Vedantu Celebrates 1Lac hrs of Live Online Learning

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It all starts with a vision

Two years back – with a big vision, a small team in Bangalore had taken it’s first steps. Vision was to democratize learning by connecting a student anywhere in world with a great teacher and make learning a highly personalized experience. We dreamt about a self learning world free from institutional boundaries – a world where a student will be at the center of learning again. Where a teacher will teach according to the need, pace and level of a student. Where learning graduates from being generalized to highly personalized.

 

Vision without execution is just hallucination!

Live online teaching/learning had not been tried, tested or used when we started. We just took a leap-of-faith! We had no clue if students and teachers will be comfortable learning and teaching in a live online mode. We didn’t know who the teachers will be or will the economics work out!!  At Vedantu, the team had the tall task of quickly answering the leap-of-faith assumptions and also create the most effective teaching learning platform. We re-imagined everything and created the right set of technology from scratch for it to work seamlessly for teachers and students sitting in far flung areas of India and abroad. From those first steps, today we have come a long way in proving that Live Online Teaching Learning can change the face of education for the better.

 

Today, we celebrate 1 Lac hours of learning on Vedantu.

1 Lac is not just a number. It stands testimony to team’s hard work and deep rooted conviction in the vision Vedantu stands for. It stands testimony to power of personalized learning and goes a long way in proving that teaching learning doesn’t require any boundary. 100000 hours – is just the beginning of a huge revolution.

And it’s a no mean feat!

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Heartfelt respect to the new age teachers – Teachers by Choice!

We at Vedantu would like to take this as an opportunity to celebrate 100000 hours of effort that Vedantu teachers have put in. We all show our heartfelt respect to you all – these 100000 hours will go a long way in shaping future of young lives. Many of you come from different walks of life and live in different parts of the world. You are corporate professionals, mothers, college students, professional teachers, travelers – above all spirited individuals who love to share. For many of you, it was your first experience of teaching. We are proud that Vedantu as a platform could give you an opportunity to teach students spread all across the world. We are proud that Vedantu could bring out that teacher hidden in all of us.

Now anyone can teach, everyone can learn 🙂

 

Miles to go Before I sleep …

We strongly believe that we have started something which has the potential to fundamentally evolve the way students learn and teachers teach in future. We believe this is the start of a new category of Personalized LIVE Online Learning and we will leave no stone unturned to make it happen.

Excited about the journey, excited about the possibilities 🙂

 

Big Shout out to all Vedantu students and parents

We again thank you for your engagement, continued patronage and placing your trust on a new system. You, being the first few are (and always will be) quite special to us as the early adopters of Vedantu, who shaped it up for what it will be in the future!

We would continue to learn and evolve and we really look up to you guys to guide us with your valuable feedback and inputs.

So here’s to us and the future of education! 

 


Content Sharing Reimagined @ Vedantu

Learning is a lifelong process. For most of us who believe in formal schooling and supplementary education, learning can never be completed without assessment. For enabling great learning, periodic assessment  is equally important. If we can pinpoint to the strong and weak areas of a student, customizing a study plan to suit his/her needs becomes much easier. We at Vedantu, strongly believe in solving everyday problems for learners and teachers and thus, we created our own Learning Management System (LMS) recently.

It has been 2 months since we launched our LMS (Learning Management System) and it has been an amazing ride to see the product being used in unique ways by our teachers and students.

Why we built the LMS? In our user research, there were few Key problem areas that we identified with Content Sharing and Tests/Assignments:

  • Content Creation – Teachers did not have any easy tool to create  personalized content (tests, assignments, notes) and share with the student on Vedantu
  • Content Sharing – Teachers could not share tailored content as per the requirements of the student and the topics taught, which resulted in students  not receiving enough tests, assignments to practice on time.
  • Content Consumption Interface – Test/Assignment sharing, attempt and evaluation interfaces were not intuitive and had very few options that led to offline sharing and submissions with no tracking.
  • No Tracking and Reports – Students and teachers did not have the progress tracking and reports at one place.

Tests and assessments play an important role in the entire learning cycle for a school student. Assessments inspire teachers to ask these important questions:

  •  Are we teaching what we think we are teaching?
  • Are students learning what they are supposed to be learning?
  • Is there a better way to teach the subject, thereby encouraging better learning?

Hence, we came up with the following solutions to address the problems and concerns:

  • Completely new LMS for teachers – Teachers can now create their own personalized tests/assignments/notes to suit the learning needs of their students. Teachers can unleash their creativity and create interesting tests and assignments for students.
  • All Types of Tests/Notes – Students shall now get objective, subjective and mixed tests along with Assignments and study material from their teachers for practice
  • Easy interface for the attempt – Students can now easily attempt tests/assignments from desktop or mobile. Students can type answers, take a photo of the written answers, add attachments, record audio or video answers. This helps students in reinforcing the concepts they have learned and also help them in gauging their learning.

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  • Track Progress – Students can now attempt and track all their tests/assignments/notes from a single page. Now they can view the report of each test and assignment attempted, anytime!

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Now that we have our awesome teachers using our LMS for more than 2 months, we have some great practical stories to share…

4777426902056960 “LMS was something I always wanted as I was not really happy with the kind of ready-made tests we had before. I wanted to create my own tests. Initially, it took a little time to understand the process but now I am very comfortable. 

Tests and assignments are integral part of teaching – learning process. With subjective test, I am able to check the student’s’ ability to comprehend whereas objective tests are the best way to test learning outcome in a quick, time-saving manner. Auto evaluation of objectives is such a boon that combination of objective and subjective test helps me to handle assessment of a number of students at once.” –  Sweta Rai

Bhavdeep “I have used LMS enough to be able to use it in a very effective manner. I am very comfortable with it now.

During a class, I set the expectation to complete a test by the coming weekend. Weekends being a little light, are the best time that they can attempt the test with full enthusiasm. Even though I set the expectation to finish a test by the coming weekend, I set expiry date to at least 2 weeks. Due to unforeseen circumstances (school load, sick, travel, guests etc), a student might not be able to get time to finish test on time. I don’t want them to complete it just for the sake of it. If they can’t finish it by the weekend, they can finish it later.

Student reaction is positive. Many students and parents remind me if I fail to provide a test on time. Attempt ratio is very high. Its not 100% because there are students who are taking class for casual learning right now and want to take serious classes later (eg. one student based in Toronto paid for OTF, never attends it, gets the video and watches later. He has plans for serious Physics studies starting in a month).

In case of OTF, it also helps me gauge myself. If a few students in a batch have performed poor, then I have to improve them. But, if most of them have performed poor, then I need to improve myself. I did a poor job in explaining the concept to the class.LMS helps me gauge the level to which a student has understood a concept.I can then plan to either revise the concept with student or move on to the next one.

I do see a few shortcomings and have suggested a few enhancements. If they are implemented, my productivity would increase. But the current product, as it stands now, is a good tool in itself.” – Bhavdeep Sethi

Santoshi “LMS is very comfortable for me as I can prepare my own question paper and assignments for my students depending on their individual capability. I am having freedom to choose questions for designing a question paper which consists of all type of questions varying from easy to difficult. I am including reasoning type questions, concept based questions and HOTS questions.

Students are very eager to take test as they want to evaluate themselves. Most of the students attempt shared tests and assignments within 12 hrs, this shows their willingness in taking test.

Evaluation is very easy, in case of MCQ, True/False, Match their is an auto evaluation option, and also I can add a comment for wrong and correct answers, because of this student will get to know their mistake once they finish their test.

I share a test with my students after every topic completion.  From their test results, I get to know how clear are they with the concept and what topics they are facing difficulties with. I discuss the difficult topics in my next session and clear students’ doubts. This makes the student and teacher self satisfied. Student will be very confident in taking test at their schools.” – Santoshi Gururajan

manisha “Prior to this tool, it was difficult to send tests, assignments, notes and similar tasks through mails or phone. It was equally difficult to keep the track of them.This process has become relatively convenient and easier now. This tool is very simple and easy to use. Though there is one time effort to create tests and assignments but once we create them, we can use the same with many students that s reduces my workload by leaps and bounds. Students are also very enthusiastic and zealous to learn via this tool. Though the attempt ratio is little less, but I must say it is increasing day by day.

Moreover, interesting fact is that students are asking me to share the homework without fail. This tool is really helping me a lot to set the goals for my students. They can see their grades and they can improve their grades by keeping track of their marks.” – Manisha Bhala


New Academic Year Brings New Goals & Means to Achieve Them

The new academic year brings new hopes and a lot of new stationary (isn’t that the most exciting part of being promoted to the new class). Along with it, there comes a daunting task of searching for the best tutor who can help you achieve your learning goals for the new academic year. At Vedantu, we want to flip this daunting experience to an awesome one. We have some of the India’s best tutors on our platform who can help you be a better student and a better human being with their experience in teaching and mentoring young kids.

We like improvements and growing with the growing needs of our students and thus with the new academic year, we have made some changes to our website that would help students schedule the learning subscriptions more systematically and hassle free. Booking a subscription, whether a monthly subscription or subscribing to a teacher for specific academic needs, will be a simple 5-step process –

How to subscribe: A step-by-step guide

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Step-By-Step Guide to Subscribe

1 – Click on ‘monthly tuitions’ tab under offerings or ‘view teachers’ to browse teacher list

2 – Choose the teacher you want to subscribe with

3 – Hit the ‘subscribe/book teacher’ button to see the teacher’s calendar

4 – Select the start date and duration (in months) for the subscription

5 – Choose from the available slot and fix the schedule on a weekly basis

6 – Pay and book the subscription, check your scheduled sessions under ‘My Subscriptions’ section and start taking sessions with the teacher of your choice at the time scheduled by you.

We have also made an explainer video that would help you understand the whole process of subscription seamlessly, have a look –

We are sure you are excited for the new academic year and resolved already to perform better than before. You can count on Vedantu to help you reach your academic goals quicker than ever with its handpicked teachers. Don’t wait anymore now, go ahead and book your subscription with the teacher of your choice and start with your personalized learning sessions.

 


Taking Sessions on Mobile Made Amazing!

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As a part of our resolution 2016, to bring in the Best Experience in Live Online Teaching-Learning for our students, we have completely re-thought the session space on Vedantu app. Here’s what our new app update brings to you:

A completely new mobile session experience

A bigger whiteboarding space, concise and intuitive chat and audio calling and improved aesthetics will surely make you enjoy taking sessions on your Android devices.

Pinch to zoom in and out

Zoom in and Zoom out at your will. This new feature will make sure you never miss on the nitty-gritties of the concept while your teacher explains them on the whiteboard. Also, you can write while on zoomed-in mode and then zoom-out to see the coherent pic of the entire whiteboard.

Draw & move shapes on whiteboard

With this newly added feature, you can explain your doubts better to your teacher while taking the session. You can choose from various geometric shapes available on your toolbar to explain your doubts or even create a flowchart!

Use ‘Try Whiteboard‘ feature to get yourself accustomed to the new whiteboard before you actually get into a LIVE session with your teacher on your Android device.
One more thing, If you use have used Facebook or Google to signup on Vedantu, you can now directly login to Vedantu App by clicking Facebook and Google buttons. This would ensure you don’t have to remember all those login details.
We’d like all of you to use these features rigorously and share your honest feedback with us at Vedantu. We’ll surely work upon them to make these features more robust. Don’t hesitate to share your feedback at mobile-support@vedantu.com

Learn On the Go – Take LIVE Sessions on Mobile!

 

We have all seen how the Internet changed the way we teach and learn. It came as a boon for the students and enabled them to learn things with a little help and explore the unreachable. What do you think the impact will be when your personal teacher can teach you right on our Android device? When you’ll be able to take a LIVE personalized online tuition session from your mobile device even when you are away from your PC and enjoying a sleepover at a friend’s house. Wouldn’t it be revolutionary?

That’s exactly what ‘Mobile Team’ at Vedantu was working on all this while. We have created a first of its kind, two-way, real-time audio and data communication system for your Android devices.  This would allow students & teachers to receive and deliver learning sessions seamlessly over a mobile device respectively. This is a step towards making the entire teaching-learning experience even more personalized and pleasant.

The new feature is well integrated into our already-live Vedantu App and comes with some add-on

Along with giving you freedom to take LIVE sessions anytime and anywhere (yes, we are talking literally here :)), the improved app will also offer –

  • In-app reminder notifications before the start of each session on mobile
  • Best mobile experience on all screen sizes (be it tablets, phablets or mobile)
  • Seamless performance, even on low-end devices
  • Smoother interactions over audio communication and whiteboard

We are sure, it can’t get any convenient & simpler than this; all you have to do is follow these 3 simple steps –

1 – Download the Vedantu App from Google Play Store

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You can download Vedantu app from Play Store. If you have it downloaded to your Android already, all you have to do is – update the app to use all the new functionalities.

2- Go to ‘My Sessions’ section

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You can choose the ‘My sessions’ section from the main menu to see the active and upcoming sessions. While the upcoming sessions will show the scheduled date for the session, a scheduled active session will have a ‘Join Now’ option.

3 – Join the Session & Learn

 

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A Glimpse of Whiteboard in Use

You can start a scheduled session with your personal teacher at vedantu with just a click on ‘Join Now’ button. You can communicate via audio and use the whiteboard both for sharing your doubts and understanding the concept your teacher will be teaching. The best part is, you can now upload pictures directly on the whiteboard while in the LIVE session.

Here is a Video that makes understanding the process super easy.

We encourage all of you to take the sessions on your Android devices and share the feedback, we’ll be all ears for suggestions.

 


Learn Anytime Anywhere with InstaLearn

 

header - instalearnDo doubts stop you from being ahead of others? Not anymore!

We understand ‘doubts’ make anyone go bonkers. Especially for students, doubts are deterrent and if not curbed at the right moment, it can affect the academic performance to quite an extent. We are here with ‘InstaLearn’ feature that will allow students clear their doubts from teachers of their choice in as quickly as 10 sec*.

Now, squash the doubts as they occur with the InstaLearn feature at Vedantu. The process is super-easy. All you have to do is take a couple of steps to clear your doubts.

Quick 3-Steps to Clear Your Doubts

1- Choose ‘Clear Doubts Now‘ option on Vedantu home page

Step 1 InstaLearn.PNGAs soon as you come across a doubt, the simplest way to clear it is to log on to Vedantu.com and select the ‘Clear Doubt Now’ section on home page.

2- Share your doubts

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As soon as you hit the ‘Clear Doubts Now’ you are taken to InstaLearn page that asks you to select your class and subject and submit your doubts to be shared with teachers. The best part is, you can upload pictures, share links or your type in your doubts.

3- Book an instant session

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Once your doubt is successfully submitted, you can see a list of teachers who can help you clear your doubt. You can choose the best teacher to clear your doubts based on your preferences. After you have decided on the teacher, you can straight away head to book your instant session. Once you make the payment, your session starts in mere 10 secs.

Take the Live Session & Clear Your doubts

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Voila, you are now connected with the teacher of your choice over an instant doubt clearing session in three simple steps. Go ahead and clear your doubts.

The best part is, there is no minimum time duration for the session. You can end the session as soon as you are cleared of your doubts.

Isn’t it simple! All you have to do is collate your doubts and get them cleared instantly from the teacher of your choice. We are pretty sure this will help you overcome academic anxiety and be successful in your journey to learn.


24×7 Content Library is Open!

Always wanted to have a library, but couldn’t really build one. We have built it for you! Now you have your very own academic Content Library. You can have a look at all the content with just a tap of button. Sort content, check documents, view videos, and attempt tests and assignments – All at one place! Where to Look for Content Library

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You’ll see the ‘Content Library’ tab beside ‘My Calendar’ on logging in to your Vedantu account. You can click on the tab and open the entire library with a click. Choosing the Relevant Content

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You can choose and zero down on the content of your choice- filter the content based on exam you want to take up – CBSE, ICSCE or any other competitive examination. Select the grade and choose the subject – Once you have selected all the parameters correctly, you’ll see only the relevant content. Choosing the Content Type & Topic

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You can further filter the content based on types of content you wish to see – you can check documents, view videos, and attempt tests and assignments. In case, you want to take up a test, you can further narrow down the search based on the topic you want to take the test for. You’ll be able to see all the tests for a selected topic – just open the test and you are ready to take up the test! Attempting the Test

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Once you click open the test, it opens up in a new tab. Fill in your details, and attempt the test. You can choose the correct option for objective questions from the right side of your test screen. Also, you can upload the pictures of the answer sheets for the subjective questions. Once done, end the test by clicking on the end button and voila! You can also see the solution to test paper after submitting the test. View the List of Tests Attempted

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You can also view the entire list of tests you have attempted – just go to the ‘My Teacher’ section and click on the ‘Test Attempts.’ The list opens up and also shows you the results for each test you have taken. We have also created a video for easy understanding, here it is for you to have a look! Hope this post helps you understand all the features for Content Library well. Do post your comments and suggestions!