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Top 7 Websites for Online Courses

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Teachers have a huge responsibility on their shoulder, they have to not only teach the students but also ensure that with the changing times they are maintaining the level of education. To make the Higher education in India better and maintain its mark globally, teachers need to advance the level of learning and they can only do this if they are updated with the new methods of teaching available across the globe.So read on our article for our list of Top 7 online courses websites.

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Udemy

One of the best websites in the world for online courses, Udemy offers over 80,000 courses which are taught by the expert instructors. It is a global marketplace which helps people to master new skills and achieve success in their respective fields. As it is providing best service out their, the courses a little more expensive than the others. Despite this, Udemy offers schemes which you could watch for in which it gives a huge discount for joining those courses. It is best known for its varied Business and Technology courses.

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Coursera

Coursera dates back to 2012 and was founded by two Stanford Computer Science teacher who had the visions to share knowledge with everyone across the globe. This idea breaks all the barriers of distance and gives everyone the opportunity to be the better version of themselves, improve skills, have degrees from esteemed colleges in the world and learn new exciting courses according to your likings. The best part about this website is the huge diversity of subjects that it offers courses on. Some courses are also available for free, while others have cheap fees. Only degree courses with official certifications from the colleges are expensive.

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edX

With more than 130 global partners, edX is one of the largest online learning platforms which provides courses from the world’s best universities. It was founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012 and aims to enhance the level of learning by providing high-quality education for everyone from anywhere. It also provides advance learning through leaning. Not only that it also offers free courses with open edX feature.

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Udacity

Udacity, a well known online platform for learning, initially started as an experiment by two Stanford Instructors Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig. It is platform well known for its technological courses, therefore, a lot of companies has collaborated with it. Although the number of courses is limited they are well crafted. Data science is the most famous course of the website which has instructors from Salesforce and Facebook etc. Recently, it also partnered with Google to give free Scholarships for courses on the growing technology and skills.it has also launched certain new courses for this project. A good factor is that the payment structure is convenient and pocket saving, as it is monthly based hence if a person wants to leave a course mid-way they can stop paying for it from next month. Udacity’s mission to teach and democratize education by providing the high level of learning is growing day by day.

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Lynda

The veteran in the online teaching, Lynda has been working from past 20 years to help students, leaders, teachers, IT, designers etc. in developing new skills according to the need of the modern generation. It offers a subscription at a reasonable cost of $25 per month and more than 80,000 videos to learn from on a broad range of different subjects. Not only that it serves more than 10,000 organizations. Furthermore, now its part of Linkedin and all the courses are now available on Linkedin too.

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Skillshare

Skillshare is the growing community that provides online education on more than a thousand courses. The membership costs $9.95 per month and the advantage of getting this membership is that without availing for any course particularly, 20% of the videos are available for all classes. Despite that, you can learn some courses without membership at $20-$ 30.It offers a wide range of subjects with video catalogue format for leaning, in addition, it also gives a workshop in some cities.

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Simplilearn

With topping the charts in one of the leading websites globally with 8th rank in 2016, it has helped more than 150 countries to get trained, acquire certifications, and upskill their employees. It is based in San Francisco, California and Bangalore, India and has more than 20,000 connections with companies across the globe. It follows a blended learning approach to provide a high level of education for the learner and improve their skills. It has also been named the 8th most influential group globally on LinkedIn.

So what are you waiting for ? Go look for your preference and learn new skills to re-polish your knowledge with the changing technology!

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Reality Check For Teaching – Accept Your Students What they Are..

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UNBIASED TEACHING

“Our job is to teach and guide the students we have. Not the ones we would like to have. Not those which we used to have. Those we have right now. All of them.” – Dr. Kevin Maxwell

You might have heard this from your fellows who are into teaching profession or have said this – “ Today’s college students are absolutely different from what they use to be a decade ago.”

A change which is standing out cultivating many aspects positives as well as negative. People today, understand the utter importance of education after high school and graduation.

In order to achieve the positive outcomes, it is very necessary to have broader participation of not only the teachers but the students as well. One of the important aspects which are very difficult to achieve is to convert the available knowledge, skills, time, energy, and money into quality learning and education. Teaching according to the old patterns and norms is not going to prove helpful in today’s time as there is a lot of competition everywhere.

According to Dr. Kevin Maxwell,   “Our job is to teach and guide the students we have. Not the ones we would wish to have. Not those we used to have. Those we have right now. All of them.”

We can never choose specific students that we want to teach or the ones which we don’t want to teach. It is certainly not in our hands. An ideal teacher should take all the students together even if they are so different from each other, or even if they do not fit into the teaching patterns. Not all students are born intelligent or possess only good qualities. The present students should be focused on and not compared to the students in the past or the ones which the particular teacher would like to have.

Challenges to Face in the Path

There are lots of challenges and problems in colleges today, well, the sad part is that they are generally ignored and not taken care of. According to one of the essays by Nancy Bunge, it is not only the teachers who get hurt if the students evaluate them but the students as well. Passive and somewhat arrogant students are produced if the undeserved aloofness is encouraged by the heavy reliance on student evaluations. This eventually leads to lowering the quality of the spirit of the class and in the teachings as well for everyone.

According to the teachers and professors, they say that students these days are harder to teach. If the new teaching patterns are no adapted there will be a non-filling gap amongst the teachers and the students. This will affect the performance of the students overall as they might be less interactive in the classroom and also distracted.  At times, it is also observed that there is favoritism in the class amongst the students by the teachers, and yes they do prefer some students over others. It not only hurts the students mentally but also demotivates them for performing better.

Learning and teaching is a two-way path, and yes efforts are needed to be put from both sides. Teachers should be humble even if the students are not getting good grades and on the other hand, students should engage with the teachers more. This will improve mutual understanding and the process of teaching will be much easier and interactive.

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The college students of today’s times are generally considered to be the rebel type. In India, one of the major issues in the education system is that worthy students do not get the opportunity according to their abilities and caliber. Many of the students are either disinterested in studying after graduation or they don’t have the needed funds. Even though, a great population of today’s youth believe in higher education, and are growing with their careers; many of them are also moving out of the country in search of latest and upgraded education, which somewhere lacks in India.

Changes Necessary to Be Made

With the changing times, it is a natural tendency for students to grow fast, many students in any college hold more knowledge than the teachers, and; this aspect is constantly being neglected by our education system including the teachers. The age-old patterns and curriculum are being followed in many of the colleges and universities in India, which is certainly harmful to the students as they ultimately, have to face this fast and competing world. New teaching plans and patterns should be crafted for the betterment of both the teachers and the students.

Quality education is a key requirement of a prospering country, like India as it aims to build sustained growth. But, the current situation of the Indian education system is extremely poor. Even though efforts are being made nationwide to improve the present situation, it is accurate to say that different complications ail different Indian states and the teaching patterns they follow. Some states have an extremely high student-teacher ratio, while others suffer from a poor gross enrollment ratio. All of this entirely depends on the perceptive the teachers hold for their students.

In higher education institutions; the procedure followed to assess student’s needs to change steadily. In many institutes, student assessment is carried out as a single standardized exam at the end of the academic year till today. The basis of this assessment is this one test that the subject knowledge and clarity of concepts in students are judged, and they take forward that mark sheet and certificate to penetrate the job industry. If the features of the current generation-the Millennials are taken into consideration, this assessment procedure is quite ineffective in understanding the true potential, caliber, knowledge retention and its applicability amongst today’s students.

In today’s world, more ways to listen for the voices of students demonstrating on education are needed. More ways to include students in conversations related to the future of teaching and learning patterns in colleges and universities are needed. Certainly, these conversations cannot begin by sending a signal to students that their voices don’t matter.

Conclusively, we as educators have the responsibility to serve our educational system in a way that everyone has a chance to gain, grow, and learn. This has to begin with a sense of respect for the students. Students should be accepted the way they are and not the way we wish or want them to be. Students are human first. And so are their teachers. Students are not robots or analytical data or information.

Leading the way of designing the pedagogical approaches for the students we have, not the students we wish we had is all that is needed.

Responsive, inclusive, flexible, challenging, and benevolent approaches are required to achieve this. Discovery of more creative ways to reinforce teachers and brace them for the work of teaching is required to be done by the educational institutions. It’s a practical exercise, not a theoretical one.

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New UGC Guidelines: Fund Cutting for Women’s Study Centers

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The major objective of setting up a Centre of Women Studies in higher educational institutes is to establish an inclusive society that possesses equal place for male and female members.

We educate women because it is smart. We educate women because it changes the world. – Drew Fuast

Did you know that over the past several decades, one of the most significant transformations in education in India is the massive increase in women’s access to colleges and universities? The malice of gender discrimination of Higher Education in India has lowered comparatively because of the formulation and implementation of stringent and powerful laws and policies.

Undoubtedly, times have changed and the encouragement by government and society has given many Indian women with the feasibility of economic independence, respectable employment and they have become an important earning member of their families. Today, an educated woman holds the skills, the self-confidence and the power to be a better citizen. They are no less than men in any aspect and fields and are manifesting themselves amongst different opportunities provided through higher education.

Center For Women Studies

Recently, special guidelines are set up by The University Grants Commission (UGC) for the Centre of Women Studies at Universities and Colleges. The aim of this profound step is to focus on most marginalized and disadvantaged women in the society. These include women from Schedule Caste and Tribes, women living in unsafe environments, women with disabilities, among others. Scheduled Casts students constitute 13.9% and Scheduled Tribes students 4.9% of the total enrolment. 33.75% of students belong to Other Backward Classes. 4.7% of students belong to the Muslim Minority and 1.97% from other Minority Community. Although, the existence of such centers is no new thing in India. The graph of these centers has only increased from the past few years.

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The major objective of setting up a Centre of Women Studies in higher educational institutes is to establish an inclusive society that possesses equal place for male and female members

According to some statistics released in 2011, the literacy rate of females in India is 65.46 percent, which is significantly lower than the world’s average of 79.7 percent. The female literacy rate in China is 82.7 percent. According to a report by the AISHE (All India Survey on Higher Education) (2015-2016), there are 14 Universities exclusively for women with 4 in Rajasthan, 2 in Tamil Nadu, 1 each in Delhi, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Karnataka, Uttrakhand Maharashtra, and West Bengal. There are 268 Affiliating Universities as well. According to these guidelines, the Centre for Women Studies at any institute will devote special attention and focus on the marginalized and deprived women in the society.

Objectives of UGC

Objectives of UGC for setting up the Center for Women Studies

  • Building knowledge and developing skills from both national as well as international perspectives
  • In order to cater to the diverse needs of Indian women, the Centre will also work extensively to develop course curriculum accordingly.
  • Solving mainstream gender issues in research and teaching
  • Constructing an inductive environment enabling women to take up leadership positions in a diversified array of sectors.
  • Working towards Master’s Programme in women’s higher education
  • Conducting evidence-based research on the economic development of women
  • Measures for economic inclusion of women in development sectors to be proposed and promoted
  • Concurrence in the prescribed format to comply with the new guidelines to be given by the existing centers

According to an official at UGC, “A women study center must seek a comprehensive, critical and balanced understanding of India’s socio-economic realities and governance. Its chief components comprise of women’s contribution to society and social processes and their perception of their own lives, the broader social reality and their struggles, and aspirations.”

Previous Guidelines vs New Guidelines

Previous Guidelines vs New Guidelines

The guidelines speak that these centers will be monitored and evaluated periodically by the UGC. The head of the center will present a report to its advisory committee on how the center is working and then submit it to the UGC with minutes or comments of the members every year. The report will include both quantitative as well as qualitative information and the achievements and actions which were taken.

The centers will be the evaluated on the basis of teaching, research, seminars, extension activities, workshops, special lectures, field action projects and action research, documentation and archive on women, a partnership with other UGC centers and non-UGC centers, government schemes and NGOs.

However, these guidelines hold some negative as well. According to the previous guidelines, teaching and training in women’s studies centers, including BA, MA, MPhil and PhD qualifications were addressed in detail. But, in the new guidelines there is almost nothing mentioned about the teaching and training (or about the four degrees) in the 23 paged slim document.

Previously, many women’s studies centers were dependent on the UGC for funding or universities and colleges used to pay themselves for sustaining these centers. But now, if this funding is pulled back by the UGC, it could probably lead to the end for many of these centers, their faculty, and students.

Earlier, the funding was allocated between Rs 47.5 lakh to Rs 75 lakh per annum to centers, depending on how advanced they were. But according to the new guidelines the funding may be allocated between Rs 12.5 lakh to Rs 40 lakh depending on the type of center.

Consequences of Fund Cutting

Consequences of Fund Cutting

  • All this might lead to the non-payment of the staff already working in several universities and colleges. A threat of losing jobs will be there.
  • The competing ability of scholars who are currently pursuing women’s studies will decline. As the teaching and research positions were previously funded by the UGC will not be having any penny to pay them.
  • Disruption of teaching and research functions across the centers in universities might be caused. This will affect students doing research, Ph.D.’s and other such courses as they will be left alone without any guide.

These centers undoubtedly a great step for women education but with new changed guidelines we need to see how it will be affecting existing structure? Also how much opposition will be there in from various Institutes for the same?

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The Impact Of Globalization In India

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The Impact Of Globalization In India

Today Technology has, in fact, widen and reduce access to education. It has changed the way people use to perceive business and education in particular. We are living in a period where the business world is rapidly changing. The knowledge-driven and information centered economy is pushing business to innovate and come up with new business plans and capabilities.

Impact of globalization in India is one of the most dominant forces facing by higher education in the 21st century. It has a close symmetry with education. As education has an important role in shaping society, globalization has to be coerced with education and global activities have a deep impact on it.

Globalization is a process of integration. interaction, and exchange between people, ideas, innovations, resources, and opportunities across regional and national borders. The impact of globalization in India has been massive and it has forced Indian universities to come up with a new model to provide better educational opportunities for aspiring students. Higher education in India needs to adapt and follow the path of technological disruptions and globalization to enable students for today’s workplace.

Education in the era of globalization should be made flexible. It cannot be the same for everyone; each individual student has different needs. All students should be encouraged to engage in learning with new ideas and innovation valued in today’s corporate workplace. The pace of education should be set at a student’s pace to master the required skills.

Many institutions have responded to the change and plan to internationalize their campuses and academic courses.

Challenges

Challenges in the Era of Globalization

  • Lack of Understanding: Many institutions who are going to institutionalize their campuses do not have a real understanding of it.
  • Student mobility: the real focus of the institutions should be on student mobility when they about opening an institution outside their regional borders.
  • Managing strategic goals, relevant curriculum, new policies, and international collaboration together in a better manner to meet the positive results.
  • Bringing the best minds as the incubators of intellectual capital will solve many challenges. Due to the impact of globalization in India, the nation needs to develop international research collaboration among scholars.
  • Attracting foreign students will bring revenues with them. the increase in enrolment of international students with diversity in nature will encourage intellectualism as well as overwhelming contributions.
  • It has been accepted by the Government of India and other regulatory apex bodies that there is a need to increase the Gross Enrolment ratio (GER) in Higher Education in India. There is a need to increase the number of Universities, Colleges, and institutions. – lack of fund is one of the challenges.
  • In the age of impact of globalization in India, education coupled with skill development is a must to export Indian human resource to different parts of the globe. The application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in education is one of the strong pillars on which the said proposition rests.

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Impact of Globalization

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  • Customized educative programs- Impact of globalization in India has ushered a lot of changes in the nature of policies, curriculum, values, pedagogies, leadership, assessment, and, organizational structures etc. School and colleges are going for customized educative programs to provide for full rounded education initiatives. Gaining new skills, implementation and innovation are few impacts of globalization worldwide.
  • Impact of Technology-Technological Infrastructure is the backbone of the 21st-century education system The effective use of technological innovations can diminish boundaries. People from any corner of the world can gain access to information; data and an array of online courses. Easy admission process, online courses, and setting up foreign universities in India are all seen as impacts of globalization on Indian education.
  • Impact on Teachers’- The role of faculty members in higher education is now ever-changing. In the impact of globalization in India, faculty members require some specialized skills and strategies. The instructors need to be highly organized and communicate with learners in new ways.
  • They need to be accessible to students and work in teams whenever needed. The instructors must be expert in managing communication because there is a demand for student interaction in this age of technological innovation. They should have a strong mastery over ICT.


Pros and Cons

Globalization on Education: Pros and Cons

Pros :

  • The introduction of computer-mediated learning has revolutionized the teaching and learning process. The explosion of knowledge helps people to educate and develop their skills and abilities.
  • Students have options to maintain pace while learning activities and can learn independently of time and space.
  • Use of networks to communicate with their peers, their teachers, information sources, and external experts.
  • It has paved the path for lifelong learning skills for continuous and self-directed learning.
  • Computer-mediated technologies have made it possible to interact more effectively across cultural boundaries. Sharing information and collaborating with others has proven to be a revolution in education.
  • Students are using social media to collaborate with one another and to learn about specific topics., to try out new ideas and innovations.
  • Another advantage is blended learning, where teachers are using a concoction of computers with traditional teaching. Instructors usually use an interactive whiteboard and specially adjust software.

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Cons:

  • The greater application of English in the underdeveloped and developing countries has paved the path for lucrative business for the publishing houses.
  • Over-dependence on English as a dominant language of the world has marginalized many local languages.
  • Nowadays, young millennials are distracted by digital technologies. The young minds are dominated by mass media and digital culture and are bombarded by the numerous source of information. it becomes difficult for them to select the right piece of information that will shape them for the future.
  • With the arrival of an array of online courses, many learners are not interested in pursuing higher education.
  • Young learners prefer learning based on new technologies. For this reason, conventional classroom-based education in the form as it is now, might not survive.
  • Another important disadvantage is the lack of interaction among young learners. The advent of online learning has posed a threat towards an opportunity to listen to questions and discussions in the classroom.
New Era of Globalisation

New Era of Globalisation

The impact of globalization in India has triggered many important changes and tells us about the faster developments in technology and communications. We are witnessing the changes in the ideas, values. knowledge and the role of teachers and students courtesy the impact of globalization in India.

Technology has completely changed the form of electronic literacy. Today, more and more courses are available online and educators are also preparing materials in electronic form and asking students to submit the assignment and projects in electronic form.

The new-age classroom includes video projection screens, CD ROMs and podiums are replacing blackboards. Even students are examined through computer managed learning systems.

Such developments in education reflect there has been an impact of globalization in India. The emergence of video conferencing and the Internet has broken the barriers of distance. Young millennials can now learn without being physically present in an education institution, due to the key aspect of globalization.  

The amalgamation of technology and communication can be accessed by any learner from anywhere, at any time. In the impact of globalization in India, both the learners and the educators need to be technologically literate.

Educators must encourage students about the new offerings that communication technology is accomplishing. Institutions are now shifting towards the use of the Internet and computer-mediated technologies to deliver courses to students.

In a Nutshell

Several universities across India have responded positively to the significant impact of educative innovativeness. With the impact of globalization in India hitting the shores of education, improving the infrastructure to cater to the world class standard of education should become a top priority.

To increase the enrolment ratio of foreign students, the institutions must invest to improve the quality of classrooms, libraries, laboratories, and sports facilities.

The recent days in India, improving the quality and quantity of educational delivery in the socio-economic dimensions of the country are major challenges and opportunities, especially in the field of higher education.

Unless such models are implemented one cannot bring about a revolutionary change in the overall quality of education in the age of globalization.

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