ACTIVITY BASED LEARNING 2018
In the words of Anton Chekhov, "Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice."
Motivated by the essence of this statement, Activity Based Learning was conceptualized and introduced by our business studies mentor with an intention to impart practical knowledge to the commerce students and give them an insight into the dynamic corporate world. To begin with, we were divided into teams of ten. Each team was kindled with the spirit of solidarity and began to synergise their individual spirits into one.
ABL now turns three. Every year, the batches add value to this learning process by leaving a mark in their own way. This year, our value addition was in the form of a logo designed for ABL, which conceptualized and visualized the very essence of this learning activity.
A grand opening ceremony was organised where our principal encouraged all of us to participate with enthusiasm and the eagerness to enhance our knowledge.
"Design is the silent ambassador of your brand." Keeping this in mind, the first activity witnessed sixteen magnificent logos designed by the teams. We had to explain the thought that went behind our team logo and creatively introduce our team members. Here, our creativity and ability to conceptualize was put to test. We could see many of our classmates overcome their fear to talk in front of a crowd as the teams were being introduced.
The ability to solve a crisis is very crucial in the corporate world. The second activity gave all of us a glimpse of the crises which have dawned upon various companies in that past. Each team was given a crisis and had to think of logical and ethical solutions for it. We were tested on our ability to solve a problem and to perceive the situation, putting ourselves into the shoes of a particular person.
Presentation skills are equally important, not only in the corporate world, but also otherwise. The third activity focussed on developing the same. We were given various topics and had to present a powerpoint presentation on the topic chosen by us. We had a great experience as we got to learn about general topics that are very much relevant today, and technical topics such as business plan, corporate restructure, stock market scams, product launch and service app launch.
We wish to highlight the rounds conducted the previous year with respect to the marketing round, business quiz and personal interviews as a part of the staffing process.
The knowledge of marketing is one, which is very much useful at any juncture for it polishes the social skills of a person. The next activity comprised of a market survey after which the students had to design a product based on the feedback from the survey. Advertising their product through print ads and YouTube ads brought out the creativity in students. To the amazement of the students, this activity covered the entire chapter 'Marketing' and they were excited to realise that they had not only learnt the concepts, but also implemented them practically.
Being aware of what's happening around gives us a sense of confidence in this dynamic world. A business quiz was conducted to test the knowledge of the students as they were questioned on various topics such as current affairs, logos, taglines, corporate personalities and strategic skills. The fact that it was conducted by the I PUC students ensured a learning experience for them too.
At the end of this round, the top two teams were identified and were qualified for the final round.
Finally, time had come for the much awaited part of ABL- The Grand Finale. This was a tag-team challenge with all the activities falling under the process of staffing. Rounds such as written test, group discussion, best salesman and formal interview gathered a lot of cheer from the audience. The stress test was put forth in a different way as the teams had to restructure a company within a very short time of 1 hour!! Communication games added to the enthusiasm as we got to learn about vital skills through simple games.
We eagerly await these rounds this year as these definitely step up our thought process so as to match the competitive needs of today.
In conclusion, the activities groomed our commercial skills and gave us a glimpse of what we'll be facing in the coming years. Each team carried out every activity with enthusiasm and interest. Throughout the activity, we learnt a whole lot of things - building qualities of leadership, teamwork, cooperation and understanding. We had fun and simultaneously learnt and developed some precious bonds in the course of the activity.
It was indeed "The corporate world presented to us in a nutshell."
Let’s hear it from the students!!
Amulya, Alumnus (Batch-2016)
"I'd say that ABL was a platform open for every student. When I was in my first year I didn't get a chance to go to Inter-collegiate fests and get that exposure but it was through ABL that I was recognised and given a chance to participate in fests! At the same time those who didn't get to participate in fests did not to crib about it because ABL was no less than any Commerce Fest!
Logo-making, Quiz, Advertising, B-Plan, Marketing a product, Case study, HR management, Best manager were all a part of our ABL. It kept our spirits alive throughout the year because we always got to learn something new! Infact it made learning fun!
It was a great experience to be one of the members of the ABL Team and all thanks to UV Ma'am who's been working on this despite all odds!"
Lavanya. K, Alumnus (Batch 2016)
"Activity Based Learning, started by our business studies teacher, was one thing we would always look forward to. ABL was the most cherished part of our curriculum. Here, we got to learn all our lessons in a practical manner, which ensured that we would never forget them. Since ABL was a competition between teams, all students ensured that they gave their best shot and hence learnt all the concepts thoroughly. ABL also have the students confidence to face the audience boldly. It involved many activities like marketing, crisis management, stress interview, etc. By the end of the year we knew all the concepts in our textbooks practically, which made the board exams a cakewalk for most of us. We also had the confidence to face the corporate world more confidently. To conclude, ABL was, and will be the most treasured memories of college life."
Avyukth Krishna, Alumnus (Batch 2017)
"This is an amazing initiative taken up by our business studies teacher, Uma ma'am. It engages us effectively in the learning process and also gives us a taste of the corporate environment. It helps in building self-confidence and also nurtures qualities like hard work and team spirit which are of utmost importance in today's competitive world. It has always been a pleasure to be a part of ABL."
Anjali Satish, 2 E
"Making learning fun is what exactly ABL has been all about.
Every activity we did came with a new challenge. Any challenge thrown to us, stepping back was never a choice. We learnt the importance of planning and executing together as a team. ABL has encouraged us to try things we never did before and do better in things we thought we were the best in. We enjoyed giving our best shot in every task we did. It has given us a clear glimpse of what lies in the big corporate world out there. We did make mistakes, but most importantly we learnt from these mistakes.
ABL has been that beautiful experience I know I'll cherish for the rest of my life."
Aravind Srivatsa TCS, 1F
"A complete package of learning designed by ma’am. ABL was relished by one and all, and I am no exception. Not a soul that was involved in ABL 2018 was bored to the slightest quantity. It proved to us that fun with learning is possible, if we accept it gladly. The merger of ma'am's guidance with the hardwork of students added to the enjoyment. A big thanks to ma'am for giving the opportunity for the first years to witness and participate in the activities. Eagerly waiting and looking forward to be a part of it next year!"
Kshirja G Krishnan, 2 F
Aravind Srivatsa TCS, 1 F