IIT-KGP to help eastern India students learn more about free online courses

Kolkata The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur will approach institutes of higher education in eastern India to familiarise students and teachers with free online courses offered by National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL).

NPTEL, a joint initiative of the IITs and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, offers 160 courses in various categories like agriculture, computer science, management studies, mathematics and basic science, engineering and humanities.

While over five5 lakh students had enrolled for NPTEL courses this year, only about 7% of them were from Eastern India.

“The biggest problem for NPTEL courses is that not only the students from eastern India, but also the colleges and universities in the region are not aware of it,” Anupam Basu, coordinator of NPTEL at IIT-KGP, said.

Students from eastern India will be familiarised with free online courses offered by the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL).

“We are sure if people get to know about the facility and that it is encouraged by AICTE and UGC, there will be many takers,” said Basu, also professor of computer science and engineering.

Too boost enrolments from the region, IIT-KGP is talking to various institutes of West Bengal, Odisha and northeastern states to offer credit transfers to the students, an IIT-KGP spokesperson said.

For West Bengal, IIG-KGP would approach the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (formerly West Bengal University of Technology), while talks are on with general degree colleges like Vidyasagar College and Gokhale Memorial Girls’ College of Kolkata.

Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Jadavpur University and and Presidency University would also be approached, the spokesperson said.

IIT-KGP has also approached most of the private engineering colleges in Bengal.

A workshop with over 100 teachers from various private engineering colleges was held at IIT-KGP recently. PTI SUS NN SBN

Six ways e-learning can help enhance performance of employees

It is often said that the process of learning has no end, since knowledge is infinite. Yet many of us tend to become complacent about our knowledge and skills after acquiring a job. No wonder then that there is so much investment by successful corporate houses in training and development of their manpower to constantly assist and motivate their staff to continue the life-long process of learning.

This is where comprehensive e-learning methodologies come in. They help organisations ensure that their staff is on top of the skills they need, as per market trends. Corporates are now adopting technical and custom-made e-learning facilities that act as a learning reinforcement and alsonimprove learning effectiveness.

Here’s a more concise look at six specific ways in which e-learning adds value to employee training, upskilling and management.

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Cloud reaches everywhere

Uploading the learning module on cloud servers ensures that it can be shared digitally with every member of the organisation. Regular updates, comments and feedback can be gathered, stored and disseminated on the spot as well. Employees can carry out the learning process simultaneously with the job, thereby not hampering the workflow. Cloud-based learning platforms are also useful for employees who are on a leave yet want to remain abreast of the latest developments in the industry.

Customised e-learning

With e-learning, it is very easy to customise the modules according to the need of an individual. The learning process can be paced in a way that every member can compare her/his progress with the ideal time taken to understand a concept. Post classroom training, learners can still access online courses and specific job-aid videos to add more precision to their work.

For perfect sales pitch

E-learning modules are highly effective with sales personnel. Online courses on product training can act as good refreshers, and help describe the product better in a more cohesive and detailed manner to the buyers. Updated information regarding the competitor’s strategies in a certain domain can be quickly communicated to the sellers, who can then modify their pitch accordingly.

Quizzes and questions for a quick revision

A few e-learning providers have created their modules in a manner that allows personnel to recall the main pressure points regarding a particular product or process easily. At the click of a button, crisp questions and engaging quizzes comprehensively summarise the module. Such learning alleviates the sense of confidence of an employee regarding the task at hand, and acts as a strong support system.

Virtual study room for discussions

Discussion forums on e-learning platforms are great spots for keen learners to compare their knowledge base, share opinions and views, discuss problems, and have an overall healthy sense of competition. The presence of online leaderboards and top performers bring in the jostle of a competitive, academic atmosphere. Combined with the urgency of being the best at your job, this feature brings out the best in any employee.

SCORM model for systematic learning

The Sharable Content Object Reference Model or SCORM, an e-learning format on which most of the e-learning available in the market today is prepared, ensures that the learner experiences content in a standardised way. It allows content creators to build highly engaging experiences, all the while capturing rich data about every interaction.

An e-learning platform that can create engaging content comprising videos, animation, graphics etc., which motivates the employees to keep learning about their trade can work wonders for the development of a business. It also helps to act as an evaluatory mechanism for the eventual process of promotion or appraisals and facilitates identification of potential executives, managers and directors in the organisation. Corporate e-learning has indeed emerged as a powerful tool for organisations to identify the prospective leaders.

 

Convert PPTs Into Interactive E-Learning Courses

Corporate training has evolved over the years and eLearning has catered its part by helping it immensely. Many organizations are taking a step forward to implement digital learning as their training strategy as opposed to instructor-led training. Having said that, the Learning and Development Managers have to adapt rapid eLearning for immediate training needs. And converting the existing training materials such as PowerPoint presentations into an eLearning course can be the smart move instead of developing the content from scratch.

With arrival of HTML5 authoring tools, eLearning conversion for multi-device learning has become relatively easy. Nonetheless, we have to use sound instructional design strategies to redesign the existing training material to make eLearning courses more dynamic, engaging, and interactive.

we will walk you through step-by-step procedure to convert your PowerPoint presentations to interactive eLearning courses that can be uploaded in a Learning Management System.

#Step 1: Sequence and Structure the Content

Analyse the content and define learning objectives. Amongst all the PowerPoint presentations that are available, identify the list of slides you want to convert. Arrange those slides in a logical flow and further divide the topics according to the requirements and make sure the entire flow aligns with the learning objectives. Proper content sequencing helps you come up with the course structure aligned with the learning outcomes.

Centre to launch 4 digital initiatives to promote e-learning

President Pranab Mukherjee will launch the initiatives this week. The initiative include the launch of Swayam — an indigenously designed massive open online course (MOOC), Swayam Prabha — a project for transmitting high-quality educational content through 32 Direct-to-Home channels, National Digital Library – online collection of over 6.5 million books, National Academic Depository – to authenticate all certificates issued by institutions across India.

The Central Government is going to launch four major initiatives to push e- learning in higher education.

President Pranab Mukherjee will launch the initiatives this week. The initiative include the launch of Swayam — an indigenously designed massive open online course (MOOC), Swayam Prabha — a project for transmitting high-quality educational content through 32 Direct-to-Home channels, National Digital Library – online collection of over 6.5 million books, National Academic Depository – to authenticate all certificates issued by institutions across India.

“These initiatives will increase the Gross Enrolment Ratio in the higher education from 24.5 (2015-16) to 30 by 2020,” said a ministry of human resource development (MHRD) official.

“The modalities on granting degrees to students undertaking online courses are still under deliberation,” the official added.

According to the MHRD, the students registered with recognised institutes would have the option of earning online credit through programme running on the platform. Through Swayam Prabha, the government would air new content of four hours every day. It would be repeated six times a day.

“The content would be mainly for students from Class IX to XII and those who are preparing for admission into IITs,” the official added.

Nearly 1,000 vice-chancellors of central, state, deemed and private universities along with directors of premier institutes such as Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) were present at the launch.

Delhi University: 10,000 seats still left after first day of admissions under fourth cutoff list

Admissions to around 79% of seats in Delhi University had been approved by the end of the first day of enrolment under the fourth cutoff list.

With only a little over 20% seats still up for grabs, admissions to popular honours courses such as Economics, English and BCom had been closed at many popular colleges. Seats are fast filling even at the colleges where seats are still available and students may need to rush before Saturday to secure a place.

DU has around 56,000 seats for undergraduate courses at its 60-odd constituent colleges, of which around 50,000 are for merit-based undergraduate courses. A little over 10,000 seats were still up for grabs at various colleges.

By Thursday, admissions to 39,495 seats had been confirmed. 36,836 students had paid their admission fees by 6 pm, said DU officials who work with the admissions committee.

The Non Collegiate Women’s Education Board (NCWEB) had also released its third cutoff list along with the fourth list for regular colleges. Of the 12,500 seats available for NCWEB, admissions had been approved to 2,408 seats.

Seats are still available at colleges such as Gargi, Hindu, Ramjas, Lady Shri Ram College, Miranda House, and others.

Ramjas College has approximately 100 seats left. Seats are still available for honours programmes in Political Science, Economics, English and History. Students who have scored 96.5% or more may be able to secure BA (hons) Economics seat at Ramjas.

 DU has around 56,000 seats for undergraduate courses at its 60-odd constituent colleges, of which around 50,000 are for merit-based undergraduate courses. A little over 10,000 seats were still up for grabs at various colleges.

LSR has seats still available for courses such as Psychology, Journalism, English, and History. “We have filled approximately 590 out of the available 700 seats,” said Suman Sharma, principal.

Miranda House, had faced over-admission for Chemistry (hons) programme during the third cutoff. But they still have seats available in four courses, including BA programme and BA (hons) English.

“We have been more busy with ECA admissions… We have around 30 seats for sports and 20 for ECA. We reserve 5% supernumerary seats for Sports and ECA combined. We have more seats for sports as sports is specialised and ECA talent is widespread across colleges anyway,” said Pratibha Jolly, principal of Miranda House.

Students who have sought admissions under the Extra Curricular Activities quota, and have made it to the merit list, will be notified of the colleges’ admission list on Friday. Students then will have Saturday and Monday to get their admission confirmed at the colleges concerned.

 

Musicians Institute Launches Online Courses Taught by Music Legends

The prestigious Musicians Institute, established in 1977 in LA and built on the idea that musicians should teach and learn from other musicians, is launching online courses for the first time in its history on Monday, July 17.

MI Online (MIO) is open to students around the world and includes exclusive online programs from jazz, blues, and rock guitar legend, Scott Henderson, and twisted guitar master, Oz Noy, with their unique approaches to guitar improvisation.

Other courses launching include ‘Intro to DJing’ by Musicians Institute Program Chair, Charles Chemery, and foundational music courses ‘Harmony and Theory Fundamentals’ and ‘Ear Training Fundamentals’, with a larger, specialized catalogue to come.

The 10-week courses, priced at $799, will provide a mix of pre-recorded video lessons, weekly assignments, and Live Lectures that use innovative streaming technology, all online. With small-sized classes capped at 20 students, MI Online’s highly interactive, feature-rich Learning Management System (LMS) allows students to engage in discussions and lectures with their classmates and instructors. Students will receive personalized feedback from their instructors, all of whom are accomplished musicians and Musicians Institute faculty. The course content is artist-driven, designed to help students gain real-world musical skills and training.

Inside MI Online’s virtual classrooms, students will either be required to record themselves performing for assignments and/or complete quizzes. The instructor will then review their work and provide feedback. Students who achieve grades of 70 percent or above will then be awarded an MI Online Certificate of Accomplishment.

Musicians Institute Launches Online Courses Taught by Music Legends

Donny Gruendler, President at Musicians Institute, comments, “MI Online makes it simple and accessible for anyone, anywhere—even at home in your underwear—to learn different musical areas and techniques through cutting-edge music tuition online. For nearly 40 years, MI has proudly welcomed new musicians and creative entrepreneurs into our community, and we’re excited about this next stage in our journey. As a member of the MI Online collective, students will join a dynamic worldwide community that fosters endless opportunities, whilst participating in courses that are designed and delivered by music legends.”

Enrollment is open and available to students all around the world. To try free video lessons from MI Online’s new online courses, please visit the following URLs:

Scott Henderson’s approach to guitar improvisation
https://mio.iljmp.com/3/scottfreelessons
Learn guitar improvisation techniques online and become a better artist with jazz, rock and blues guitar legend Scott Henderson. Explore how to apply diatonic scales, Scott’s approaches to fretboard organization and much more.

Oz Noy’s Twisted Guitar Improvisation
https://mio.iljmp.com/3/oznoyfreelessons
Join master guitarist Oz Noy in this 10-week online course, and learn about the uniquely crafted techniques including tonality, fretboard organization, jumping intervals, voice leading double stops, pentatonic bending points, and more.

Intro to DJing
https://mio.iljmp.com/3/DJfreelessons
Become an artist, fuel your love of music and learn how to develop your DJing skills with MI Online’s online DJ course for beginners, written by celebrated DJ and industry veteran Charlie Sputnik.

Harmony & Theory Fundamentals
https://mio.iljmp.com/3/harmonytheoryfreelessons
Master music fundamentals online with MI Online’s Harmony and Theory Fundamentals course. In this online music theory course, presented by Mark Cally, you will learn about basic symbols and notation, the musical alphabet, major scale construction, key signatures, triads and much more.

Ear Training Fundamentals
https://mio.iljmp.com/3/eartrainingfreelessons
Start your artistic journey with MI Online’s Ear Training Fundamentals course. Throughout this online course, you will constantly and consistently train your ear to identify pitch, major scales, melodies and much more.

 

If IIMs cannot offer online course, something is really wrong with Indian education system

Just when it appeared the government was readying to reduce its chokehold on education by giving both colleges and universities more freedom in setting academic and other standards as long as they met certain quality standards, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has come out with new regulations that suggest it is in no mood to let go. The UGC’s new rules on distance education, for instance, stipulate that only recognised universities or deemed-to-be-universities would be allowed to offer such courses. So, an ISB or an IIM, for instance, will not be able to offer distance learning programmes under the new regulations. Apart from the fact that the UGC seems to place great faith in universities, it is not clear why it has come out with these rules since there is already a National Assessment and Accreditation Council in place to rate all institutions based on their faculty, curriculum, etc. If, in addition, standardised SAT/GRE-type examinations are available, that will also help in the ranking of institutions. Any college/institution that has a good rank should then be free to offer various courses. Keep in mind that an ISB that did not even get government accreditation has a lot more credibility among employers than several accredited colleges/universities. The IIMs, similarly, were not allowed to offer ‘degrees’ thanks to antiquated rules, but this has not affected their standing in either India or overseas.

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Indeed, once there is transparent, and independent, scoring of institutions, this will be a better check on quality than can possibly be done by the rules being put in place by UGC. Looking at video feeds of examination halls, and mandating that examinations be held in government schools as is being suggested by UGC will be unnecessary if those giving such degrees are ranked—any institution that thrives on cheating will automatically score lower marks and that, in turn, will affect its ability to attract students. UGC just needs to look at the track record of colleges/universities certified by it to know this. It is especially ironic that UGC should be looking at putting curbs on distance learning just when MOOC are becoming increasingly popular for a variety of reasons including the fact that, if continuing education has to be the norm, this cannot be provided by existing colleges and universities—Coursera already has 2 million Indian students and edX has just over 1 million. Students are gravitating towards these institutions because they are recognised as providers of good quality course, not because they are UGC-certified. Once government certification becomes the main criterion for being able to run an institution, people learn how to game the system; rankings based on constant evaluation of marks/alumni/faculty, etc, keep institutions in check like nothing else.

 

Everything You Need To Know About Identity Theft Happening In College Campus

Identity theft is primly involved with stealing others name and reputation. It is one of the fastest growing crimes greatly affecting millions of innocent people widely. The motives to do the theft are varied, and the final verdict is the original bearer of the identity as to face penalties, offence statement and sometimes get jailed.

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What you can call as identity theft?

It occurs when an imposer illegally uses your personal data such as name, driving license number, social security number, credit card details, date of birth and all other personal info identifying you as an individual.

This is mainly done to have personal loans, open bank accounts to transfer money earned illegally or conduct illegal activities.

Hundreds of college students have got affected as an offender has used their identity to do crimes and other non social activities. A student may not fall trapped to experience huge monetary loss, even then restoring correction the personal information and credits need to be done which may take valued time as well be expensive.

Why college studying students are targeted?

It happens because they are not conscious of such crime and easily lend their personal info without thinking twice. They are unknowledgeable about such crimes and the adverse impact of it in their life and future. Moreover, most of the students don’t have large credit limits or huge bank balance, thus they think themselves safe from such crimes.

As they regard every theft related to financial gain of the thief, they are less concern to secure their ID. They are unaware of the ways their personal info can be used to commit serious crimes, to achieve credit cards, personal loans, seek medical claims or even use your credit to buy valuable items.

Usually person whom you have shared room in hostel or shared your mail account details try to do such kind of thefts. They even portray like the student whose identity they are utilising to play prank on girls or make fake social ID.

There are multiple modes to secure your ID:

  • Apply for insurance against identity theft: There are many financial companies who have induced such insurances in favour of people to cover their monetary losses.
  • Contact a reliable identity securing company: In most of the countries there are reliable sources helping their clients to monitor their personal info not to be hacked by any imposters.
  • Never open your mail accounts before any of your associates: More often students offer their personal details to friends like password to open their social network site, link to their mail accounts or even the password of their ATM or credit cards which may later on become the cause of ID theft.
  • Always avoid carrying all your personal identify papers like Driving license, Social security card along with you.
  • Never leave your online mail boxes open to be accessed anybody present in the campus. Thus avoid doing any finance transactions through public computers.

There are genuine articles posted in websites to let you know about college identity theft or prevent college identity theft which are quite beneficial for every student to safeguard their identity against such theft.

Online education news- innovative way of education

Education plays an important role in everyone’s life. It is the base of the life. Without education you are nothing. Today is the time of advanced technology so how the education and news related to it can be in the old way. The time has gone when people used to read the newspaper to get the information about the education. These days, you can read and get the every information related to the education on just one click. You don’t have to rush for the newspaper to know about the examination or the result of the particular examination. With the help of the internet, you can do it all very easily.

Everything is possible through the internet

The Internet is the strongest medium through which you can search anything. The education has reached to another level due to which the students are using the advanced technology. Even then can get the products which are related to their education can get through online. Websites like Shopclues best offers the products which are related to the students and the education. It has become very easy for the parents to get all the stuff under one roof. They don’t have to rush to the stores to purchase the stationary products or any other products.

Education has become very easy

The time has gone when the schools and the newspaper are the only medium to get the news about the educational activities. Today, you can get the updates of every educational activity through the internet. You need to search on the internet and you will get every detail related to your search. In short we can clearly say that the students of todays generation get huge knowledge from internet and they also learn about the various facts about the world.

Take the advantage of the educational news

You can take the advantage of the educational news through the internet. Whether it is related to the geography, chemistry, mathematics or about the world you will get update news on the internet. In this way, you will get the knowledge of the particular subject that you want to know. Not only this, through the internet you can prepare well for your examination. Don’t worry to search anything which is related to the education on the internet.

Shop for the educational stuff online

There are many parents who struggle a lot while searching for the best and the stationaly product for their childrens. With the help of the internet, people can purchase through the internet easily. You can even get the discount on the stationary product and can get the product in fewer prices. Many websites are there offers the shopping coupon to their user so that they can use it and can get the discount on the particular product like Amazon coupons. In this way, you will be able to shop for the stationary product in the discounted price. Make sure that you make the right use of the shopping coupon to get the maximum advantage of it without any difficulty.

5 Advantages to Earning Your Degree Online

Earning a college degree is often the first step towards landing the career of your dreams. However, keeping up with necessary coursework and regularly attending classes can be challenging for many students, especially those who work full-time while attempting to advance their career opportunities via education. One way to deal with these challenges is by earning your degree online. The following five advantages illustrate why online learning is such a vital resource for the modern student.

 More Flexibility in Degree Choices

 Attending college locally can have some drawbacks, as you may be limited to those courses offered by schools in your immediate area. This can have an impact on the quality of your education, particularly if you are interested in taking less common courses. Conversely, online learning provides access to an almost limitless array of degrees and accompanying courses. This affords a greater flexibility in the courses that you ultimately choose, which could have a positive effect on your overall education.

 Remain in Your Current Profession While Pursuing Academic Goals

 To advance in your present career, you may find yourself in need of further schooling. To this end, obtaining a degree online might be the only feasible option that will allow you to continue in your existing profession while also gaining new skills through quality education. In addition, rising costs mean that even students entering college for the first time may require some sort of employment to see them through, and maintaining a job can be that much easier when taking online courses.

Make a Schedule That Works for You

 Between things like work and social responsibilities, finding time to attend school can be exceedingly difficult for many people.

Earning your education online helps remedy the demands of a busy lifestyle by allowing you to set a schedule that makes sense for you. Some schools offer accelerated online degrees that complete in a shorter time period. You can also complete courses anywhere you see fit, whether that’s right in the comfort of your own home or down the street at your favorite coffee shop.

 No Need for Commuting

 Inclement weather can wreak havoc on school schedules, especially over the winter months when cancellations are quite common. By attending classes online you will never have to worry about getting to school on time in the face of traffic jams, volatile storms, or any other impediments which can render your daily commute into a legitimate nightmare.

 You Determine Which Groups You’d Like to Work With

 Too often in the college setting professors haphazardly put students in groups, with usually unsatisfactory results. Because deciding who you work with is a big factor in the overall success of a project, such groups can greatly diminish your ability to retain valuable lessons, and may even imperil your grade.  Online learning sometimes makes it easier to work with peers who are in tune with how you think and learn by letting you decide who to join up with. This benefits your schooling and makes coursework that much more pleasant.

 Don’t let life get in the way of getting a good education. Online coursework is a far more accessible, flexible, and convenient option, thereby allowing students to get the education they deserve on their own terms. With online learning you have total control over your education, from the types of classes you take to the time of day you take them.