experiential learning

What Is Experiential Learning? How Does It Benefit Learners?

Experiential learning is often called the most natural form of learning. It is how we learn as kids by experiencing, discovering, creating, exploring, and interacting with the world and people around us.

One of the best ways to describe Experiential Learning is through the 450 BC Confucius quote–”I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.”

In the school classroom, experiential learning is about learning through action or learning by doing. This translates into laboratory experiments, field trips, internships, fellowships, volunteering, research papers, and peer-based learning, among many other forms of learning by doing.

Unlike traditional classroom situations where students learn from an instructor or from a textbook by following the teaching instructions passively, students in experiential learning classrooms are more involved in the learning process. They are also motivated because learning is not just a cognitive process, but it also engages the students emotionally and socially to create a more authentic and imbibed learning experience.

According to David A. Kolb, who developed the experiential learning concept, there are four critical stages of Experiential Learning –

  1. Concrete Experience. 

This is when a learner gets to perform a task with minimal help from the teacher. This results in a fresh experience, or an interpretation of a past experience in a new manner. For concrete experience to take place, it is important for the student to not just read or watch the task but to actively engage in it through problem-solving, role-playing, model making, etc. 

  1. Reflective Observation 

In this stage, the students share the results of their new experiences and reflect on reactions, observations, and lessons with their peers. This shared reflection enhances the learning experience as the students get to learn from each other by sharing lessons and bouncing ideas. 

  1. Abstract Conceptualization

In this stage, students will attempt to analyze and reflect upon their experiences with the teacher and their peers. They will classify concepts, identify themes, understand challenges, observe patterns, and draw conclusions for the entire learning experience. The students will also discuss solutions to any problems and challenges, how to avoid them, and/or how to overcome them in the future.

  1. Active Experimentation 

In this final and most critical stage, the learner tests his newfound conclusions and applies the teachings to new experiences. It enables the learner to concretize the learning by understanding how it is relevant to the topic in real life, thus allowing for the information to be retained for the future. 

Experiential Learning In A Digital Environment.

Here are some of the ways that we can apply experiential learning in an online learning environment:

  1. Augmented Reality 

By leveraging AR, complex ideas can be simplified and learning can be engaging and enjoyable. From simple drawing exercises to breaking down complex concepts, viewing artworks from every angle, and immersing oneself in the exploration of space, AR offers a wealth of learning opportunities. It can bring dinosaurs to life and unravel complex genetic structures with just the click of a button.

  1. Game-Based Learning

Simulations are is a type of game-based learning that simulates something that happens in real life. A simulation game is used to acquire or train skills, or to teach effective behavior in a simulated environment. By participating in simulation games, the learners can solve problems and experience scenarios that would be impossible in reality.  

  1. Virtual Field Trips

Online tools like Google Earth and museums apps allow the learners to experience and view places that would not be easy in real life. Using online tools, students can take trips to museums, historical sites, zoos, and many more places that will help them discover new experiences for themselves.

  1. Gamification

Incorporating gamification elements such as interactive choices, dramatic storytelling, leadership boards and time pressure can greatly enhance the learning experience. These types of methods have been shown to make learning more enjoyable, while also improving knowledge retention.

Advantages of Experiential Learning

  1. Motivates Students

Experiential learning keeps the students engaged in a variety of activities and exercises. This is essential in motivating the students to keep learning, as opposed to passive textbook-based learning. 

  1. Connects Theory with the Real World

By integrating theoretical concepts with the real world practice, students can learn and apply what they have learned in the field to better in the real world. Additionally, it improves the retention of the concepts and ideas 

  1. Capacity to apply the knowledge immediately

The purpose of experiential learning is to offer learners the chance to use what they’ve learned to solve real-world challenges. Students can experiment and adapt their practice to achieve the best results by testing their understanding of underlying principles, processes, and procedures.

  1. Makes the students career-oriented 

By combining learning with real-world activities and experiences, experiential learning facilitates career orientation. By participating in these activities, students can begin to develop and discover their interests, skills, aptitudes, and passions.

  1. Improves Collaboration

Experiential learning encourages students to work with their peers and collect and analyze data. This socialization and teamwork in improving communication and collaboration skills 

In conclusion,

In today’s digital world, well-planned online experiential learning offers numerous benefits to students. It accelerates the learning process and empowers the students with their own learning journey. – this empowered and engaged learner with multiple skills such as problem-solving and effective decision-making, is ready for success in all spheres of their life. 

online exam

What is Online Exam?

Understanding How Fedena Can Simplify Online Exam and Exam Grade Management For Your Institute

Students and educational institutes benefit from exams not only because exams accurately measure a student’s progress, but because it promotes competition among students and motivates them to work harder. However, most importantly because examinations enable schools to understand the gaps in teaching, find flaws in pedagogy, and help modify the methods.

Technology has transformed the education sector in recent years. Fedena has contributed significantly to the transformation of the education sector. One of the biggest changes in recent years was the replacement of traditional exams with online tests. We define online testing or digital exams as virtual exams undertaken on a smart device–smartphone, tab, laptop, computing using the internet. The student can give an online examination from any location across the world. 

With increasing advances in technology, online exams have been accessible and increasingly preferred in many educational institutes across the world. Online testing has proven to be more convenient, more efficient, and more reliable. Additionally, it is time-saving for both the students and the teachers.  

The following are some Advantages of Online Exams:

1)      Cost-Effectiveness

Online exams offer one of the biggest advantages because schools no longer have to spend time managing the entire process of creating, printing, delivering, and storing exams.

2)      Flexibility to Take Exams Anywhere

A key advantage to online exams is that students can give their exams from the comfort of their own homes, a café, or any corner of the world. Students not only save time and money by not going to a test center, but it is also less stressful and easier on their mental health.

3)      Reduced Administrative Burden.

Conducting exams online reduces the administrative burden greatly. Printing the papers, distributing the question papers, and collecting the completed answer scripts are time-consuming, stressful, and costly tasks. On the other hand, using online assessment software eliminates these tasks, and streamlines the examination process, making it time and cost-efficient. 

4)      Quicker to Mark and Create Report Cards

Online tests are much quicker to moderate and mark and students can attain immediate feedback as well as ongoing feedback from their test results. This enables them to take immediate action and correct their learning curve as needed.

5)      Environmentally Friendly.

Online exams are environmentally friendly since they use less paper, printing, and transportation. This method of examination also eliminates the stress of storing examination records

6)    Scalable with Worldwide Reach

Schools can offer exams to candidates across locations as they are not restricted to offering exams in physical test centers. As a result, they are able to expand their student pool across geographies and provide further education development and new knowledge to students around the world.

7)   Increased Security

Online tests are also more secure since all test papers, results, and grade books are stored electronically and can only be accessed by authorized staff members.

Fedena Online Exam’s pioneering features have revolutionized online assessment.  Administrators and teachers can create and manage online examinations with Fedena’s full-featured online examination module, while students can view and participate in online exams using their devices.

Few additional Fedena features that make it the Best Online Exam tool in the market:

  1. Create MCQ Or Descriptive Question Paper

Teachers can create multiple choice question papers (MCQs) or detailed descriptive questions using Fedena’s online examination module. With multiple-choice question papers, the results are published instantly, while with descriptive type answers, teachers must take their time to evaluate them. Teachers can also randomize the questions for the students by selecting the randomize option while configuring the examination. Furthermore, teachers also have an option to import questions from previously created online exams.

  1. Automate Marks Calculation

 When all answers have been evaluated, the teachers can move on to the next step of recording and evaluating student responses. Student responses will then be classified as either passed or failed. Before publishing the evaluation to students, teachers can recheck the results for errors.

  1. Exam Grade And Grade Book Management

The marks for each subject can be entered once the examinations are complete. Teacher observations can be added along with each student’s marks. The process and steps for entering marks will vary depending on the grading system. As soon as the marks are entered, Fedena provides several reports that combine data from other modules, such as attendance.

According to the grading system selected, there are many preconfigured reports available in Fedena. There is also the option to export as CSV reports. Fedena has a dedicated section to configure and generate grade books.

A grade book also referred to as a report card or mark sheet or scorecard, is any system used to record a student’s progress during the academic year via marks or grades. The grade book, which is also known as the report card, mark sheet, or scorecard, is a system for recording students’ progress throughout the academic year through their marks or grades. Fedena provides many pre-configured reports based on the grading system selected. Reports can also be exported as CSV files. There is a separate section in Fedena for configuring and generating grade books.

In conclusion, it can be summarized that online exams are an integral part of the future of digital education. Innovations in technology, globalization, and data-driven insights into teaching and learning methodologies all contribute to the idea that an online examination system might help illuminate a student’s scholarly journey.  

Practically acquired Foradian

Exciting News: Practically acquired Foradian Technologies

Today is a big day for Foradian Technologies. We are thrilled to announce that Foradian Technologies is now officially a part of Practically.

Since 2009, when Foradian Technologies was established, we have helped 40,000+ schools and colleges worldwide, simplifying the life of the administrators and teachers by providing innovative educational software.

One of the renowned Ed-Tech solutions which Foradian Technologies offers is an all-in-one school ERP platform termed Fedena, which helps institutions in automating day-to-day academic and administrative operations.

It is indeed a humbling experience to see a wide range of our customers across the countries using Fedena to digitize their institute’s daily operations.

On becoming a part of Practically

Practically is India’s first experiential learning app that was recently recognized as a Minicorn by Tracxn. It is designed to make learning immersive and increase retention in STEM subjects for students of classes 6th to 12th. It is the only self-learning app that enables STEM learning through immersive videos, interactive augmented reality, and 3D simulations. They have also recently launched the industry’s first, revolutionary ‘Scan Anything’ feature.

The hands-on learning app bridges the gap between theoretical learning and practical application with:

  • Life-like video content
  • Experiential learning
  • Augmented reality learning
  • Interactive learning
  • Live classes online
  • Coding classes for children
  • AI-assisted learning
  • Study plan
  • Scan anything

Practically and Fedena have a lot in common in terms of customers, employees, and mission.

This move will focus on bridging the digital divide in education and by integrating the expertise of Fedena and Practically under one roof, institutes can develop an ecosystem that promotes an interactive online learning environment beyond classroom boundaries and provides better operative controls to the administrators while using a single platform.

What does it mean for Fedena’s customers?

Fedena and Practically will work in an integrated manner and will continue to support all our customers with the same passion that we are known for. We will continue to enhance the product to delight our customers and help fulfill their needs.

What about the partnerships?

Fedena’s partners are an integral part of our success, as they’ve helped us in growing our business across various regions. We are determined to nurture our existing relationships with our partners, and eagerly looking to build new ones.

Fedena is a multipurpose school management system that aids in automating the school’s daily operations, providing insightful reports and a 360-degree tracking of the whole administrative process, to help the stakeholders make better and quicker decisions to add to the productivity of their institutions.

Digital Transformation of Schools

Digital Transformation of Schools Post Covid

Peeking Into The Future: Understanding The Digital Transformation of Schools Post Covid

For several decades, there has been a blurring between traditional education and online education, but the pandemic has quickly accelerated this shift. It is most certainly true that the ongoing pandemic has changed education across the world. While countries across the world, went into lockdown, almost overnight, schools and educational institutions were forced to pivot swiftly, transforming themselves in the process of adjusting to new world order. 

Not only did schools launch technology-driven initiatives to enable remote teaching and online learning, but also new educational experiences and technology-enhanced pedagogies followed.

Before the pandemic, the primary purpose of online education was as a booster to distance learning programs. During the pandemic, its purpose has shifted to supporting continuity of instruction, 

Online education served primarily as a support to distance learning programs prior to the pandemic. During the pandemic, its purpose has shifted to supporting continuity of instruction. As we (hopefully) draw closer to the end of the pandemic, online education will undoubtedly find new audiences with new learning goals. Moreover, flexibility and endless learning possibilities have arisen from necessity shift the expectations of students and teachers. It is further erasing the distinction between classroom-based traditional pedagogy and virtual learning.

Here is what we know about the digital transformation of schools post covid.

1) Increasing Adoption of Digital technology in the classroom

The covid pandemic has most definitely caused a disruption of traditional education and even after the pandemic ends, schools will be more willing to accept and adopt digital technology.

The global and fast-growing Edtech market has speculated that the covid crisis will lead to a definite acceptance of classroom technology that will not just improve the teaching process but will empower teachers to make education a student-centric experience. It is expected that many institutions allocate budgetary resources to ensure adequate and update digital development and training for the staff. 

2) Transformation of the look-and-feel of the classroom 

In a post covid world, schools will no longer be confined to brick-and-mortar spaces. The new classroom will be a technology-integrated, multi-social media learning environment. These online learning spaces will not be restricted by physical boundaries and classrooms will be transformed into virtual spaces in a multidimensional world. This virtual classroom will be characterized by access to the internet and a smart device.

Easier access to mobile phones, the development of a new learning app coupled with 5G and higher internet will accelerate the growth of this virtual classroom

2) Bringing Global Experiences In The Classroom

As a result of the pandemic, schools began using synchronous online collaboration tools such as Zoom, Google Meet, and others. In the future, schools will be able to invite experts from anywhere in the world to join online classrooms and teach students. By taking advantage of innovative hands-on learning strategies such as virtual field trips and virtual labs, schools can also expand their learning beyond just local museums. 

3) Rise Of New Digital Classroom Skills

Traditionally classroom skills included text-book-based learning, memorization, pattern prediction, and repetition, However, with the advancement of classroom technology in the pst covid word, there is a new set of digital skills that the students will need. Because of artificial intelligence and related classroom technologies, the focus of skills is expected to shift from collecting and retrieving information to learning collaboration, creativity, curiosity, critical thinking and most importantly developing global competence and a growth mindset where students can take responsibility of their own learning. 

4) Increasing use of LMS in classrooms

The digital transformation of schools post covid is not limited to just online learning, but also to the ways the school administration team will work

An LMS or a Learning Management System is a software application that empowers schools to manage online learning and administrative activities with ease and efficiency. When schools shut due to Covid, LMS systems helped schools to maintain continuity in teaching and ease in remote administration. LMS emerged as the lifeline for education to survive and continue teaching. 

LMS has revolutionized the ways schools across the world operate and it is estimated that 

LMS will grow from USD 13.14 billion in 2020 to USD 25.7 by 202. In a post covid world, this tool will help to enable student-teacher interaction and peer collaborations as students connect, communicate, share information, complete assignments and learn in a more impactful manner, that is easier to consume. It will also help the school manage administrative activities like admission, fee management, record management, etc. remotely using online LMS resources. 

5) New Teaching Methodologies

The new post-pandemic world will also see the emergence of new teaching tools and methodologies. From a text-book-driven teaching to using tools like quizzes, polls, educational games and simulations, VR glasses and other multimedia content. MOOCs, mobile learning, social learning, and adaptive learning will also be part of the new virtual classroom experience. 

6) Rise of Blended Classrooms

Another digital characteristic of a post covid classroom will be the ability to mix traditional classes with online instruction and shift between the two seamlessly when there are surges in the rate of infection. This classroom will have blended learning opportunities that will offer a combination of remote online classes and face-to-face classes. This is also called hybrid learning where students can attend online or in-person.

In conclusion,

The pandemic has been a lesson to schools and educational institutions across the world to learn to adapt and embrace new forms of teaching, working, and interacting. Over the years school technology has evolved from a mere support function that schools passively used to technology becoming a key driver in the active, creative learning and functioning of the school. 

Fedena has been a preferred partner for schools to help them adopt technology and digitize the entire range of school operations – from admissions and exams to streaming lectures and mobile learning. 

Student information system

What Is Student Information System? This Is What You Should Know.

Over the past few years, the way in which schools operate has undergone a radical transformation. The educational environment today is highly competitive and fast-evolving. The schools are challenged with ensuring the academic and holistic development of the students while also ensuring that their institutes function with the efficiency of a highly organized corporate body. 

This makes it important for schools to invest in technology like student information systems that streamline the activities and administration of the school as well as empower them with the technology to offer the best pedagogical experience for the students.

What Is SIS (Student Information System)?

In its simplest definition, a Student Information System – or SIS is a platform that contains all the information of the students in an institute, in a digital format. From course enrollment and student attendance to grades and course history, SIS maintains records spanning the student’s entire academic career. Rather than keeping manual records of student data, the SIS manages the entire school data in a secure manner. It forms an integral part of the enterprise solutions that are also responsible for managing human resources and financial services functions in the institute.  

What Are The Uses Of SIS?

Here are some benefits of investing in a student information system for your institute:

  1. Improves The Functioning Of The School

One of the biggest advantages of investing in an SIS is that it improves the efficiency of the school. Administrative activities like admission management, attendance tracking, timetable creation, grade book management can take a lot of time and effort of the school administration. An SIS automates these processes thereby not only improving the functioning of the school but significantly reducing the stress on the school team.

  1. Eliminates Human Error

When we work under stress and pressure–there is always the chance of making a small error – which can often have a high impact of the finances or reputation of the school. A SIS is automated and it can help to prevent or at least minimize human error.

  1. Improves Communication Across The School

The use of a SIS helps to improve communication across all facilities and departments of the school. More specifically, it greatly improves parent-teacher communication, which has a positive impact on the student’s academic performance as well as discipline. 

Previously, parents who wanted an update on their child would have to wait until the parent-teacher meeting, by which time it was too late to reverse a student’s lack of progress. With the help of SIS, parents have easy access to information they need to track their child’s attendance, academic, and other school-related information. This enables them to take early and corrective action as and when needed.

  1. Helps To Keep Track Of Every School Student

In bigger schools with a large number of students, it can be hard to keep track of all the activities of a student – from academics to sports and other extracurricular activities. These all need proper documentation – from enrollment, monthly fees to any awards or accolades won. Using an SIS ensures that the record of each student is accurately maintained in real-time which helps in making make data-driven decisions to improve the student’s academic development.

  1. Helps Create Fast And Accurate Reports 

A SIS ensures that data for every student is maintained accurately. Since this information is stored online and can be accessed easily (with authorization) it makes it easier to create specific reports to be generated based on the needs and requirements. 

  1. Builds A Strong Alumina Network

The alumni networks of the college are of immense value to students currently enrolled in the institute. Using a SIS, institutes can easily maintain alumni records, track their alumni’s progress, and identify those they could reach out to for mentorship and placement assistance by engaging in regular interaction and interactions with alumni.

  1. Easy Fees Management

One of the biggest hassles for schools is fees collection, sending reminders, and receipts to parents. However, a SIS automates this process, sends an automatic reminder to parents, and generates receipts when the fee payment is complete. Additionally, a payment gateway integrated into the SIS makes fee collection all the easier and hassle-free for the parents and the school.

Major Features Of A Student Information System

  1. Student Data Management
  2. Report Generation
  3. Admission Management
  4. Online Fees Management
  5. Transport Management
  6. Attendance Management
  7. Examination Management
  8. Hostel Management
  9. Library Management
  10. Alumni Management
  11. Communication Management
  12. Mobile App

How To Spot Best SIS?

When selecting a SIS for your institute, there are a few key pointers to keep in mind

  1. Ease of Use

This is the basic factor to keep in mind when selecting an SIS. The SIS should have a clean, intuitive interface that makes it simple for everyone to use so that even those not well-versed with the system can use it without getting intimidated. 

  1. Training and Support

An SIS should ensure that they have a set-up to train the teachers and staff in using the various features of the system. Training and support can ensure that schools and colleges can use the system with ease.

  1. Customization

When selecting a SIS for your institute, it is good to opt for an SIS that can be easily customized according to the needs of the school. This helps the teams to use the various functions as they require.

  1. Integration With Other Tools

A SIS should be easily integrated with other tools to meet the demands of the administration, as well as the students and their parents. This includes integration with tools such as biometrics for attendance, Zoom and Google Meet integration for online classes, payment gateway integration for online fees payment etc.

  1. Data Security

It is also important for the SIS to have a data security feature so that all the vital student and school data remains secure. This helps the school avoid data thefts. Additionally, unlike manual records or excel sheet records, a SIS gets automatic security updates and data backups at regular intervals to ensure the security of the data.

 What Business Uses SIS?

A SIS can be used by a number of organizations besides schools, colleges, and educational institutes. Organizations with numerous employees can use a SIS to manage the employment records, benefits, and payroll calculations for their staff. 

In conclusion,

In this digital age, investing in a SIS for your school will not just give your students a better learning experience, but it is a great way to stay competitive and relevant. Fedena’s Student Information System is a complete system that helps schools & colleges efficiently manage their daily academic and administrative activities while meeting the academic demands of the students and teachers.

Conduct Online Class

Essential Tips To Conduct Online Class Effectively

The year 2020 completed changed the way schools had been functioning and the concept of education. As a result schools across the world made monumental changes to adapt to this new model of education. Schools and educational institutions across the world began to completely integrate online classes into their systems this past, and these changes were further consolidated in 2021.

The transition to digital learning has been especially challenging to schools because they had to change their entire learning system – almost overnight. Almost all aspects of learning – from school management, attendance, assignments, teaching to even exams and assessments can now be done online. 

The decisive action to move instruction online has enabled flexibility in teaching and learning anytime, anywhere, but the pace at which it has happened is has been staggering. This has also caused inevitable teething problems. But there have also been effective tips and solutions to help schools overcome these.

In this article, we will explore essential tips to conduct online classes effectively.

  1. Invest in digital tools to keep your students engaged

One of the most important considerations for schools to conduct online classes effectively is to invest in technologies and school ERP systems that will help keep the students engaged in the online session. Using technology such as Fedena Learn schools can change their teaching system from obsolete textbooks to more digital-friendly content that will include videos, audio, images, podcasts, and more.  

Investing in technology and upgrading the classroom to be more digital will enable schools to record lectures, stream recorded lectures, conduct assessments, check student progress, and even stay connected with parents with ease. 

  1. Integrate technology to help students collaborate

Online classes may be isolating and mechanical for many students. This environment may not be conducive to effective teaching. For a complete learning experience, students need to interact with each other so that they can learn from each other’s mistakes, doubts, questions. Working and learning together in a group not only adds to the fun but through collaborative experiences such as group assignments, group discussions, brainstorm sessions, group presentations, peer reviews – there is deeper and more enhanced learning that takes place. 

Using online tools such as collaborative breakout rooms, group slides are an effective solution to breaking the isolation barrier. It helps the students connect with each other and helps the online class be more effective.

  1. Set Clear Instructions and Ground Rules For the Student and Teachers

Online learning is a paradigm shift for teachers and students – both of whom have been accustomed to face-to-face learning. This new ground, therefore, needs a clear set of instructions to help the learning process happen seamlessly. These rules could include instructions on staying muted, keeping cameras on, limiting the use of unnecessary distractions like background screens, and strict restrictions on using the chat functionality. Setting these clear instructions are the foundation of an effective and distraction-free online class. 

These instructions can be easily communicated to the parents, teachers, and the students using email, SMS, and other communication tools on Fedena. 

  1. Explore Online Tools and Gamification to Make Learning More Effective

One of the key challenges with online learning is disengaged students who may not interact much in class. To help all students engage better, educators can look for online tools that help implement game mechanics in the classroom. Research has proven the benefits of gamification as a useful tool in online learning. Using online tools such as leaderboards, virtual badges can help students stay motivated to interact in the classroom. Using quizzes, polls and learning games not only captures the student’s attention but also enhances the learning experience.

  1. Incorporate Student Feedback

In a traditional classroom, it is often easy to gauge the student learning from their body language, their level of interaction in the classroom. However, to conduct an online class effectively, it is important to take student feedback into consideration. This helps to ensure that your teaching plan and online class strategy is working effectively.  For instance, incorporating heavy videos in the classroom, which the student may not be able to stream, or even tips on improving teacher audio and video quality. While these may seem small, these minute pointers and suggestions go a long way in helping to conduct online classes effectively. 

One of the best ways to invite feedback from online students is by conducting regular polls and surveys. The Fedena polling feature allows teachers to create polls and helps the students share their honest opinions. 

In conclusion,

Adapting to the digital revolution and making the switch to online classes can be a bit daunting. Students and teachers may find that the move from face-to-face classrooms to online video conferences is challenging. In this new scenario, teachers must make extra effort to engage students, which means using new teaching methods and techniques that will appeal to students. Making online classes more effective is a challenge.

As we step into the new year of 2022, schools have become aware that online classes are the way forward in this world of constant pandemic-driven uncertainty. However, with Fedena there are easy answers to the many obstacles that schools need to overcome.

Fedena Learn is an integrated online learning solution that will help you create a better online learning experience for your students by transforming your institute’s traditional academic experience into digital learning that will engage your students and help you conduct online classes with ease and effectiveness. From enrolling the students online to conducting live classes with the Zoom Integration, from online collaboration to easy parent, student, teacher communication, from online exams to online attendance – Fedena makes the transition from offline teaching to online education easier than ever before.

Fedena 4.0

Fedena 4.0 with 6 New Features and 8 Enhancements

With 2022 is officially underway, we are super excited to kickstart this year with our latest release i.e Fedena 4.0. Fedena 4.0 is now live and this time we have named our release Titania, after the moon of Uranus.

In this release, we are featuring GPA & Transcripts, Programs & Program Batches, Online Exam Reset Log Details, Admin Reports in Mobile App, Cumulative Fine Calculation, and Missing Attendance features in Mobile App in Fedena.  Besides this, there are 8 feature enhancements and 70+ bugs fixed.  

We are dedicating this release to “John Holt” who was an American author, educator and, one of the most prominent advocates of homeschooling.

After a six-year stint teaching elementary school in the 1950s, Holt wrote the book How Children Fail (1964), which cataloged the problems he saw with the American school system. He followed it up with How Children Learn (1967). Both books were popular and started Holt’s career as a consultant to American schools.

By the 1970s he decided he would try reforming the school system and began to advocate homeschooling, and later the form of homeschooling known as unschooling.

He wrote a total of 11 books on the subject of schooling, as well as starting the newsletter Growing Without Schooling (GWS)

What is new in Fedena 4.0 Release?

New Features:

1. GPA & Transcripts:

You can now use Gradebook to calculate GPA for GPA courses. GPA can be calculated at the term level and planner level of the planner.

Transcripts: Link the transcript templates with published GPA reports and generate transcripts with just a click.

Note: In case you need to add subjects and scores of some of the missing batches/ inactive batches, you can do so using the Back data import option in Gradebook.

2. Programs & Programs Batches:

Before in Fedena while creating a transcript, the system doesn’t know how many semesters are available for a particular batch. To overcome this issue we have introduced a new Program module in Configuration Settings.

What are Programs?

Programs are like new groups where you can link the courses as semester or session-wise.

Example:

Higher-eds offer multiple programs such as Mechanical Engg, Computer Science Engg, and more. Now with the Programs Module, these courses can be easily created.

What are Program Batches?

When programs get divided into batches based on program duration that is known as Program Batches.

Example: 

Programs like Mechanical Engg have multiple batches such as the 2014-2018 batch or 2016-2020 batch. Within the Program Batch Module such batches can be created.   

3. Online Exam Reset Log Details:

All new online exam reset logs feature shows when an online exam was reset, by whom it was reset, and for whom it was done. You can search the reset logs details for a specific duration as well.

Read the complete support article here – http://support.fedena.com/support/solutions/articles/253163-online-exam-reset-log-details

4. Admin Reports in Mobile App:

All the important reports related to attendance, admission, fees, and income have been brought together under a single tab called ‘Analytics and Reports’ in Fedena mobile app. You get an overview and detailed report in each category.

Read the complete support article here – http://support.fedena.com/support/solutions/articles/253146-admin-reports-analytics-and-reports-

5. Attendance Features in Mobile App:

The attendance module in the mobile app has been updated with all the features as that of the web app. Features like the open/Lock mode, bell icon for notifying, and notification status page. You can see some significant changes in the UI as well. Attendance settings can only be configured from the web app.

6. Cumulative Fine Calculation:

With this new feature, the fine will be calculated based on the pending amount, the fine calculated on each day after the due date will be stored separately. Fine will be deducted only after the principal amount is paid completely. Read the complete support article here – http://support.fedena.com/support/solutions/articles/253157-cumulative-fine-calculation

Enhancements in Fedena 4.0 Release :

  • Add payment mode details for an application in Applicant Registration
  • Revert paid fees in the Applicant Registration
  • Filter internal messages by the user name along with the user type
  • Online Exam start & end time logic modification
  • Finance Transactions Report with settlement data
  • Filter attendance report and discount report Academic Year Wise  

We’re continuously adding new features to Fedena, fixing issues we learn about, and making changes based on your feedback. Kindly share what would you like us to improve next and for a better Fedena experience try our free demo. Also, check the complete release note here – https://fedena.com/blog/2022/01/titania-fedena-4-0-release-note.htmlhttps://fedena.com/blog/2022/01/titania-fedena-4-0-release-note.html

Fedena 4.0 release note

Titania: Fedena 4.0 Release Note

About this document

This document contains information about the new and enhanced features in the latest release of Fedena. We strongly recommend that you read the entire document.

What’s New in Fedena

New Features & Funtionalities

  • GPA & Transcripts
  • Programs & Program Batches
  • Online Exam Reset Log Details
  • Admin Reports in Mobile App
  • Attendance Features in Mobile App
  • Cumulative Fine Calculation

Feature in Module

1. Gradebook >> GPA & Transcripts

User Role

Admin, Privileged Employees

Description

You can now use Gradebook to calculate GPA for GPA courses. GPA can be calculated at the term level and planner level of the planner.

Transcripts: Link the transcript templates with published GPA reports and generate transcripts with just a click.


Note: In case you need to add subjects and scores of some of the missing batches/ inactive batches, you can do so using the Back data import option in Gradebook.

Feature in Module

2. Configuration >> Programs & Program Batches

User Role

Admin, Privileged Employees

Description

Before while creating a transcript system doesn’t know how many semesters are available for a particular batch. To overcome this issue we have introduced a new Program module in Configuration Settings.

What are Programs?

Programs are like new groups where you can link the courses as semester or session-wise.

Example:

Higher-eds offer multiple programs such as Mechanical Engg, Computer Science Engg, and more. Now with the Programs Module, these courses can be easily created.

What are Program Batches?

When programs get divided into batches based on program duration that is known as Program Batches.

Example: 

Programs like Mechanical Engg have multiple batches such as the 2014-2018 batch or 2016-2020 batch. Within the Program Batch Module such batches can be created.   

Feature in Module

3. Online Exam >> Online Exam Reset Log Details

User Role

Admin, Privileged Employees

Description

All new online exam reset logs feature shows when an online exam was reset, by whom it was reset, and for whom it was done. You can search the reset logs details for a specific duration as well.

Feature in Module

4. Analytics & Reports >> Admin Reports in Mobile App

User Role

Admin

Description

All the important reports related to attendance, admission, fees, and income have been brought together under a single tab called ‘Analytics and Reports’ in Fedena mobile app. You get an overview and detailed report in each category.

Feature in Module

5. Attendance >> Attendance Features in Mobile App

User Role

Admin, Privileged Employees

Description

The attendance module in the mobile app has been updated with all the features as that of the web app. Features like the open/Lock mode, bell icon for notifying, and notification status page. You can see some significant changes in the UI as well. Attendance settings can only be configured from the web app.

Feature in Module

6. Finance >> Cumulative Fine Calculation

User Role

Admin, Privileged Employees

Description

With this new feature, the fine will be calculated based on the pending amount, the fine calculated on each day after the due date will be stored separately. Fine will be deducted only after the principal amount is paid completely.

Feature Enhancements:

FeatureDescriptionUser RoleModule
Applicant Registration enhancementsPayment mode
You can now mention the payment mode details for an application in Applicant Registration. The fields appear when you check the Payment status as ‘Paid’. Once saved, the payment mode details will then be available on the view application page and the downloaded PDF.
The option is available in the individual application view, the index page of Applicant registration, and Applicants view in Registration courses/classes

Revert Applicant fees
You can now revert the paid fees in the applicant registration. The report of reverted application fees can be viewed on the Reverted Transactions page in Finance Transactions.
Admin, Privileged employeeApplicants
Online exam enhancementsOnline Exam start & end time logic modifications– the start date field now has two date/time pickers to specify the window within which the students will be able to attend the exam.
The new ‘End time’ field allows you to choose between two options: ‘Variable’ or ‘Fixed’. ‘Variable’ means that the end time for each student will depend on the time they started their exam at. ‘Fixed’ on the other hand, allows you to mention a fixed time at which the exam will end automatically.
Question edit page enhancement
The Question edit page for imported and manually added questions has now been standardized. The UI will be similar to that of the question creation page.
Admin, Privileged employeeOnline exam
Finance Transactions Report with settlement dataYou can now tally your reports from the payment gateways as well as offline payments in a single report. This would help in getting a holistic view of the transactions.Admin, Privileged employeeFinance
Teacher filter in message selectionYou can now filter the internal messages by the user name along with the user type. The field will appear beneath the User Type dropdown.Admin, Privileged employeeMessages
Student documents viewed in the archived student profileDocuments of the archived students will now be available in the student’s profile. Except ‘Generate TC’ and ‘Revert Archived Student’ buttons, all the other options have been moved to the ‘More’ button in the former student’s profile. Admin, Privileged employeeStudent Profile
Academic Year wise attendance reporting and discountWith the new Academic year filter in the attendance report and discount report page, you can now view the reports for a selected academic year.Admin, Privileged employeeAttendance,
fees

Issues Fixed:

Here is the list of issues fixed in this release of Fedena 4.0

Applicants

  • Error while clicking the view option in notifications from applicant registration, fixed
  • Error validating as “Enquiry URL Expired”, fixed
  • Issue getting Print form option in preview page, resolved
  • Amount mismatch in Applicant Registration, fixed
  • Custom words given for courses not displaying in applicant registration, issue fixed
  • Issue in Applicant registration where users able to submit more than one registration forms using same unique URL, fixed
  • Archived applicants page displays incorrect applicant names, resolved
  • Error 404 while submitting an applicant registration form if Registration Notification is enabled, fixed
  • 500 error in Applicant profile, fixed

Assignments

  • 500 error for archived students in Assignment, fixed
  • Students able to resubmit rejected assignments towards the completed assignment resolved
  • The issue in assignments due date selection through mobile app resolved

Attendance

  • Style issue in Attendance module, fixed
  • Hint text for Rapid attendance missing, issue fixed

Audit

  • Style issue in audit module, fixed

Certificate

  • The issue in the bulk generation of certificate templates fixed
  • 504 Error in bulk certificate generation, fixed

Configuration

  • Inactive department show while assigning Tutors, issue fixed

Data Palette

  • Duplicate events in the data palettes, fixed

Discipline

  • The timestamps on the decision page in the discipline module taking UTC time, issue fixed

Discussion

  • Unable to upload pptx file in Discussion module, fixed

Examination

  • Error while accessing transcript report of former students, fixed
  • Previous Term Marks not showing in the ICSE report, issue fixed
  • Not able to see the previous batch cce report, issue fixed
  • 500 Error while running archived student report in the examination, fixed

Finance

  • Payment mode filter made available for Advance fee receipts in Fee Receipt report.
  • Error in the fee detail page of former students fixed.
  • Issue where ‘Amount to pay’ shows zero, fixed
  • Wrong filtration of students shown in the Pay all fee page, fixed
  • The issue in the Pay Instant fee page search option for some languages, resolved
  • The due amount shows even after paying the full fees, issue fixed
  • Fee submission by batch page shows fees paid even if due amount isn’t paid, issue fixed
  • ‘is invalid name’ error in master particular when the name was given is in Arabic, fixed
  • Pagination missing issue in batch fee defaulters page resolved
  • Advance fee applied on the fee collection doesn’t show in the fee receipts, issue fixed
  • Duplicate records with same transaction_reference field causing problems in payment date while reconciliation, fixed
  • The issue in fee receipt report generation for old data before 2017, fixed
  • The issue in Instant fee payment fixed

Gradebook

  • Fixed wrong percentage issue in Consolidated Report when the subject is scheduled for different marks than exam Group.
  • Derived exams will be included in total marks calculation in consolidated planner report when its component exams are not included in planner exam
  • Style issue in Gradebook Marks Entry page resolved
  • All subjects codes not showing in gradebook report graph labels, issue fixed
  • Unable to open Gradebook report Pdf downloaded on the Mobile app: Both android and iOS, issue fixed
  • Grades for activity exams not displaying in Report cards, issue fixed
  • Attendance status column shown in Planner report card even for the terms which are not included in planner exam, issue fixed

Hostel

  • The issue where payment date selection in the Hostel fee payment page works only when an action(pay fees) is performed and reverted, fixed
  • 500 error in Archived Student fees when hostel fees created with zero rent, fixed
  • Batches not listing under courses in hostel report, issue fixed
  • Hostel fees reports doesn’t show for no financial year, issue fixed

Human Resource

  • Prevent attendance marking from duplicate register pages for the same employee and date
  • Error in employees leave applications filter, resolved
  • Leave duration showing instead of leave type under ‘Employees on leave palette’, issue fixed
  • Auto-update of payroll not working when LOP is applied, issue resolved
  • Not able to delete new Department, issue resolved
  • The issue with Credit Leaves Button in Manual Leave credit fixed

ID Card Generator

  • Issue in ID card Back Background Image resolved.

Library

  • Incorrect status shown in Book movement log CSV, corrected
  • The issue in reserving library books when admin changes status from Reserved to Available, fixed 
  • Issue in Library reports where all the additional fields show ‘-‘, resolved
  • The issue in exporting book details as CSV resolved

Message

  • Issue where message box doesn’t auto resize when keyboard loads to show the ‘action’ buttons, fixed

Online Exam

  • The issue where results show as published when published objective exam is switched to hybrid exam.
  • Corrected wrong status in the answer sheet for hybrid type exams
  • Evaluator not able to evaluate online exam, fixed
  • The issue, where table inserted in online exam while creating the question, doesn’t display, resolved
  • An issue where online exam results are published to non-participating students, fixed
  • Publish button not working, issue fixed

Timetable

  • The issue with Teacher Timetable where floating elective subjects names don’t display when a subject tutor has the same subject at the same time in different batches fixed

Transport

  • Overlapping issue of table header, resolved

User

  • Unable to delete alternate admin user, issue fixed
  • Issue switching between 4 siblings in Mobile App, resolved
  • Deleted ‘Student category’ getting displayed in student profile, issue resolved
  • The issue where student records are not getting deleted when removing the student records, fixed

Uzity

  • Issue, where Student details don’t appear in Uzity after batch transfer to different academic year, resolved
edtech market trends in 2022

Top EdTech Market Trends That Will Continue In 2022

Technology has disrupted our everyday lives in ways that are beyond comprehension. From the way we shop to the way we look at education – technology has caused a seismic shift is in our society and the way we conduct our lives.

As we prepare to step into 2022 and also the third year of a global pandemic there are several innovations that we have seen in the classroom that will continue to trend in the year 2022. 

In the past few years, various EdTech product interventions, combined with the latest technology-led solutions have transformed education and redefined the concept of classroom learning. This includes not only the application of new learning technologies but also classroom management solutions that will enhance and simplify day-to-day operations in schools. This is especially important because education is expected to change and develop rapidly over the next few years. 

In fact, according to the RBSA Advisors in their report, ‘Unleashing EdTech Potential in India’, India’s Edtech industry is poised to become $30 billion in size in the next ten years. Another report titled “Online Education Market in India 2021-2025” concludes that the online education market in India is poised to grow by $ 2.28 bn during 2021-2025, progressing at a CAGR of 20% during the forecast period.

The increased penetration of the Internet and smartphones combined with the increased digitization in education is driving this growth in India.

Here are the top 7 education technologies that all progressive schools consider adopting for 2022:

1. The Use of School ERP Systems

Many schools are opting for a school ERP that will help them to ensure efficiency in daily school operations. A school ERP – Enterprise Resource Planning is an especially designed software that not just helps to manage daily operations but it also helps to create reports, predict trends and make strategic plans for the smooth operation of the school. Using the School ERP Solution schools have been able to simplify the way they function so that the resources are then channeled towards providing students with an enriched learning experience.

2. Digital Data Management In Schools

Earlier schools managed daily operations tasks such as attendance management, timetable management, school admission, fee records, alumni data, and other tasks with the school administration team. However, today there is a rising surge in student data in schools and the need for instant access to the data. Digital data management and Student Information Management tools solution that will continue in 2022. This not only automates this complex data management but also helps to improve the efficiency of planning, designing various classroom operations. 

3. Increasing Use of Technology To Stream Live Classes

The year 2020 and 2021 have taught us that learning can also happen beyond that traditional brick-and-mortar classrooms. Progressive classrooms are increasingly opting for Edtech solutions that help students watch live classes or recorded versions later. 

Online Classes and Live Lessons ensure that learning continues even when students are forced to stay home. Technologies that allow for live classes have also opened doors to students to access courses from across the world. 

For schools, can now have access to a global data pool of students, offer these courses at competitive prices, and build their reputation and credibility as a global institution that is ready for the future of education.

4. The Rise Of Online Examinations And Assessment

One of the other major shifts that are anticipated in 2022 is the increased penetration of software and digital solutions for Online Exams and Assessments. This software ensured that even during periods of social isolation and lockdowns, all exams were held as per schedule. And their success has heralded an era where an increasing number of classroom assessments will be shifted online. These not only reduce the paper trail and related costs but also marking these assessments and generating reports is a lot easier for the teachers. 

In the current scenario, there are a lot of national entrance level exams that students need to sit for as they make important career choices, and with the ongoing pandemic, the global education system is preparing for a transition to online testing. This is not just because of the pandemic and the resultant need for social distancing, but also due to the automation, ease of operations, and instant results. 

5. Innovative Online Learning Platform

Online learning has been steadily growing over the years. The growth has been accelerated in the past year and it is expected to grow more in the coming year. Accordingly, there is a growing demand for Online Learning Platforms that offer teachers innovative tools that include visuals as well as other interactive simulations that keep the students engaged and interested in classroom activities. 

6. Immersive Learning With Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)

Online reports have estimated that the use of AR and VR in education may surpass $5.3 billion by 2023. When compared to the traditional form of textbook-driven education, which is mostly passive, using AR and VR makes the classroom experience more engaging for the students.  It helps bring challenging concepts to life, such as ushering human anatomy or complex engineering diagrams. Additionally, the use of smartphones and the easy availability of VR headgears are making it easier for teachers to bring this technology into the classroom. 

In conclusion, 

These are just a glimpse of the market trends that will take over schools in the year 2022. Experts believe that the coming year will also see the rise of many other classroom tools that will change the face of education. From the use of gamification in the classroom, artificial learning, analytical learning–there is a lot that educators can look forward to in 2022. These new tools and trends will give educators an opportunity to focus on new classrooms skills, equip students with wider learning goals.

Rewind 2021

Fedena Rewind 2021: A Year in Review

Wait, 2021 is gone and it’s rewind time again. We’re back to round out the year 2021.

There’s no denying that it’s been a difficult year – for economies, businesses, communities, and families. COVID-19 has impacted all of us in some way or the other. Despite all the ups and downs, we did our best not just to stay afloat but to support educational institutes so that they can easily manage online learning & daily operations remotely.

Now we’re much closer to knocking on 2022’s door. But before we proceed, we would like to thank all of our customers for trusting us with the School ERP platform and being a part of the Fedena family during this critical time. Also a big thank you to all our readers, followers, and anyone who engages with us on different channels.

There were some pretty fantastic highlights and awesome achievements we made in 2021.

So let’s see really cool stats about Fedena in the year 2021.

Ready? Let’s jump in!

New Features and Functionalities:

We released various features and functionalities to simplify the day to day operations of institutes:

Fedena Learn

Fedena Learn – A combination of School ERP & Online Learning Platform, to simplify online learning and daily operations management from a single platform.

Assignment revamp

Assignment Revamp In this module, we have introduced a lot of new features such as Assignment logs, Graphical reports, and other additional settings.

Gate Management

Gate Management Introduced new mobile-first features i.e Gate Management, to record the entry and exit of different users from various locations of the institution.

Integration

Integration with Quickbook, Paybooks Fedena introduced integration with various platforms to simplify institute daily operations. 

Fedena 2021 Statistics:

New Fedena Users – 423,319

Total Happy Interaction with Customers – 17,561

New Parents Introduced to Fedena – 148,595

New Students Admitted to Schools Running Fedena – 253,972

New Teachers Introduced to Fedena – 20,759

Fedena Server recorded the Highest Visibility – 99.99%

Total Countries from where we On-boarded our Paid Customers  – 17

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2021 Most Viewed Resources

In April, Foradian turned 12:

Foradian celebrated 12 years of innovation, success & growth in education technology

New Member Joined Foradian Team:

New badges earned in 2021:

With this, we bid adieu to 2021 and welcome 2022, a year with unlimited possibilities, opportunities, and growth. Here’s wishing everybody a very Happy New Year!

hybrid learning

What Is Hybrid Learning And Why Schools Are Using It?

Hybrid learning has become a buzzword in educational jargon, especially after the ongoing pandemic forced schools to reformat and restructure the way they conduct classes. With the pandemic – there is an element of uncertainty in all of our daily lives. Circumstances change every week. While many countries have begun offline classes for students, but any surge in cases, call for immediate school closures. In this situation, many schools, colleges, and educational institutions are opting for Hybrid Learning as a solution to the challenges, and to make online learning more effective.

What Is Hybrid Learning?

The dictionary defines the word Hybrid as “a thing made by combining two different elements.” Hybrid learning is a pedagogical approach that combines online education with traditional in-person classroom learning. In a hybrid learning model, students learn through a blend of physical classroom instructions as well as online activities. In this approach, students spend time in the classroom when possible, but they also explore web-based activities and online lessons to complement the learning process.

Benefits Of Hybrid Learning For Students

  1. Flexibility In Learning

A big advantage of hybrid learning is that it gives students the flexibility to learn at their convenience – especially if they are juggling multiple courses or responsibilities. Additionally, rather than commuting to school multiple times a week, individuals can complete their coursework from a more convenient location.

  1. Increased Access To Learning

Hybrid learning with its array of web-based, online learning tools has the potential to transform access to education for many students who are eager to learn. Students from all over the world and from different time zones can learn – without the challenges of physical migration.

  1. Students Get Ownership Of Their Learning

Combining traditional and online courses allows students to set their own goals, track their progress, and find resources that best fit their needs. Developing such self-motivational skills is vital to success in the workplace.

  1. Improves Student Discipline

For any degree of success, students must become better time managers. Online learning tools usually have strict submission time. This forces students to work in accordance with the stringent deadlines and helps improve student discipline.

  1. Reduced Student Absenteeism

With a hybrid learning model, if a student is unable to attend class, instead of completely missing a session, the student can participate in the course via online learning. Additionally, many hybrid learning sessions are recorded and subsequently published online, where they can be accessed or viewed later.

 Benefits Of Hybrid Learning For Teachers And Schools

  1. Create A Safe Environment

Institutions can create a safe learning environment by having students complete much of their coursework at home and having them attend class only a few times per week. With fewer students present at a time, schools and colleges can realistically practice social distancing as well as ensure that common areas are clean and disinfected between classes.

  1. Allows Schools To Be Prepared For Any New Pandemic Wave

 One of the advantages of hybrid learning is that institutions can be prepared in the event that a pandemic wave occurs in the city. Using a hybrid learning framework allow institutions to provide fully online courses until it is safe for the students and staff to return to campus.

  1. Teachers Can Keep The Students More Engaged

In a hybrid learning environment, as opposed to reading text off a slide over video software, teachers can create a more fun and engaging learning environment by using web-based tools.

  1. Teachers Can Instant Data To Gauge Student Understanding

Class teachers can analyze trends by gathering data about student comprehension, engagement, and attendance. Students that may need extra help or reminders of their standing can be contacted, or administrators can adjust classes to review the material a majority of students missed.

  1. Enroll More Students

With the help of hybrid learning, schools can reach out to a larger number of learners from across the world. They can also get expert teachers to be part of the staff and give the students a more enhanced learning experience. 

Challenges of Hybrid Learning

  1. Access To Technology

One of the biggest barriers to a hybrid classroom is that not all the students and teachers would have access to smart devices or fast-speed internet–which is one of the key requirements for hybrid learning. The reason for this might be due to a lack of internet access in a remote location or simply because of financial reasons.

  1. Easy Distractions

The web world has many distractions – from online games to social media and with hybrid learning, the students need to be monitored so that they do not get carried away with online temptations. 

  1. Some Students May Feel Isolated

While hybrid learning does offer a large element of peer collaboration, but since there is no direct contact, some students may feel lonely and disconnected from peers and tutors.

  1. Schools Lacking The Technological Infrastructure

The transition to a blended learning model may be complicated for organizations without the necessary technology or infrastructure in place. Shifting to a blended learning approach can take time and resources, particularly when it comes to updating technology.

In conclusion,

Fedena offers solutions for integrating technology into the classroom. With Fedena Learn, teachers are able to deliver multimedia-rich customized courses, promote an interactive learning environment beyond classroom boundaries, and upgrade their technology and create a hybrid learning environment that is vital for schools around the world.

Through Fedena Learn, schools can not only create engaging online courses, but they can also stream recorded lectures, track student and course progress, as well as collaborate by allowing instructors to communicate with learners in real-time. 

To know more visit: https://fedena.com/online-learning-platform-for-schools

NEP 2020

A Quick Guide To The NEP (National Education Policy) 2020

What is NEP?

The Union Cabinet passed an ambitious National Education Policy (NEP) in the year 2020 that proposes sweeping changes to the Indian education system. The policy was designed to create a progressive pathway for students and institutions of learning and to transform India into a vibrant knowledge hub. It was built on the pillars of “Accessibility, Equity, Quality, Affordability, Accountability.”

This is the first education policy of the 21st century, replacing the NEP of 1986. After 34 years, the NEP was revised to reflect the changing needs of Indian students and to meet international educational standards.

NEP 2020 is a vast policy with many features and action points. Below are some of the key features of this extensive policy –

  1. According to NEP 2020, the existing 10+2 structure in school education will be replaced by the system 5+3+3+4, covering ages 3-18 years. This means that the initial five years of school, including three years of pre-primary school as well as classes 1 and 2 will be the foundation stage. The next three years – classes 3 to 5 will be the preparatory stage, from classes 6 to 8 are the middle stage, and classes 9 to 12 are the secondary stage.
  1. The program of basic learning will be made available to parents of young children up to age three at home, and preschool programs will be offered for children aged three to six.
  1. Starting in Class 6, students will be exposed to vocational training at a young age.
  1. Each student will have the opportunity to choose their favorite subjects from Class 8 through Class 12 and this will allow them to specialize in the subjects they have chosen.
  1. All graduation courses would be four years long, which will allow students ample time to master their respective subjects.
  1. There will be one major course for all graduate courses that will be their core subject and one minor course that will be added to increase students’ interest in the subjects. Students whose major is math can take music as a minor, for example.
  1. Academic Credit Banks (ABCs) shall be established that would digitally store the student academic credits earned from recognized Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).
  1. As of 2040, all higher education institutions will be multidisciplinary institutions, with a student body of 3,000 or more.
  1. The same grading patterns and regulations are to be applied to all universities, whether they are public, private, deemed/deemed to be, or open universities.
  1.  Higher education institutions should also shift away from high-stakes tests towards continuous and comprehensive evaluations through the year. 
  1. Multiple entries and exits from the chosen course are possible for the students. 
  1. After completing one year of a graduation course, a student will receive the basic education certificate or diploma certificate upon completion of the second year and a degree upon completion of the entire course. The student will not lose any time if he drops out in between.
  1. The campus to offer students a wide range of athletic, cultural, arts, environmental, and community service clubs.
  1. Stress and emotional adjustment counselling will be made be available in every educational institution.
  1. Several initiatives are being devised to ensure the survival, growth, and vibrancy of all Indian languages. In higher education, there will be more programs using the mother tongue or local language as the medium of instruction.
  1. HEIs are to become multidisciplinary institutions by 2040, with each aiming to have 3,000 students or more.
  1.  Indian universities with high academic performance will be encouraged to set up campuses abroad. 
  1. Universities from among the top 100 universities in the world will also be permitted to operate in India.
  1. There should be access to the latest educational technology in every classroom to improve learning.
  1. The policy aims to achieve 100% literacy among youth and adults.

Advantages of NEP 2020 

  • The new 5+3+3+4 structure has a strong emphasis on early childhood education since early childhood care and education from age 3 is also included in the policy.
  • The policy is focused on promoting practical and application-based knowledge for learners.
  • The policy aims to bring approximately two crore school students back to educational institutes through this new approach.
  • The NEP 2020 will establish multidisciplinary educational and research universities at par with IITs and IIMs in India. These universities will introduce multidisciplinary academic programs.

Disadvantages of NEP 202

  • Some experts believe that in most countries, the ideal age to start school in most countries is anywhere between 4 to 6 years of age and starting school at 3 years can be challenging for kids.
  • Due to the lack of teachers, introducing mother languages for each subject in academic institutes can be a problem.
  • Exams for grades 3,5 and 8 can be a cause of stress for the students
  • Increasing the graduation, age may cause students to lose motivation and quit the course.

Implementation Of NEP 2020

NEP 2020 is an ambitious reform plan that will take time to realize. However, according to the Indian government, NEP 2020 should be operational by 2040. To reach the target year, the major points of the initiative must be applied one by one. Further, the proposed reforms would be implemented through a partnership between the federal and state governments and to ensure that the federal and state governments would form subject-specific committees to examine the implementation plans.

In Conclusion,

NEP 2020 aims to transform the country’s current learning infrastructure and raise it to international academic standards, making India a vibrant knowledge hub. The policy not only aims to recognize, identify, and foster the unique capabilities of each student but also aims to provide high-quality education to every child and adult, thereby making India a global knowledge superpower.