by August 1, 2012 0 comments

How does JetKing InfoTrain use
the Cloud?

We, as a brand, have come to utilize 65 years of our expertise in training students for (primarily) infrastructure management. We have digitized about 600 hours worth of training content which is hosted on our private Cloud and is accessible across all of our learning centers in a hierarchical topology, where each learning center is accessible from the Cloud via the center-specific master server which in turn distributes content to individual workstations at each learning centre. We have moved to the Cloud because the foundation of our perfection has been the study of the Ebinghaus curve of forgetting, which states that content taught must be repeated at regular intervals over a period of 30 days in order to ensure better retention. Doing this repetition would sound (as well as actually turn out to be) rather less appealing to do using the traditional class-room-based approach. Now that we are in the Cloud, we include a variety of activities in this process that enhances retention.

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Aren’t courses like hardware & networking better taught as a hands-on course rather than remotely using pre-recorded simulations?

Yes, at JetKing we have analyzed very well what goes down with our students to ensure that they benefit the most from our training and hence we use a combination of hands-on training combined with video lectures. While our video lectures are in progress, they contain intermediate points of activity wherein we show pre-recorded demonstrations of a certain procedure. At the same time, instructors located at the respective learning centers assist students hands-on with the hardware unit that is supplied to them for their learning, be it motherboards, micro-processors, etc. This has helped the training to be much more practical, complete with pre-session activities like Yoga, review questions, etc and post-session activities like quizzes –as opposed to a rather monologue-like classroom training approach where theory and practical training is clearly differentiated.

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So are these courses streamed live or are
they made available on an on-demand basis
to students?

They are pre-recorded, since JetKing has multiple batches at a learning center for any given course. After shifting content to the Cloud, students no longer need to switch their choice of learning centers based on the local faculty available. And of course we save on expenditure in the process. Currently we have about 33000 students on the roll. We do plan to make these courses available to students on an on-demand basis sometime in the second half of the next year. However, as of now, authorised faculty can access the courses on-demand. The system has been live since 1st June. Hosting the content in the Cloud makes it easier for us to update course content as technology changes over time. Our cloud-computing model is just a part of our unique SmartLab
Plus training methodology as a whole, which includes practical instruction, quizzes, field visits, English speaking, personality development, SmarTech
(e.g. mind-mapping, triads, etc.), Yoga, CBT and interview skills. Also, a student can go through any piece of content
again (in a subsequent batch covering
the same topic) in case he/she has missed a session or has not understood it to
his/her satisfaction.

What fail-over/backup plan do you have in place in case connectivity is lost at the time of the scheduled lecture?

Yes, that is something that can’t be left out in planning. For example, in our learning centers located at, say, Roorkee and Bijnor, reliable connectivity is often a problem. To avoid inconvenience to our students, we cache the lecture’s content a couple of hours before the planned beginning of instruction so that it is available for use without any glitches when they actually learn.

What are other new initiatives that have been undertaken?

We have launched the world’s first do-it-yourself tablet PC course that allows students to assemble and install the tablet themselves, hands-on. We are
also working with the Govt of Gujarat to train students to become more employment-ready.

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