Education 2.0: Over-regulation is choking online learning potential

Online learning will ‘mass-ify’ higher ed, which is what a -trn economy needs.But, 35 Universities applied for a licence for online courses, and none has received it By Manish Sabharwal & Shantanu Rooj on a recent US investor roadshow, a portfolio manager at one of India’s largest foreign investors asked us, “How do you get something done in India after everybody important in the government agrees with you?” His rhetorical question is relevant; the gap between India’s performance and potential is not a lie, but a disappointment. For example, most…

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Can’t go the distance on education if online choked

If the government is serious about increasing the capacity of India’s education system to meet the country’s needs, it simply has to free up education-delivery At a value of $5.5 bn, homegrown ed-tech firm Byju’s is probably among the most valuable in this space globally, and is a symbol of how quickly Indians are taking to online coaching; the fact that global universities have enrolled around one million Indians annually, using platforms like Coursera or EdX, symbolises the same trend. That, of course, is hardly surprising given the changing nature…

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Online Distance education Market Is Thriving Worldwide by 2025 | Educomp Solutions, NIIT, IGNOU, BYJU’s, Next Education, Meritnation

Online Distance education or long-distance learning is the internet and online education of students who may not always be physically present at a school. Traditionally, this usually involved correspondence courses wherein the student corresponded with the school via post. Today it involves online education. Courses that are conducted (51 percent or more] are either hybrid, blended or 100% distance learning. The Online Distance education market is expected to grow worth of USD +20 Billion and at a CAGR of +20% over the forecast period 2019-2025. This report studies the Online Distance…

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Online degrees soon to be recognised in India, 15% universities likely to set up such courses

India will allow 15 percent of its universities to offer degrees online, excluding engineering and medicine, according to a report in Mint. This will be the first time India will be allowing universities to offer degrees, i.e., undergraduate and postgraduate courses to be taken up online.  The norms of these degrees are in the process of getting formulated by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and is likely to be out within a month. Although online degrees have existed in India, many a time the UGC has termed it to be an invalid…

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How to make massive open online courses more effective?

While MOOCs attracts and connects millions of learners from different parts of world, in India there are many private organizations that provide MOOCs for both free and a minimum charge. The government of India in 2014 introduced a platform ‘Swayam’ to make ‘distance learning online education’ accessible to a larger audience, especially the most disadvantaged. The objective of the initiative was to achieve three principles of the education policy, access, equity and quality. The success of MOOCs depends on several factors-self motivation of the individual, internet penetration, infrastructure accessibility, evaluation…

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