Lifelong Learning :

Lifelong Learning Strand:

Having explored several formats for mobile delivery on Whatsapp it seems that a very convenient format is that of courses delivered over a weekend. However some courses are more effectively delivered over a weekend.

From July 2019, in pursuance of our Mission 2020, we will have a pool of 20 courses in the lifelong learning strand ; 10 that can be pursued on weekends and 10 that will be transacted over a week. All these 20 courses will be scheduled to be offered every month.

Accordingly during April 2019  we are offering courses in the lifelong learning strand as weekend courses. The first set of 8 weekend courses are listed below, with their proposed schedule :

The following is the plan every month for weekend courses during April 2019:

  • LLL01: An investment in learning is the best option : first batch 6th/7th April (Then on 1st weekend of every month) 
  • LLL02: Understanding Empathy : first batch 6th/7th April ( Then on 1st weekend of every  month) 
  • LLL03: Becoming a Better Learner : first batch 13th/14th April ( Then on the 2nd weekend of every  month) 
  • LLL04: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Parents: first batch 13th/14th April ( Then on the 2nd weekend of every month
  • LLL05: Learning with Mobile Apps and MOOCs : first batch 20th/21st April ( Then on the 3rd weekend of every  month) 
  • LLL06: Cognitive Flexibility : first batch 20th/21st April ( Then on the 3rd weekend of every  month) 
  • LLL07: Preparing for a 100 year life : first batch 23rd/24th March ( Then on 4th weekend of every month) 
  • LLL08: Critical Thinking :  first batch 30th/31st March. ( Then on the 4 th weekend of every month)
  • LLL09: Creative Thinking : first batch 30th/31st March ( Then on 4th weekend of every month)
  • LLL10: Complex Problem Solving : first batch 30th/ 31st March ( Then on 4th weekend of every month)

From May 2019, a set of 4 weeklong courses will be added to this lifelong learning strand:

LLL11: Overcoming Maths Phobia : every 1st week ( Monday to Friday) of the month

LLL12: Health Literacy : every 2nd week ( Monday to Friday) of the month

LLL13: Fostering Foresight : every 3rd week ( Monday to Friday) of the month

LLL14: Financial Acumen : every 4th week ( Monday to Friday) of the month

During June 2019, a few more courses may be added, and the duration of the courses may be interchanged so that from July 2019, we will have a suite of 10 weekend courses and 10 weeklong courses.

The proposed courses to be added during June 2019 are :

LLL15: Emotional Quotient

LLL16: Negotiation

LLL17: People Management

LLL18: Co-ordinating with others

LLL19: Innovation

LLL20: Knowledge Representation and Organisation

Courses on all the top 10 skills for the year 2020 have been included in this pool of 20 lifelong learning courses.

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Details of LLL01: An investment in learning is the best option

Another learning weekend opportunity through Whatsapp on mobiles. The first cohort runs on Saturday 6th/ Sunday 7th April. Thereafter on the 1st weekend of every month.

Background and trigger for the course :

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Flow of the program:

Day 1: The nature of investments: 

1.1@8am: Assets and asset classes

1.2@11am: The magic of compound interest

1.3@2pm: The future of work?

1.4@5pm: The limitations of the present educational model 

1.5@8pm: Being well off without ever having a salaried job

Day 2: An investment in learning is the best option

2.1@8am: The top 10 skills in demand in 2020 and beyond

2.2@11am: What not to do ? The Sabre tooth Curriculum ,Tale of the parrot And The Dragon Slayer Curriculum 

2.3@2pm: Becoming a lifelong learner 

2.4@5pm: What is worth learning? Creating a ‘to learn’ list

2.5@8pm: What next ? 

The exact titles of the posts and their sequence may be tweaked during the delivery of the course. 

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LLL 02: Understanding Empathy:

Day1: Saturday: What is empathy?

1.1: Meaning of empathy 

1.2: Distinguishing empathy from similar terms 

1.3: Affective empathy 

1.4: Cognitive empathy

1.5: Dangers of empathy 

Day2: Sunday: How to measure and develop it? 

2.1: Measurement of empathy 

2.2: Scale of narcissism 

2.3: Fostering empathy 

2.4: Building empathy with  customers 

2.5: Empathy in negotiations 

The exact titles of the posts and their sequence may be tweaked during the delivery of the course.

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Details of LLL03: How to become a better learner?

Backdrop:

School is more often about getting high scores in the tests than about the learning itself. This weekend program is about becoming a better learner, who will then do better in tests as well. There is enough research and thinking on how learning happens, but that is often buried in TED and TEDx talks, Ph.D. thesis, books, seminar proceedings and in research journals and not applied by the teachers in the classrooms. 

This program is meant for students themselves ( of class 6th upwards) and parents of children of all classes. 

How does the course run?

This weekend course is delivered on the 2nd weekend of every minute nth. A prospective learner can pay the fees and register interest for doing the course. Even if there is only one person registered for  any day of a given week, the course will be run for that one person.

The posts will be made outside of typical School timings. The first post will be made at 4:00pm, and the subsequent posts will be at 4:30pm, 5:00pm, 5:30pm  and the last post at 6:00  pm. 

Flow of topics:

Day 1: Learner Know Thyself

1.1: Multiple Intelligence 

1.2: Barriers to learning. Why we fail to learn?

1.3: What makes you unique as a learner

1.4: Learning from neuroscience 

1.5: Developing a passion for learning and enjoying learning (dopamine) 

Day 2: Becoming a better learner

2.1: How to learn faster? Using Feynman technique 

2.2: A scale for how good a learner are you ? 

2.3: Becoming a self-directed Learner

2.4: Time Management for better learning 

2.5: Social Learning 

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LLL04:  AIML4Parents:

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Parents:

Of School going children:

One of the Big challenges for parents of School going children is an anxiety arising out of the trends of increasing automation, the closing down of thousands of Engineering Colleges, and a lack of clarity on the desirable future career directions. This course is about sharing the MegaTrends in technologies and the new skills for success. After pursuing this course, parents would be in a more informed position to take decisions about the educational goals to be pursued by their children.

A weekend course delivered through Whatsapp:

Day 1: Saturday : Impact of AI on jobs

1.1: Tipping points for AI technology applications

1.2: Job losses due to AI and Robots

1.3: Future career opportunities in the age of AI

1.4: The Gig economy

1.5: Income inequities in India: the Gini coefficient

Day 2: Sunday : A robot-proof education

2.1: WEF report on future success skills

2.2: Becoming a self-directed lifelong learner

2.3: Why teach skills that are not only redundant but counter-productive ? Prepare for careers in demand in the future.

2.4: Intelligent machines need ingenious humans with competence, comprehension and cognitive flexibility.

2.5: Learning more about AI, ML and other Disruptive Technologies

The exact titles of the posts and their sequence may be tweaked during the delivery of the course.

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LLL05: Learning with mobile Apps and MOOCs:

Day 1: Learning with Apps 

1.1: The Learning Apps Landscape 

1.2: YouTube and other educational videos 

1.3: Duolingo for language learning 

1.4: Khan Academy for Maths and other subjects

1.5: Learning with Whatsapp 

Day 2: Learning with MOOCs

2.1: The history and the current landscape of MOOCs

2.2: SWAYAM : the Indian Initiative 

2.3: How to choose a suitable MOOC

2.4: Techniques for effective learning with MOOCs

2.5: Qualification acquisition with MOOCS 

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LLL07: Preparing for a 100 year life:

Day 1: Saturday :

Understanding the Ageing phenomenon 

1.1@7am: Drivers of increasing longevity 

1.2@10am: What Science says about ageing? 

1.3@1pm: Lifestyle to promote healthy ageing

1.4@4pm: Positive Ageing  

1.5@7pm: About death and dying

Day 2: Sunday :

Your action plan : making old age a blessing not a curse

2.1@7am: Becoming a lifelong learner gives you a longer life

2.2@10am: Finding meaning and purpose in your life ( your Ikigai)

2.3@1pm: The 7 tasks for the 2nd half of life ( Karl Jung) 

2.4@4pm: Interviews with 100 year olds

2.5@7pm: Wrapping Up: Developing your Lifestyle plan

The exact titles of the posts and their sequence may be tweaked during the delivery of the course. 

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LLL08: Critical Thinking :

A learning weekend with first batch on March 30th/31st. Thereafter on the 5th weekend of months where it occurs. In the year 2019 it will be in the months of March, June, August and November.

Backdrop:

In popular listings of skills in demand in future (https://www.google.co.in/amp/s/www.monsterindia.com/amp/career-advice/mission-2020-brush-up-on-these-10-skills-to-excel-in-the-future-workplace-6588.html) critical thinking appears very close to top. Formal education actually discourages critical thinking, and imparts a lot of value to authority.

In the future of large amounts of data and ease of expression, it seems that critical thinking would almost be a survival skill.

This introductory course that can be pursued on a weekend is to create an interest in developing the skills of critical thinking, which according to one definition is “ thinking about thinking to improve your thinking while you are thinking”

The planned flow of the posts is:

Day 1: What is Critical Thinking?

1.1@7am: Critical Thinking is not criticising someone, but is about thinking clearly and rationally on the basis of available evidence (data).

1.2@10am: Reasoning: inductive and deductive

1.3@1pm: Critical Thinking in the 4th Industrial Age

1.4@4pm: Fallacies: Ad hominem, Ad ignorantiam, False dilemma,Ergo hoc propter hoc, Non sequitur

1.5@7pm: Bertrand Russell’s 10 Commandments of Critical Thinking

Day 2: Critical Thinking in everyday life

2.1@7am: How do I know ? Where the information came from and how it is presented.

2.2@10am: Ponzi Schemes

2.3@1pm: Examining assumptions/ taking a position : the Devil’s advocate

2.4@4pm: Thinking about your thinking, while you’re thinking, in order to improve your thinking

2.5@7pm: Critical analysis of political speeches : 15 logical fallacies in 3 minutes :Donald Trump’s speech

The exact titles of the posts and their sequence may be tweaked during the delivery of the course.

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The structure of the weeklong courses has to be created:

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LLL09: Health Literacy

A weekend  course:

Day 1: Why health literacy?

Topic 1.1: Why is health literacy important? 

Topic 1.2: The human systems : the skeletal system, cardiovascular and endocrine systems

Topic 1.3: The Nervous system

Topic 1.4: The immune system

Topic 1.5: Where and how to learn more? 

Day 2: Diseases and their management 

2.1: Classification of Diseases

2.2: Diabetes

2.3: Hypertension 

2.4: Mental Depression 

2.5: The importance of Diet

The exact titles of the posts and their sequence may be tweaked during the delivery of the course.

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LLL10: Overcoming Maths Phobia:

Day 1: Why Maths Phobia ?

1.1:

1.2:

1.3:

1.4:

1.5:

2: Overcoming Maths Phobia 

2.1: Ways to reduce Maths Anxiety

2.2: Mastery learning: taking charge

2.3: Becoming a self-directed learner

2.4: External environmental factors

2.5:

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Methodology:

These courses are offered  on the scheduled  weekend ( Saturday and Sunday ) of the month. Expression of interest in joining a course can be made on any day, and all requests received upto the Friday till 12 noon, before the schedule f the course will be placed in a cohort that would begin on the next Saturday.

The course related posts will be made at 7am,10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

Registration:

To register for this course:

First pay the fee of Rs 500/- 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:

Course code is  LLL01 for  the course name “ An investment in learning is the best option ”

Course code is LLL02 for the course name  “ Bacoming a better learner ”

Course code is  LLL03 for the course name  “ Learning with Apps and MOOCs ”

Course code is  LLL04 for the course name  “ Preparing for a 100 year life ”

Course code is  LLL05 for the course name  “ Critical Thinking ”

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 prefer to pay through bank transfer, the required information is :

LMP Education Trust

Kotak Mahindra Bank, Sector 31, Gurgoan

A/c 9812371643

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Type of account- Saving

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