Student-Centered Approaches

“Students at the Center explores the roles that Student-Centered approach can play to deepen learning and prepare young students to meet the demands and engage with variety of opportunities”.

In Advanced Instruction method Course, I read a lot about Student Centered learning and the benefits of applying student centered approach.

I came to the conclusion that it’s super beneficial to use Student Centered learning approach.

I teach Semiconductor; Power Electronics Course. These courses need a lot of hands on and the exposure from Industry. To some extent, I do use student centered approach but I can definitely change a lot.

Before I start any unit, I let students find the application of that particular unit. Then I provide them lecture in my second class. They do Simulation/Lab at the end and they demonstrate to me what they’ve learnt in that particular course. Most of them get a good understanding of that particular unit. They do peer learning to some extent as well.

At the end of the term they undertake a small project where they encounter all the challenges and limitations of problem solving that they may encounter in their future careers and expose their level of knowledge and experience. By using Project based approach, students are encouraged to become independent learners, critical thinkers and lifelong learners.

Here is the list which I can apply/increase activity in future to use more of Student Centered Learning approach:

  • Simulation Based Learning
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Inquiry–Based Learning
  • Problem-based Learning
  • Peer Learning
  • Project Based Learning
  • Case studies

Student –centered approach will be more enjoyable if it’s used wisely. Students will be more engaged with their courses and also develop good relationship with the instructor.


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