Brijesh Kohli, Director, Xebia Academy and Head of Education Programs - Global, Xebia Group International

Brijesh Kohli is a senior business development and client engagement leader with close to two decades’ experience in developing emerging markets, managing P&L and driving profitability for EdTech, computer-based testing, assessment and education management companies globally. With a management degree from ICFAI, Mr. Kohli possesses remarkable entrepreneurial spirit to lead the company’s growth and build competitiveness. He has served reputed organizations such as NIIT, QAI India and Pearson handling core functions including Business Development, Account Management, Sales and Marketing, Strategic Planning and Strategic Alliances and Resource Management to name a few. He has a proven track record of establishing several key partnerships and profitable growth opportunities in higher education enterprises and Government industries.

 

Online learning has been on the horizon for students who either needed to improve their academic results or wanted to pursue a course that was not offered at their district schools.

But Covid-19 speeded up the country’s need for online learning options and made us see the opportunity of this tool being available to all our students.

The corona crisis brought on fast changes to how students learn and how teachers teach. So, e-learning is here to stay, and we have to be ready to embrace these robust changes.

Blended or Hybrid learning

Inventive learning solutions allow personalized learning, easy access to experts and immense networking opportunities. Whether the pandemic is here to stay or not, future classrooms will be hybrid and collaborative spaces with a new pedagogy that will bring together the advantages of physical interactions, as well as the merits of innovative online learning tools.

A hybrid training model improves the self-confidence of trainees and prepares them to be self-disciplined and self-dependent. These are qualities that have real-world applications and support better professional growth prospects.

Self-Based Learning

What can be foreseen is that students will be able to operate from home, finish assignments and post them, carry out learning in a self-paced manner and take the initiative in working on projects. They will become familiar with creating original work.

Mentor based Learning

Students can be asked to come to school on a rotational basis to discuss, clear doubts, and for group assignments and assessments. Similarly, new forms of training can force mentors and teachers to get out of their comfort zones and place themselves towards upskilling. The easy-to-use apps and tools can also save time for teachers while bringing about a warmer teaching-learning atmosphere to their classes.

Video-based Learning

‘Learning by watching’ is the new buzzword. Instead of reading long paragraphs, students prefer to watch videos for a better understanding of the subject and knowledge retention process.

Video production and distribution of online content hosting are also becoming cheap with new tools for video creation and video editing coming in every other day. Video-based content helps make conceptual understanding more impactful. Nowadays, students prefer to watch video lectures, tutorials and other kinds of video content over textbooks and manuals. These videos are more engaging and have been proven to have higher information retention rates than other learning modes. So, with increased video-based learning, students will be able to understand complex concepts more easily.

Virtual Lab Environment

Virtual labs can also create new opportunities. These can help students, where schools do not have labs, to participate in advanced thinking without the need for a formal science laboratory. These virtual labs are also good for struggling learners and students with disabilities.

Adaptive Learning

Adaptive learning is an education platform that alters class materials according to an individual learner’s needs. These platforms help students to engage with other disciplines, or re-examine earlier courses if they have to fill knowledge gaps. When integrated with Artificial Intelligence (AI), adaptive learning can achieve great heights. While a traditional degree program may offer some personalization, including choices of modules or specialization, AI may allow schools to take hyper-customized journeys through the curriculum. Dynamic AI could interpret the interests of each student and predict their behavior, and offer them the exact content they need.

Fast-developing technology is completely changing our lives and the ways we interact. It is also changing every field and every sector with the best possible means. Education—one of the underserved segments—can be improved with more technology adoption.

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