(This article has been published in The Financial Express newspaper on Monday, September 25, 2017)
There is a consistent failure in providing desired outcomes at the higher education level. This is indicated by a low employability ratio and the need for firms, which recruit from such institutes, to create a multitude of training programmes for their hires. Such institutes also face challenges in attracting teaching talent. Flipped and blended learning models can augment classroom learning, since these enable more discussion during the class time, by making available lectures and theoretical aspects of the lessons in a multimedia format. Such digital learning environments increase student-teacher and peer-to-peer interaction, thus providing a richer learning experience. But the most important benefit of digital learning environment is that it enables ‘learning analytics’.
(This article has been published in The Financial Express newspaper on Thursday, May 11, 2017)
Learning management system (LMS) has long been adopted by colleges and universities including Tier 1 institutes in India to manage and administer their courses. LMS, also known as Virtual Learning Environment, includes a category of software and web application that facilitates the online delivery of course material in addition to the features of tracking and reporting of student involvement. LMS is a hub of all educational activities in an academic environment where a student can access syllabi and required readings, submit assignments, access grades, connect with peers and teachers. On the other hand, a teacher can monitor students’ engagement, as well as performance across courses.
(This article has been published in Deccan Herald newspaper on Saturday February 11, 2017)
The Indian higher education system is at crossroads; barring select Institutes, the quality of education imparted by many of the Institutes in our country is disputable. In the recent Times Asia University Ranking, while Singapore took the top spot, mainland China and Japan are each home to almost a fifth of institutions in the extended top 200 table. India comes distant with just 16 Institutions listed. Is the recent drive by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) to enforce Outcome-Based Education (OBE) in our higher education Institutes a recipe for marching ahead?
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The quality of manpower is a significant resource for large populous countries such as India, which depend on them for their rapid economic growth. Realizing the potential and opportunities in the education sector, the start-up space in this segment has seen much action off late. Almost one third of these companies have yearly revenue in the range of Rs.5 lakh to Rs.1 crore and one fourth of these companies have revenue of more than Rs.1 crore per year. Investment communities are also very enthusiastic about EdTech start-ups. According to VCCEdge, the education sector has seen the rise of investment in recent years. In 2010, the total investment in EdTech was valued at $187M for 27 companies which rose to $248M for 48 companies in 2014 and in 2015, the 51 deals were signed in EdTech investment valued at $155M.
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