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UGC moots open-book exams, case studies

BENGALURU: As part of its learning reforms, the University Grants Commission (

UGC

) recommended 23 different modes of assessment apart from the conventional ones at a workshop on evaluation reforms of higher educational institutions.

The workshop was conducted recently for evaluators from 125 institutions in

Karnataka

and

Kerala

to help them to move away from rote learning and embrace learning reforms.

In May 2018, UGC announced major reforms in universities and colleges in 10 verticals. Development and revision of curriculum based on learning outcomes was among the first to be kicked off. “The curricula of 10 subjects have been revised and will be uploaded on the website soon. The pedagogy will be inter-disciplinary, learner-centric with case studies,” said Renu Batra, additional secretary, UGC.

A working paper on evaluation reforms has been prepared, suggesting different types of assessments including open-book exams, self-tests, essay writing, annotated bibliographies, dissertations, case studies; oral exams with role play, end of class quiz, rapid-fire questions; practicals with computer simulations, craftwork and field assignments and seminars.

The reforms also call for the need

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