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We have moved to Blogger for a better blog experience

It has better features, integration with Google Analytics, complete ability to customize and much much more.  All posts and comments are migrated to the following link:

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I hope you will enjoy the blog even more!

Stay Tuned!

MAC

Written by Mubarak A. Chaudhry

July 28, 2011 at 10:02 pm

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Compliance is simple – a repost from Seth Godin

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There is no way, anyone can say it more effectively in few lines.

The original post can be found here:

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2010/02/its-easier-to-teach-compliance-than-initiative.html

 

Compliance is simple to measure, simple to test for and simple to teach. Punish non-compliance, reward obedience and repeat.

Initiative is very difficult to teach to 28 students in a quiet classroom. It’s difficult to brag about in a school board meeting. And it’s a huge pain in the neck to do reliably.

Schools like teaching compliance. They’re pretty good at it.

To top it off, until recently the customers of a school or training program (the companies that hire workers) were buying compliance by the bushel. Initiative was a red flag, not an asset.

Of course, now that’s all changed. The economy has rewritten the rules, and smart organizations seek out intelligent problem solvers. Everything is different now. Except the part about how much easier it is to teach compliance.

Written by Mubarak A. Chaudhry

July 28, 2011 at 7:26 pm

World Innovation Summit for Education – WISE

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The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) is an initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, launched in 2009 under the aegis of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.

Please check it out here:

http://www.wise-qatar.org/

Written by Mubarak A. Chaudhry

July 25, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Innovation in education systems

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In last few years, Information technology in general and Social Media and Internet in particular has changed the way we communicate, socialize, do business, and connect with loved ones. This complete transformation along with wide-spread adoption of high-tech and light-weight tablets and smart-phones has made us consume information on much faster rate then we could ever imagine. This is all no secret and we all know it and see it unfolding right in front of our eyes. Comparatively a more obscure affair is the impact of this transformation on the very system of knowledge acquisition. With unprecedented and mind-boggling amount of information available throughout the internet, it is extremely hard to separate the valuable information from noise and there is a strong need of disciplined channels of education just like we had in the good old days of printing press.

This, however is a very complex and challenging issue. There are numerous questions that are being asked like:

  1. Is traditional education system still relevant in the digital age? Why do people still have to commute to “education booths” while they have every possibility to get educated n their homes, offices, and on the move?
  2. Why completely different individuals have to go through the same curriculum despite clearly having different educational needs? Why the learning path cannot be customized for each individual despite advancements in psychometric analysis of educational needs?
  3. What will happen to an individual who never goes to school but instead acquires all his education from a more relaxed social group of peers and guardians with individual focus and no strict rules that are put in place to keep hundreds of students disciplined at the first place?
In this blog, you will see all of these questions and much more discussed. Stay Tuned.

Written by Mubarak A. Chaudhry

July 25, 2011 at 8:48 pm

The case for Globalization of Educational Services

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What is Educational Services Industry and why do we need more people paying serious attention to it?

As we all know that Education is one of the most important aspect of civilized world but in last couple of decades, education has stretched to its limits both in terms of its capacity to transform our lives and ability to answer the questions that cause confusion among the minds of young and old alike. Educational systems are also stretched between those who want to keep it localized and “regionalized” to protect their social and religious values and doctrines and those who want to internationalize every word anyone learns and standardize it to the point where it truly start showing a global face to what we know and what we should learn.

The perfect balance is somewhere in the middle. With increasing globalization, our educational system and pedagogical processes must reflect global standards while preserving the local and regional essence both in educational system and content. This means that a significant number of individuals and companies across the world must start investing time and resources in educational services industry and not leave it to few rich countries.

The amount and type of education provided to individuals directly influences their career and intellectual capacity. In addition, rapidly changing environment demands that more and more avenues of learning are available closer to home and are affordable if we want to see our educational system adequately responding to the changing world.

Centralization of education systems influenced by few rich countries has also caused lack of diversity and increase in bias within educational systems and processes. This has made such systems less suitable for global deployment and with increased awareness and awakening across many regions of the world, these systems have rapidly become obsolete and although there are efforts in place to transform, in my opinion, it needs a big push and an informed effort by academic leadership to complete the transformation.

Stay Tuned for more!

Written by Mubarak A. Chaudhry

July 24, 2011 at 7:33 pm

What is Education?

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Education, pronounced ed·u·ca·tion is a simple word but can have different meanings to different people. It can be the process of providing formal instruction at a formal institute (i.e. Education System) or can be the result of such formal instruction (i. e. Education Level). It can be an individual’s act of providing instruction through formal exchanges (i.e. Educating). However, one thing that we see consistently, is the very fact that education is beneficial,  disciplined, and valuable process that imparts much needed skills by one or many individuals to one or many individuals. Education has two main elements; teaching and learning and between the two, it has countless, ever evolving, and very dynamic channels that facilitate the rendering of the educational experience.

From the beginning, humans have communicated their identity, values, customs, unique skills, cultural norms, and beliefs to other humans through a broad educational system and this very system has contributed to the continuous progress of human race. The very nature of educational system has evolved along with humans. Before we could read and write, education was provided by gestures and sounds and the need of education was limited to practical and survival skills. With the development of writing skills, we started to store knowledge and started developing it from generation to generation to more complex knowledge that required further formalization of the educational process.

The above two types of education are still very much the same even in the modern human society. The “basic and survival” education is still being provided by parents mostly in informal educational systems and the “complex” education is provided through formal and disciplined educational systems in Schools, Colleges, and Universities. In future blog posts we shall look at these both types of educational systems, their positioning in the modern human development and the very critical role they play and make us the individuals and the nations that we are today.

Written by Mubarak A. Chaudhry

July 24, 2011 at 1:26 pm