The VishwaGurukul Academy : a few preliminary ideas

The VishwaGurukul Academy : A venture of and by 21st Century JagadGurus for 21st Century UberSmart Learners

Vision: To create a new personalised learning environment ” mobile first, wearable next” with wireless Internet and personalised flipped, blended and jigsaw learning to supplement and complement the existing formal educational structures and is entrepreneurially driven.

Indian thought leaders (15) who have inspired this initiative:
1. The Upanishads, Vedas and ancient Hindu heritage
2. Vivekanand
3. Aurobindo
4. Aryabhatta
5. Panini
6. Mahatma Gandhi
7. Gautam Buddha
8. Sir Syed ( founder of AMU)
9. Guru Nanak or other Sikh Guru with views on education
10. Mahavira or other Jain thought leader
11. Srinivas Ramanujam
12. Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore
13. Satyendranath Bose
14. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan
15. Mahamana Madan Mohan Malaviya

We can add to this list, to have more inspirational ideas that may have been omitted above.

Inspiration from 10 Modern Educational Thought Leaders: ( listed in alphabetical order of first name)

“ If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”: Isaac Newton

1. Burton R Clark
2. Clayton Christensen
3. George Siemens
4. Guy Claxton
5. John Daniel
6. Ken Robinson
7. Ram Takwale
8. Richard Feynman
9. Salman Khan
10. Stephen Downes

We wish to acknowledge the above named modern educational thought leaders whose ideas have influenced our architecture of the next generation ecosystem for learning. The dots that we are trying to connect from these luminaries are as follows:
Burton R Clark ( The Entrepreneurial University), Clayton Christensen ( Personalisation of learning as the Disruption in education), George Siemens ( Connectivism and MOOCs), Guy Claxton ( developing learning power), John Daniel ( massification of quality education), Ken Robinson ( learner uniqueness, creativity and creating the right climate), Ram Takwale ( importance of an always connected learning environment), Richard Feynman ( learning to teach as the real learning), Salman Khan ( flipped teaching, chunking of learning and Analytics), Stephen Downes ( with George Siemens on Connectivism and MOOCs)

Reports on Educational matters from time to time:
1. UNESCO reports on mobile learning and Open Education Resources.
2. Horizon reports on Emerging Educational Technologies
3. UKOU reports on Innovative Pedagogies
4. World Bank and ADB reports on Education

The Implementation approach is at the intersection of 3 ideas in the following books:
1. Blue Ocean Strategy: Kim and Renee Maugborne
2. Disrupting Class : Clayton Christensen
3. The Long Tail : Chris Anderson

Main features of the Teaching-Learning model:
1. A next generation campus. Technology driven and technology embedded futuristic education. Learning 221 ( my trademark).
2. Teaching method: flipped teaching blended with personalised remote coaching and mentoring, including some guidance on becoming a self-directed, collaborative and co-operative learner.
3. Every learner will be using as access device a Tablet or Smartphone for learning. In 2 words, the motto will be ‘ Mobile First’. And no particular device will be forced on the learners. This is the BYOD ( Bring Your Own Device) philosophy. In due course, when appropriate, wearable devices will also be used. So ” Mobile First, Wearable Next”. ( MFWN)
4. Adopting what is doable with latest educational technologies
5. Implementing the latest innovative pedagogies, which are learnt of from an Observatory and experimented with in our ‘ Educational Innovation Centre’
6. New generation Physical Learning Spaces that encourage thinking, tinkering and making in the Rainbow Clubs.

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