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DIMENSiON October 2018 | Learning

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TCS iON Digital Learning

Recommending the post on the community is now simpler

  • Feature: Enhancing the feature in which recommended posts will be displayed on community timeline.
  • Description: In this feature, when the user used to create community/course, the selected profiles of Default user and Community Specific Profiles used to appear together under Recommended Profiles. Now, the user can select all or specific profiles only. If selected recommended profile creates any enabler or he has created/voted up/ favourited any enabler then that enabler is tagged as ‘Recommended’ in Timeline. Recommended enabler will be shown in the community if the author of enabler is unassigned.
  • Key benefits: Post can be made recommended.

Understand course content easily supported with variety of files

  • Feature: Introducing an enhancement for uploadable Course Content description.
  • Description: To upload Course Content, i.e, Transcript of Video, PDF, Image or any uploadable Content, can now be added in the Course. This will help in better understanding of the Course Content. This field is optional.
  • Key benefits: Better understanding of uploaded content

Highlights of the month

  • Feature: Introducing a new feature wherein user have markdown option in CK editor while creating content, assignment and enablers. 
  • Description: A sigma option will be displayed in CK editor while Content and Assignment creation for mathematical formulae. So with the help of this sigma, the user can create mathematical formulae. Initially, the user had an option to write code in source code format only. Now with the implementation of this CR, User can also write code in markdown format.
  • Feature: Adding a feature wherein SCORM access will be secure.
  • Description: Admin will have the configuration to upload SCORM via CDN (Content Delivery Network) in content screen. When this configuration is set as Yes, then SCORM will be saved in a public folder. Hence it will be accessible to any user without login. When this configuration is set as No, SCORM will be stored in private folder so the only user who is the member of that course to which the SCORM belong, will be able to access it with a link (SCORM URL) post login.  By default, this configuration will be set as Yes, as SCORM loading will become slower when the configuration will be No.
  • Key benefits: Secure SCORM serving to end user.
  • Feature: Introducing restriction for users to create the post containing abusive/profane words
  • Description: Organization admin will have a configuration to define the abusive/profane words. When selected abusive words are used in an enabler post(in title/description/ comment/reply) then that post will get auto abused. If any user creates a post that contains the selected abusive words, the user will view a warning pop up. Post warning, when the user posts again then admin will receive a mail regarding abusive post to take necessary action and his post will either get hidden or it will display with icon ‘Reported as Abusive’ based on the Report Abuse configuration in Preferences screen of org admin. Also, If Org Admin, Platform Admin and Community/Course Admins create/comment/reply using any selected abusive word, then the org admin has the configuration whether he wants their post to be auto abused using the checkbox as highlighted below.
  • Key benefits: Profane words will not be used by users.
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DIMENSiON October 2018 | Business Process – Education

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Payroll

Faster way to generate Form 16 from multiple sites

Feature: Changes in Form 16 format as per statutory requirement

Description: Earlier, the Form 16 Part A displayed the name and designation of the employee. Now you can view the employee number, name and address of the employee.

The changes are as follows:

  • Employee number is printed on the top left part of the form
  • Address availability is checked in the following sequence:
  1. Permanent Address
  2. Present Address
  3. Residential Address
  4. Home Address
  5. Office Address

If all the address fields are blank then the address field is kept as blank.

Additionally, you can also generate Form 16 from multiple sites.

Key benefits: Statutory compliance adhere to and faster generation of Form 16 for multiple sites

Analyze data with new Organizational Reports

Feature: Two new ODRs – Adhoc Payment and recovery and House Rent Details are now available.

Description: New ODRs have added in the last release

  • Adhoc Payment and recovery – Details related to advance recovery/arrears payments to a particular employee in the organisation.
  • House Rent Allowance – Details of HRA deductions done for the particular employee in the organisation.

Key benefits: Organisation can now create their own reports to analyse data of these two entities as per business requirement.

 

Highlights of the month

Feature: DSS enabled in two modules – Adhoc Payment and recovery and HRA Application

Description: DSS has been enabled in two modules with the following rules :

  • In Adhoc payments/recoveries, DSS button is provided to assist the approver for taking the decision on whether to approve the applications. The rule set is: If an employee, whose application was rejected twice in the past, the approver is warned of the failed status and requesting the admin to cross verify the data again.
  • On the HRA Application screen, approvers can now use the DSS option that helps them to take a decision to approve or reject an application based on past data of the employee. The DSS rule set is: If an employee defined HRA amount > 100,000 but did not provide Landlord PAN Number, DSS warns (fail status) the approver.

Another case is, if for any month employee has used company accommodation as well as has defined HRA Amount, DSS warns (fail status) the approver.

Key benefits: Speeds up the decision-making process, increases organizational control and Enables the automation of the managerial process.

Feature: Audit trail for Paycode rule configurator

Description: Now, the audit trail will be maintained for any changes done in Paycode rule configurator screen, recording the date and time, user detail to record who has made the change and values changed in specific configuration rule.

Key benefits: Audit Trail helps to record integrity and accuracy of data, system protection from misuse or harm, and security of sensitive or important information.

Feature: Enhancement in Payslip PCR and ODR

Description: If in case the organisation name changes during or at the beginning of the financial year, employees and admin can generate their previous payslips with the old organisation name.

Key benefits: Payslip for the pasted period can be generated with the correct organisation name for any statutory requirements.

 

5 Reasons To Transform Your Evaluation Process

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Recent RTI queries had revealed that the results of numerous exams were delayed, pointing towards the mismanagement in the evaluation and result declaration processes of many universities.

Institutions are particularly struggling with problems like:

  • misplacement and damage of answer scripts in transit,
  • piling marks re-tabulation requests, and
  • delayed query addressal by an inefficient RTI system

What is the issue with that, you ask?

Besides adversely affecting the reputation of the universities in question, a delay in declaration of results jeopardizes the future of the concerned students. It creates unwarranted chaos and loss of confidence in the system.

Therefore, it is imperative to take a progressive step and devise a user friendly, transparent and accurate system of evaluation.

Reasons you should opt for Digital Marking instead of Manual Marking

Digital Marking employs software to accelerate the time consuming and complex system of large-scale evaluation of subjective answer script, while maintaining security and accuracy.

1. Minimizes Efforts and Risks

After the exam, the scripts are transferred to the nearest designated scanning center where they are scanned, digitized and uploaded with encryption onto cloud. The answer scripts are then made available to supervisors, who have a unique ID and password, and are tagged to a set of markers. The distribution of the answer sheets to evaluators can then be carried out manually by the supervisor or dynamically through the system. As no additional time is spent on the physical transfer of answer scripts over long distances, to the various evaluation centres, the risk of loss and damage of the sheets is eliminated. Extra costs incurred in storing the same is also reduced.

2.Promotes Accuracy and Fairness

The capability to map data, such as evaluator, subject, language, question paper set, medium, etc., with 100 percent accuracy makes the system efficient. Built-in self-checks prevent the marks awarded from exceeding the maximum marks allocated for the same. The same scripts are assessed by multiple evaluators, along with intuitive user interface from evaluators based on perspective and observation,thus no scope is left for favouritism or errors.

3.Ensures Efficiency

To provide better security and ensure transparency, digital marking masks student’s details on the answer sheet to protect student identity. This eliminates the chances of discrepancy and ensures fairness in the evaluation process. Real time evaluation status helps to access the progress by means of an effective dashboard. This ensures smooth functioning and prevents unwarranted delays. Assistive intelligence aids evaluators by working as differentiators to highlight missed sections and marks tabulation errors. The supervisor has the discretion to reassign an answer script to another marker. In case of discrepancies, the supervisor’s marks are taken to be final.

4.Addresses Queries Effectively

Once the evaluation is complete, the answer sheets are uploaded again on cloud, making them available and accessible for future reference. The approach caters to the needs of students who wish to review their answer scripts. It also helps to address RTI queries in a time-efficient manner and eliminates unnecessary hassles, thereby upholding the reputation of the institution.

5.Saves Time

The sheer scale of assessments adds to the complexity of the marking process. Elimination of the stagnating factors by digitization of the entire evaluation process, ensures that the system is time efficient and requires minimum effort.

Digitization of the marking process eliminates errors, promotes efficiency and boosts productivity. It addresses the drawbacks of the current evaluation process and assists educational institutions in achieving the desired levels of proficiency, which is also the need of the hour.

We look forward to your comments and encourage you to contact us to discuss more.

To know about TCS iON Digital Marking, visit us at www.tcsion.com

 

References:

      1. http://www.edexlive.com/live-story/2017/aug/26/ever-attempted-a-digital-exam-these-guys-could-be-behind-it-1030.html

Is it impossible to cheat in computer based examinations?

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“I have tomorrow’s question paper; want to buy it?” If you are a candidate giving a competitive exam, you need to be aware that touts cannot help you; they are out to cheat you!

For every competitive exam, there are a number of fraudsters who claim that they have access to the question paper. There could even be fake papers circulating on social media. In the case of computer-based testing, there are other technology based practices– imposters making promises to fake the biometrics, touts claiming to have hacked the server, companies advertising Bluetooth devices to help crack the paper, and so on.

Don’t be gullible; these are false promises. Today 99.999% of cheaters and miscreants end up at the police station with FIR filed against the candidate.

There have also been cases where a candidate sneaks a camera into the hall, and posts actual images of the question paper on social media and WhatsApp during the exam. However, these images actually help identify precisely which console has been used and hence which candidate has attempted the fraud. Every single one of these attempts have led to police cases, ending with the candidate getting barred for life.

Tests taken in paper-pencil mode are far more vulnerable to leakage and malpractices. Computer-based testing, on the other hand, has rapidly evolved over the last few years to prevent fraud. Here’s a peak behind the scenes to show how computer-based tests are helping to catch fraudsters and prevent cheating.

Question papers are not set by humans

In a computer-based test, the question paper is not printed on paper at all. Experts create a bank of questions and then the question paper is assembled by a software algorithm that selects appropriate questions based on a Question Paper blueprint. No single individual has access to all the questions and answers, and the chances of leakage goes down dramatically.

The question paper is encrypted

Today’s technologies allow the machine-assembled question paper to be encrypted before it is sent out to the test centres. The question paper is decrypted only at the time of the first click by the candidate. This makes the question paper fully secured. Clearly, touts who claim that they have advance knowledge of the question paper are running a scam for cash.

No two question papers are the same

New technologies for computer based testing include smart algorithms that create multiple question papers with the s same format and level of difficulty. This means that questions and options are randomized for each candidate. Since the question order and the multiple choice answer order for each question is not the same for two candidates, copying answers from the person sitting next to you is impossible – it will only lead to wrong answers.

One question on the screen at a time

In the paper-pencil model, the entire question paper is visible and this opens up plenty of possibilities for malpractices. On the other hand, in computer based testing, the candidate can access just one question at a time. Moreover, there are time limitations for questions, which again reduces the chances of candidates getting answers from people on the outside to solve the paper.

The exam servers are fully protected

High stake exams are conducted using secured, stand alone servers where the question paper files are encrypted. In addition, the candidate consoles do not support remote access. All these measures prevent hacking attempts or access by any fraudsters. Also, the system will trigger real time alerts if anyone tries to manipulate the computer system.

Candidates’ biometrics are verified

Paper-and-pencil answer sheets can be filled in by an imposter answering on behalf of a candidate even after the test is over. Computer-based test is in real time and the centres check the identification of each candidate carefully. Photo recognition algorithms are used to compare the candidate’s face with the photo submitted in the application. Photos are also displayed on the candidate’s monitor so that the invigilator can confirm that the right candidate is taking the test. Candidates are asked to provide fingerprint verification and handwriting samples which are used to check identity. Biometrics are also taken mid-test for confirmation of identity. In short, imposters are bound to get caught.

Exam security

In the test centre, candidates are seated randomly and will not know in advance which machine will be allotted to him or her. All data regarding the test – number of candidates, the machines allotted, etc – are transmitted from the exam centre to a central command centre system. The command centre is used to monitor patterns that indicate cheating. The CCTV feed from the centre also helps in spotting suspicious cases. Centres typically use metal detectors to check for mobile phones or other electronic devices. However, security has improved to a much higher level – a few centres now use RF signal detectors and noise signals to block the use of mobile phones or Blue tooth devices.

Social media can be your enemy

Candidates sometimes try to click pictures of the computer screen and share the images via messaging platforms or social media. This is risky because the order of questions and answers provides a clear trail identifying the miscreant. New technologies also allow for each candidate’s ID number to be projected as a watermark on the screen. A picture of the computer screen can actually provide clues to identify which candidate has shared the image. So smart phones and social media can help identify cheaters!

These are just a few of the measures that in place to prevent cases of cheating and fraud. Today’s exam takers should be aware that cheating the system is a slippery slope that leads to the nearest police station, and getting barred for life. So be smart — don’t fall prey to scams and false promises.

– Venguswamy Ramaswamy, Global Head, TCS iON

 

Connect with us at www.tcsion.com

 

Source: https://www.hindustantimes.com/education/is-it-impossible-to-cheat-in-computer-based-examinations/story-JI9UwboVBQskYvKBT0suvL.html

 

TCS iON Awarded the Brandon Hall Group Award for the Category: Best Use of Games or Simulations for Learning

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TCS iON, a strategic unit of Tata Consultancy Services focused on Manufacturing Industries, Educational Institutions and Examination Boards has been awarded a Brandon Hall Group award in the category – ‘Best Use of Games and Simulations for Learning’ at the Brandon Hall Group’s HCM Excellence Awards 2018.

About the award

The Excellence Awards feature two annual programs – a Spring program and a Fall program – that recognize the best organizations that have successfully deployed programs, strategies, modalities, processes, systems, and tools that have achieved measurable results. The awards attract entrants from leading corporations around the world, as well as mid-market and smaller firms.

Brief Background

TCS iON conducts various online assessments across India. Operational Executives (OE’s) are trained to conduct these assessments and are deployed in various towns and cities across India. They perform critical tasks such as candidate verification and registration, exam-center set-up and invigilation of exams. TCS iON Academy therefore took a new innovative approach ,to ensure that the functional knowledge of OE’s is up-to-date and relevant in engaging using a gamified approach . Gamified Assessments pique the interest and the knowledge retention power of the Operational Executives and ensure that the functional knowledge of OEs is up-to-date and relevant. Games provide a fun and impactful platform, through which, the operations team can test their knowledge levels, on any device. TCS iON developed games such as ‘Kaun Banega ChampiON’ ‘Car Racing Games’, ‘Bike Racing Games’, Christmas Tree games, Assessment Simulator games, etc. to pique the interest of the Operational Executives and prepare them for conducting assessments.

Benefits and Impact –

User Experience: The games offered a fun way to boost OE engagement and improve their on-job skills with a simple and easy-to-use interface and gamification elements to maintain the player’s attention. The OEs felt more motivated to take up the assessments, in the game format, rather than on the usual question-answer based assessment console.

Development Savings – The reusable game framework led to an effort saving of 20 person days, while building consecutive games, as the games were re-used for various assessments.

Additional details are available on the site – http://www.brandonhall.com/excellenceawards/hcm.html

 

For more innovative products and solutions, visit TCS iON at www.tcsion.com

MEGHE GROUP OF INSTITUTES TRANSFORMS STUDENTS’ LEARNING EXPERIENCE WITH TCS iON

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Meghe Group of Institutes, Nagpur is one of the biggest education group managing more than 50 institutes. The group operates predominantly in colleges, offering Graduate and Post Graduate degree in Engineering, Medical and Management discipline, with a student base of more than 60,000 and faculty strength of more than 10,000.

Business Challenge

  • Data mismatch across departments.
  • Absence of integrated solution for end to end campus management.
  • Huge amount of paperwork for student attendance, employee leaves, procurement related requests and approvals resulting in increased time and costs.
  • Increased efforts and reduced accuracy due to the manual generation of reports.

Solution Delivered

  • Implemented TCS iON Digital Campus and TCS iON Digital Learning at three engineering colleges of the group to streamline its campus processes and improve student engagement.
  • Automated end-to-end process of campus management, facilitating student and faculty lifecycle management.
  • Collaboration and communication among students and faculty made easier with TCS iON Digital Learning.

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Value Created

  • Online workflows reduce the approval time from weeks to minutes.
  • Better collaboration among faculty and students.
  • Ease of access with mTOP.
  • Increased transparency with online feedback.
  • Elimination of data inconsistency across departments.

Customer Testimonial

TCS iON is exhibiting responsibilities as an organization and working with Meghe Group of Institutes in implementing the suggestions and meeting additional requirements for proper usage of TCS iON modules.”

– Prof. Gauri Chaudhary, ERP Head

 

For details, connect with us at https://www.tcsion.com

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Practice Test with a Diagnostic Report is the Key to Your Child’s Successful Future

It is every parent’s dream to see their child happy and successful. They desire to give them the golden wings to fly their way onto a better tomorrow and are working day in and out to make this a reality. But the question is, are they on the right track? How do they ensure that in the competitive world outside, their child emerges future ready?

Why is there a need to buckle up?

The world today is radically different and complex than what it was in the past. At every stage of the education system, we are conditioned to fight to secure the top position. Thousands of students are competing for that one popular college or that one desirable profession. Around 13 lakh candidates appeared for NEET, and over 11.5 lakh students sat for their JEE mains, this year. Universities and corporate bodies are saturated too and are looking for only the cream share of the applicant pool. Hence, waiting till the last moment to make career choices is no more a possibility. Unpredictability is the key factor that is affecting the future of the current generation. It offers challenges and competitions that require personalized learning and detailed preparation. The absence of preparatory trainings and online practice tests leaves aspirants feeling incompetent when they face their first ever competitive exam. Practice is the only way in which your child can master the art of being self-sufficient and develop the necessary skill set to rise on top.

How Do You Do Your Best For Your Child?

The world is more connected and poses infinite scopes and platforms for achieving what was once unachievable. Developing familiarity with the pattern and process of competitive exams by means of mock exams is possible today and can be availed on-demand by institutions and schools. You can assess your child’s understanding of various topics with the help of computer-based exams and prepare them better for tomorrow. As these proctored tests are time-bound, they educate your child to manage time efficiently. The tests assess their perception of relevant topics and help them gain confidence in their specific domain of study.

The future of education demands students to learn subjects differently. It is crucial to analyze your child’s performance every step of the way. An Analytics Report does just that for you. Apart from shedding light on the subject-specific strengths and weaknesses of your child, it helps avoid miscalculations and oversights by empowering them with constructive reasoning. The report maps your child’s skills and competencies by analyzing their responses so that they can avoid making repetitive or careless mistakes.

What makes Online Practice Tests with Diagnostic Reports better?

Every child is different, and so is their weakness. When it comes to seeking additional help for certain subjects, parents prefer after-school tuitions. The concern with depending on this extra help alone is simple; it isn’t tailored explicitly for your child. With over fifty students in each such class, how do you evaluate if the specific requirements of your child are being met?

Practice tests with accurate and detailed analytics report can help you take note of the same. The report compares your child’s score, the average score of all the candidates, and the topper’s score. It even goes on to elaborate on your child’s conceptual understanding of various topics for each subject, individually. It highlights the areas that require improvement and maps it to the optimum time utilization. To sum it up, it gives you a performance analysis of your child’s preparation as compared to other candidates appearing for the same exam. Being an informed parent would then give you the opportunity to take the necessary steps for your child’s improvement.

Education Begins at Home

The race to secure that dream job starts right at home. Practice tests give children the opportunity to understand the basic tenets of learning so that they don’t feel lost among the crowd of aspirants. The diagnostic report assists them to identify their interests, strengths, and improvement areas so that they can prepare better for the competitive exams of tomorrow. The drive to start early would prevent them from making disruptive career choices in the future.

How else do you think you can educate and prepare your child to face the competitive world? We look forward to your comments and encourage you to contact us if you would like to discuss more.

Connect with us – https://learning.tcsionhub.in/LLL/se

Leena Tipre

Strategic Head School Segment, TCS iON