Published: 07th February 2018
Virtually holding a student by their hand through their education process
Instructional design is quickly changing the face of education by taking it off of books to the screen
A lack of quality teachers, weak infrastructure, rote learning and the lack of personal attention make up just a few of the problems that haunt our education system. In these dark hours, instructional design has established itself as a beacon of hope. As the growth of internet and smartphone users is predicted to double up in the next 3 years, the online learning domain is set to grow leaps and bounds.
As online learning continues to grow at a fast pace, the career options associated with the field have multiplied. Instructional Design is one such arena. When you delve into online learning, it could be a linear delivery of content similar to the offline mode or the entire learning path can be personalised as per the student’s needs. To deliver a personalised learning experience, each subject shall be broken down into thousands of concepts. Every concept is linked to multiple chapters and syllabi. These concepts are then delivered in the order best suited to an individual student.
Teacher's pet product: Zeeshan founded Toppr in 2013 with a vision to personalise education using technology
The need for such an in-depth structure is boundless at a time when we are overloaded with information. Creating and categorising this information is essential to any ed-tech platform. However, only an instructional technologist can apply their expertise within technology to make this information available to the user in the most seamless, instant and appealing manner. This field offers genuine growth opportunities to them all, as well as a strong future in the sector.
That future is rooted in the fact that education is a household need, second only to housing. It is the sector with 400 million students in the K–12 space, and insufficient resources for their consumption. As the number of students grow across the country, it doesn’t match the growth in the number of teachers. In such a scenario, online learning, with the help of instructional design can bridge the gap that traditional education can not. As everything we need goes online, India’s population has become much more attuned to getting everything with a click of a button.
With access to personalised learning via quality video lectures, countless practice questions, mock test series and experts who can solve your doubts at anytime, anywhere, online learning is here to stay. This isn’t just a nationwide scenario, online certification is considered the largest category today, raking in almost USD 90 million.
Primary and secondary supplemental education will take over by 2021 at USD 750 million. It is growing at a CAGR of 60%. India’s online education market alone is set to grow to USD 2 billion and around 10 million users by 2021, according to a study by Google and KPMG
We founded Toppr in 2013, with a vision to personalise education using technology. We created over a million learning pieces with the help of 15,000 educators. With the help of this rich content, we developed a product powered by machine learning and data; which gives the student exactly the right learning task at the right time. We have come a long way since then. Today, over 2.5 million students have registered on Toppr. The figures alone make the greatest argument for online education. According to KPMG, the paid user base for online education is expected to grow from 1.6 million in 2016 to 9.6 million by the year 2021.
(A start-up evangelist and a prominent figure in the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem, Zishaan Hayath is the Founder and CEO of Toppr, a learning app that provides personalized learning for students studying for board exams, Olympiads and various engineering and medical competitive exams. With the backing of SAIF Partners, Helion Ventures and Fidelity Investments, his motive with Toppr is to personalize learning for students by leveraging best-in-class technology. Hailing from Hyderabad, Zishaan moved to Mumbai in 2000 to study at IIT Bombay and was awarded the Institute Citation and two Institute Colors, besides the Young Alumni Achiever Award in 2015 by the institution. Post his graduation in 2005, he joined ITC Limited and then worked with Opera Solutions on strategy and operations projects for Fortune 100 clients in North America, Europe and Asia.)