Ideas that would blaze a path for creating a technology revolution in support of mass education

This article covers some of the start-up ideas that can bridge the industry-academia gap.The article covers start-up ideas that would blaze a path for creating a technology revolution in support of mass education.

Idea 1:

1) Cloud Classrooms: "Cloud Class Rooms" are virtual class rooms basically set up on the cloud. This aids students, as they can attend these virtual classes from a location convenient to them. A machine (Smart Phone/Computer/Laptop) with the webcam and access to the internet are the prerequisites for students to attend cloud classes.

2) Virtual Teachers: Connecting students to "Expert Systems" which would have an automatic capability to answer most of the technical questions posed by students.

3) Cloud Labs: Cloud labs/Virtual labs are places where students can conduct experiments, and simulate software and hardware products virtually. These virtual labs should be setup on cloud so that many students can work simultaneously.

Idea 2

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Keeping "industrial projects in every semester" and a project guide should be relevant from an industrial background (This guide can be a virtual guide for students who seek guidance online).

Industries should set up appropriate "online resource centers (OSCs)" which students can make use of for their projects. These OSCs should contain a lot of video tutorials related to the students' projects.

Starting "Industry Hangouts" here, students should be able to interact with industrial experts so that they can clarify their doubts by conversing lively with industrial experts who are made available to be online.

Students' projects should be made viable to be viewed remotely through "Remote desktop access applications" by industry experts. Here experts can change the code if there are any loop holes.

For every semester vacation provided, during the first 15 days there should be an industrial training on application development and on recent technology used by people from an industrial background.

Idea 3

Increase the quality of outgoing engineers by introducing practical guides in all semesters for all subjects.

1) Each subject should have a "practical guide" which contains almost all practical aspects of that subject.

2) These practical guides should be updated accordingly on a yearly basis.

3) These practical guides should cover complete software usages with attractive step by step usage pictures.

4) Industry people should directly guide universities to prepare practical guides according to their needs.

Idea 4

1) "Virtual Tech Camps": These camps are arranged totally online. Students & lecturers should be trained by an expert team of industry.

2) "Virtual Tech Tours": Here industry people should arrange online technology showcases and complete usage of these technologies.

3) "Virtual Tech Days": This should be conducted monthly once by industry people. In these occasions, industry people should teach students how to use product families like Atmos, Avamar etc. Obviously this is conducted online.

4) "Virtual Tech Festivals": Here online competitions and discussions on recent trends of technologies and industrial needs should be held to attract students towards present needs of an industry.

5) Projects supported by industries: In each semester there should be projects/internship programs to all interested students. It should be open to all interested students across all colleges. Relevant resources and training should be provided.

Idea 5

Introduction of a new concept namely - "Virtual Student Development Centers (VSDCs)":

  • Industries should set up VSDCs in collaboration with universities so that mutual benefit can be maximized.

  • VSDCs should have separate Student Developers Network (SDN) and Teacher Developers Network (TDN). It should have a proper guide.

  • VSDCs should have separate Student Application Markets (SAMs) and Student Application Galleries (SAGs). Here students will be benefited financially.

  • VSDCs should contain "Protected Cloud Service (PCS)" facility meant only for authenticated students across universities. (The idea here is to evoke curiosity within students about cloud and the way to use it).

  • Students should be given assignments on application developments and technology usages. Their individual performance in this arena should be added to their individual internal marks. This will result in the overall development of a student in accordance with current industry requirements.


Author: Suryateja Madhavarapu24 Dec 2014 Member Level: Bronze   Points : 0

Awesome ideas and really inspiring. Nice ideas.

Author: Timmappa Kamat24 Feb 2015 Member Level: Gold   Points : 5

Great and innovative ideas truly. But the question is whether our education system has any regard for such value added approach to the classes being conducted. Most of our colleges just concentrate on gaining more and more marks and just that. Do we really care for what really is the need of the hour? Industries, no doubt, will come up with assistance, but it is the tendency of our teaching institutions that needs to be changed.

Nevertheless, you have presented greatest of the ideas to improve the education.

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