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InPods: Learning Analytics for Outcomes-Focused Education

si Team
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
si Team
Education - the basic human right has a long impressive history to its credit. Although, adoption of technology has been the best part of fast-paced life, there is a new zest integrated to it - Analytics. With the evolving technology, and internet penetration, access & affordability of education is improving. However, we still wonder what is still missing and how can educational technology further enhance student outcomes? Well, though education is available online, the tools used to deliver are not optimized for measuring and improving the learning outcomes. Also, the learning experience is not personalized, and does not support adaptive, self-paced learning and collaboration. InPods has empowered educational institutes, teachers and students to engage in outcomes-focused educational experience.

Bringing in over 20 years of experience to the company, Sanjay Jejurikar (Co-Founder & CEO) & Vivek Nirkhe (Co-Founder & CTO), both ex-Microsoft senior managers, were puzzled by the inability of fresh college graduates to become productive from Day 1. They were motivated to address this issue which they had faced throughout their careers while managing large and complex software projects. They believed that with innovative use of technology by educational institutes and content publishers it is possible to improve student outcomes. Sanjay & Vivek established InPods in 2011. InPods offers a comprehensive portfolio of products, solutions and consulting services to educational institutes and learning solution providers interested in delivering outcome-focused education. All these offerings are built around a powerful cloud-based learning platform with patent-pending technologies in the area of effective use of learning data analytics and social learning.

Continuous Improvement Philosophy: Design, Map, Deliver, Analyze & Improve

As thousands of higher-ed institutes move towards an outcomes-based accreditation (OBE) system, they will be challenged to revamp the way they design their programs, re-design their educational strategies, define measurable outcomes at all levels, design better assessments and gather evidence of learning via variety of assessment tools,. With a large number of students and programs, embarking on such a change without efficient use of technology can overwhelm even the most sophisticated educational institute. As there is a large amount of data generated at all levels, institutes will require technology to provide actionable real-time insights based on this data and implement an efficient closed-loop system to engage in the continuous improvement process.

InPods learning platform solves this by allowing students, teachers and program administrators use InPods to assess their progress towards the desired outcomes, perform gap analysis, take corrective actions based on insightful analytics provided by InPods and accelerate their march towards better outcomes. "By working closely with our customers and addressing their key challenges we're now the No.1 cloud-based learning platform for outcome-based education programs in India", explains Sanjay.


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