India Grid for Learning – an Overview
India Grid for Learning (IGfL) is India’s first Single Sign On (SSO) and Identity Access Management (IAM), cloud based educational marketplace, offering students, teachers, educational institutions, a platform to choose, try and buy technology resources, content libraries and build digital infrastructure that enables classroom productivity, improves learning outcomes, and increases efficient IT administration.
When we started building India Grid for Learning, we had a clear vision in mind – ‘Simplify Education and Demystify Digital Learning’. In the years leading up to the launch of the platform we met teachers from around India and the world to understand the challenges that they faced and come up with an all-inclusive learning platform that would benefit students, teachers and parents equally.
Here are the key points that teachers and school administrators were worried about:
- How do we ensure all-round intellectual and social-skills development of students?
- How do we ensure that students are interested and attentive and retain learning?
- How can we measure the progress of our students?
- Can we have one unified learning platform to address all our issues?
- Will enabling digital education prove to be too expensive to implement?
The subsequent paragraphs tackle all these queries and explain how India Grid for Learning offers an immersive learning experience and a one-stop solution to address the problems that students and teachers face.
Does your institution offer a learning experience beyond text-books?
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We live in a world where we need validation, testimonials, reviews and advertisements. We choose to analyze minute details before me make a buying decision. Choosing a school or college for your child or sibling is no different? What is it that clinches the deal for parents looking to admit their wards to a school?
Attractive fees, proximity to residence, extra-curricular activities, board of education, past accolades won, scholarships, preparation for IIT-JEE and Maths and Science Olympiads, value-based education, tech-enabled digital learning; the list can be quite elaborate.
Studies conducted across various countries by prominent child-psychologists and educationists state that skills needed to survive in the 21st century can be broadly classified into three categories. These are:
Foundational Literacies — Scientific, numeric, financial, cultural, civic and linguistic literacy.
Competencies — Critical thinking, communication, analytical, problem-solving and collaboration skills.
Character-Building — Leadership, curiosity, adaptability, courage and social qualities form the key here.
So the big question here is if a school offers all these elements as part of the integrated curriculum then it is a good choice.
India Grid for Learning is designed to initiate curiosity, allow students to experience, understand, do and learn. With a wide selection of learning resources in the form of e-books, animated videos, interactive eLearning content and over two million pieces of curated and federated content. Resources focusing on value-based learning, critical thinking, communication skills and personality development are built into the IGfL platform.
Think of the beautiful and precious gift of knowledge that you are offering to your students with IGfL. Critical thinking and problem-solving are two essential skills that children should assimilate and learn to implement in real-life scenarios. We are sure both students and parents will be happy to be associated with a school powered by IGfL.
Retain the attention and interest of your students
Imagine a scenario, you are a teacher in a class full of students and you are taking a Biology class explaining what DNA is all about? Do you think a drawing of the DNA structure on the blackboard would be enough to hold the interest of your students?
Now re-imagine the same Biology class with the advantage of India Grid for Learning. You as a teacher can choose from animated explanations of the structure of DNA and hold the interest of your students with a spell-binding audio-visual experience. Students will definitely remember the idea of what DNA is and how it is an integral building block of every living organism with ease.
This is the IGfL Advantage that we keep talking about:
1-Offer an immersive learning experience to your students.
2-Supplement text-book based learning with animated audio-visuals and a library of eLearning resources.
3-Access learning content from 50 of the world’s most renowned academic publishers.
Are you tracking the progress of your students effectively?
One can never replace an actual human teacher! This is something that we do believe in – for generations starting with the ancient gurukul system of education to modern classrooms, the presence of a teacher to guide and instruct is an integral part of learning system. Times are changing from blackboards and chalk to white-boards and marker-pens education in schools is evolving. We are seeing schools incorporating smart class labs that have video-based and eLearning models to supplement text-book based education.
One key question and challenge for instructors and teachers is to track the performance of their students. Be it when studying in class or the grading of their assignments; measuring the knowledge quotient and learning levels of a student can be quite time-consuming. Why this has added significance is that only when a student’s progress is gauged can the teacher offer effective feedback and take corrective steps to help the student achieve his/her learning goals.
When you opt for the India Grid for Learning you are investing in a world-class stable ed-tech product that’s designed on the world-renowned Global Grid for Learning that’s used in over 50,000 institutions around the world.
With IGfL teachers and IT administrators can track the usage stats of students. They can see what portion of the lessons/course-content students have accessed. Details can be derived based on time spent on each module/course-screen and completion of in-built interactive assignments and learning activities. Remedial action and added focused teaching can help ‘weaker’ students scale up their learning and improve their grades. A real-time analytics tool that measures learning progress and time spent on the IGfL platform is a great asset indeed.
Unified Learning Platform
India Grid for Learning works as an integrated and unified learning platform offering a wide variety of learning resources. The advantage of the platform is that schools can choose from a given list of more than 300 resources/connectors that would work best for their students. The list of resources cover areas as diverse as – English Grammar, Communication Skills, Maths, Science, History, Geography, French, dedicated learning resources for teachers and much more. If your institution has a 1 MBPS dedicated broadband line it is more than sufficient to run the IGfL platform with ease. The platform runs on the ‘cloud’ and is completely secure. We help train your IT Administrators and ensure that IGfL works seamlessly at your institution.
IGfL is offered on a subscription-based model with institutions buying user-licences for a minimum period of one-year. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss costs and deployment.
Come give your students the IGfL Advantage today!!
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