Disrupting Higher Education

I am  a panelist at a FICCI event  in a session with this theme. I have 5 minutes to make my initial comments and then there would be discussions.

This is what I propose to  share in my 5 minutes. 

My inputs at FICCI:

The hexagon of challenges to higher education:
The challenge of numbers
The challenge of relevance
The challenge of Quality
The challenge of access
The challenge of costs 
The challenge of speed
The pentagon of disruptive solutions:
Big Classroom: Evolution of MOOC to create a model of simultaneously teaching on-site and off-site learners, using synchronous and a-synchronous reacher learner interactions.
CCL: Collaborative and co-operative learning
ISL: inculcating self-learning : where/when there is no teacher
Educational Measurements, Learning Metrics and Learner Analytics
Personalisation of learning
The quadrilateral of technological tools for teaching-learning:
Search and Curation tools for appropriate learning resources with a suitable taxonomy
Content creation and presentation tools
Interaction and engagement tools to support the teaching-learning process
Intelligent assessment tools for diagnostics, feedback and determining learning pathways
The trinity of skills to be developed for future learners:
The ability to learn something completely new in a short period of time; including the skill to figure out what a learner can learn auto-didactically, where Internet based resources would suffice and when a master class is needed.
The commitment to be able to change habits quickly.
The ability to change mind-sets: typically change from a status quo mindset to a growth mindset.
The critical duo in the process:
The teacher
The learner
The single most important element of the education process:
Asking the right questions?


About mmpant

Prof. M.M.Pant has a Ph.D in Computational Physics, along with a Professional Law Degree, and has been a practitioner in the fields of Law, IT enabled education and IT implementation. Drawing upon his experience in world class international institutions and having taught in various modes of Face-to-Face, Distance Learning and Technology Enhanced Training, Prof. Pant is now exploring the nature of institutions which will be successors to the IITs, which represented the 1960s, IIMs, which represented the 1970 and Open Universities which were the rage of 1980s & 90s. He believes that the convergence between various media and technologies would fundamentally alter the way learning would be created, packaged, and delivered to learners. His current activities are all directed toward actual implementation of these new age educational initiatives that transform education in the post Internet post WTO era.. Prof. Pant, has been a Former Pro-Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and has been on the faculty of IIT – Kanpur (the premier Engineering institution in India), MLNR Engineering College and Faculty & Visiting Professor - University of Western Ontario-Canada. He has been visiting scientist to research centers in Italy, England, Germany & Sweden and has delivered international lectures with about 80 papers published. During his association of almost 15 years with the IGNOU, Prof. Pant has served as the Director Computing and has been the Member of All Bodies (i.e. School boards, Academic council, Planning board, Finance committee and the Board of management). With his interest in Law, backed with practice of Law in a High Court, and his basic training in Science and IT, Prof. Pant has been particularly interested in the Cyber Law, Patent & trade mark issues, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) issues etc. and has been involved with many activities, conferences on “Law & IT” Prof. Pant is presently; • Advisor to Media Lab Asia - Chairman of working group on ICT for Education, chairman of PRSG handling projects on ICT for education. • Lead Consultant for an ADB funded project for ICT in Basic Education in Uzbekistan • Member of the drafting Group for India’s National Policy on ICT in education • Chairman of the group creating books for class 11 and 12 students on ‘Computers and Communication Technology’ appointed by the NCERT • Preparing a ‘Theme Paper” for the NCTE in the area of ICT and Teacher Training • Advisor and mentor to several leading Indian and Multi-national Companies in the area of education. Prof. Pant has in the recent past been ; • Member – Board of Management – I I T, Delhi for 6 years (two consecutive terms) • One-man committee to create the Project Report & Legislation for Delhi IT-enabled Open University • Advisor to the Delhi Government on Asian Network of Major Cities Project (ANMC-21) distance learning project in association with Tokyo Metropolitan Government. • Chairman Board of Studies, All India Management Association With his mission to create and implement new business opportunities in the area of e-learning & learning facilitation, Prof. Pant has promoted Planet EDU Pvt. Ltd., as its Founder & Chairman, along with a team of highly experienced and skilled professionals from Education & Training, Operations, IT and Finance.
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1 Response to Disrupting Higher Education

  1. jkphilip says:

    Sir, couldn’t have agreed more. And if you needed one, here’s proof to support your claims: I’ve been following the FICCI HES from the comfort of my chair at home.

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