Conduct of contact classes is an important component of PGDAEM.
In each semester five days contact classes have to be organized
covering one course every day.
A day may be divided into four sessions. Two sessions may be
devoted for classroom teaching and other two sessions for
clarification of doubts raised by candidates.
Course coordinators have to identify an experienced academician /
expert / counsellor for each course.
Course coordinators are expected to hand over the printed study
materials to the identified resource person well in-advance so as
to enable the academic counsellor to understand the various facets
of the course contents.
The purpose of
organizing such face-to-face contact between the learners and
their tutors/counsellors is to give overall orientation about the
course, give conceptual clarity on the key concepts in each unit
and answer some of the candidates’ questions and clarify doubts.
At the end of each unit there are questions on check your
progress, Academic counselors are expected to give emphasis on
these questions for more clarity to the students.
Contact classes should be different from the usual classroom
teaching or lectures or training. It should help in exchanging the
views among counsellor and candidates, comprehend some of the
complex concept / theme / ideas and overcome academic difficulties
of the candidates.
Academic counselor should try to concentrate on the relevant and
the most important issues pertaining to the course.
Academic counselors are
expected to guide the candidates on writing the assignments in a
systematic and logical way.
Contact classes are
intended to provide an opportunity to meet fellow candidates to
get mutual help for academic purposes.