Us­ing the power of video to ex­plain com­plex topics, HP is pilot­ing a unique so­lu­tion, which au­to­mat­i­cally iden­ti­fies key phrases and pop­u­lates videos

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Glob­ally, the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor is un­der­go­ing a dra­matic trans­for­ma­tion, with tablets, vir­tual class­rooms and on­line cour­ses be­com­ing the norm rather than the ex­cep­tion. In In­dia, though var­i­ous in­sti­tu­tions are slowly in­tro­duc­ing dig­i­tal medi­ums as part of their ef­forts to sim­plify ed­u­ca­tion, text­books still re­main at the cen­ter of class­room in­struc­tion. Many ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions are also chal­lenged in cre­at­ing com­pelling elec­tronic ver­sions, as they can be both time-con­sum­ing and ex­pen­sive.

To ad­dress this is­sue, tech­nol­ogy gi­ant HP has cre­ated a so­lu­tion that mar­ries the old world and the new world. In short, it has cre­ated a so­lu­tion called the ‘HP Video­book’ that aug­ments the book read­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with videos. The Video­book is a so­lu­tion cre­ated by HP Labs In­dia that in­tel­li­gently se­lects videos for a given in­put doc­u­ment (text­book chap­ter, train­ing man­u­als). The so­lu­tion iden­ti­fies key phrases or topics in the in­put doc­u­ment and in­tel­li­gently pulls videos and dis­plays it at the side of the doc­u­ment be­ing read. About five videos of­fer­ing di­verse, some­times even con­trary, opin­ions on a sub­ject are short­listed for ev­ery text­book. The video links are sourced and stored so that only the stream­ing video has to be piped in real time to the stu­dent or teacher.

“Stud­ies have shown that read­ing or lis­ten­ing helps people re­tain only 10 or 20 per­cent of con­tent re­spec­tively, whereas learn­ing us­ing video as a tool goes be­yond a pas­sive learn­ing tech­nique to an ac­tive learn­ing tech­nique,” em­pha­sizes Lakshmi Narayan Rao, Chief Tech­nol­o­gist, Tech­nol­ogy Ser­vices, HP In­dia. The firm is of­fer­ing this so­lu­tion as a cloud hosted so­lu­tion as well as a client-server so­lu­tion. Stu­dents can just lo­gin to the sys­tem us­ing a browser and ac­cess videos rel­e­vant to the con­tent they are read­ing.

HP has been pilot­ing this so­lu­tion at var­i­ous schools and col­leges in­clud­ing three in Ban­ga­lore, one in Gu­jarat, two in Delhi and one in Bhubanesh­war. Two of its cus­tomers are In­sti­tute of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, Ban­ga­lore and the Army Pub­lic School. Both the aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions are im­pressed with the pi­lot projects done so far.

Pro­fes­sor Chan­drashekhar Ra­manathan, Fac­ulty Mem­ber at IIIT-B, whose in­sti­tu­tion has done a pi­lot, says that there is huge po­ten­tial to use videos for ed­u­ca­tion. “Mar­ry­ing the struc­tured ap­proach of books with the un­struc­tured world of videos has a huge po­ten­tial,” he says.

A sim­i­lar thought is echoed by Man­jula Ra­man, Prin­ci­pal, Army Pub­lic School, Ban­ga­lore. “We have found out that it is eas­ier to com­mu­ni­cate a com­plex topic in less time us­ing videos. The abil­ity to re­tain and re­mem­ber a sub­ject also in­creases with videos.”

Depend­ing on the age and pro­file of the stu­dent, con­tent can be cus­tom­ized and made more rel­e­vant. Ad­di­tion­ally, us­ing ap­pro­pri­ate fil­ters, stu­dents can be al­lowed ac­cess to only spe­cific con­tent. With video con­tent only ex­pected to in­crease in the fu­ture, aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions can use tech­nolo­gies such as HP Video­book to cre­ate com­pelling con­tent that im­proves the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion.

“Learn­ing us­ing video as a tool goes be­yond a pas­sive learn­ing tech­nique to an ac­tive learn­ing tech­nique” Lakshmi Narayan Rao Chief Tech­nol­o­gist, Tech­nol­ogy Ser­vices, HP In­dia

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