Revising together via Skype

Kholah Malik reports on a unique collaborative learning experience between students in Pakistan and India
Revision classes in Pakistan
A total of 58 students in Pakistan and India took part in collaborative revision classes via Skype
Students from both campuses started seeing common ground as the problems, confusions and apprehensions were all the same

25 students from Roots Millennium Campus (Islamabad, Pakistan) and 33 students from Podar World College (Mumbai, India) recently took part in a unique collaborative learning experience via Skype.

Just before the University of London International Programmes exams 2014, when panic sets in, the Millennium Campus management and students decided to sit for a revision week, scheduled and coordinated as usual. Only this time they wanted it to be an experience that they could share, explore and offer to more students entering the same phase of the academic season – exams.

They wrote to the institute that the heads had recently met at the Global Symposium meet in London 2014, and Podar World College responded in a positive fashion. Much to everyone’s delight, the students and management in India were as eager to share the learning and teachings as the students in Pakistan.

The study group reinforcement week for the University of London International Programmes exams 2014 began with a first class on ‘Introduction to economics’ given by a very talented and experienced faculty member, Dr Sajid (Millennium Campus). Students had been told in advance what courses the faculty would be covering.

It was a unique experience as students from both campuses had never met or seen each other before. When it came to studying, students from both campuses started seeing common ground as the problems, confusions and apprehensions were all the same. Transnational indeed.

The classes commenced with the odd technical glitch, but the motivation of the students did not derail. Teachers from Millennium Campus continued with Accounting, Banking and Finance and ‘Introduction to economics’ revision for the rest of the week. The revision concluded with promises to be associated with each other for the exchange of various aspects of the delivery of the University of London programme.