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
(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