An Opportunity for National Progress

By Ms. Sudeshna Chakraborty, Manav Rachna Vidyantariksha (MRVPL)on 7th Oct 2015

Delivering skills-training to a geographically widely-distributed population in a cost-effective manner naturally points to online education. In a country where Internet cafes are ubiquitous even in remote areas, and the population is becoming increasingly net-savvy, bringing skill-education to each citizen's doorstep is a realistic goal.

A hosted learning solution would be ideal in this scenario, both in terms of simplicity of infrastructure requirements and cost-effectiveness. Where Internet facilities are sparse, traditional vocational training institutions and NGOs can bridge the last-mile with ILTs or blended models. Content may be tailored to the proficiency and even learning-style of the learner. The short half-life of content is well-addressed by iON Digital Learning solution, since content update is effortless, immediate and cost-effective. No printing, publishing and transporting new editions to far away places! Assessments and diagnostic tests can evaluate the learner's level of learning and how ready he is to meet the demand. Historical reports and certificates help keep track of credits earned so far and provide the recruiter an objective idea of where the candidate fits. A collaborative environment provides far-flung users the environment to discuss content, work as a team and build professional networks.

Hosted Digital Learning has the additional advantage of being rapidly deployable in terms of platform as well as content delivery. Anyone with access to a PC and the internet,“ even one in an internet cafe - can get started. Courses can be short or long duration, as appropriate. They can be made self-paced, with the ability to pause and resume at their convenience to make them more viable for mothers and youth engaged in other livelihood activities.

While just a small piece of the solution, hosted Digital Learning solutions may hold the key to unlocking the potential of youth from the farther corners of India. With their newly learned or updated skills, they may be able to find employment in urban areas, get steady-paying jobs or simply just get back to the workforce (eg: women returning from maternity break or displaced mill-workers). This urbanisation of the country bodes well in general for the long-term prospects of the economy. Even the farmer, who stays behind in the village, may take a course on new farming techniques, seed quality and basic agricultural economics, improving his own productivity and retaining more value at his end. At every level, in every geographical zone, across genders and ages, when productivity thus improves, India stands a genuine chance of enabling its own Baby Boomer generation to actualize the demographic dividend dream.

A platform to provides education industry a golden opportunity to contribute to national progress in a meaningful way.

It has following scopes in future:-
- Facilitate a discussion around the significant findings from the research
- Explore how we can respond to student needs and expectations
- Help course teams formulate pragmatic methods of appropriating digital technology to support and engage students
- Discuss ways the curriculum can be designed to make best use of digital tools and spaces

Digital Learning is a competency education solution that helps educators and students with the means to drive better learning outcomes and gain mastery over their subjects respectively.

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