The ‘Whatsapp Live ‘ Session:
The Whatsapp live session is a new mode of remote learning that could be described as ‘Whatsapp live’ learning. I have used this model in a number of different contexts.
This has been implemented by me from UK while I was visiting London for a program for Shivaji University Kolhapur University at Sholapur on 13th July 2017. The topic was “ Higher education in the 4th Industrial Age”.
Then I deployed a WhatsApp live session to do a session on Flipped Learning for Manav Rachna International School in Ludhiana on 29th July 2017.
For Lady Doak College Madurai it was used to demonstrate fast a-synchronous learning for my Keynote titled “ The future of learning is in your hands” on 6th September 2018 for the IQAC National Conference on “ Quality Sustenance in Higher Education Institutions”.
It was done for the Faculty Development Centre of Rohtak University on the 18th July 2019 with session title “ The Landscape of Artificial Intelligence and Education” as part of the FDP on e-learning.
It was done on the 15th October 2019 for the Teaching-Learning Centre at the Central University Jaipur funded by MHRD New Delhi under the scheme of Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching (PMMMNMTT). The theme of the session was “ AI awareness for University Academics” for a duration of about 3 hours.
Unlike TED and TEDx talks that are one-way pre-recorded talks of about 18 minutes duration to be viewed by millions of viewers, these are more for the serious learner who is willing to stay with the conversation for about an hour, the standard time for College lectures, and be ‘in conversation’ with the Professor for the duration of the talk.
And while the topics may be different, often suggested by potential audiences, the speaker giving the talk is always Professor MM Pant.
In order to widen access to good quality education which is personalised, the Whatsapp talk seems to hold great promise. It is based on sound pedagogy : flipped learning and Heutagogy.
No matter how much in detail I describe the experience of attending one of these talks, it is only when you enrol in it and participate in a talk on a topic that interests you, you will find how innovative and useful it is. And it will be difficult for you to stop at just one.
If you have any thoughts on the topic of a lecture/talk that would belong here, do share it by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or a Whatsapp message to 9810073724.
I will make all efforts to create a ‘WhatsApp live’ session on it.