|Students Enrolled||Students in SLM||3 Week Attendance||5 Week Attendance|
|Course B||79||1 (dropped)||92%||87%|
Table 1: SLM Implementation Statistics for first 5 weeks
The above table shows overall attendance through the first five weeks of SLM implementation which indicates a very significant improvement over the faculty member’s past experience at IITGN. The data is raw and not adjusted for excused absences such as illness (with physician letter) or attendance of immediate family member wedding (with copy of wedding invitation). Although this methodology results in lower attendance figures, excused absences are counted as absence in the statistics for the sake of reduced subjectivity. It is important to note that SLM is only one of many factors influencing the improved attendance results above. Rigorous and relevant topics and content, motivating delivery, enhanced student participation, and the kindling of student curiosity are few of the other factors. The instructor contributes to improved attendance statistics by clearly laying out expectations, by showing his commitment by arriving outside the classroom a few minutes ahead of each class and by never finding an excuse to miss even one lecture. Most students reciprocate by regularly showing up and by requesting permission ahead of time for essential absences and needed early departures. The intent of this effort is to foster respect for the process of classroom instruction and to make it an enjoyable, productive experience resulting in a better learning environment with improved outcome.
Visiting ProfessorKasivisvanathan Chelvakumar, PhD, MBA has been associated with IIT Gandhinagar since 2010 in various roles as well-wisher, guest speaker, sponsor and host of IITGN summer interns. Since 2014 he has been a visiting professor teaching courses in management science, mathematics and mechanical engineering.