concepts and their applications.

Expert Webinars

Micro- case based exercises which test the student at foundational, problem solving and application levels. In fact these are three learning objects.

Social Media Posts

Posts on the institutional blog / Facebook/ Twitter/LinkedIn/ Google+ groups created for discussion which are theme based.

eLearning Material (eLM)

serves as learner friendly reading material covering all concepts in the curriculum.

Case book

A book of one page cases- one for each unit in the curriculum.

PEP Notes

A book of one page research insights one for each unit in the curriculum.

Workbook

A collection of micro case based multiple choice questions for self-assessment.

Bullet Notes

A set of artefacts which visually represents each must know concept in the curriculum.

Learning Activities

Every week for each course, the student is expected to complete the following primary learning activities. The Learning Pathway lays out the recommended sequence of activity.

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Watch Videos

Watch short videos for an hour every week in convenient instalments of 2 to 15 minutes. It explores basic concepts and applications. This is recommended as a starting point for the visual learner.

Read eLearning Material

For an hour, read visually enriched eLearning material which covers all concepts in the prescribed curriculum. Note down your doubts and raise queries. This is recommended as a starting point for the verbal learner

Read Application Material

Spend about 30 minutes going through the one page case, one page perspective and the ten workbook questions. This illustrates the concept in real life settings and tests your understanding at the first level.

Check Your Progress

Test yourself quickly through this non graded assessment which has ten objective type questions. It indicates whether the student needs to revisit any concept.

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Ask Questions

After going through the videos and the reading material, students can post queries to the faculty member to clear their doubts.

Constructive eLearning Forum

Spend about 2 nuggets of 15 minutes each participating in a discussion. It encourages flexible learning, peer driven learning, builds reasoning skills and fosters situated eLearning.

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On Demand Live Session

Attend a one hour live sessions by Faculty, conveniently placed in the evenings/ weekends. These are enabled based on student demand obtained for topics of challenge and relevance. If you missed out watch the recorded version!

Ask for concept to be covered in the live session

Submit a form after going through the videos and the eLearning material on the topics to be covered in the live session

Engaging Exercises

Practice/ apply your learning for about two hours at your convenience, with three types of exercises, to build on the student’s knowledge, skills and competencies. The three types cater to foundational, problem solving and application levels. Qualitative and quantitative dimensions are covered.

Assessment

The following are the types of assessment used during the semester as part of continuous assessment. This accounts for 30% of the overall course assessment. This consists of the following methods.

  1. Your participation in live sessions, watching videos and reading the relevant material on the virtual learning environment (6%).
  2. Your posts in the Constructive eLearning Forum (6%).
  3. Your best scores in the engaging exercises for Section A (6%), B(6%) and C(6%).
  4. Those who are working can submit a Workplace Narration which connects their workplace experience and presents it through a relevant conceptual framework in the course. This is a powerful tool for flexible learning and situated eLearning. A good workplace narration can become part of the learner portfolio. Those who opt for Workplace Narration after satisfying the requirements need not take up assessment under Section B and C.

There are two phases of continuous assessment. They indicate the outer timelines for submission/ completion. The first phase is form Week 1 to 7 and the second is from Week 8 to 15. The end semester evaluation counts for 70% of the total course assessment. It follows the pattern of Section A, B and C and will be for duration of 3 hours.

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