Centre for Learning Futures

The Centre for Learning Futures (CLeF) designs and implements initiatives to support teaching and learning in the University. The Centre offers courses in academic reading and writing, and workshops in study skills. It also offers, through its Learning Initiatives, opportunities for curricular experimentation and pedagogic innovation as also platforms for integrating learner-centric technological solutions in higher education.

Initiatives of the Centre:

  • Academic Writing Courses
    • CLeF offers courses that train students in evidence-based reading and writing. These courses consist of modules in academic reading and writing such as identifying arguments and their corresponding evidence, independently evaluating and assembling relevant evidence, assessing the strength and appropriateness of logical connections in an argument, and evaluating the coherence and compositional aspects of argumentative writing.
  • Writers' Workshop
    • Writers' Workshop is a consultancy service planned to be offered to students and faculty to get their term-papers, theses and research papers improved in terms of presentation, brevity and readability. This service will be offered free of cost to students and teachers of Ahmedabad University. The Writers' Workshop will engage with students to improve the quality of their written output, rather than offer a complete text-editing service.
  • Ethnography of Learning
    • This is a project to document a wide range of pedagogic experiments at Ahmedabad University and elsewhere that focus on innovative and novel forms of learning. Along with providing a description of such experiments, the project also aims to create a repository of effective pedagogic experiments that can enrich the educational experiences of both students and instructors. CLeF is planning to create an online Handbook of Learning containing digital tools to visualize and recreate the pedagogic experiments.
  • Learning Initiatives

    Learning Initiatives is the outcome of the University’s belief that learning takes root in an environment where students can appreciate the context of what they are being taught, understand critical concepts of their disciplines, and develop the ability to apply them to real world situations.

    • Independent Study Period
      • Independent Study Period is a two-week period in December where students have a chance to experiment with their passion. The University offers a range of credited courses, rooted in disciplines like literature, design, science, language, heritage, humanities, and more, but cutting across areas and specialisations. These include block courses, studio-inspired experiential courses, courses focussing on skill building, innovative experiments in learning, and more.
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    • Project Based Learning
      • Ahmedabad University has evolved a unique framework in partnership with Olin College of Engineering, Massachusetts, to facilitate learning by devising solutions to real-world problems. The University has introduced “Engagement and Application Based Learning and Education", or "ENABLE", where students are empowered to learn on their own through various techniques like Project Based Learning, Flipped Classroom, Discovery Based Method, etc. while the faculty act as a facilitators.
    • Learning Coalition (Faculty-driven workshops in curricular alignment)
      • The Learning Coalition is a faculty-driven activity to reflect on and design standards for outcomes-based education, and ensure alignment between course objectives, outcomes, pedagogy and assessment. It is also an opportunity for faculty to develop new courses collaboratively and seek feedback on the curricula they have developed.
  • Learning Management System
    • Ahmedabad University uses Moodle to enhance learning amongst students. It is a web-based learning management system which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection. At Ahmedabad University, students and faculty use LMS to download course materials, learn and participate in class discussion via forums, submit assignments, take in-class or remote location quizzes, view current grades and comments from faculty as the course progresses, submit a feedback, and much more. Students can use any internet enabled device to access the LMS.
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Activities:

Wikipedia-Edit-a-Thon (2018)

Centre for Learning Futures (CLeF) organised a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon as part of its CLEF 111 Academic Reading and Writing course for first-year undergraduate students on April 7, 2018.

CLeF invited volunteers from the Wikimedia India Chapter to offer a workshop to help students understand the basics of writing for Wikipedia and train students in generating wiki accounts, basics of editing articles on Wikipedia, generating information boxes, hyperlinks, and the workings of the Creative Commons Licencing procedure for uploading or using media on Wikipedia. Students were expected to write a Wikipedia article as part of their final evaluation in the Academic Reading and Writing course and the workshop trained them in the technicalities of wiki editing and writing.

The theory sessions helped students understand Wikipedia, its policies and guidelines, components of the wiki sandbox and other technical aspects of wiki editing. In the practical sessions, students created their own wiki user accounts and created sample articles in their sandboxes.

This is probably the single largest confluence of an education initiative and Wikipedia initiative. As a result of this activity, about 103 groups of students will be creating 100 new articles in their Wikipedia sandboxes.

Some of the topics that students are writing articles on are unique and hitherto unrepresented on the pages of the English Wikipedia. For example: Gujarat secondary and higher secondary education board, Jito Ahmedabad Chapter, Citizen Nagar (Pirana), Tagore Hall, Parivartan Slum, The Pink Rickshaw, Conflictorium Museum, and Dharti Vikas Mandal. Going forward, CLeF intends to strengthen the collaboration with Wikipedia by partnering on Project Tiger, a massive initiative to generate content in Indian language Wikipedias.

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