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CBSE Class 11 Biology * Open Text (OTBA) * Ambient Air

The CBSE board has introduced open text-based assessments for classes 9 and 11. When one hears the word “open text,” people may mistake it for open book exams which are prevalent in the US and in other countries. The CBSE open text-based assessments (OTBA) are not exactly open-book exams. They do, however, encourage critical thinking, inquiry-based learning, going beyond the text, research, doing case studies and group discussions. By introducing measures like Open Text-Based Assessment, the CBSE board is leading the way in major educational reforms. These educational reforms help make learning more joyful, thoughtful and real life and practical-oriented. In CBSE Class 11, “open texts” have been introduced for the following subjects, Biology, Economics and Geography. In class 11 Biology, the theme “ambient air” is discussed in the open text. Normally, such topics are discussed as a part of … Continue reading

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CBSE Class 9 Social Science * Open Text (OTBA) * Food Security-India

In CBSE Class 9 and 11, open text-based assessments have been introduced to make learning more integrated and thoughtful. The CBSE board is leading the way in making learning more thoughtful, joyful and real-life based. The CBSE textbooks have been prepared under the guidance of some passionate academicans of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). In the CBSE NCERT social science textbooks, topics are discussed in an informative, interactive and sometimes sensitive manner to empower and create awareness among students. For example, in the CBSE Class 9 social science textbook India and the Contemporary World I, topics like Pastoralists in the Modern World are discussed in a sensitive manner with appropriate photos. The social science textbooks earlier were monotonous and put off most students from discussing important historical, economic, political and civic topics. The CBSE social science … Continue reading

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CBSE Class 9 Social Science * Open Text (OTBA) * Dairy Cooperatives

The CBSE board is leading the way in educational reforms in India. CBSE Social Science textbooks under the guidance of NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training) have been prepared by some passionate academicians. They sometimes discuss social and humanitarian topics in a sensitive manner. Earlier, social science textbooks were very monotonous and did not really discuss social, political, historical, economic or civic topics in a sensitive manner. This put off most students from studying the subject and also left them ignorant of many important topics. The CBSE textbooks like the CBSE NCERT textbook Social and Political Life class 8 discuss topics like the Bhopal Gas Tragedy and Understanding Marginalization with sensitivity. This helps students discuss such topics with humanitarianism and to stand up for justice and human rights in a wise manner. Also, the NCERT textbooks contain thoughtful … Continue reading

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CBSE Class 9 English * Open Text-Based Assessment * Indigenous Games

In CBSE class 9 and class 11, open text-based assessment has been introduced to make learning more (w)holistic. All the subjects from mathematics to English were taught and are still usually studied in separate classroom sessions. Sometimes, it is necesary to study and discuss topics in an integrated manner. This makes learning more wholesome, thoughtful and real life-based. English, all the other languages, social sciences, philosophy, theology, economics, political studies, art and music are studied under Humanities in college. In school, English literature, poetry and grammar are studied and discussed. However, it is also necessary to study and discuss English in an integrated manner in order to communicate and apply with bravery, humanitarianism, egalatarianism and liberty. On this note, let us discuss Indigenous Games of India – CBSE Class 9 English – Open Text -Based Assessment. CBSE Class 9 English … Continue reading

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CBSE Class 9 English * Open Text Based Assessment * Northeast India

The CBSE board of India is making efforts to bring about wonderful reforms. In CBSE Class 9 and 11, open text based assessments (OBTA) have been introduced with the aim of making learning wholesome. English, all the other world languages, social sciences, philosophy, law and politics, music and dance are studied under Humanities. The English literature and poetry that students study in school help them to empathize with humanity. In fact, accomplished writers pour out their hearts, souls and minds with immense passion and sensitivity. Also, the study of English including literature and poetry helps students become more original and communicate with greater profundity. In the past, English, like all the other subjects, was taught with the push to merely pass exams rather than to truly become wise communicators. Also, sometimes, it is necessary to study English in a more … Continue reading

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Open Text-Based Assessment for Enhancing Thinking/Innovation

Open Text-Based Assessment (OTBA) has been introduced by the CBSE board to help enhance thinking and innovation skills in students.  The Open-Text Based Assessment was conducted for classes 9 and 11 in March 2014.  It will again be conducted in March 2015. The main goal of conducting open text-based assessment is to move away from rote learning and to help students improve research and thinking skills. In the Open-Text Based Assessment conducted by CBSE, “open text materials” for classes 9 and 11 are prescribed and provided well in advance.  OTBA conducted by CBSE may seem like a misnomer.  One may think that an open book-kind of assessment means that one can refer to books and other reference material while undergoing an assessment.  This is what happens in most open book assessments in the US and other countries.  The Open-Text Based … Continue reading

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