‘The New Science of Learning’ Influencing And Enhancing Academia

Ramesh Batlish, Center Head Noida, FIITJEE has a vast experience in the field of education and has contributed a lot for the development of FIITJEE centres. He has good subject matter skills with expertise in teaching maths and academic administration. IITJEE & AIEEE expert coach Ramesh, holds a BE in Electronics &Telecom (Hons). He is a senior Mathematics faculty with over a decade of successful association with IIT-JEE coaching.

Ramesh Batlish, in an interaction with Ekta Srivastava, Education…

Mr Ramesh

Please tell us about the FIITJEE program and the opportunities it provides for better career.

FIITJEE Programs are designed for the specific needs of students belonging to a particular segment of students starting from Class VI till XII Pass. Every Program is strategically designed to ensure students can uplift their performance in a variety of Competitive Exams. Apart from proving full time regular classroom and Distance learning Programs, there are also School Integrated Programs. The focus in all Programs is Concept enhancement, Problem Solving and a holistic approach to ensure students not just excel in the Target Exams but also perform in various other competitive exams of the same segment which are also very rare for students to qualify.

FIITJEE visualises itself as a dominant player in the domain of Engineering Entrance Exams Training across the country. It provides training to the aspirants of IIT-JEE(Advanced) & JEE(Main), Olympiads, KVPY,NTSE,SAT-I,SAT-II, Advanced Placements Courses(For admission to US Universities under a dedicated vertical named USA UNIVQUEST) , Jr. Olympiads, IQ Development and much more…… With its systematic teaching methodology and clarity of concepts students find it easier to clear any competitive exam. FIITJEE strives to instil a collective responsibility for the desired goal in – the students, the teachers and the parents. It also provides a platform to the students to realise their aspirations & ambitions through highly effective programs. FIITJEE acts as a mentor to the young students to pursue their dream career and craft a bright future.

What do you see as the role technology will play in future education and training of new professionals?

It is believed that the human psychology behind learning has not changed vastly over time, the external factors affecting how we comprehend, retain and receive new material are constantly evolving. As the digital revolution accelerates, technology gives us exciting opportunities to shape learning experiences and achieve learning goals.

Applying learning science insights to education, educators can create a dynamic, digital, and hands-on learning experience that is tailored, flexible, and relevant, developing the talent needed to power the digital revolution.

At the same time, it is important to recognise the role that a human teacher will always play in the classroom. They have a unique and personal insight into each learner’s progress, serving as a role model and local expert, and providing inspiration in a way technology itself cannot.

Combining the learning sciences with digital innovation, we can leverage the best of what digitally enhanced and human-driven education have to offer, creating learning experiences that keep pace with the digital skills demanded by the market. In turn, affecting individual lives, supporting business and transforming global communities.

What impact does simulation and other teaching tools have on the training of new professionals?

Imagine a classroom infrastructure that includes wireless technologies, remotely accessible switches and routers, and collaboration tools to create an “intelligent” environment for the invention of real-world Internet of Things (IoT) products, services, and experiences by students. Creation takes place in different venues, for example, in the classroom during project-based learning or alongside passionate technology peers via hackathons. Students model the networks they create in a simulator and prototype with cloud-based technology at home. Instructors are empowered with a customizable learning management platform while collaborating with peer instructors across the world.

Learning science’s interdisciplinary insights are uncovering new approaches to education. For example, the power of technology to influence and enhance academia.

Do you have any exciting new program that can positively affect training outcomes please tell us about the program?

Our Integrated Programs are designed to give a holistic approach towards Career goals. In this program the students get a one-point contact for all training needs. We also do Goal setting of students and direct them towards the right career matching their aspirations. It also reduces the need for additional coaching beyond school hours. There is immense focus on Personality development clubbed with sports and also giving additional guidance for also competing for exams qualifying them for study abroad. We do goal setting of students and suggest a tailor made career plan specific to the profile of the student. This ensures a very rewarding career for a student.

In your opinion, how does the education sector and industry ensure that new protocols, procedures and training are delivered more uniformly?

The influence of psychological, social, cultural and environmental factors on how we learn is emerging from “the new science of learning”. This approach to understanding education argues that in our complex and rapidly evolving world today, academic models based on interdisciplinary research are necessary to create effective teaching and learning environments.

In your opinion, how does industry work with education organizations to ensure that the training provided ensures competency?

By 2020 it’s estimated there will be 1.5 million new digitized jobs across the globe. At the same time, 90% of organizations currently have an IT skills shortage, while 75% of educators and students feel there is a gap in their ability to meet the skills needs of the IT workforce. To prepare the talent needed for the digital economy, education must adapt as fast as the demand for IT skills is growing and evolving.

What measurements need to be taken to prove not only knowledge but skills have been mastered?

A finite number of the task characteristics most relevant for measuring student performance have been selected for constructing and marking tasks. These characteristics are components of the reading process that will be manipulated to simulate and evaluate the interactive nature of the reading process.

They include:

– Situation: Since adults do not read written texts in a vacuum but within a particular situation, it is important to identify a range of situations from which materials for this reading literacy assessment can be sampled. It should be remembered that one of the goals of Technology is to move beyond classroom-based texts to include a range of materials that students will also encounter outside their classrooms.

– Texts: While no one would doubt that a reading literacy assessment should include a variety of material, what is critical to the design and interpretation of the scores that are produced is the range and specific features of the text material which is included in constructing the tasks. Thus, a broad range of both continuous and non-continuous text types are included and consideration will be given to having students read these materials both singly and in combination. That is, they might be asked to read two continuous texts covering a similar topic, or a continuous text and a non-continuous text such as a graph or table.

– Test rubric: This term refers to the characteristics of the questions and directives in the tasks that are given to the students, the response formats that are used to elicit the responses, and the marking guides that are applied to the responses that students make. Generally speaking, the questions and directives will refer to a goal or purpose which the readers are asked to assume while they are reading and interacting with texts. The reading literacy survey will not rely solely on the use of multiple-choice formats but will include open-ended tasks which will be designed to engage the students in a broader and deeper range of processes and strategies.

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