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Registration Name : eINDIA2011/AN/248
Project Category : digitalLEARNING::Best Open and Distance Learning Practices in Higher Education
Project Name : ONLINE CAMPUS

Details of Applicant
Name : C A Anantha
Address : #48, 1st Main, 2nd Block, 3rd Stage Basaveshwarnagar
City : Bangalore
State : Karnataka
Country : INDIA
Zip Code : 560079

Details of Project/Implementing Agency
Name of Organisation : APEX Foundation
Address : #48, 1st Main, 2nd Block, ,3rd Stage,Basaveshwarnagar
City : Bangalore
State : Karnataka
Country : INDIA
Zip Code : 560079
Name of the head of Organisation : Prof. Dhanwant Singh

Brief description of the programme/project/Initiative :
ONLINE CAMPUS is an initiative to provide quality online education & distance learning solutions to the working professionals, and to multi-location companies with geographically dispersed work force, through the strategic academic alliances with the UGC Recognised Universities, using the state-of-the- art synchronous learning technologies at the core. Having designed and used Synchronous Learning technologies for many years, APEX Foundation has built around this technology a unique learning methodology and student experience that includes the best features of conventional classroom education coupled with advanced e-learning and learning management techniques. Objective of the program: • To offer a comprehensive portfolio of programs for working professionals through centres across the country to overcome their constraints of mobility and time, and facilitating access to world-class Distance Education delivered through ONLINE CAMPUS state-of-the-art learning facility.

Why was the project started :
This initiative was in direct response to these challenges:
1. Paucity of quality education especially targeted towards working professionals
2. To enable working professionals access quality education from UGC Recognised Universities without leaving the job, or shifting the location
3. To address the need of the corporate to train & up skill their employees scattered over geographic regions at the same time, through the use of technology
4. To provide Customized skill & Distance Education programs to the working professional & corporate alike, delivered across all the multi locations in scattered geographies in real time.

Objective :
To offer a comprehensive portfolio of programs for working professionals through centres across the country to overcome their constraints of mobility and time, and facilitating access to world-class Distance Education delivered through ONLINE CAMPUS state-of-the-art learning facility.
Target group :Working Professionals
Geographical reach :WORLD
Date from which the project became operational :25 January 2008
Is the Project still operational : YES

10 points that make the programme/project innovative?

  1.  Innovation at classroom: Classroom without taking the actual pain of going into the campus, including the facilities of raising real time query, peer interaction across cities, case discussion, and other innovative interactive features like anonymous asking of questions, anonymous polling to give feedback to the faculty, online quiz etc. are used extensively in the classrooms.
  2. Innovation in pedagogy: Blended learning approach- Real-time synchronous learning is blended with e-learning to give real-time classroom experience as well as 24 by 7 learning administration access. Pedagogy is same/very close to a normal classroom on-campus.
  3. Innovation in Content: Introduction of first of its kind contemporary industry-driven relevant courses like MBA in 50 specializations.
  4. Innovation in scheduling: Provision for Student Flexibilities appropriate for working professionals like Transit facility, Online on Demand Examination and Recorded Video Lectures.
  5. Innovation in delivery process: This is the first time an Education Organisation and not a data communication service provider has introduced this technology for distance education. Delivered through APEX’s innovative state-of the-art “Synchronous Learning Platform (eCampus)” that delivers classes across the country, aiding to our countrywide presence.
  6. Innovation in Collaboration: Tie ups with the UGC recognised Universities like The Global Open University, Annamalai University, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University and CMJ University.
  7. Innovation in engagement model: The teaching-learning methodology is comprehensively supported by APEX Learning Management System (LMS). This online web-based system offers various conveniences for students and faculty which include – supplementary e-learning, academic & personal records, program-specific notices & instructions, online submission of assignments, calendar & reminder services, online testing, and monitoring of student-performance, class-participation & attendance.
  8. The participants also get the opportunity to experience the campus life as it an important part of the curriculum.
  9. APEX being India’s largest Distance Education Organisation, has for the first time forayed into online education thereby adding a new customer segment of working professionals. And leveraged the after expertise of over 15 years in the design and management of distributed education.
  10. Aiding & assisting the access job-oriented, industry relevant courses.

List the 5 achievements of the programme/project?

  1.  Enrolled more than 8600 students including 6700 working professionals leading organizations, in span of 3 years
  2. Expanded our portfolio of offered courses by continuously adding relevant & industry accepted courses, and also expanding the number of skills development courses on offer. (e.g. : From 25 courses in 2008 to more than 240 courses presently)
  3. Enhanced the reach from 8 locations to more than 30weq0 locations in three years leading to nationwide presence.
  4. eCampus learning management software win the World Education Summit 2011 award.
  5. Met the multi-location training needs of multinational corporations through customized programs and setting up technology classrooms in the corporate premises, not only in India but going global by setting up a classroom.

List the 5 key challenges faced while implementing the programme/project/initiative

  1. Corporate Acceptance: There is a burning need to improve the reach & productivity of existing educational institution so that the working professionals are not deprived of a high quality education experience. Using the recent advances in technology, the synchronous learning technology was chosen to take quality education from an expert faculty to a larger audience spread over different locations
  2. Effective pedagogy: To implement the case-study methodology and the pedagogy used by premier institutes over the technology platform was a challenge. This was addressed successfully by incorporating collaborative learning techniques like public chat, email to faculty, white board, break out rooms etc.
  3. Maintaining the rigor & standard: To ensure that the quality of the participants joining the courses matches the standards and rigor of premier institutes. This is ensured by applying multiple stages of scrutiny where a candidate has to go through various stages like academic and experience background, aptitude, motivation etc. based on which the selection to a particular course is done.
  4. Replicating the Student Experience: To adapt the mode of instruction on technology to traditional Indian instructor-led classroom environment. To overcome this, features like training classes, anonymous asking of questions, anonymous polling to give feedback to the faculty, online quiz etc. are used extensively in the classrooms.
  5. Overcoming the fear of technology: To convince the working professionals that the rigor & standard of premium education would be maintained and won’t get diluted or distorted when the content is delivered through technology. These fears of using the technology were overcome by taking them through demo sessions before they enroll for a program. Also, the collaborative learning management system (LMS) implemented ensures that the participants are connected to each other and to the faculty 24X7.

List the 5 points how can the programme serve as a model that can be replicated or adapted by others?

  1. Use of technology like SLT to provide online education.
  2. Availability of the LMS, 24X7 for the participants
  3. Design customized programs for working professionals and corporate keeping in mind their specific needs
  4. Ensuring the quality of education by tie-ups with premier institutions
  5. Availability of a bouquet of programs to meet the needs of working professionals from diverse backgrounds

List 5 points to elaborate on the scalability of the programme/project/initiative

  1. Currently the presence of Online Campus centers is in 300 locations across the country. Since the technology uses internet based communication, the presence can be expanded to any number of cities based on the market demand.
  2. There is no upper limit on the number of students that can be taught through the SLT mode as compared to a conventional classroom. E.g. one of the programs has 225 students attending the course at the same time.
  3. Presently we are only targeting executive & computer education, which could be extended to other fields of education too like Medical, Law etc.
  4. At present Online Campus has alliances with seven UGC recognised in India. Opportunities to set up alliances with other national institutes, corporations as well as international institutions are being explored.
  5. Now the Students are happy with user friendly technology and with the latest tread of Internet on Mobile, Students can access the study materials, assignments, announcements instantly. This had made the Adult students time management comfortable.

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25 Responses to ONLINE CAMPUS

  1. Amritpal Singh says:

    Education hanging around until you’ve caught on.
    Online Campus Plays important role to make it happen

  2. Kuljit Singh says:

    Online Campus made our life easier
    perfect platform to pursue higher education without any obstacle in your way.

    Education is what remains when we have forgotten all that we have been taught.

  3. Tejinder jit Kaur says:

    Student of MBA – Online Campus

    The online support service is a great privilege offered by online campus. this service made possible for me to continue my studies while working. The staff is quite supportive and posses never ignore attitude.

    “Education is a progressive discovery of our ignorance”

  4. Ravinderjit Kaur says:

    Student of M. A. English – online campus

    spreading education everywhere, anytime

    Education does not mean teaching people to know what they do not know; it means teaching them to behave as they do not behave.

  5. Gurcharan singh says:

    Student of Online Campus – M. A. English
    They say that we are better educated than our parents’ generation. What they mean is that we go to best school/ college.

    Online Campus is one of them
    Made Education possible for everyone everywhere, any time

  6. Rohit says:

    The communication between the students and the ONLINE CAMPUS is good. It is a very easy method to get education

  7. Rohit says:

    The communication between the students and the ONLINE CAMPUS is good.

  8. Archana says:

    This is a very good experience with Online Campus

  9. Sandeep says:

    It is my good luck to be a Student of such a prestigious organisation…..:)

  10. Daljeet says:

    My experience with the Online Campus has been wonderful

  11. Bhupinder Kaur says:

    Student – online campus

    You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.

  12. Daljeet says:

    We would like to congratulate online campus, for its performance in this year’s rigorous rankings.

  13. Vikram says:

    Staff is well qualified and the overall management is also good

  14. Lovepreet Kaur says:

    Student – online campus

    Online Campus is builder of many careers.
    Your Education is worth what You are worth.

  15. Sridevi. B says:

    I liked my experience with ONLINE CAMPUS’s distance learning MBA program so much, I’m looking to do more

  16. Manpreet Kaur says:

    I did B.Sc. Medical and B.Ed. in 2001 but could not get Govt. job. After that I joined M.Sc. (IT) in 2006 within six months of completion I was selected as a computer faculty and working in Govt. Sr. Sec. School. I thank ONLINE CAMPUS for providing thousands of people like me a new ray of hope in life.
    My personal request to you Vote for ONLINE CAMPUS, Bangalore
    Manpreet Kaur, Computer Faculty, Govt. Sr. Sec. School.

  17. B. P. Singh says:

    Please VOTE for Online Campus (APEX Group) because

    After my Graduation from ONLINE CAMPUS, I got selected as an officer with Punjab Govt. I continued my MBA from ONLINE CAMPUS along with my service. Right now I am serving as a Asst. Commissioner (Excise) with the Govt. of Punjab and am highly satisfied with my career. Without ONLINE CAMPUS Distance Education Programme, I could not have been what I am today. I thank all the officials for being so cooperative and wish they carried on the good work and change many a lives.

    B.P. Singh, Asst. Commissioner (Excise), Govt. of Punjab.

  18. Ankit says:

    Time bound communication including excellent study materials are the salient features

  19. A K Singh says:

    Request vote for ONLINE CAMPUS

    IF YOU THINK WHY? Because

    The distance learning of ONLINE CAMPUS offers opprtunity to develop and enhance the skill needed to become a complete professional with flexibility to maintain a demand full time job.

  20. Anitha says:

    Speaking as a mother of 7, if I could do this so can you. Education is very important in life and I hope that everyone sticks to it even if the going gets tough. I strongly believe that everyone should have an opportunity to further their education and ONLINE CAMPUS provides that for people with kids.

  21. Hardeep singh says:

    I’m 38 and a single parent to two very active boys, ages seven and ten. I lead a life that is beyond busy. I work full time in a rewarding aviation-related career, love traveling, spending time outdoors and am also building a house. Thanks to ONLINE CAMPUS, I’ve been completed MBA through Online Distance Education.


  22. Kiran.V says:

    Online Campus is an excellent distance education institute using cutting edge technology for giving best service to students. i am alumni of Online Campus and my experience with Online Campus is very good.

    so i request to all, do cast VOTE in favour of ONLINE CAMPUS

  23. Anonymous says:

    ONLINE CAMPUS …………………………. It is Excellent!

  24. Thanks for all support and vote

  25. Thanks for all support and vote