Monday, 9 May 2016

Classroom assessment system needs an upgrade

Over the years, classroom assessment is something that teachers use to understand the grasp of their students.
Traditionally, teachers ask a few questions in the class (to selective students) and try  to predict the assimilation of the concepts taught for the whole batch. This is done because, it is virtually impossible for a teacher to test each and every student on all the concepts and to understand their individual grasping. Teaching each student individually is a job in itself. Many Institutes and teachers offer personal care and individual teaching, with all due respect to them, this is not exactly possible. Institutes try their best to provide this attention, and they are successful to a limited extent. These institutes spend a lot of resources and use additional tutors and teachers. All these make personal attention expensive for both students and teachers.

In today's world there is a vast need for developing low cost personalized teaching for masses. With traditional setting, this is not possible. But lucky us, we are in the age of Big data, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Companies like Google and Facebook are trying to predict future, Amazon and Flipkart are trying to predict our buying behavior, Amex, Visa and Mastercard are trying to make sense of our purchase patterns. There is a vast list of companies who are using and starting to use these technologies. There is another much bigger list of companies, who lack this vision and development, that might go to oblivion or fall behind.

Till today, education is a sector where technology is last used. Youtube was providing online videos in 2005 for entertainment and we don't provide educational video support to our students even today. Many are still skeptical about conducting online courses and tests. Educational Sector is deemed as a very slow adopter of technology. We try to look at technology as a hindrance rather than a staircase. Not anymore, We, at LearnwithGuru, are striving to revolutionize education. The way it is taught, the way it is perceived and the way it is delivered.

Many are under the assumption that when we teach online or use Video on Demand or when we conduct tests online, conduct courses online we cannot cater individually to the students. But, what they fail to understand is the power of technology we have at our disposal. The above misinterpretation comes from our thinking that individual attention is just clarifying individual doubts. To some extent it is, but it is not all of it. Using the online teaching channels like Video on Demand and Online Tests, we can cater much better to students than we do, when we teach directly. Individual attention is catering to individual needs of understanding. But with the limited resources available we cannot do this, unless we spend huge amounts of money (Actually, this task is impossible manually). This is where analytics and data come into picture. We can track each and everything a student does, we can track their progress while they watch a video, we can track their understanding of a particular concept with the questions in the concept test and the time spent on answering these questions, we can track their global understanding during their periodic tests or mock tests, we can track their discussions, with the help of analytics and we can provide material based on the individual progress. In short, we can really provide individual attention to each and every student and with marginal resources and at a very low cost. This is what we call a revolution!

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