New Delhi: As the multi-billion dollar education technology (Ed-tech) market continues to grow, the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) Monday said it is starting a specialized master’s degree course to create a talent pool for the new sector.
IIT Bombay said ed-tech is an emerging field offering good opportunities for research and development both in academic institutions as well as in industry.
“Through our M.Tech program in education technology, we hope to contribute towards meeting the escalated need of qualified experts in research labs, curriculum design roles in schools, colleges, industries for creating educational applications, training departments for online and remote trainings, and content creator industries for creation of technology-enhanced learning material and field implementation works," said Sridhar Iyer, a professor at IIT Bombay.
Iyer, who heads the initiative, said: “With a strong interdisciplinary focus, our department contributes towards developing innovative research-based solutions for improving student learning and engagement. We emphasize on learning of abstract thinking skills, creation of large-scale blended and online learning programs, development of emerging technologies for education, and learning analytics — all grounded in theories of learning sciences."
The broad objective of the M.Tech program is to build specialized workforce with student expertise in theories of learning and pedagogy; analysis, design, effective implementation and evaluation of learning environments; instructional design; research methodologies; translating research into practice; and working collaboratively on complex interdisciplinary projects.
The Ed-tech segment is growing fast and several startups have emerged over the past few years.
Online tutoring startup Byju’s (Think and Learn Pvt Ltd) valued at over $5 billion is making a big news over the last couple of year. Several Indian education technology firms have already either ventured abroad or are on the verge of entering suitable markets. For example, education technology firm Aspiring Minds have ventured into countries such as the US and China. Xseed Education has presence in countries, including The Philippines, Singapore and Middle-east Asia.