Rethinking Education Through Assessment
January 2009

Rethinking Education Through Assessment

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Our education system continues to be enmeshed in a paradigm where notes accumulation and reproduction of information is equated with learning and mere memorisation. The system today equips students with factory like efficiency where in doing well in the school exam drives everything. The output, the system thrives on churning out standardised children like graded products in a factory, weak in reasoning and thinking. But then where is the disconnect in the system?

There exists a complete disconnect in what is being taught within the system, both in the immediate context of the child and what it May mean to their foreseeable future. If the future demands for thinkers, why are we producing parrots year after year after year? The philosophy, purpose, method of education itself needs to be re-thought. We need a system that teaches students their value, acts as a platform to enhance learning, facilitates in identifying strengths and develops on potential.  We need to harness this efficiency instead of ignoring or letting inefficiencies continue.

The above has been the ethos behind our online assessment application, 24x7guru.com, were-in the objective was to complement the efforts of the school, teachers and parents to empower students to become conceptually strong. The application fundamentally believes that once a student understands the concepts, they are less likely to forget, as opposed to merely memorising the text.

24x7guru.com is a web-based intelligent assessment application that enables a student to take tests as per the course curriculum, chapter-wise, periodic and customised.  Students can take these tests at their convenience and from any browser without any downloads. The application is parameterised in terms of complexity levels and provides a new set of questions each time a student attempts to answer. The scalability is scientifically designed and is aimed at drilling down apart from conceptual comprehension, functional and relative clarity amongst students. 

The portal provides for objective type questions with instant results on feedback of performance every time the child takes the test. The application maps the progress, duly highlighting the strengths and weaknesses in the student.

From computer to television- 24x7guru.com is the content partner for Tata Sky's Active Learning platform, where we extend a sample of our content. Viewers get 50 new questions & answers each day from science, math, general knowledge. This way, 24x7guru reaches out to millions of households and introduce them to new ways of interactive and fun learning that appeals not only to the students but also the family at large.

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