Hyderabad: International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad has turned more students friendly in these extraordinary times. Given the lockdown across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IIIT-Hyderabad has decided to complete spring 2020 semester entirely online.
The online classes commenced on March 23 and are held for nearly all courses, and attendance in them is around 80 per cent which is on par with the institute’s normal average. The faculty members have adopted their teaching style to suit the online requirements.
The IIIT-Hyderabad has decided to do away with formal final examinations; distribute its weightage to less stressful and more hands-on components like assignments, projects, quizzes, etc.
“Conducting long final exams is tricky if done online, considering the highly variable situations the students may find themselves in where they are. Evaluations based on more hands-on application of concepts will stress students less, though the work on the teachers may increase. Undesirable sharing is possible for such work, but we adopted it. It is good to not obsess excessively about every possible violation, as long as serious and hard-working students get their due,” IIIT-Hyderabad director Prof PJ Narayanan said on Wednesday.
As the ‘F’ (Fail) grade hurts the students, the IIIT-Hyderabad has decided to award a ‘W’ (Withdraw) grade. The institute will be awarding only A, B, C and W grades for the courses leaving out A-, B-, C-, and D grade.
Taking a step further, the institute will give each student an option to keep A/B/C grade as awarded or replace them with a P (Pass) grade.
The IIIT-Hyderabad has decided to complete three-lab dominated courses only after students return and get to do them physically.
“Students who could not take part meaningfully in the online phase of the courses-due to poor connectivity, sickness to self or family etc will be evaluated separately whenever it is safe. A combination of alternate evaluation and grading methods will be employed for them with a combination of assignments, projects, oral examinations, reports, etc. They will not be disadvantaged in any manner by this,” Prof. Narayanan said.
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