Becoming an Independent Educator:

WLL09: Becoming an Independent Educator:


If one were to pursue the profession of medicine, law, architecture or even finance as in a CA, CFA or CFE ( Certified Fraud Examiner), one could choose to be employed by a large corporation, the Government or be self-employed. But these options are not available to a qualified educator. One may have a teaching credential or a Ph.D. with impeccable academic credentials, but one cannot teach as a self-employed academic for recognised qualifications. 

With recent technological trends of smartphones in every hand and more educational Apps becoming available, better data plans for Internet, the traditional barriers to becoming an Independent educator are reducing. 

Just as salaried theatre artists evolved into independent actors and now millionaire superstars, we may see the rise of independent educators in the coming decade. 

This one week course may be the first step by educators in their pursuit of “atma nirbharta” exhortation of the Prine Minister. The ecosystem is now ready to support one person academies. Possibly a 21st century version of our own traditional gurukul. 

The flow of posts for this program is: 

Day 1: Why is it now a good time to be an independent educator ?

1.1: Why become an independent educator?

1.2: A dismal future for the traditional educational Institutions

1.3: The Covid pandemic has given a glimpse of the future

1.4: The top 5 Celebrity educators

1.5: Other celebrity educators

Day 2: Attributes for success as an independent educator:

2.1: The 7 habits of successful people: Stephen Covey

2.2: The 7 qualities of unsuccessful people

2.3: Malcolm Gladwell’s rules for success

2.4: Organising yourself: avoiding procrastination and time management

2.5: Resources : Books, weblinks, Apps and MOOCs

Day 3: Digital skills needed in today’s educator

3.1: Having an effective digital presence

3.2: Presentation tools

3.3: Familiarity with tools for content management 

3.3: Competency in curation tools

3.4: Fluency in communication tools

3.5: Creating a superior digital learning experience 

Day 4: Pedagogical knowledge and people skills for being a successful educator

4.1: New and emerging innovative pedagogies : from pedagogy, andragogy to heutagogy ( managing learning for the self-directed learner)

4.2: Flipped and Mastery Learning

4.3: Ubiquitous and serendipitous Learning

4.4: Personalising the learning experience 

4.5: Leveraging Social Media

Day 5: Business matters: 

5.1: Opportunities as an Independent Educator: Blue Ocean and Disruptive approaches

5.2: Brand and Image Management: Conversational Capital: why should people talk about you ?

5.3: Financial Matters: How to set up your fees?

5.4: Forms of businesses : the One Person Company

5.5: The next steps: Getting mentored



These courses are offered  through WhatsApp that can be easily accessed with a mobile hone on the scheduled  week ( Monday to Friday ) of the month. Expression of interest in joining the course can be made on any day, and all requests received upto 12 noon on the Sunday before the schedule of the course will be placed in a cohort that would begin on the following Monday.


To register for this course:

First pay the fee of Rs 2500/- by PayTM to MM Pant ( mobile number : +919810073724).

Then send a Whatsapp message to MM Pant ( +919810073724) with the following information :

1: Your Name : First and Last

2: Mobile phone number linked to Whatsapp

3: Course Code and course name:

4: PayTM transaction number/ screenshot

5: Your brief profile ( optional). There will be an opportunity to briefly introduce yourself within the group also.

For those who would rather pay into a Bank account, the relevant information is : 

Madan Mohan Pant

HDFC Bank, Unitech Cyber Park, Sector 39, Gurgaon 

A/c 26451000000301


(The account number is 26451 followed by six zeroes followed by 301)


To seek any clarification or for further information, please send a Whatsapp message to Prof. MM Pant at +919810073724

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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