The University strongly believes that an individual can build knowledge, gain skills and enhance values from a direct experience. This is possible when an individual participates in some activity, takes a serious look at the activity, as a result gains some insight, understands the reason behind every course of the action and finally incorporates the results through a change in understanding or actions. Experiential learning is a core component to intellectual life at DMSF, giving students hands-on learning opportunities thus expanding the foundation of classroom learning and adding to dynamic educational experience. Experiential learning helps in career development by providing a realistic day-to-day view of various professions, industries, labs and organisations.
Projects are a crucial part of any programme at DMSF. The Projects are done by a group of students and are intended to be intensive, active learning projects, requiring significant effort in planning and implementation as well as preparation of a substantial final written work product. The group students are made to choose a project from their domain and asked to conduct practicals and real life studies on them.They provide hands on learning experience to the students by enabling them by making them aware how to convert the theoretical knowledge to the practical one They also help to boost ‘learning by doing’ teamwork.
To impart the students with core understanding about the subject, they are asked to search literature on a particular topic and write term papers on that. This imbibes in the students the basic orientation about research and lets them develop an insight on how the basic research is conducted which further helps them in their further studies.
Web Based Learning
A number of courses across the university use web based learning materials to augment the more traditional forms of course delivery. This is a very flexible method to allow the students to select when such study takes place and to adjust the pace of learning. In addition, our students benefit from use of the web, CD ROM catalogues, desktop publishing and industry standard office software. Web pages are available for each of the specialities of a programme for updation regarding current developments in the discipline. Both teachers and students update this page mentioning the source of information to become a professional leaning community.
Small Group Activities
A variety of group activities are performed with an aim to create an urge for collaboration, to find I win- you win type of solutions to problems rather than I win- you lose type. The Class is divided into subgroups of individuals having different academic backgrounds / competencies. . Case studies, group discussions etc. are done by dividing the class into groups. The target of these activities is to promote cooperative learning i.e. the group members will help each other in understanding concepts, solving problems, doing projects as are evaluated on the basis of team performance.
Student Record file
Students prepare a record a file of the practical cases they have studied (especially relevant in physiotherapy for training the students in preparing medical records) or any design work they have done ( relevant in Mechanical Engg.). The students later present and discuss specific cases with the faculty members and fellow students in subsequent classes. This helps in linking class room learning with the real world.
In order to prepare the students to facing job interviews in a better way Career portfolio is made a part of the pedagogy. As a part of this, the students prepare a file depicting their interests and achievements throughout their student life. It is divided into 3 segments viz.
Co-curricular (literary, cultural sports)
Personal (hobbies, community service, institutional memberships)