Featured Whatsapp courses for December 2017

The schedule for featured Whatsapp courses For December 2017:

1: Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December: LW1: Overcoming Maths Phobia
2: Monday 4th December to Friday 8th : MMP01: Becoming a lifelong learner

3: Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December : LW5: The Rich Indian Learning Heritage
4: Monday 11th December to Friday 15th December : MMP07: Making sense of Artificial Intelligence

5: Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th December: LW3: Preparing for a 100 year life
6: Monday 18th December to Friday 22nd December : MMP12: Computational Thinking

7: Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th December : LW4: What if you lost your job tomorrow?
8: Monday 25th December to Friday 29th December : MMP15: Finding Meaning and purpose in your life

9: Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st December : LW2: What is worth Learning ?

Detailed course structure:
MMP01: Become a lifelong learner:
Day 1: The importance of becoming a lifelong learner
1.1:Why lifelong learning is so important now?
1.2:UNESCO and World Bank on lifelong learning
1.3:Lifelong learning for career success
1.4: Lifelong learning in an era of increasing longevity
1.5: Well known and successful lifelong learners

Day 2: Awaken the learner within
2.1: The habit of reading: learning from literature
2.2:Knowing what to learn?
2.3:Expanding the definition of learning
2.4: The characteristics of a lifelong learner
2.5: Grit, perseverance and a growth mindset

Day 3: Steps to becoming a lifelong learner
3.1: Become a more curious person. Ask questions.
3.2: The do’s of lifelong learning
3.3: The don’ts for lifelong learning
3.4: The journey to lifelong learning
3.5: The future of work

Day 4: Improving your lifelong learning abilities
4.1: What is worth Learning?
4.2: Learning at different stages of life
4.3: Applying what you learn
4.4: The Feynman technique for learning
4.5: Making learning stick

Day 5: How to learn anything?
5.1: Learning how to learn
5.2: Strategy and Plan for learning anything new
5.3: Learning resources on the Internet
5.4: Using YouTube for learning
5.5: Learning from Apps and MOOCs

MMP07: Making sense of Artificial Intelligence:

Day 1: What is Artificial Intelligence?
1.1: The Genesis and the present Landscape
1.2: The rapid rise of the under-achiever (AI).
1.3: The Technology: IBM Watson, Google Tensorflow and Apple AI neural engine
1.4: AI and Robotics
1.5: The Turing Test

Day 2: AI: a many splendoured thing
2.1: Narrow Intelligence, General Intelligence & Super Intelligence
2.2: AI, Machine learning and Deep learning
2.3: Approaches to machine learning
2.4: Big Data and AI
2.5: The search for a master algorithm

Day 3: What can AI do today ? Applications of Deep Learning
3.1: Recommendation Engines
3.2: Speech Recognition
3.3: Computer Vision
3.4: Autonomous Transportation
3.5: The Mathematics behind the AI

Day 4: Chatbots:
4.1: What is a chatbot ?
4.2: A taxonomy of chatbots
4.3: The process of building chatbots
4.4: The popular Chatbots
4.5: Tools for Building chatbots


Day 5: Ethical Matters
5.1: The ethical challenges arising from AI
5.2:World economic forum on ethical issues in AI
5.3:Threats to privacy and human dignity
5.4: Singularity: the future of AI
5.5: Resolving the classic trolley Problem

MMP12: Computational Thinking

Monday : Day 1: What is CT?
1.1: The origin of the term CT
1.2: Various Definitions of CT and their elaborations
1.3: Computational Thinking as automation of abstraction
1.4: CT in the age of Artificial Intelligence
1.5: CT and Deep Learning

Tuesday : Day 2: Computer Literacy and similar phrases
2.1: Computer Literacy and its use
2.2: Computer Programming and benefits of knowing it
2.3: Why does knowing CT matter?
2.4: Information Fluency
2.5: A contrarian view

Wednesday : Day 3 : The main elements of CT
3.1: Decomposition
3.2: Pattern Recognition
3.3: Abstraction
3.4: Algorithms
3.5: Evaluation

Thursday : Day 4: CT and Complex Problem Solving
4.1: CT in the Physical Sciences
4.2: CT in the Life Sciences
4.3: Modelling and Simulation
4.4: Data Analysis and Visualisation
4.5: Computational Thinking as Liberal Education

Friday : Day 5: How to develop CT skills?
5.1: CT at Elementary School
5.2: CT at Middle School
5.3: CT at Secondary School
5.4: CT at University level
5.5: CT for lifelong learners: MOOCs

MMP15: Finding Meaning and purpose in your life

Module 1: The meaning of one’s life?
1.1: An unexamined life is not worth living: Socrates
1.2: Nietzsche: He who has a ‘why’ to live can bear almost any ‘how’.
1.3: The Japanese concept of Ikigai
1.4: Does life have a purpose ?
1.5: What is the path ?

Module 2: How will you measure your life?
2.1: Why do I exist ?
2.2: Career
2.3: Relationships
2.4: Integrity
2.5: Seeking Inspiration

Module 3: Aids to find your purpose in life
3.1: What motivates you ?
3.2: Your intrinsic/inherent nature
3.3: Overcoming despair
3.4: Achieving happiness
3.5: Other questions to ask ? Do my life activities have any lasting value?

Module 4: Approaches to finding your purpose:
4.1: What kind of life is worth living?
4.2: The Venn diagram technique
4.3: The exhaustive list technique
4.4: The eulogy technique
4.5: Spirituality

Module 5: Aligning your living to your life’s purpose
5.1: The transition/evolution approach
5.2: Adopting an additional way aligned to the life’s purpose
5.3: Taking a leap ( quantum jump)
5.4: Introspection and Reflection
5.5: Maintaining an attitude of gratitude

LW1: Overcoming Maths Phobia:
Day 1: Understanding the challenges
1.1: Myths and misconceptions about learning Maths
1.2: The what and why of Maths Phobia ?
1.3: Symptoms of Maths Phobia and a scale for its measurement
1.4: Causes/ drivers of Maths Phobia
1.5: Maths as solving mysteries

Day 2: The action plan : overcoming the challenges
2.1: 21st century methods of learning Maths
2.2: Good Learning habits and other strategies of overcoming maths phobia
2.3: Mastering the vocabulary of Maths and tackling maths exams
2.4: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
2.5: Wrapping Up: The solution to maths phobia is gaining confidence. Become one who knows and knows that he knows

LW2: What is worth learning?

Day 1: The overarching questions?
1.1: Utilitarianism: Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill
1.2: Useless Knowledge: Bertrand Russell
1.3: What not to do?: The Sabre tooth Curriculum ,Tale of the parrot And The Dragon Slayer Curriculum
1.4: The Harvard Classics
1.5: Learning at different stages of life


Day 2: A learning plan
2.1: Timeless Lifeskills
2.2: Contemporary Knowledge and Skills
2.3: Urgent Skills
2.4: Creating a ‘to learn’ list
2.5: Wrapping Up

LW3: Preparing for a 100 year life
Day 1: Understanding the Ageing phenomenon
1.1: Drivers of increasing longevity
1.2: What Science says about ageing?
1.3: Lifestyle to promote healthy ageing
1.4: Ageing Gracefully
1.5: About death and dying: Free radicals ; Telomeres

Day 2: The action plan : old age a blessing not a curse
2.1: Become a lifelong learner
2.2: Finding meaning and purpose in life
2.3: Financial arrangements for old age
2.4: Emotional and relationships issues
2.5: Wrapping Up: Developing a Lifestyle plan

LW4: If you lost your job tomorrow?
Day 1: MegaTrends affecting the future of work
1.1: Drivers of job losses and job displacements : not if but when ?
1.2: Assessing your entrepreneurship potential
1.3: Aligning yourself to the Gig economy
1.4: Re-Skilling yourself ( what is worth learning?)
1.5: Search for your Ikigai

Day 2: Managing the transition :
2.1: Become a lifelong learner
2.2: Re-skilling
2.3: Financial arrangements for the transition
2.4: Emotional and relationships issues
2.5: Wrapping Up: Developing an action plan

LW5 : The rich Indian learning heritage

Day 1: The Diamonds in our heritage
1.1: A survey of our knowledge management practices
1.2: Natya Shastra ( nava rasa) & Sangeet
1.3: Shilp Shastra ( with vaastu)
1.4: Ayurveda ( including Paak Shastra)
1.5: Nyaya Shastra

Day 2: Ahead of the rest of the world
2.1: Mathematics
2.2: Science
2.3: Medicine ( Shalya Chikitsa)
2.4: Jyotish ( astronomy)
2.5: Discourse ( the argumentative Indian)


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 Featured Whatsapp courses for December 2017

  1. Shishir Mehta says:

    Impressive coverage. All worth understanding. What options for wider coverage /participation?

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