HP EXPERIMENTS WITH VIDEO TO TRANSFORM THE EDUCATION SECTOR
Using the power of video to explain complex topics, HP is piloting a unique solution, which automatically identifies key phrases and populates videos
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