Higher education has some serious long term goals – to foster the joy of learning, to develop a research mindset, to set students up to be lifelong learners. The reality on the ground is that these often don't get realised. Much of higher education is focussed on the inputs: lectures, teaching, textbooks, attendance, rote learning, exams; and on the immediate outputs: grades, degrees, jobs. The exalted outcome – learning for life – is often lost. Higher education has become dispersed and complicated – with new EdTech suppliers joining long-established brick-and-mortar universities in creating a complex environment for a student.
Can à la carte unbundled courses compete with a holistic 4-year on-campus degree? Can a pick & choose piecemeal collection of courses be called education? What are the pros and cons of bundled university degrees versus standalone online courses? Has the pandemic caused permanent tectonic shifts in the hitherto solid education terra firma? What is the future of higher education?
Our speaker, a blogger and a professor will decode the state of higher education in India. He will share his insights on the perils and pitfalls of this sector and what lies ahead. He will also share his experiences as a blogger and a teacher in making learning exciting and fun.