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Posted in e-Learning on January 22, 2014
Lakhs of students write entrance exams for getting entry into professional courses in India every year. The demand for these professional courses has given rise to many colleges in the hope of capturing a chunk of this target student base who can’t make it to top rung institutions. Some institutions are backed by corporate entities or real estate companies. However, this increase in the number of colleges did not actually translate into an increase in quality (in terms of knowledge, industry readiness, skills etc,) of students, coming out from these colleges. The primary reasons for this are:
Shortage of resources
Managements of colleges with deep pockets are able to provide good infrastructure. But colleges with limited financial resources find it hard to provide the needed infrastructure. But irrespective of the financial power of these institutions, finding good quality teaching faculty has been a huge challenge in recent times as there is a genuine dearth of quality teachers with professional and research background.
It is difficult for lesser known colleges to provide early industry interaction for their students through internships or to get well-known guest speakers from the industry to come, speak and interact with the students. The reasons could be varied, ranging from lack of budget to lack of contacts. The troubles faced by the institutions are not limited to the above. But the end effect is many colleges are being forced to scale down courses or close down altogether due to lack of student enrollment.
With resources like faculty with background in high end research, quality teaching material etc coming at a premium, colleges are turning to technology to help overcome these hurdles. A Learning Management System is one such technology enabler for E-Learning and is an option being explored today by many institutions. Once an LMS is enabled across the institution, it is just a matter of acquiring/creating a courseware that can be delivered through the LMS. An e-Learning course enabled and delivered using an LMS solves the above issues in the following way:
Teachers need not be physically present for handling courses
If the institute can acquire quality material, this can be uploaded into the LMS, creating courses in different streams/areas.
Video lectures (recorded or live)
Record lectures once and deliver to multiple students any number of times.
Apart from the above, an LMS for educational institutions provides these additional benefits:
Students can study at their own pace
Students will be encouraged to put in efforts to go through the course or practice on their own for exams. The evaluation methodology has also undergone quite a few changes over a period of time keeping in mind the limited faculty time. Some LMS providers also provide social learning features to enable participative learning among students.
Reach of courses
College management wants to reach out to maximum number of students possible to offer their courses. This is true especially in case of distance learning course providers. An LMS for distance learning institutions that can help create and deliver courses online and can enable submission of assignments and quizzes online will create real value for these institutions.
Posted in e-Learning on May 9, 2013
Many organizations are adopting online platforms in recent times for their pre employment assessments and internal assessments as well. This area has seen growth due to an increase in the needs of the organizations to either quickly create & deliver pre employment assessments or to create assessments as part of their internal trainings. But an organization should think through clearly the requirements and whether a chosen online assessment platform actually fulfills these requirements and if yes, how effective is the chosen platform / system? The term ‘online assessment’ is interpreted in many ways to mean online exam platform or computer based assessment or online test repository or simply e-assessment. Though there is no definite difference in the final learning outcomes between offline and online assessment systems, the effectiveness lies in the implementation, speed and ease. Obviously, no one system fits the needs of all organizations.
The features of the online assessment platform and their suitability to the requirements of the organization and the content (question bank and the exams created) define the effectiveness of the system more than anything else. There used to be some areas of evaluation which required human intervention earlier. But with advances in technology, smart applications are able to monitor and evaluate every possible assessment area. Another important factor that determines the effectiveness of the platform is how well does it help in delivering the exam to its end users. When doing pre employment assessments, a major determinant driving the effectiveness would be whether the platform helps in creating the exam, delivering it, and evaluating fast enough to have considerable reduction in the recruitment cycle. When the same platform is being evaluated for internal trainings, a major factor that determines this effectiveness would be whether the assessments could be tied to skills enhancement and their tracking by managers.
Assessment is a cyclic process. The results of each cycle should lead to improvements in the next one. To be effective, organizations should evaluate their current system and agree upon the benefits of implementing online assessment system. Instructional and evaluation quality should be maintained in the online environment.
For a detailed view on how an online assessment platform can help your organization, speak to hubVirt’s experts in the area, by reaching out to us here:
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Posted in vStudyroom on March 20, 2013
When the number of applicants for popular competitive exams increases, it becomes increasingly difficult for the institute/board conducting the exam to administer the test manually. The logistics too, stretch the bandwidth of faculty and administration. In this context, many of these boards are looking to systematically taking these exams online. In accordance with the same trend, entrance exams for Banks in India went online. This came as a huge shock to aspirants who were preparing for these exams. Officially, IBPS, Institute of Banking Personnel Selection, conducts the exams on behalf of banks. Earlier, OMR sheets were used since all questions were multiple-choice based. Though it makes the process easier for IBPS, the candidates think otherwise.
It is not only the Probationary Officers exams, but also the Clerical grade exams that went online. Many of the applicants are from middle class and lower middle class families for whom getting a bank job is a dream come true. They might not be comfortable answering questions online during the exam, if they didn’t have prior experience of using a Computer Based Testing (CBT). To address this issue, IBPS said that it will provide special training for the applicants from less privileged backgrounds or differently-abled candidates.
For training institutes, involved in training aspirants for these various bank recruitment exams, too, this is a major change. The training methodologies and processes they have been following over the years need to be overhauled. They will be required to provide some kind of simulation of CBT for the people they are training. This involves setting up infrastructure and also providing an exam and assessment software for simulating the CBT environment.
To its credit, an online system makes it easy and faster for tests to be conducted. Lakhs of applicants vie for thousands of bank jobs in India. The recruitment process is a major exercise for the banks. Conducting an online test makes it easier, faster and more accurate. The turnaround time, between conducting the test and analyzing the results, is reduced which would help banks recruit more often with lesser strain on their resources both in terms of effort and time.
For Training Institutes:
vTesting is an online exam and assessment platform from hubVirt Software Solutions, that helps institutes offer their exams in various test areas. The students/users of an institute can login to vTesting and practise tests put up by the institute.
For aspirants who need additional practice online:
hubVirt also offers a content based solution, vStudyroom, that has simulated practice tests for bank exams covering various test areas. The test areas covered in these bank exams are: Quantitative Ability, Logical and Reasoning Ability, Verbal Ability, Data Interpretation (for PO), Marketing/ General Awareness and Computer Skills. vStudyroom, a FREE resource, provides practice tests in all these areas.
Posted in e-Learning on February 27, 2013
XYZ Technologies Pvt. Ltd. is a technology company which has an employee pool consisting of web developers, UI designers, test engineers and sales personnel. The company hired through job portals, recruitment agencies and the usual channels. The HR team would sift through hundreds of resumes before short listing a handful for processing. The potential candidates would then be put through various stages of selection.
The company was looking to simplify and quicken its hiring process. One of the ways was to conduct a screening test on various technologies for potential employees. The performance in the test would be used as a basis for calling the candidates for an interview. Since, the number of candidates who would be taking the test is in hundreds, it would be an enormous task calling them all to the office and take them through a paper based test and then correcting them manually.
hubVirt provided them their online exam platform named vTesting.
Outcome: The time taken in the entire process (until an offer has been made) reduced by nearly 50% by using vTesting. It also helped in reducing the effort required by the HR team in pre-screening the candidates and for conducting a test, correcting the answers manually and sorting the scores. The company saw clear gains in using the online platform vTesting in conducting screening test and thus getting a better hold on its recruitment process.
Read more at this link: vTesting for shortening recruitment cycle
Posted in e-Learning on August 23, 2012
As businesses expand, having a workforce that is well-trained and up-to-date with knowledge of internal processes becomes critical in order to deliver quality services. It is not easy to find such talented and readily trained employees. Hence some companies have partners or extended work force instead of permanent employees to maintain flexibility in resource base. Managing such a workforce is more difficult than managing permanent employees.
No matter what type of workforce an organization has, it is important that every employee follows the current best practices and common processes to ensure that the offering to the end customer is consistent. Whether it is keeping the sales force up-to-date on the product offerings of the company or training the employees on the products & processes, training and development of workforce plays a pivotal role in ensuring that quality service is delivered to customer. As the company grows, it becomes difficult for the company to bring the workforce together for frequent trainings or product updates.
Technology plays a crucial role in managing the trainings of a global workforce. A comprehensive LMS is a must-use training platform for companies. Here are some of the important features that a company should look out for:
- tracking current skill set of employees
- nominating employees for trainings
- online course delivery
- knowledge base sharing
- social learning to engage workforce
- feedback mechanism
Some of the benefits of offering courses online are:
- save resources used for training
- have easy access to training material
- let employees undergo training at their own pace
- track skill base of employees
- scale up training programs quickly
vLearningPro is a comprehensive LMS for organizations, that enables them to take advantage of technology in saving time, cost and resources for talent and knowledge management by offering training programs online to their workforce. For more details visit: www.hubvirt.com
Posted in vStudyroom on August 3, 2012
What is new?
- All new vStudyroom is now FREE. Just Signup, Sign in and Start Practising.
- Take Practice Tests on various competitive exams.
- What is available on vStudyroom is no longer only for high school students.
- vStudyroom provides Practice Tests that are of high quality. Anyone who is preparing for competitive exams can subscribe for the relevant courses/exams.
- You can now earn Learner Credits and redeem them.
- Tickle your grey cells with teasers and quizzes.
Who can use it?
Anyone who wishes to take a Practice Test in a particular competitive exam area can subscribe to it. For example, students can take tests that help them better prepare for competitive exams and improve their scores. College graduates who are looking to make themselves industry-ready can take exams that test their technical skills and help in their preparation for interviews and in improving technical knowledge.
How can I use it?
- Signup for FREE, Sign in and Start practising. It is that simple.
- Take tests on various topics and check the analysis of your performance
- Discuss on various topics with other users
- Invite a friend to join and earn learner credits
- Earn Learners credits in various other ways too and redeem them for cool merchandise
- Check Notice Board for announcements regarding important competitive exams
- Answer interesting teasers and quizzes
What are the benefits?
- Practise, test and improve your knowledge on various topics and have fun while doing it
- Compare your performance against other users who take similar tests
- Connect with other learners and clarify your queries in concepts
- Be updated about competitive exams
- Get cool merchandise by redeeming learner credits
Posted in e-Learning on October 28, 2011
Online examinations are increasingly becoming popular in India. Almost all graduate and post-graduate level exams have gone online or are in the transition period. The limitations of the paper-based tests have left administrators with little choice and the developments in technology have given them an excellent alternative. With information technology becoming an integral part of everyday life, conducting online examinations has become feasible and easy.
The traditional system of conducting exams with a paper and pen has the following disadvantages:
- The process of conducting an exam is time consuming for administrative staff and teaching community.
- It is difficult and time taking to analyze the answers manually (of course the OMR sheet reduces this burden to an extent).
- Scalability is limited when the number of candidates taking an exam increases.
- Results and analysis are not precise.
- There are security issues with papers being delivered to the venues physically.
- Mal-practice is prevalent since there is human intervention at every step.
- Storing historical information is difficult and tedious.
In comparison, the online examination system offers the following benefits:
- It is less time consuming and more efficient.
- Reduced usage of resources.
- Correction and analysis are automated and easier.
- Results can be accessed almost instantaneously.
- Records of previous exams can be stored online and can be retrieved easily.
- It is relatively secure since it reduces human intervention.
Of course, we are assuming that it is feasible and the required infrastructure and support system is present.
vTesting is an online examination and assessment platform used by Institutes and Organizations. If you are interested in conducting an online exam, write to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.hubvirt.com for more information.