McGraw-Hill and Wipro to Develop Affordable Mobile Learning Platform
"High-quality education is fundamental to the growth of a nation. We at Wipro are fully committed to launching the next generation of educational ideas and tools—leveraging the potential of our connected world—mobile devices, laptops, pads and other devices," said Azim Premji, Chairman Wipro Ltd. "The goal is to use mConnect as a way to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and reach of education across the globe. We have made this an area of strategic investment and are honored, as a long-term partner of McGraw-Hill, to be part of this unique opportunity—to blend our expertise in technology along with world-class educational systems and content. This is a business initiative that we both believe can truly make a positive difference." Mr. Premji is also in Davos where he will join Mr. McGraw in leading a World Economic Forum discussion to address the global talent crisis.
India provides an important development ground for mConnect. The country is home to a growing, young workforce hungry for access to high-quality education to improve their career prospects. According to mobileyouth.org, by 2012, one in five of all mobile phones in use worldwide will be owned by a young person in India. Currently, one hundred million mobile phones are owned by youth in rural areas who use them an average of 5.5 hours per day. Even within the population of Indian students with access to university education, according to a recent World Economic Forum report on the global talent crisis, only 25 percent of those graduates are considered employable by multinational companies today. Given this staggering data, mobile learning is uniquely positioned to overcome historic boundaries of distance, infrastructure and economic status, and harness the prolific and growing use of mobile devices to engage these myriad audiences.
Specifically, mobile learning offers the ability to:
• Bring learning directly to the student, thereby bridging the geographic distances between students and their schools
• Allow learners to study anywhere and at anytime, improving their ability to balance work and study
• Personalize and customize instruction by providing a means for teachers to provide relevant, individualized feedback to every student according to his ability to receive it both personally and technically
• Encourage feedback and early intervention by teachers
• Centralize curricula and ensure that content is continually updated
• Create a more engaging, interactive experience, which has been shown to foster better learning outcomes