University Best Practices
- Title of the Practice
Answer Script Display
- Objective of the Practice
Displaying the answer scripts to students is a practice aimed to improve the learning experience of the students. The main objective of this practice is to enhance transparency inthe evaluation process. Testing itself can be taken as a tool for learning. Seeing the answer scripts after the evaluation can help the students to identify their weaker areas. The discussion about the errors with the teachers can help the students in planning how to rectify them. Thus the process of learning becomes productive through the interaction with teachers while assessing their answer scripts. Eventually it promotes trust among the teachers and the students making the teachers more accountable.
- The Context
This initiative was launched by Vice-Chancellor of MANUU on 26th June 2019. The context was to ensure that there is no discrepancy involved in the process of evaluation. Students should seewhat they have written and where is the scope for improvement. Students generally claim that they didn’t get the desired grade or marks. The desire to resolve it brought the ‘Answer Script Display’ in practice, so that any doubt concerning the desired grade or marks of the student is addressed on a priority basis.
Moreover, through this practice, students can self-assess themselves like what are some of the common mistakes they generally make while writing their answers in the examination. Through this practice, student learns to ensure such errors are not repeated in other exams since they are already illustrated about these mistakes on the day of Answer ScriptDisplay.Students have also appreciated this initiative of the university.
- The Practice
The committee laid a certain procedure to enable the display of answer scripts for students. Conduct of Examinations: All exams shall be held as per the schedule issued by the Controller of Examination. Evaluation, the teacher thereafter shall evaluate the answer scripts; this should follow by a discussion with the students. Scrutiny, the HOD shall appoint a faculty member for scrutiny of all the answer scripts. They shall (i) assess whether all the questions& answers are evaluated and marks are awarded, and (ii) calculate the total marks awarded. They can change the totaling errors, however, cannot increase or decrease the marks given by the evaluator. Moderation, All the HODs/Principals shall form a Moderation Board consisting of their faculty members for each course/subject, which shall moderate all those scripts of the students who are failing or scoring distinction marks.Consequent upon completion of the above steps, the discussion between the teacher and student takes place and students are permitted to see their answer scripts. The student may either approach the EGRC for grievance or directly apply for re-evaluation. If the student approaches the COE, Exam Branch shall arrange for re-evaluation on payment of prescribed fee after the declaration of routine results. Students should mention their name and enrollment number on the top of the answer script. There is also a proforma for taking the attendance of students who wish to avail the opportunity before the final marks are uploaded on the IUMS portal. The proforma states on include the name of the student, his enrollment number, subject, semester, date, and class in addition to the signatures of the concerned teacher and HOD of the concerned Department. Then only the teacher shall upload the marks attained by the student in the IUMS portal. Submission of the Report, once the entire process is completed, all HODs are supposed to submit a report to the CEO along with answer scripts. The report must be supported by the document of attendance of discussion held for all courses and subjects. Finally, the CEO will declare the results and forward the printed mark sheets to the concerned departments.
There are some limitations for this practice. The practice of showing the answer scripts is limited to the semester exams only. Students are allowed to see it only on the scheduled days. The Examination branch decides the schedule for the display of the answer scripts.
- Evidence of Success
The Academic Council in its 32nd meeting held on 4/10/2018 resolved the issue of framing of the committee for the feasibility of making the Answer Scripts available to students. In this connection, a meeting was held on 30th Jan.2019 in the office of the Controller Examination at 3.00pm regarding the feasibility of making the Answer Scripts available to students after the examination. A separate workshop regarding the Examination Reform was also organized. The workshop can be accessed on YouTubehttps://youtu.be/nlYdanLWalE. There are also news press clip of it. A large number of students from various departments report on the day of displaying Answer Scripts. Once they have seen their scripts, they are asked to put a signature on a prescribed proforma which serves as proof that the student has checked and discussed his paper with the concerned teacher. Each teacher of the concerned subject at his level maintains a register to keep a track of record about the number of students turned for checking their answer scripts. The Head of each Department also frames a committee at the departmental level to ensure that this practice is exercised and implemented. The proforma signed by the students is available in the exam branch as the evidence of success of this practice.
- Problems Encountered and Resources Required
Various queries related to the feasibility of making answer scripts available to students were deliberated and redressed. Some of the common quires that were upraised were: What mechanism should be adopted to clarify the doubts of students? Are those students who might have been involved in unfair means also allowed to see their answer scripts? What is the schedule for submission of the grievances? Is it compulsory to attend discussion for all students? Therefore, it was decided that the teacher should invite the student to his chamber and discuss the answer with the student. Though, it is advisory to show papers in class, if the scripts are shown in the class this so that all students are benefitted. Similarly, the student is given three days to register his grievance starting from the day of displaying of Answer Script. However, students involved in unfair means are not allowed to see the answer scripts. Likewise, it is not mandatory for all the students to attend the discussion session.
- Title of the Practice
Dissemination of Academic Content and general enrichment programmes through Social Media and Digital Platforms
- Objectives of the Practice
Objective of the practice is to provide the wider access of Higher Education, general enrichment and promoting Urdu Language & Culture to a large and diversified audience through Social Media and other digital platforms. Instructional Media Centre of MANUU produces inhouse multimedia educational programmes and to disseminate this content, IMC launched IMC MANUU YouTube channel which now has a repository of curriculum based audio-visual programmes of various streams like Science, Social Science, Life Science, Education and Training, Arts and Languages etc. and these are available to masses free of cost all across the globe. These audio-visual programmes can be accessed by the students and teachers as per their convenience.
Besides providing curriculum based programmes, IMC MANUU YouTube Channel also caters to the general audience with a wide array of Enrichment programmes, documentaries of general interest on Urdu Language and Culture as well. Students can also access important Academic Events, Seminars, Workshops, Symposiums etc at Youtube Channel. The channel is seen not only in India but abroad as well. Aim is to serve and build a Knowledge Society and promote Urdu Language and Culture. Content details can be accessed at www.youtube.com/imcmanuu and https://www.imcmanuu.com/imc-manuu-youtube-channel
- The Context
The context of this practice was to leverage upon the wide reach and easy accessibility of social media and digital platforms amongst masses and sharing educational content through these platforms. As an experiment, Besides providing educational content at IMCMANUU YouTUBE CHANNEL, IMC has also created social media platforms of the university and Facebook pages of most of the Departments and relevant audio-visual lectures/material from IMC archive are being uploaded on respective pages. This is one of the unique experiments wherein most of the departments have their Facebook pages along with relevant audio-visual educational resources. Faculties and other Staff at MANUU are now being sensitized to make best use of various social media platforms for disseminating and reflecting the achievements and educational activities of the institute with other institutes and as well as sharing path-breaking initiatives on social media platforms. This process is dynamic and resources will keep on growing as we produce more material and can be used for flipped class/blended mode of learning. FB provides opportunities to create a focused group for a particular subject where the group can connect with best teachers in the subject all across the world, Teachers-Students may share resources for a pre-class/post-class discussion on a topic. Since students are already using social media away from the classroom, integrating it into the classroom will help students learn best practices in the subject as it offers an interesting new twist on lessons for pre-class and post-class discussions. Details can be seen at https://www.imcmanuu.com/best-practices
There are no issues as such in designing the concepts but since most of the educational resources are being produced through inhouse resource persons, a monetary incentive to the resource persons will help in implementing the project in a better way.
- The Practice
A large chunk of Indian Urdu diaspora is deprived of Higher Education. In this regard, Dissemination of Urdu Educational and general enrichment content through digital platforms is a unique project of MANUU Hyderabad. MANUU is probably the only university in India which is producing higher education digital content in Urdu in a structured way. University already has a youtube channel (www.youtube.com/imcmanuu) which has curriculum-based A/V programmes uploaded at the channel and now the e-content platform has also been created. Details can be seen at https://www.imcmanuu.com/e-content.
Besides providing curriculum based programmes, IMC MANUU YouTube Channel also caters to the general audience and students with a wide array of Enrichment programmes, documentaries of general interest and on Urdu Language and Culture as well. Students can also access important University Higher Education Events, Seminars, Workshops, and Symposiums etc. at YouTube Channel. Through these digital platforms the higher educational content has been globalized and has added a new dimension to innovative pedagogy and Technology enabled learner support.
- Evidence of Success
IMC MANUU YouTube channel was formally launched in the month of December 2017 after proper designing of its cover page and content. The channel’s logo was created; categories were created for different departments/ centers so that surfing becomes easy for students. This categorization was developed on the basis of research, subjects and genre & nature of programmes. The channel was launched with a proper programming for a week so that audience are retained and added over a period of time for uploading of the programmes (programing) the viewing habits of the general viewers and the target audience was considered. With sustained efforts, this higher education audio-visual platform of the University now has a subscription of over 32000 viewers.
As part of the social responsibility endeavors, the YouTube channel was further supported with unique enrichment programming and MANUU Knowledge Series was launched to enrich the audience. This series now has the most appreciated programmes under it which are uploaded at IMC YouTube channel.
MANUU Knowledge Series is an important digital initiative to enrich the Students community and general audience with a wide array of topics which have shaped Human History and are of general interest. The MANUU Knowledge Series was introduced as a part of Digital Initiatives in December 2017 under which short duration audio-visual capsules on a variety of topics such as 100 Most influential persons/leaders in the History ● 100 Famous Urdu Literature personalities ● 100 Great Indians ● 100 Great Discoveries of all times ● 100 Common Health/Nutritional issues ● 100 common Socio-Economic and Environmental Issues ● 100 Great Scientists of this century etc. are being produced and uploaded at YouTube channel. This series enrich and cater to the general audience and young students. As the audio-visual medium has the power to communicate even with the illiterate audience so the series caters to a wide range of audience. The audio visual programmes produced under this series have been selected in National and International Film Festivals.
The Instructional Media Centre pierced through the National Science Film Festival 2019 with three Nominations in Competitive Category all across India. Bringing MANUU such recognition at a National Level is something all of IMC’s staff is immensely proud of. The three movies shortlisted are: 1. “PROF. U.R. RAO” directed by Mr. Mohammed Mujahid Ali. 2. “STEPHEN HAWKING” directed by Mr. Omar Azmi. 3. “BHARAT RATNA DR. A.P.J. ABDUL KALAM” directed by Mr. ObaidullaRaihan. This being no short feat.the centre has received nationwide coverage in press. Be it print or electronic. Subsequently, IMC bagged four nominations at the Inaugural Edition of the Global Cinema Festival held in Siliguri during 21st to 25th of August 2019. The Festival was organised by the Film Federation of India (an apex body of Film Industry in India) in association with the Government of West Bengal. The honour was given to four IMC movies where Aristotle and MirzaGhalib directed by Mr. AamirBadr and Mr. Mir Hashmath Ali respectively, made their film festival debuts. The Instructional Media Centre again made waves at yet another festival. This time at the International Level.VigyanPrasar, Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, is hosting it’s fifth India International Science Film Festival from 5th - 8th November. IMC speared through a huge list of film entries coming to the festival to make it to the top 30, where it was screened. Our movie called “The Promise of PolydimethylSiloxane (PDMS)” is directed by cameraperson, Mr. ObaidullahRaihan making it his third entry to a film festival, putting the centre on an even higher pedestal. Details can be seen at
- Problems Encountered and Resources Required
Since Audio-Visual production technology is fast changing, an immediate upgrade of the facilities is required to enhance the quality of production. The production crew faces regular issues of the compatibility of various devices and softwares required in production.
- Notes (Optional)
We believe Social Media platforms like Facebook and YouTube have great potential to be explored as Educational media. These platforms already have huge reach amongst young students therefore could be explored in communicating educational resources and sharing other relevant information with the students.
A platform like Facebook allows you to build an archive of academic resources that keeps on growing as we produce more material and can be used for flipped class/blended mode of learning. FB provides opportunities to create a focussed group for a particular subject where the group can connect with best teachers in the subject all across the world, Teachers-Students may share resources for a pre-class/post-class discussion on a topic. Since students are already using social media away from the classroom, integrating it into the classroom will help students learn best practices in the subject as it offers an interesting new twist on lessons for pre-class and post-class discussions.