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Learnings Need Matrix (LNM)

Under the wisdom extended by the then Vice-Chancellor of GTU, Dr Akshai Aggarwal, in the year 2014-15, we developed a format named as Learnings Need Matrix for the use by the students across all engineering branches. This tool was developed for exploring its usage in the semester IV, when a refinement is carried out in the Product Development Canvas.

The purpose of LNM is to identify the requirements of learning among the team members. While a new product/process is under development based on a unique idea (to reduce the level of difficulty faced by a user), the team members need to learn and explore a lot of new skills and documents, methods and guidelines.

The LNM is containing a quadratic layout. From centre (the concept under development), it needs to have mention of learning/exploring requirements in each quadrant representing a specific type of skill acquisition. These quadrants have a timeline associated with it that can be considered in the year of studies (II, III and IV) or phases as (short-term, mid-term and long-term). Each identified requirement of learning is connected depending upon interdependencies and paths are to be drawn. The team members can develop their own learning path to contribute to the efforts of the team for developing the concept underlying at the centre of the LNM.

Paper to be used here should be of A2 size, plain and white paper. If not printed with the format suggested below, partitions can be drawn manually as well.

Each learning need identified is required to be mentioned in form of a word. Using a sticky note, it should be pasted in a particular quadrant considering timeline decided to accomplish the learning/exploring. Below is the LNM format.

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Top-right quadrant identified the learning requirement regarding applicable standards, design specification, exploration and understanding of scientific principles and identification of different types of experiment to be performed over a period of time.

Top-left quadrant suggests making identification of learning the use of various tools, processes, methods of application, theories to apply tools involved.

The lower-left quadrant contains identified needs for learning of software, simulation techniques, skills, mathematical learning requirements and so on.

Lastly, the lower-right quadrant shall have the needs identified pertaining to an understanding of various alternative materials, its strength and other properties, standards, as well as its testing requirements, depending upon envisaged quality.

A video lecture (26 min) is describing more about the creation of an LNM and chasing the learning requirements.

The LNM tool is primarily addressing to be learnt by the students of engineering, however, broadly, it can be employed for use for any product/process under development.

Click on an image to check out a few examples of the LNM.

The LNM has an application of underlying principles pertaining to systems design as well as project management.

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Prof. Bhasker Bhatt is a Town Planner and Civil Enginee. He has been very active with design thinking based training program as an expert conducting workshops.He completed his masters in town planning with a research on Road Safety Audit. As far as academics are concerned, he has been excellent and awarded with several Gold Medals during Diploma, Degree and Post Graduate studies. He had provided his services in the field of consultancy at national as well as international level through working with multilateral organisations such as The World Bank and United Nations Development Project-India. Research areas of him include Road Safety, Urban Planning, Infrastructure Planning, Statistical Analysis Techniques, GIS and Climate Change effects in urban areas.He is actively associated with several professional organisations and serving various prestigious posts for better interaction among educational, engineering and planning fraternity. He has more than 6 years’ experience in technical consultancy and about 6 years of engineering teaching. He has guided about 23 PG Dissertations and 10+ UG projects as well as a few AMIE projects. Towards continuous upgradations of skills and technological advancements, he has attempted 50+ events consisting of workshops, training programs, seminars, conventions, and symposiums. He frequently organises events for students and faculty members that ignite active academic upgradations and industrial interaction. He has published more than 56 technical research papers in conferences and journals. Several of his research articles are awarded with Best Paper honor during conferences. Most of all his works are available online for reference along with projects and dissertation reports. He is fascinated to conduct academic and exposure trips for students through putting his network of acquaintances to best of use.Prof. Bhasker is a recipient of “Best Section Management Committee Member of ISTE Gujarat Section 2015”. Also, he was honoured by “Pedagogical Innovation Award 2015” by the GTU for his efforts and contributions in engineering education. At the GTU he was a Master Trainer for Faculty Development Programs conducted at the University wherein he trained more than 350+ teachers of diverse engineering discipline. 1500+ students have attended his sessions on Design Thinking approach that ignites the engineering insights and motivates the engineering brain to increase capabilities, drastically. Recently he has been active with Startup Weekend Surat (powered by Google Inc.) as a trainer. He has developed his own learning portal, for learners - completely free of cost to best serve the purpose of spreading knowledge.

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  1. Thanks for sharing Learning Needs Matrix … it would be great tool for self punching & zero looping charging theory… like direct injection system engine of Four wheel Car…. Keep Sharing… World learner need lot in forthcoming situations.

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