WLL01: Learning with WhatsApp, other Mobile Apps and MOOCs:
The recent experience with School, College and University education demonstrated the lack of adequate preparation of both the teachers and learners with learning from the abundant educational resources that are available. Both sides did a very exemplary job of managing the teaching-learning experience under the circumstances.
This short weeklong course helps students, teachers and professionals to learn whatever they seek to learn from the abundant online resources. It requires certain preparations by understanding the big picture of online remote education worldwide.
It will help them in their journey of becoming autonomous self-directed ( atma nirbhar) learners.
The flow of topics for this weeklong course are as below;
Monday, Day 1: Learning with Whatsapp
1.1: Why Whatsapp?
1.2: Features of Whatsapp that make it great for learning
1.3: Techniques for learning effectively with Whatsapp
1.4: Lifelong Learning with Whatsapp
1.5: Learning Artificial Intelligence with Whatsapp
Tuesday, Day 2: Learning with mobile Apps
2.1: The benefits of using mobile Apps for learning
2.2: UNESCO mobile learning initiatives
2.3: Bloom’s Taxonomy and mobile Apps
2.4: Characteristics of a good educational App: How to choose an App that is effective for learning
2.5: Pursuing MOOCs through Apps.
Wednesday, Day 3: Specific Learning Apps
3.1: How to choose a good Learning App?
3.2: YouTube and other educational videos
3.3: Duolingo for language learning
3.4: Khan Academy for Maths and other subjects
3.5: Grammarly and Turnitin for better writing in English
Thursday, Day 4: Learning with MOOCs
4.1: A quick history of MOOCs 4.2: Coursera
4.5: Learning with SWAYAM:
Friday, Day 5: Leveraging AI for better learning
5.1: Converting Speech to Text
5.2: Using Text to Speech
5.3: Benefitting from Machine Translation
5.4: Using Google Alerts
5.5: Using YouTube recommendation engine to access personalised content
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 :
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.