Drawing inspirations

As a lecturer, when I gave team assignments to my students, there were times when it used to be a one line brief and few keywords that would string the assignment/project.

The whole idea behind such a broadly defined assignment was to merely show a path to the learner and let the learner ‘discover’ for himself.

The findings of this exploratory journey was to be then structured in the form of an assignment complying to certain formatting standards.

The turf for the game was defined, the players were decided, and so were certain do’s and don’t s, but essentially it was the players who had to come up with the new game.

Fast forward to today. Almost a decade later , a sense of deja vu surrounds me.
A similar team assignment at my work place lead to an exciting exploratory journey.

A journey into the world of exploring the possible uses of 4G technology in Education.
During our brainstorming sessions, my colleagues referred to the movie- Minority Report while citing few examples of the future possibilities in computing .

Intrigued by the description of the scenes of the movie, dug in a little deeper to find out who is the brain behind such ideas.

The following video is one of the most interesting material that I viewed while learning more about the possibilities in the future of computing.

(John Underkoffler points to the future of UI- Courtesy /TED talks)

John Underkoffler had led the team that came up with the interface called the g-speak, Spatial Operating Environment. (http://www.ted.com/speakers/john_underkoffler.html)

What was most inspiring is the way in which Underkoffler shows that there is no box to restrict your ideas. The effort is about finding ways to make them implementable.

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Hole in the wall – Sugata Mitra/courtesy-TED talks

An inspiring video on how learners(children) drive learning (education).
Must watch for educators who want to make a difference.

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Core Elements of Quality Education

The quest for knowing the ‘how’ and ‘what’ of education has pushed me very often to read more on the subject. The privilege of travelling in the company bus gives me the luxury of time to catch up on my reading .

During one such reading sessions …came across the term…’Quality Education’ repeatedly in an academic essay. It isn’t that these terms are new or that one doesn’t encounter them often. Rather to be honest, have over used ‘quality education’ for few years when I worked with an organisation which believed in ‘imparting quality education’.

In recent times, have heard the term being used by anyone and every one remotely connected to education  in a very loose and vague manner.

But today, when I came across the term…I felt a need to step back to reflect and understand as to what is my perception of Quality Education as an educator. Also, to take a look at what are the core elements that we need to focus on when we aim at ‘imparting quality education’.

For me ‘quality education’ is when the end user(learner) receives an optimised output(outcomes) from the committed delivery. This delivery enhances and nurtures further growth and development of the end user for a productive and better future.

Most educational institutions today claim to ‘impart quality education’. I strongly believe that when we talk about ‘Quality Education’ we need to focus on enhancing the quality of the following core elements :-

The ‘learner’ is the starting point for any kind of education (whether formal or informal) . All other elements are to merely facilitate the defined ‘outcomes’ in the process of education.

This post sets the stage for my aim to discuss in detail in further posts on this blog the role of each of these elements and ways to possibly improve them in the Indian educational context

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