Free online learning platform by professionals turns boon for students
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Necessity is the mom of invention is the widespread saying, however for Satish, Sherry, Feroze and Shyam, presently in Thrissur, Muscat, Boston and New York respectively, based GrainEd as a not-for-profit group in 2016 to impart online schooling by working professionals and never by skilled lecturers.
But when the pandemic struck, it received wings and is now the perfect buddy of students from Class 6 to 12 in India and the Middle East.
Though these 4 engineers sitting in varied locations of the globe, it was the widespread bind that being former students of Government Engineering College, Thrissur, they determined to maneuver ahead and located what they wished.
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It took a pair of years and fifty plus lecture rooms and online classes for the staff to prototype and fantastic tune the alternate academic mannequin based mostly on pedagogic methodology of “known to unknown”, software-based mostly learning and built-in curriculum which is international and syllabus-agnostic.
The concept struck its huge second in early 2020 when the world caught Covid and online schooling turned common even in rural India.
Within one yr, the portal has carried out 500+ classes by greater than 40 professionals the world over in profitable careers in several domains like engineering to music, catering to mining, motion pictures to scientific analysis and finance to historical past.
The working professionals who’re giving the lectures embrace Dr Rajiv Mohanraj, neurosurgeon at NHS, UK, Dr Najeeb Kuzhiyil, Scientist at Exxon Mobil, USA, Sybille Sajeet, Engineering Manager at Qatar, Nidhi Jain Seth, CEO from Delhi, Rajesh Muttath, Advocate from Malaysia, Dr Arun Thankom, Professor at Essex University, UK, Rohin Narayanan, Scientist at Large Hydron Collider, USA, Dr Seena Devaki, Adolescent Psychiatrist from UK, amongst others.
“What makes GrainEd different is the encouragement for students to freely ask questions and the interest mentors display to answer all of them citing real life examples” in line with Dhanushree Suresh, one of the common students from Kuwait.
“Till date, these kids have had a combined 12,000 student hours spent on our live and interactive classes and lately, the momentum has caught up really well,” explains Satish, one of founders.
Most of the classes are round 60 minutes lengthy and oldsters and students can register via the portal www.grain-ed.com which supplies the schedule, matters and assembly ID for every session. Notes, previous session movies and offline actions are additionally managed via this portal.
“It’s alternate education at its best as it’s meted out by working professionals and does not depend too much on theories which the students would be already flooded upon by their conventional classes though done online now,” Miriam Joseph, a guardian from Bangalore, mentioned.
Satish mentioned all of the classes are accomplished stay with interactive participation from students and as soon as full, will probably be out there on YouTube as movies.
“Focus is on imparting fundamentals and the unique approach of professionals based on application-oriented training methods make all the difference here,” mentioned Satish.