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New Trends in Education for 21st Century 16 May, 2012

Prof. Vasudha Kamat

Prof. Vasudha Kamat, Vice Chancellor, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai has said that to be effective in 21st century, citizens must exhibit functional and critical thinking skills. “Information, Media and Technology skills are very important to succeed in this century,” she stressed.

She was interacting with the participants as part of the National Weekly Discussions via A-VIEW envisaged by MHRD under NME-ICT mission on May 23, 2012.

The topic of the session was New Trends in Education for 21st Century.

Make use of ICTs

Prof. Kamat seating from her office at Mumbai said ICTs would play a pivotal role in delivering quality education to all. “Through ICTs, we can reach out maximum number of students very quickly. Community radios, FM radios, Social Media etc can be used.

New Experiments

She said new experiments in education are; Flipped Classroom, Extreme Learning, Mass Learning and User Generated Content.

Flipped Classroom

“Here students watch lectures at home, communicate with peers and teachers via online discussion forums. And, students do their homework in classroom itself with the help of instructor. Educational technology and activity learning are two key components of the Flipped Classroom,” explained Prof. Kamat.

Extreme Learning

She added that Extreme Learning throws students an opportunity to learn from outside the class and would get maximum exposure in their fields. The students can learn, enhance and share the acquired knowledge by doing internship in various companies.

Mass Learning

“In order to meet the demand in job market, we need to train large number of students and develop a pool of skilled professionals. To achieve it, technology should be utilized properly. www.udacity.com has proved that with the support of technology, masses can be trained,” she said.

User Generated Content

“Users nowadays can access various tools to generate their own content. For instance, Google offers various products such as Gmail, Blogger, Picasa, YouTube etc. It gives the user an ideal platform to create and share their knowledge.”

Participants

Around 23 Universities including Goa University, IIIT Hyderabad, International Institute of Population Studies, Karnataka State Law of University, Pondicherry University, Sri Padampat Singhania University, Vinayaka Mission University and Visvesvaraya Technological University participated.

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