A version of this article appeared April 4, 2013 on TeachThought
Emerging EdTech Ecosystem led by MOOC
“Big breakthroughs happen when what is suddenly possible meets what is desperately necessary” – Thomas Friedman, NY Times
Three big Stanford classes demonstrated a breakthrough in late 2011. There was a need for education and learning to undergo a transformation and this was now possible through the open learning platform that Stanford offered. Over hundreds of thousands of people from more than 160 countries enrolled in Stanford’s classroom experiment. The impact of this experiment gave birth to a revolutionary concept, which is now known as MOOC. New age educational platforms have come into existence which offers alternatives to expensive degrees programs and physical classrooms. This is a positive sign for the next generation education which will be characterized by interactive, personalized and skill-based learning. A host of MOOC platforms such as Udacity, Coursera, edX, FutureLearn are available and over three million people participating in such programs benefit from it. Continue reading
We are proud to announce our new partnership venture with the Conquest, BITS Pilani’s International Startup Competition as knowledge partners and we are delighted to be a part of one of the most interesting event completely organized by a team of intrepid students.
A strong advocate of startups, entrepreneurships and collaboration, LurnQ will be Conquest’s official knowledge partners evangelizing and celebrating enterprising examples through lessons crafted from the contest.
At LurnQ, we insist on giving you a complete digital learning experience. Here is what you can do once you register with us:
1. Build and enjoy your very own library, all in just a few swipes.
2. Add topics of your interest curate your library and start learning. Instantly.
3. Learn about any topic under the sun that catches your fancy.
4. No fees to be paid, no forms to be filled, no classes to attend.
5. Have lots of knowledge that you would love to share? Write lessons, and get followed.
All you budding entrepreneurs out there hurry up! Registrations for Conquest 2013 closes on 7th April 2013. Register now!
We are glad to announce that Amit Ranjan, Co-founder SlideShare wrote an article about us on ProductNation.
Online learning is undergoing a paradigm shift and this Forbes article
is a pointer of the shape of things to come. Coursera, Khan Academy, Udacity, Udemy etc are growing into large public platforms and likely to give competition to universities and colleges in the years to come.
LurnQ is an Indian startup that is building a personalised learning management solution which can aggregate and curate content from the web. The key part of LurnQ replicates an experience that everyone is familiar with – using a user’s preferences to aggregate content from the web and display it like a Facebook newsfeed (see screenshot). This is a smart strategy and takes advantage of the the benefits of recognition (rather than recall). - Read More
Also, NextBigWhat covered us yesterday.
Mumbai based LurnQ wants to make online learning easy, personal and collaborative. With social features and tailored content, the startup wants to be the digital repository for all your learning resources.
LurnQ crawls hundreds of websites and aggregates learning resources on a particular topic on its platform. One can sign up and select topics of interest and the site keeps updating those topics with newer content generated on the web.
With nearly 30,000 unique visitors a month and more than a third are returning visitors, LurnQ is in its early stages but has ambitious plans and is being positioned as your personal learning assistant. - Read More
Thanks to Amit Ranjan and the team at NextBigWhat for covering us.
A few months ago, I got a call from a former colleague who asked me to check a few details about a certification program that he had signed up on a site named Coursera. This was niche course which was into gamification and I had not heard of any institute or university which was offering the same in India. Out of curiosity, I decided to check out the course and later enrolled myself in it.
Coursera is a technology start-up which works with universities to make courses available online. Its success is quite evident from the fact that the course that I had enrolled for had over 80,000 registrations and it has notched up over 2.5 million users since its inception in April ‘12. In the past month, few Coursera courses also got approved by the American Council of Education.
Coursera is among the many new educational technology start-ups trying to redefine the world of online education. In India Online Education is in its nascent stage but is certainly gaining traction. Meritnation.com, an online learning and assessment solutions company has over 2.5 million registered users (free registered students, not paid subscribers) on last count. Scores of other players have joined the online learning space like Extramarks.com, Learnnext.com, Topperlearning.com and Smartlearning.in.
Yay! We have been featured in a story on Yourstory.in. A big thank you to the cool people at Yourstory.in for noticing us.
Here is the post. But, that’s not all, folks!
Look out for an enterprise version of the website, a mobile version of the website, an iOS app, and an Android app. This of course, is other than the exciting feature updates that are set to happen on a regular basis.
If you haven’t already registered with our site, please do so at LurnQ.
Up, up and away!
I was looking for something that I remember reading somewhere ….
But I can’t figure out where is was …
Luckily on my searching journey, I came across some other interesting tidbits that really made me think …
While looking through The Creative License: Giving yourself permission to be the artist you truly are by Danny Gregory, I came across a couple of pages that really stood out to me today. Here is one of the passages:
- Your journal shouldn’t be a dumping ground, but a place to create, recognize, and celebrate beauty and joy, that which is in all things. It should be a friend you have a great time with, not a shoulder you whine on. Commemorate the positive. Eliminate the negative. (page 74) Continue reading
Have a lot to say but wondering who would listen? Wondering where to share your opinion? Your opinions will now count!
Team LurnQ is glad to announce an online opinion writing competition to take your opinions on 2 distinct topics and make them reach to a million of viewers, teachers, industry stalwarts and students.
Do you know LurnQ:
LurnQ attempts to change the way people experience education by providing them with access to an intelligent content discovery engine and a social stream that is constantly updated. The ability to create lessons/opinions on any topic and collaborate with everyone makes information abundant, concise and highly relevant. With over a million open learning resources already on the platform, LurnQ represents the future of knowledge sharing.
So why are we doing this?
We are doing this because we value knowledge and know that there is something to learn from everyone. We all have opinions. We just don’t know where to channel it to.
Opinions will give rise to discussions. Discussions to changes. And changes to democracy. It’s time we started and we’ll handle 2 topics at a time.
1. Cultural Terrorism
2. Censorship on Social Networking Sites
Guest Post by Sooraj Divakaran Marketing Manager – Digital & New Media at Zee Learn.
The year 2012 had many milestones and the launch Aakash 2 Tablet was one among them. As many of you already know Aakash is an initiative of government of India to make quality education accessible to all. It brings us to the question how is private sector contributing to the initiative of making educational products or services accessible to all?
Conventional Buying Cycle for an Education Product/Service:
The prospect/student decides on the stream/course that he/she wants to opt for based on the knowledge gathered from parents, relatives, friends, academicians/faculty etc. Once the course/stream has been zeroed upon the prospect visits the respective institutes providing the course and then finally decides which institute he/she wants to join.
New Buying Cycle:
Today the conventional buying cycle has changed primarily due to emergence of technology which makes information easily available and decision making becomes a lot easier. An offline research conducted by TNS Australia on behalf of Google India revealed that over 60 percent Indian students, who have access to Internet, use it as their first source to research for information related to educational courses and institutes. Continue reading
A version of this article appeared December 26, 2012, on NextBigWhat
Initially Education Technology has never got the attention it got his year. We saw some truly revolutionary developments and Tech Blogs have been full with news and announcement on EdTech. The fact that there is a public debate about the maturation of digital learning and even a potential bubble is a fair sign that real change is afoot. While looking at a recently published report on trends in eCommerce by Cisco triggered a valuable question, can digital education ever be as big as eCommerce?
Global eCommerce is growing at 13.5% CAGR. It is estimated to reach $1.34T by 2015. While e-commerce spending may be growing, the pace at which commerce is moving online is less rapid than music and advertising. High on investments and deals, while the US eCommerce is just over 5% of total retail, the digital share of music and advertising is over 50% and 22% respectively!
Faster digital adoption in case of music and advertising can be attributed to the fact that these experiences can be fully digitized. While in case of eCommerce only partial experience can be digitized, most fulfillments still happen in physical form. Logically speaking what propelled faster transition to digital in case of music and advertising makes a case for education as well. Continue reading