Education Service Providers (ESPs) are realizing the need of adopting e-learning to open up to remote markets. The way we learn has changed and is changing more very rapidly as the use of computers in education is growing and being widely accepted. eLearning brings teachers and students together effectively, anywhere and anytime through the Internet. Online learning can synchronously connect thousands of participants worldwide while offering various asynchronous learning options. It also offers various choices of teaching-learning styles, teachers’ preferences and students’ needs. These all make the future of eLearning very bright.
Realizing the need, Apt Academic Solutions (AAS) adopted eLearning for their students a few years back. AAS, based in Hyderabad, is an offline and online education service provider. Having worked diligently for about three years now, AAS has succeeded to make a difference in the new age of teaching with their initiative, dedication and commitment. They have encouraged many students to pursue their dream of getting into premier engineering institutes of India by helping build a strong foundation in the core subjects of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. Their expert guidance and Web-based training have proven to surpass traditional methods of teaching with added advantages of flexibility in learning, better teacher-student interaction, time and cost effectiveness and easy accessibility across distances. Many of their students have topped the AIEEE examination and produced decent ranks in IITJEE.
The initiative of using the Internet for teaching at AAS came from one of the AAS founders' experience when he had to teach a student in Hyderabad while he was in Dubai. Later on, they made their first breakthrough initiative in Bokaro for an e-class venture. They started a Biology class with five students and within a month, the number raised to 22. Gaining confidence from this initial result, AAS decided to keep focus on this initiative by gradually making progress and development. Now, they have opened six virtual centers in India, and WiZiQ's Virtual Classroom has been chosen as the official Web conferencing solution for their e-classes.
The collaborative Web conferencing environment that WiZiQ offers is perfect for AAS' vision to provide quality education across India. With WiZiQ's Virtual Classroom, AAS has been able to provide an online synchronous communication environment between their teachers and students, using video and audio or through text chat, and to share presentations, documents and images on an interactive whiteboard. With all these options and without getting affected by the geographical and situational barriers, AAS is now providing an equal opportunity for quality education to every student across India.
This story is all about the super success of AAS in IITJEE 2009 and the power of e-learning. After 25 years in Port Blair AAS has achieved results in IITJEE with 5 selections, out of which 1 is in the Main merit list and the rest in EML, but the beauty of this result is that students were trained using only online teaching. This result is a revelation to everyone who are strong believers of the conventional-school-of-teaching thought and who believe that results in the IITJEE kind of examinations can only be brought about through conventional, offline face-to-face teaching.
To give its online students an edge over other students, AAS’s technical team developed an online testing portal - toptrigger.com, which has now become a force to reckon with for engineering entrance exams in India. This is an example of the fusion of academics and technology to provide quality services in the field of education, without the hindrances of geographical and economical barriers. Not only helping students to test their skills online, AAS provides the necessary help to clear doubts by conducting online classes on request.
The effects of this result is that many schools (the believers of conventional mode of teaching) in remote as well as in main locations are trying to introduce online education in some way or the other, providing an impetus to online education in remote areas. Naval Public School, Port Blair has recognized the power of e-learning and has introduced this method of teaching in their school for the normal CBSE curriculum.
AAS wants to position itself as a leader in e-education with clear-cut identification of targets in terms of operations and products. In A and B class cities AAS would like to be the number one ESP in providing testing platforms in all segments of multiple choice-based competitive examinations. AAS has plans to make tutors and coaching institutes to co-partner and mutually grow in a participative environment. Special efforts will be taken to add value to their cause. In distant locations, the plan is to cater through e-education and establish AAS as the number one brand in the K12 segment. Providing e-teachers in school is another goal, which will be again targeted in distant locations.