Solutions
Making the conventional time-worn pedagogy stand on its head
  • Creation of a rapidly scalable right brain-led learner-centric system (student-centric) that is not bound by time and space. Unmatched by any of the bschools in India or abroad. M'Power revives the lost art of thinking and fosters the ability of learning to learn.
Downsizing constraints
  • Capture knowledge from the best of management teachers and industry experts and manifest such knowledge in various media forms

  • Use public and private infrastructure for delivery: LANs, WANs and physical distribution by Courier to create hybrid systems that are a combination of online learning and offline self study.

Bringing high efficiency to transfer of knowledge energy
  • Adaptation of the Compression–Expansion (C–E) principle as used in the IC engine or the refrigeration cycle (or the principle of throwing a ball) to efficiently transfer knowledge from the teacher’s frame of reference to the student’s frame of reference

  • The C–E principle is applied by condensing a body of knowledge by a factor of 7 or 8 through appropriate scripting and then providing two or three scripted and expanded forms of the same body of knowledge, with each manifestation being more expanded than the previous one. Done in such a way that taken together, the three to four manifestations add up to more than twice the knowledge contained in the original body of knowledge

  • With respect to the psychometrics of comprehension, retention, situational recall and application, evidence of the efficacy of the C–E principle lies in the fact that the faster one reads (time compression) the more one absorbs (natural concentration with less distraction). Provided one reflects and re-reflects on what has been rapidly read without too much of a time lag between each reflection! --- Evidence also lies in the use of executive summaries backed up by expanded notes as an effective presentation style

Right brain learning
  • All classroom-based instruction, education and training is left brain-led pedagogy. For the double-loop process of understanding to be complete, the system would require very knowledgeable and articulate teachers and high IQ students – a rarity. As a consequence, most learning becomes rote learning, which is highly volatile. A good and patient teacher can educate any willing student irrespective of IQ, but would require eons of time to do it. Time is precious and scarce!

  • Right brain-led learning obviates the need for high IQ students. It downsizes the dependence on memory. Quality knowledge dissemination (education) could then reach out to very large numbers making education more egalitarian. This form of learning reverses the left brain-led double-loop process by first firing imagination in the learner’s right brain through choreographed moving pictures (full motion video story – the ‘V’ of VAT). Moving pictures and a real-life feel hold attention a lot better than static pictures. Static pictures and artificial settings do not sufficiently stimulate the amygdala, the nerve centre of all emotional triggers. Active learning requires emotional triggering – involvement.

  • The image-fired imagination is then given articulation in spoken words (a left brain process) through an expanded manifestation in the form of a radio play (the ‘A’ of VAT), which gives the feel of an out-of-class learning experience. This is further expanded and articulated in written text form (another left brain process – the ‘T’ of VAT) to complete the learning process, in reverse to what is inefficiently attempted through the conventional, mainstream left brain to right brain process.

Multiple media-forms of manifestation
  • The media-forms used are video (VCD/CD or hard disk), audio (Audio CD – MP3 format) and text (printed on paper or on an electronic screen).

  • The different media-forms are amenable to varying degrees of compression. The video is amenable to holistic layering, various styles of thematic treatment and thus compression by a factor of 7–8. The audio and paper media are compressible or expandable at will but are not amenable to any layering

  • Multiple media forms allow for unbundling a body of knowledge and are also amenable to easy portability to give that anytime, anywhere access to learning and revision

  • The use of the three media forms video (V), audio (A) and text (T) allows for application of the right brain-led learning process. The prescribed (mandatory) learning sequence is V —> A —> T. Thus the video component first fires the right brain to normalize the teacher’s frame of reference with that of the learner. The audio and the text complete the rest of the understanding process
  • The audio is an eyes-free, hands-free medium

Multiple modes of delivery
  • The knowledgeware manifest in the three media forms could be delivered physically by post or courier or electronically

  • The video is bandwidth hungry and as such would require at least 384 kbps per user under the MPEG3 format if it is to be delivered electronically

  • Streaming audio under the MP3 format and the text component could be delivered through any narrow band Internet channel

  • Contents under all the media forms could be delivered on ethernet LANs, which necessarily have the requisite bandwidth to quickly and faithfully deliver even the video component for concurrent access by a large number of students.

  • The audio is an eyes-free, hands-free medium