Sunday, June 7, 2009

Educational Technology at NIIT University


16 years back I joined NIIT with a group that was into creating Instructional Software or Computer Based Training -- something unheard of in India at that time. I remember I had a hard time explaining what I was doing to my relatives and friends. Since then the Education and Training Industry has grown and so has the use of technology based education delivery.

Unfortunately, while demand has increased, trained personnel are hard to come by. All eLearning and content development organizations have big-fat internal training for their staff and in addition a huge quality control department. Primary reason being lack of formal higher education and grounding in Education systems, processes and how to best leverage technology for education. Today, I would not be wrong in stating that most eLearning and content development organizations have people who trained and worked at NIIT in the Knowledge Solutions Business.

Ever since the time NIIT promoters have been planning the NIIT University, a program on Educational Technology has been on the agenda. Now this year, as NIIT University is being launched so is the MTech in Educational Technology. Its a two year program with deep Industry linkage and ample real-life projects built into the educational process. You can read more about NIIT University and the programs at http://www.niituniversity.in/.

We are going to have leaders from the Industry participating in curriculum design, real-life cases, projects, and also internship. I am very excited about this program as I can see it becoming a model in Education and Training Technology at a global level. Do check it out.

4 comments:

  1. This is excellent news!

    "Primary reason being lack of formal higher education and grounding in Education systems, processes and how to best leverage technology for education."

    Going a level deeper, with respect to lack of trained resources, I'd say adequate language skills is another area one has to deal with.

    Although most educational institutions teach the language, attention to detail is not given the place of importance it deserves. Consequently, most people manage to 'communicate' but few can string together words to form grammtically correct, crisp sentences, as matter of habit. This is something I've observed across hierarchies.

    "Today, I would not be wrong in stating that most eLearning and content development organizations have people who trained and worked at NIIT in the Knowledge Solutions Business."

    That's so true! And, most such people stand out. The kind of training one was exposed to at NIIT led to very strong grounding.

    Posted on June 8, 2009 3:19 AM

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  2. Thanks Rashi!

    About your point on language -- we are increasingly finding that its the communication that really suffers. People think they have communicated but the communication is either incomplete or incorrectly understood most of the time. So yes - language skills are key today for better understanding amongst people - in both the workplace and otherwise.

    This aspect is addressed our training. Also, check the Jeevan Vidya blog -- that is one training that builds in focus on the right use of the right words at the right time.

    I am hoping that we can reach out to deserving candidates for this year's MTech - there are only 30 seats.

    Posted on June 8, 2009 7:25 PM

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  3. WHERE IS THE CAMPUS PICUTRE??

    Posted August 14, 2009 11:27 PM

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  4. Hi
    I did put a faraway picture since the NU was under construction at that time. I will put up a recent picture shortly. Meanwhile, you could visit www.niituniversity.in -- that has multiple views anyway.

    Thanks
    Neeraj

    Posted on August 27, 2009 3:42 AM

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