Few years ago, a classroom meant a heavy bag full of textbooks, lectures, chalk and blackboard, note taking and assignments. Things are changing now. Classrooms all over the country, in both schools and colleges, are moving towards an infusion of technology and the slow but steady sidelining of rote learning, which has plagued our students for generations. This move towards a more tech-friendly educational setup will change the way students learn new concepts and implement them.
This points us towards the technology that is the gateway to the future of education ï¿½ MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course). In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community for students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs). edX, Coursera and many more MOOCs have already disrupted the education market by providing online courses to students all over the globe. However, MOOCs are yet to be fully accepted and accredited; the certifi cations are considered to be more of an addendum to an existing qualifi cation than a norm.
We need to move towards a future where the generations to come do not have to pay thousands of rupees to have access to good quality education. The infusion of technology such as MOOC could take us to that future and well beyond. The school that our children and grandchildren go to, may well be on the cloud, on the go and the classrooms that we so fondly remember may well become a thing of the past.
This disruption in the education sector is something that our country can benefit from greatly in the near future and eradicate one
of the biggest evils in our society. Technology is the key to a better future and better education and we as a country need to be ready to
accept and implement that technology. This issue features KSR Institute of Technology, Tiruchengode as the Cover Story. Founded in 1984 by Lion Dr. K. S. Rangasamy, a well-known philanthropist, the institute is a home ground for the learners and growth leaders. KSR has become widely popular in sieving talents into its students according to their areas of interests.
We hope that this issue will prove to be a comprehensive guide to education aspirants and onlookers to make the right choice for their future.