A day with the video team @IIMBx

Going in as an observer with a video team is a unique opportunity and I was lucky to have accompanied them. The team roster comprised a cameraman, project leader, video team leader, and a quality assurance in-charge. The objective of the shoot was to get content to make a time lapse for one of our MOOC courses.

Camera work is not for everybody – it involves an immense amount of patience and loads of creativity. So, what goes into shooting a video?

To say that camera work is simple would be foolish. A great deal of work goes into making a good video – right from the drawing board to the final video output. And shooting it in external locations adds to the complexity. I accompanied the IIMBX video team to shoot a video on a busy road in Bangalore, and had a ringside view of the substantial work that it involves.

“There ought to be a clearly stated and defined process for the procurement of permission to shoot in public spaces. For lack of the same, we’ve had to make calls to and do rounds of various concerned offices and seek information piecemeal—which is not conducive”

–    Natasha Mujgule, Project Producer

To kick-start the process, shooting a video requires a letter of permission from no one short of the additional commissioner of police (traffic) for Bangalore, which takes roughly four weeks to obtain. The letter shows you which areas the camera team can shoot on, in this case, MG Road, and Brigade Road – two very busy streets.

Once this is done the camera team commences a location scout. Timewise this can be taxing, as it requires the team to place the camera down in various spots to identify the best positions. This is where the creativity comes in. And then 30-minute videos are taken at each spot to find the perfect angle and focus. You can imagine how this entire process works out and it is challenging to say the least.

Something no one tells you is just how long you need to shoot to get a short four-minute long time-lapse. I was surprised to find out that it was over an hour. The setup of the cameras itself took a half hour, to ensure the right camera angle. Once the setup is complete the camera are turned on and that’s it, or is it?

Turning on the camera is the easiest part. The bulk of the work involves making sure no one walks into the frame, which is easier said than done, especially on MG Road.picture1

Let me give you a glimpse into one setup – one person is stationed on the right side of the camera, another on the left, and the rest manned each of the two cameras. The cameras ran for almost one and a half hours.

Shoot 1 went off without a hitch and we got our content. And after lunch, we began our setup at site two. Site two was at a junction outside Mahatma Gandhi Park in an abandoned office complex. We had an expansive view of the junction and could complete the shoot without having to redirect pedestrians. The video team would later edit out pedestrians in their editing phase. This meant that once the cameras were rolling our work was done.

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In conclusion, I have learned that camerawork is certainly not simple. It is quite challenging and requires much planning, skill and expertise combined with loads of patience to complete successfully. In addition, it involves long hours of video editing and adding effects to complete the video. Eight weeks have now passed since the team began the arduous process of obtaining the permission letter and selecting the best spot to shoot. We now eagerly wait for our video editors to complete the editing and deliver the final output!

[This blog is written by Maanav Setlur, Intern, IIMBx, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore]

Why organizations need to invest more in learning and development?

Any organization that wishes to stay competitive and thrive in an ever changing business world should make learning and development (L&D) top priority. Too much focus on numbers, competitors and profits could blindside their vision and philosophy in the long run. Furthermore, L&D in organizations has evolved into rituals of periodical training. This article attempts to present the current L&D landscape and will advocate for positive impacts of L&D.

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From Africa, With Love!

Recently we reached out to the previous learners of our MOOC “Innovation and IT Management.” We were hoping to get some insights on how the course helped them and if the course ware can be redesigned for more learner engagement.

While doing so, our interaction with one of the students was very inspiring. It emphasized on one of the major drawbacks of classroom learning – Inaccessibility to classrooms.

Nabirye Annette Atugonza is a learner from Kampala, Uganda, East Africa.

She is an IT specialist holding a Bachelors in business administration, specialized in business computing and with a diploma in information technology.

Looking for a change of work, she wanted to upgrade her knowledge on the recent IT trends. Had such a program been delivered in a conventional classroom atmosphere, it would have been difficult for her to have taken it up. But since this course was available online by IIMBx on edX, it was very convenient for her to enroll and finish it successfully. Post which she applied for and got a job in The United Nations office of human rights as a researcher to help develop a software.

During our interaction, she stressed on the relevance of the course teachings and its applicability in the workplace. She said, “I used professor’s knowledge right from the documentation stage to the implementation of the software.” She was all praises for Professor Rahul De and was very keen on taking up more such courses.

This goes to show that although MOOCs are a way to deliver knowledge at a global level it does not get in the way of making the learning personalized and ensuring complete understanding. Learner Stories like these encourage us to deliver better MOOCs, one after another.

In this age of technology, distance should not be an obstacle to learning. Thanks to digital learning, these gaps are rapidly disappearing. For insistence, in the previous run of the course “Innovation and IT management” in 2016, we saw an overall enrollment of 51% from India, 20% from the USA, and 29% from the rest of the world.

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In one of our more recent courses, we saw an expansion of this global reach. There were students from countries like Poland, Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Vanuatu. The percentage of enrollments from each of these nations might be small, but the impact that it is creating in the lives of these individuals is huge!

There are many great MOOCs out there, and we can proudly say that “Innovation and IT Management” is one of them. The course content, the videos, the animations and the overall design is sure to help you learn key decision-making skills to better manage and implement IT and innovation in your workplace.

To explore the world of Digital Learning through this course, please visit : Innovation and IT Management@IIMBx

 

How IIMBx MOOCs have transformed classroom experience by Blended learning!

Blended learning is an approach wherein teaching is a combination of in class and online learning.

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Results of survey conducted by IIMBx with our Blended MOOC FDP Participants

Having discovered the advantages of the blended MOOC approach, it only makes sense to spread its accessibility to educators all over. Hence Faculty Development Programmes (FDP) are designed to discover, experiment and adapt this technique with ease. Over the past 2 years, we have conducted four FDPs at various locations with a vision to transform the teaching-learning experience.

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IIMBx Impact: Learner Story

Insights from MOOC Programme Learning – IIMBx

“Learning gives creativity, creativity leads to thinking, thinking provides knowledge and knowledge makes you great”

– Dr APJ Abdul Kalam | Former President of India.

Having opted for Banking and Financial services for my post-graduation in MBA after 3 years of experience in IT industry, I was quite excited since my journey in my earlier organization mostly involved working on finance verticals. I was also well aware of the fact that there is a rising requirement in the industry for finance experts.

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‘Intern’al Experience at IIMBx

Internships are like a warm-up before you participate in your marathon to success. They prepare you for all that is going to be thrown at you ahead in your future workplace. My internship at IIMBx did more than just that!

Being a telecom engineer never stopped me from pursuing my passion for writing and the team at IIMBx recognized it and gave me an opportunity to explore, hone and strengthen these skills. I worked majorly on developing content for social media marketing of the MOOCs. Every course that I had to write about was as interesting as the others. Not hailing from a management background gave me an opportunity to explore these courses as any other student would. And this student within me found all the MOOCs enthralling and recognized how uniquely different each course was.

I did get an opportunity to further develop my skills but my time with the IIMBx team was more than just work and play. Small but deep insights discussed over tea breaks, detailed conversations at luncheons, healthy competition on the badminton court and the grandeur of festive celebrations– these are some of my most memorable times here.

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My August – November 2016 internship at IIMBx was a breath of fresh air (also literally!). Every organization works collectively to achieve their goals but it is here that I witnessed how all this can be achieved by doing what you like and loving what you do. I am grateful to the team for accepting me into their family with open arms and wish them success in all future endeavors. Please keep the MOOCs coming!

Pooja R Rao (Pooja Rama)

Ex-Intern (Content development)

Check out the MOOC impact so far…

Time and again Indian Institute of Management Bangalore has proved to be one among the best business schools in the world. Staying true to its mission of building leaders through holistic, transformative and innovative education, IIMB launched IIMBx- a Massive Open Online Course(MOOC) Programme in partnership with edX.

With over two years since its launch, the programme’s success rate is increasing exponentially. At IIMBx we have seen a high rate of enthusiastic learners enrolling and completing the courses. As of now we have over 5000 verified learners and these numbers seem to only grow, course by course.

We enquired from these learners what they liked the most about our courses. Unlike other students who find assignments as one of the most dreadful elements of education, our learners have rated it the highest.  The other most liked elements were the videos, content, webinars and the discussion forum.

Our MOOCs have helped 48.46% of students improve understanding in their field of study. In response to how the courses helped their career, around 39.29% of the verified learners found these MOOCs as a way to enhance their skills for the current job. Also, 22.86% of learners improved their candidacy for a new job.

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As a way forward, we have designed the MicroMasters– a series of higher-level courses derived from IIMB’s master’s programs for relevant job advancement and deeper learning in a specific subject area.  The credits earned during this programme will be taken into account if you would want to pursue the course on campus.

The advantages of MOOCs are innumerable and as we continue to release more courses online, these advantages seem to crop up more frequently. Join us today to know more and explore the world of MOOCs.

Strategy and the Sustainable Enterprise

Years ago, petroleum was considered as the ultimate solution for our fuel needs. But with its continuous exploitation, there has been a necessity to look for alternatives. With strategies to ensure judicious utilization of this resource, it could have withstood the test of time.

There are many examples of how certain ‘need of the hour’ solutions have harmed the near future of varied organizations. Therefore it is highly essential to strategize for a sustainable future. It is also necessary to understand the effects of various issues a corporate could be vulnerable to.

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Here is our MOOC titled “Strategy and the Sustainable Enterprise“to help you understand more about strategy and sustainability taking into consideration real life scenarios of various organizations as case studies. Insights from industry experts will give you a distinctive edge to apprehend and further apply this knowledge to analyse the situations of other companies. And ultimately this course will help you thoroughly scrutinize your future decisions.

Join us today to learn how sustainability issues influence corporate strategy and how corporations can transform these challenges into sources of competitive advantage.

The course begins on 13th October 2016. Please visit the link below to enroll: http://bit.ly/2cZEf0d

A MOOC on International Business Environment and Global Strategy

Here is an interesting story…
Once upon a time there was a tiny frog in a small pond. His friend, another frog from the Atlantic Ocean, came to visit him. He described to the tiny frog how vast the ocean is but the poor little tiny frog could not perceive the vastness of the world outside of his own pond. He enquired if the ocean is five times greater than his pond or if it’s ten times greater.
Being unaware of the world outside our home ground could land us in a similar situation. This approach cannot be accepted in today’s world.

Diversity among nations in terms of culture, politics, economics, legal practices, and technology is an intriguing field of study and too scrumptious to ignore. It is fascinating to explore the effect of the diverse strategies of different nations on the international business environments. It is all the more enthralling to unravel the conditions that led to the formulation of such strategies. The role of a country’s labour, students, farmers, NGOs and military in shaping such policies is very interesting to investigate.

Our MOOC titled “International Business Environment and Global Strategy“ will help you discover all this and more about today’s international business environment.

international-business-banner-imageJoin us on this journey to study the forces that influence the strategy making of nations like Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Chile, Turkey, India and South Africa. This course will help you analyze the reaction of past events on a nation’s present condition and also lays a foundation of learning for the future.

The course begins on 29th September 2016. Please visit the link below to enroll:

https://www.edx.org/course/international-business-environment-iimbx-im110x-0#!