Leading a Cultural revolution – Virtuosity
June 2010

Leading a Cultural revolution – Virtuosity

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Classroom teaching has long been the centerpiece of an institutional learning, but in recent years there has been a growing recognition worldover of the value that can be derived from technology- based learning as an element of educational delivery.

In India, spearheading this paradigm shift in the institutes of higher   education is Virtuosity; and has emerged as a dominant driver of change in not merely a learning revolution, but something more  intrinsic than technology : on initiat ing and nurturing an institutional culture alive to how e-learning, electronic performance support systems and other online information resources can be used to broaden the reach of insitutions, increase return on investment and extend the positive effects of classroom teaching over time.


EXTENDING REACH AND INCREASING INSTITUTIONAL  EFFECTIVENESS.

Virtuosity is the country partner for globally leading brands in technology-based learning and testing from the American hemisphere  like Skillsoft, IKM, Books24x7, and Walden, has been a proponent of adoption of e-learning in higher education as a means to extend reach and increase institutional effectivness.

Virtuosity empowers an institution to become a global education campus and address challengessuch as employability of graduates, shortage of faculty, often outdated syllabi in the face of changing industry needs and rapid dynamic advancements. Virtuosity also lessens infrastructure spending, with a digital library solution of an ever growing collection from 300 global publishers, and also facilitates simulation labs for upto 130 IT industrial certifications, without having to spend on software, lab infrastructure or human resource.

IT'S THE PEOPLE AND THE CULTURE


But one of the key insights that Virtuosity gained early was that however good and effective their world renowned learning solutions may be, unlike a corporate environment, in an educational insitution environment, it is institutional culture and the concerned department's use of these technology tools, within the insitution's contexts and toward specific ends, that can make a difference in leveraging technology to increase institutional effectiveness.

The institutional culture is formed by colloboration of its people. People are also the ones who use the technology and carry out the processes that drive the instituition towards its common purpose.

Technology can be fully leveraged to fuel institutional effectiveness, deisgn and implement processes that can bring in more efficient ways of teaching and helping students learn, and acquire the skills they need in a 21st Century work place.

What institutions of higher education today need, to sustain institutional effectiveness is not just being empowered with technology: but also a culture made up of people who are collaboratively using technology to improve processes. That is how the institution can fully leverage effectiveness efforts to increase our capacity to serve  students and their learning needs in a learning organization of the information age.

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