Category Archives: DimensiONs

This section contains blogs demonstrating various product features of iON

DIMENSiON December 2018 | Learning

TCS iON Learning

Prevents delay in course completion

Feature: Introducing soft expiry date in courses

Description: With this feature, admin can configure soft expiry date while course creation. This soft expiry date will be the course end date for participants. However, the participant will be able to access and complete their courses after course soft expiry date till course actual end date. Once soft expiry date is crossed, participants will be able to view message besides course end date that will display the number of days they have exceeded from the soft expiry date.

Key benefits:Participant can complete their courses till the soft expiry date.

Eliminate the timeline distortion with inline styling

Feature: Introducing configuration for styling tag in CK Editor for enablers

Description: Now, organization admin can select the configuration to restrict styling tag in CKEditor for enablers. You can use inline styling in posts only if the admin has selected this configuration.

Key benefits:  Eliminates the Time-line distortion with inline styling.

Learn external courses effortlessly with Digital Learning

Feature: Introducing external vendor courses while course content creation

Description: Course admin can map the courses of an external vendor with any node. On selection of a vendor, a list of courses for which the contract is made with the vendor is displayed. Once the course is mapped successfully, then the participant will be able to access the third-party course through iON without creating an account on a third-party site.

Key benefits: Gain knowledge of Third party courses through TCS iON Digital Learning platform.

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Automotive Skill Development Council (ASDC) join hands with TCS iON to train over 10 mn youth

The partnership will support over 10 million youths in India and help them acquire jobs in automotive industry.

New Delhi, January 17, 2019 – Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on Thursday partnered with Automotive Skill Development Council (ASDC) to skill over 10 million youths in India and help them acquire jobs in the automotive industry.

As per a joint release, TCS iON will closely work with the Skill Council to understand the dynamic workforce requirements of the industry and accordingly develop classroom and digital learning modules based on its unique ‘Phygital’ Learning Methodology.

The Digital Assessment Platform will help conduct knowledge and skill assessments and an intelligent algorithm will carefully match the skilled youth to the right jobs, at speed and scale.

TCS iON will also bring ASDC’s training partner ecosystem onto the same platform and help the Council manage affiliations, enhance quality of delivery, and improve transparency.

We are pleased to be associated with ASDC to digitally reimagine their training, skilling, and placement initiatives. Our digital learning, assessment and process management platforms will help impart skills at scale and address an important national priority, which is to create a skilled workforce and generate employment,” said Venguswamy Ramaswamy, Global Head, TCS iON.

“This partnership between TCS iON and ASDC sets a precedent and serves as a role model for all the other sector Skill Councils in the country, which are looking to make a meaningful impact.”

Nikunj Sanghi, Chairman, ASDC added, “We at ASDC are very excited about our partnership with TCS iON. Their expertise in skilling, coupled with industry-leading digital technology prowess will enable us to achieve our purpose of continually developing and upgrading Automotive Skills through skilling and up-skilling. This endeavor will focus on creating an automated digital assessment process, a digital learning hub, and a listing platform for jobs and candidates. Fully supported by the auto industry, this will enable us to meet the objectives and aspirations of all stakeholders, (including job aspirants, employers and the Government) towards meeting Skill India/Make in India objectives by creating value additions through Skilling/Up-Skilling for Human Capital creation and enhancement which would lead to more economic activity and consequent additional jobs.

Visit us at www.tcsion.com

Reference – https://auto.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/industry/asdc-join-hands-with-tcs-ion-to-train-over-10-mn-youth/67573096

6 Effective Ways to Give Best Assessment Experience to Your Candidates

Leveraging Technology to Improve Outcomes

Mismanagement has plagued the most critical aspect of learning- exams. This year, large-scale protests after delay in distribution of papers forced the cancellation of one of the biggest exams and revoked the exam body’s affiliation with the school in question. In another case of maladministration, the distribution of CLAT admit cards were delayed owing to technical reasons.

Such failures in adequately managing critical examinations leave impressionable candidates and their helpless parents in a limbo, while institutions get pilloried in the media. To counter this, technology can be leveraged to reduce manual intervention and provide candidates with the best assessment experience.

Six Steps for Effortless Assessments :
1. Digital Application Form & Admit Cards: Candidate enrolment, registration process and fee collection should be processed through an online platform with additional scope of collecting paper-based registration forms through offline mode. The platform should allow candidates to select their preferred test centre as well as date and time for the exam. Additionally, e-admit cards should be generated which can be downloaded from anywhere and can aid in candidate authentication by means of photo verification, finger printing and bar coding mechanisms.
2. Diagnostic Test: To help students prepare better the platform should allow them to benchmark their outcomes by means of diagnostic tests. These tests should provide results and analytics as well as personalized assessment linked feedback to educate candidates about their specific strengths and weaknesses.
3. E-learning Content: The platform should provide access to up-to-date content which is mapped to recent trends. It should also suggest readings and practice materials based on the candidate’s diagnostic test results. This would allow learners to prepare better as well as save them the hassles of searching preparation material from multiple sources.
4. Practise Test: To test the learner’s standing post-preparation, the platform should expose them to mock practice tests which are designed to stimulate the actual exam experience. This would help to acquaint candidates with the critical time constraint and allow them to manage it better in a more comfortable and confident way on the day of the actual exam.
5. Exam Centre Infrastructure: Institutions should verify the test centre infrastructure such as invigilators, facilities, power back-up, physically-challenged-friendly layout, etc. It should have scope for real-time monitoring of exam process, assessment server monitoring, and CCTV Monitoring. Password-protected question papers should be created using a Content Authoring Engine which can generate multiple unique questions of exact level of difficulty from a single meta question. These question papers can then be downloaded at the exam centre only at the time of exam, thus eliminating the risk of question paper leakage or delay, common in the case of pen-and-paper exams. Additionally, the interface should be user-friendly and multi-lingual in case of online assessments.
6. Publish result 48hrs: Once the evaluation is complete by means of instant evaluation, offline evaluation, or digital marking, the result should be made available to the candidates for download within 48 hours. The same should also be stored on cloud for easy retrieval for re-evaluation purposes. In addition, candidates should be provided with secure, tamper proof, digitized, university-issued certificates which can be verified for authenticity using key infrastructure and biometric information.

With the assessment and examination season around the corner, technology can simplify the end-to-end exam processes and allow institutions to conduct real-time proctored tests across multiple locations in a single shift, simultaneously, and provide candidates with the best assessment experience, free of hassles and worries.

We look forward to your comments and encourage you to contact us at 1-800-209-6030 or write a mail to ion.servicedesk@tcs.com if you would like to discuss more. You can also visit www.tcsion.com for more details.
– J Ramkumar, Product Delivery Manager, TCS iON

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION AT MIT ADT UNIVERSITY

Customer Overview

MAAER’s Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT) is one of the leading Education groups in India. With more than 10 campuses in the state of Maharashtra, the MIT Group offers courses in Engineering, Medicine, Pharmacy, MBA, Insurance, Distance Education, School Education, and Telecom Management.

Business Challenge

  • Data redundancy due to absence of a centralized system.
  • Time-consuming and tedious process of manually conducting activities and follow-ups

Solution Delivered

  • TCS iON Digital University solution implemented in MIT ADT University (9 colleges).
  • Automated day-to-day academic and administrative activities; addressing all aspects of student lifecycle management, financial accounting, human resources, and procurement and inventory process.
  • Seamless 360-degree data view of students across 9 colleges through a single database.
  • Instant access to information anytime, anywhere and on any device.

Value Created

  • Better decision making with access to accurate data.
  • Improved collaboration across colleges.
  • Significant time and effort savings.
  • Increased transparency among faculty and students.

Customer Testimonial

“With TCS iON Digital University Solution, we have automated and streamlined academic activities and administrative procedure across our 9 campuses. We now have quick and easy access to consolidated information anytime, anywhere and on any device.”

– Prof. Sunita Karad, Director MITCOM, Director – ICT, MIT ADT University

For more details, visit us at www.tcsion.com.

Is Digital the Way Forward for Distance Education in India?


Collaboration and Integration Allow Spread of Quality Education beyond Boundaries

Distance learning is crippled with limited focus on measuring student outcomes and deficiencies, developing crucial 21st century skills, or creating an effective two-way communication. The learning content too is not up to date and it lacks an integrated digital platform which offers constant monitoring and support. As a result, there is little learner engagement which results in high drop-out rates.

The absence of interaction between various stakeholders also gives rise to the issue of untimely exchange of information, which prevents institutions from making informed decisions. Understanding the gravity of the situation, the UGC recognized the need to regularize open and distance learning and stated that only universities with NAAC scores 3.26 and above could offer distance learning programmes.

However, the sad state of affairs has left the future of the students, who cannot attend campus-based full-time classes, in a limbo. There is, therefore, a need to re-invent and re-imagine the distance learning mode in the form of a collaborative and integrated framework which caters to the specific needs of learners beyond the classroom space.

Bridging Distance with Digital

A cloud-based, interactive learning environment which caters to the varied requirements of a diverse audience, from K-12 to working professionals, can help in generating better learning outcomes.

Learn what interests you

Learners can enroll by submitting application and fees online. They can then create their customized course structure. This would eliminate the one-size-fits-all concept and motivate learners to learn what interests them. A regulated framework of learning with scope for performance monitoring as seen in a classroom set up can be designed by feeding the data of each individual into the system. This would help provide a 360 view of their learning profile and allow institutions to keep track of key parameters using a centralized, single integrated system.

Know where you stand

Learning can be made self-paced with scheduled activities and assignments at the convenience of the learner. A Smart Assessment Engine can be devised to conduct the test to benchmark outcomes, after every learning module. Students can be assessed on 21st century skills and problem-based learning, which are critical in today’s job space. Results and analytics can be offered and used to further categorize learners into groups based on parity of learning and provided with remedial interventions. Learners can additionally be given personalized feedback and suggestive readings to improve understanding of concepts.

Collaboration is the key to success

A community based structure and best-in-class LMS can aid in delivering courses for improved learning by reaching out to a vast audience through a single platform. The content can be designed by subject matter experts and mapped to current industry trends as against age-old textbook material. Additionally, it can provide room for seamless communication between learners and experts allowing them to ask questions, share best practices, brainstorm, etc.

Digitization can help improve student learning outcome by delivering distance education like regular classroom learning. This would allow every stakeholder to engage and collaborate with ease and help students to build skills and competencies to contest effectively for the jobs of today and the future.

We look forward to your comments and encourage you to contact us at www.tcsion.com if you would like to discuss more.

– Ajay Kaul, Consultant, TCS iON

References:

  1. http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2018/aug/02/ugc-puts-distance-education-out-of-reach-1852026.html

Learning in 2018: A year that changed how we learn


Industries are getting disrupted, rapid tech advances are making current competencies in the workforce obsolete, and the only option today is ‘lifelong learning’.

Industries are getting disrupted, rapid tech advances are making current competencies in the workforce obsolete, and the only option today is ‘lifelong learning’. Also, Gen Z has a set of unique behavioral attributes, and all this is shaping the needs of the education industry and forcing it to devise ways to deal with Gen Z. In essence, ‘learning is learning’.

Here are some trends that everyone—either in the industry of delivering learning or who has the responsibility to support learners—needs to prepare for.

1.Mass personalization: One-size-fits-all concept is getting replaced by adaptive learning—this approach takes into consideration individual learner abilities, and the appropriate time to consume content, thereby enhancing quality of learning

2.Nano-learning: The attention span of learners is shrinking. Students are unwilling to sit in sessions for hours. Lengthy, text-intensive, non-interactive learning content switches off Gen Z. Nano-learning or bite-sized learning is becoming a trend. 2

3.Data-driven learning: Every individual leaves a large footprint of her learning behavior. Today, such interactions (learning better with video, preferring game format, etc) are acting as data sources for understanding the learner’s patterns and trends, for devising strategies to make learning more effective than before.

4.Self-paced learning: Learners have some nuances—in some subjects, they are slow, while in others they may have the ability to grasp fast. Taking this into consideration, the pace of the content is being adjusted according to strengths and weaknesses of students in specific subjects.

5.Addictive mechanisms: There are specific constructs—either in the content or in the learning platform—that attract a learner’s attention. These include ‘like’ or ‘comment’ buttons, challenges, capability to score and compete, win badges, and so on. So the focus of learning is transforming to include these constructs in the content to make learning more addictive.

6.Engaged or immersive learning: The learner today prefers content that includes games, puzzles and surprises embedded within. There is a growing trend of designing content using technologies like augmented reality and virtual reality to create immersive and engaging experiences.

7.Collaborative learning: Learning is no longer one-to-one interaction between the content and the learner. Instead, it is becoming an interaction between a group of people in a community construct where students can learn by debating on a common platform. This construct de-links the age-old practice of a student and a teacher. A teacher’s role is to facilitate learning, for learners learn from each other.

8.Lifelong learning: By 2022, 9% of Indians are expected to be employed in job roles that don’t exist today and 37% might be in new jobs. To prepare for this, we need to understand that learning is not discreet, but a continuous and connected process in which the needs of learners vary with time and stage of their life. Every moment provides a learning opportunity. Thus, there is a need to track the learning culture of an individual across different stages.

9.21st century skills: India is expected to form 25% of the world’s workforce by 2025. So we have to equip the country’s youth with 21st century skills, rather than specific domain skills. Today, learners are assessed on their ability to work in teams, be ethical in given scenarios, and be creative and assertive. The focus has to shift towards developing these capabilities.

10.Learning experience platform: Rendering content is not enough; instead, one needs to render experiences. The emphasis rests on developing a learner experience management system that uses engaging game cartridges to modulate experiences while delivering content. As we progress into a new year, we must have our energies focused on these evolving trends that are about to dominate the next set of years.

-Venguswamy Ramaswamy, Global Head, TCS iON

We look forward to your opinions on the learning trends that you think will affect the learning industry.

Visit us at www.tcsion.com for more details.

References:

https://www.financialexpress.com/education-2/learning-in-2018-a-year-that-changed-how-we-learn/1429145/