Why become an Edupreneur now? Problems and Opportunities
The challenges:• The challenge of numbers (increasing the Gross Enrolment Ratio)• The challenge of Quality (providing a high quality learning experience, at reasonable costs)• The Challenge of employability (graduating students to play a leadership role in the emerging Knowledge Economy )• The challenge of access (close to the doorstep of the residence or the desktop at the workplace)
But the most important of it all……..• The challenge of the mind-set
Acknowledging de Bono:• Imagine a ship at sea that is in trouble. The lights keep going out. The engine is faltering. The rudder is unreliable. The first mate is drunk. The crew is very demoralised. The service is appalling. The passengers on the ship are very dissatisfied.
Then a new captain and first mate are flown in by helicopter • Everything changes. • Crew morale is lifted • Service improves • The engine is fixed • The rudder is fixed • The lights stay on • Everything seems fine.
•But the ship is still headed in the wrong direction
What does it mean in the context of our education system?• We have to change direction from a system that provides access to quality education to a very small fraction(<10%) to creating a high quality education system that is accessible to almost 100% of the aspirants in the target age group.• We also have to provide for up-gradation against obsolescence through life-long learning
Traditional model of education• Admit a few naturally occurring good learners• Recruit some naturally occurring good faculty• Put them in a nice campus, and good learning would happen• It does happen…….BUT
Limitations of the traditional model• It is not replicable• It is not scalable• It is often not sustainable
The skills of a lifetime become obsolete in an instant• New skill sets wanted; upgrading existing skills• Fall in demand of old skill sets• Life time of particular skill sets decreasing• Learning how to learn becomes critical
Generic skills needed in tomorrow’s world• ICT fluency and Communication skills both face to face and remote• Adaptive and flexible personality• Creativity and Innovation• Entrepreneurship• Learnability across disciplines• Proven mathematical abilities
The Frog Story• The frog is sitting on a log, watching flies, in the middle of Amazon rain forest• He is similar to all other of its kind…• … except by a genetic fluke, he perceives his surrounds as they were a second ago
The Frog Story• So what happens?• When the frog sees a fly, within range he lunges out …• … but due to his out of date information … he misses• Eventually, weakened by a rarely satiated hunger, the frog dies• The others which use most recent data survive
Reverse innovation in educational businesses• It is expected that Indian Educational Ventures will set an example to the world and will provide unprecedented growth opportunities.• This will be faster than any other sector has ever seen.
A picture 10 years hence• In the past, you had to be born at the right latitude, longitude and time to be fortunate enough to access a quality education• Education in future could include all, irrespective of the above factors• Providers and seekers of knowledge are all connected through an ‘educational grid’.
About Fast Cars: Time taken for 0 to 100 kmph• Bugatti Veyron 2.2 seconds• Ultima GTR 2.6 seconds• Porsche 911 Turbo S 2.9 seconds• Ferrari 430 3.1 seconds• Porsche Panamera 3.3 seconds• Lomborgini Gallardo 3.4 seconds• Mercedez Benz SLR 3.8 seconds• Mercedez Benz CLK 3.9 seconds
Compare with free Fall:• For comparison, an object in free fall (without any air resistance) has an acceleration time from 0–100 km/h of 2.83 seconds• Apply the formula v=u+g.t• T= 100x1000/(3600x9.8) seconds= 2.83 seconds
ECIP: Enhancing Creativity and Potential• The UK has initiated a project to define an Innovation index for the country• Research shows that GDP’s are positively correlated to R&D and Innovation• Similar concepts and ideas can be applied to individual innovation and creativity• Cycles of creative thinking and critical thinking to solve new problems
AORTA:• Assessment of Replacability by Technological Advances• Software is becoming more intelligent (Digital Socrates)• Wolfram Alpha Search Engine• Robots are getting better (Saya)• Gathering insights from large amounts of data (periodic table; double helix)
Moving away from a uni-dimensional approach• We may look at this as a double strand: one of the traditional academic knowledge in language, science maths etc. updated as per present, and the other of a set of generic skills such as learning to learn, unlearn and re- learn, together with yearning to learn and a range of information skills in addition to ICT fluency.
Drawing from the double helix model: • One strand is the academic knowledge/information in language, science, maths.. • The other strand is generic skills of learning to learn, learning to think, enhancing learner motivation…. • There are links at several levels between the two strands
Rapid growth of information• In the 1930’s the world-wide information quantity doubled in 70 years• In the 1970’s this became 30 years• It is projected that by 2015 this doubling would happen every 11 hours• Every morning you could wake up obsolete
Moving from a mere lecture to the creation of a learning event • It is not enough that a lecture was taken • What about the learning transactions? • Did learning take place? • Did an interest in learning take place? • Did the learner learn how to learn? • Did the learner learn how to think? • Can the learner find meaning in large amounts of data?
To be leaders in the knowledge economy…• Teachers will play the central role.. following the earlier success of the shopkeepers, traders, contractors, lawyers…• We need to be owners and creators of knowledge products not a passive market• Needs creativity, innovation on a continuous basis and not conformity and repetition
Emergence of the Independent Educator• Doctors, Engineers, Architects, CA’s , lawyers can all work either within Government, corporate or independently• Qualified educationists would work independently ... as Teachers, quality assessors, curriculum designers, advisors, creators of IP…
A teacher vs. a mere expert• An expert can do it;• A teacher can do it but also knows what it takes to progress from novice to expert• Those who can do, do.• Those who understand, teach.
New skills for good teaching…• Traditional face to face teachers need to be trained in using ICT to enhance their learning experience and to be able to deliver remotely as well• Webagogy is evolving and developing and needs to be adopted to become a successful 21st century professor
A list of almost 50 business ideas in education: You can add many more• Traditional Brick and mortar Institutions• Technologically empowered Systems• Learner Centric Systems• Personalizing the Learning Experience• Disruptive and Transformational Systems• Blue Ocean Strategies• Edutainment• Parent Education• Teacher Training• Technician Training
Traditional Brick and Mortar Institutions: (7)• Pre-School(s) School for inclusive education ( visually disabled and sighted).• International School.• A high quality private university.• High Quality Tertiary Institute for Liberal Education.• An MBA Institute.• An Educational Mall• A large ( 1000 acres) integrated Education City
Technologically Empowered Systems:• Online variants of all the earlier systems (7)• Special mention of Educational Grid• Educational Back-Office Services• de-materialized degrees and certificates• e-pen type technology for assessment• Handheld Learning• Learning with Social Media
Learner Centric Systems• Language Learning Gyms: English and other languages.• Chain of Maths Learning Centres• L2L Centres: Awakening the Learner within• Knowledge Studio: Nano-learning content; Long Tail.
Personalizing the Learning Experience:• Managerial Skills Self Taught (MBA unbundled): Hindi and other regional languages.• International Qualifications : Self-acquired.• Teaching to a class of one: Joel Kline• Custom-built one point learning satchets• Creativity and Innovation Spas
Disruptive and Transformational Solutions:• Dashboards for monitoring learning for Teachers, Students and Parents.• Using ringtones and caller tunes for reinforcing learning• Network of Independent Educators ( organised as MLM ???)• Learning Communities and Professor 2.0; Teacher 2.0
Blue Ocean Strategies:• Development of Learning metrics/instruments for their measurement• Educational Diagnostics/ Learning Metrics.• Learning Analytics.• Education for Behavioural Change
Learning MetricsTraditional Transformational ( new)• Learner side: Marks, • Learner Kinetics: rates of Grades, hours of learning learning, personalisation• Teaching side: Syllabus, • Choice in courses, variety of number of exam papers, assessment methods, hours of teaching interactivity• Institutional: Accreditation, • Educational Analytics: Rankings, Grievance Redressals
Edutainment• Magazine dedicated to Education…on the lines of Wired• Reality Show on education ( Maths and English): TV and new media.• Games based learning systems: The epistemic value of games
Parental Education:• Pre-natal, neo-natal and pre-school learning.• Parental Education: Dealing with the educational concerns of their children• Centre for Financial Literacy
Teacher Training• ICEQUALM: International Centre for Educational Quality Leadership and Management.• Annual educational events for Continuous Professional Development: about 3 to 4 every year.• The Learning Observatory.
Technician Training• Training a million technicians in the skills for tomorrow.• Special Programs in English for Digital Participation• The second Strand
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