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EdTech Connect Democratizes the Higher Education Technology Conversation

EdTech Connect is a new, free model for college and university staff and faculty to collaborate on technology use.

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EdTech Connect is a new, free model for college and university staff and faculty to collaborate on technology use.

Press Release – updated: Sep 22, 2021 12:00 PDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif., September 22, 2021 (Newswire.com) – How do higher education decision-makers find the right solution when technology evolves at light speed? They usually start with their network. The size and strength of a professional network are functions of one’s experience both in their role and in their industry. To equalize the network disparity, decision-makers have relied on organizations like EDUCAUSE, the Higher Education User Group (HEUG), the Benchmarking Institute, and industry consulting firms for technology guidance. It’s a model that’s been in place on for a long time, and it’s dependent on the institution to report usage and procurement data. Ultimately, institutional leadership controls access to and participation in these communities.

EdTech Connect allows higher education faculty and staff to list, rate, and classify the software they use on their campuses. EdTech Connect combines these lists with demographic data about the faculty or staff member’s institution from the U.S. Department of Education for a near real-time tech profile of that school. The website can be accessed for free with a verified institutional email address and allows anyone who works in higher education to find and collaborate with peers based on the software or skills they have in common. The website is being used to answer questions like these: What technologies are similar colleges and universities selecting for their chatbot? What mobile frameworks are large institutions using to connect an evolving hybrid campus?

EdTech Connect launched in November 2020 with 179 software listings and has organically grown to submissions from 511 higher education experts from 370 colleges and universities in North America. More than 700 solutions have been added by higher education professionals. The EdTech Connect Periodic Table of Higher Ed Technology was created to classify the EdTech space from a user’s perspective. With the unique prominence of categories like accessibility and emerging technology, the companies committed to higher education are rising to the top.

All types of higher education professionals are finding unique ways to use EdTech Connect. Some executive leaders have even chosen to use EdTech Connect to conduct their own campus software inventories. Rebecca McKay, senior director of systems for the university system in Arizona, has found it useful to see how her school and other large schools are using EdTech Connect. “It helps large universities like ASU, NAU, or UArizona stay connected both nationally and within our large multi-location campuses,” says McKay. “We want to offer consistent service with our regional campuses, so students have a seamless experience.”

As Higher Ed creates the new classroom, what elements of virtual teaching, learning, and services will thriving campuses embrace? Where will the new generation of faculty discover what’s on the horizon for EdTech? The collective voice of any industry should be the guiding light to help make decisions around higher education technology.

Source: EdTech Connect

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Despite Physical Classes, EdTech to Dominate School Education in Schools in Post-Pandemic World, say Experts

The Coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown had prompted most schools to identify technology based innovative solutions to create a relevant learning ecosystem for all students.

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Pandemic Has forced EdTech Education in Schools, Claim Industry Experts (Representative image)

Pandemic Has forced EdTech Education in Schools, Claim Industry Experts (Representative image)

The Coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown had prompted most schools to identify technology based innovative solutions to create a relevant learning ecosystem for all students.

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The Coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown had prompted most schools to identify technology based innovative solutions to create a relevant learning ecosystem for all students. Experts believe, that in a post pandemic scenario, when schools reopen, the trend would be towards higher adoption of technology and systems so that schools can not only weather disruptions better but raise their standards of learning outcomes.

The introduction of technology tools has helped democratise access to high quality education and facilitate student engagement. Satish Bommala, School Owner, of Great woods High School- Hyderabad stated that as the world is getting transformed due to the adoption of technology, it has also helped students get access to better quality of education now. Technology today has helped schools to increase the speed of learning and bridge the learning gaps among all students, he explained.

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The education system in India had been very traditional, thus pushing the need to design a holistic curriculum with job creation as the objective of the future. The education reforms are therefore focussing on how to make education more universal in the country and more inclusive, Ramanan Ramanathan, Former Mission Director, Atal Innovation Missionand Additional Secretary, NITI Aayog said.

India is in the top 48 of the global innovative indices and to enter in the global top 10, bringing large scale educational reforms and leveraging on digital technology to impart learning is going to be crucial.

Technology has empowered the teachers in India to adopt a multi-modal form of learning which is a combination of audio-visual along with textbooks and experiential kits. This has enabled them to deliver learning solutions at global standards.

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Gouri Gupta, Lead, Education Technology, Central Square Foundation stated that reintroducing learning through a hybrid model will help in the recovery of the learning loss and help the transition back to school. The quality of education which we all worry about in affordable private schools or government schools, can be addressed with the use of technology, she said. Sumeet Mehta, co-founder and chief officer of LEAD explained that schools have traditionally been following a linear format where students are tested and given certain marks but carry forward their learning gaps without remediation.

There is a need to move towards a spiral format where technology can help. With the help of the student’s data which can be collated at a very granular level, technology can inform the teachers on the areas of improvement and the remedial action to help the weak students, he said.

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DeepSphere.AI Personalizes Complex AI Curriculum Using Cognitive Learning Methodology | Chennai NYOOOZ

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India (NewsVoir) • Its on-cloud intelligent Learning Management System (iLMS) provides fully personalized study materials, lab projects, and assessments • Offered on a SaaS subscription model, iLMS increases the active participation of students by 100% and boosts their learning potential by 96% DeepSphere.AI, an EdTech company with its presence in Palo Alto, USA and Chennai, India offering a wide range of foundation, intermediate, and advanced courses on Artificial Intelligence for students and professionals, achieves 100% personalization of learning by providing personalized study materials, lab projects, and assessments on its on-cloud intelligent Learning Management System (iLMS). iLMS is a first-of-its-kind platform that turns complex AI curriculum into personalized and cognitive learning methodology. It also achieves 100% student engagement, besides boosting the learning potential of students by 96%. Available on a subscription model for schools, colleges & universities, organizations and self-employed, iLMS offers recommendations and feedback on the learning speed, ability, and participation of students, as they learn. DeepSphere.AI maps and reviews the goals of learners and takes appropriate corrective action to help students realize their goals. Founded in September 2018, DeepSphere.AI’s team comprises board members of the University of California, lead instructors, MIT learning facilitators, Harvard PhDs, Stanford alumni, industry leaders, and entrepreneurs. Its Co-founder, Mr. Jothi Periasamy is a learning facilitator. He taught artificial intelligence for business at MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL), focusing on personalizing and simplifying the learning of AI. To facilitate in-person learning, the company opened its Chennai office on 27 August this year. In his comments, Mr. Venkatrenga Gupta, Managing Director, DeepSphere.AI, said, “AI is making inroads in every industry. But we are hugely short of skilled manpower. Our aim is not only to offer AI education, but to do it in a way that befits AI science. Hence, we developed iLMS which itself makes use of AI and Machine Learning to understand the learning stages of the students and accordingly customizes their learning process. We also coach and mentor students and help them gain hands-on practical problem-solving skills and learning experience in applied artificial intelligence. To date, we have trained more than three hundred thousand students and professionals through our partnership with fifty educational institutions and hundred organizations.” On employment facilitation, he said, “When it comes to career development and transition, we work with every learner on a one-on-one basis to understand their career goals and objectives. Also, we provide leads and recommendations for employment opportunities. Further, we also hire students as interns for our internal projects and product development. Till date, we have helped over 300 students make career transformations and thousands of them plan for career advancements.” The iLMS platform is built on SAP Litmos and Google Cloud technologies, and it

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Businesses have approached the government to clarify the impact of GST.

Businesses have approached the government to clarify the impact of GST on discounts, reduced prices and extended payment cycles.

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Businesses have approached the government to clarify the impact of GST on discounts, reduced prices and extended payment cycles.

Businesses have approached the government to clarify the impact of GST on discounts, reduced prices and extended payment cycles which they had provided to the customers. The COVID-19 pandemic had driven customers to renegotiate prices.

The goods and services tax is paid when an invoice or bill is issued. As such, businesses are now finding it difficult to claim credit or amend taxes already paid when they have not received payment from the clients or have received reduced amounts. Abhishek A Rastogi, partner at law firm Khaitan & Co, told ET that IGST element on the credit note issued is not treated as an input tax credit and as a corollary there is a restriction in the system to adjust IGST and CGST or SGST.

He highlighted that the GST is divided into three components – IGST, CGST and SGST. “A part of the tax is levied on goods imported. CGST and SGST are two components of the tax framework where revenue generated is collected by the central and state governments respectively. Under the GST framework, the input tax credit is essentially a tax paid on raw materials or input services. This can be used to reduce future GST liability.”

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Rastogi pointed out that as there is no specific provision in the statute to provide such a restriction, the constitutional validity of this restriction may be tested as the situation is a clear example of tax cascading, which is not the objective of GST. “Companies are unable to claim GST already paid under the present GST framework even if they have not received the money or have had to return it or offer reductions to customers.”

Furthermore, experts believe that if the government does not provide clarity, the businesses would have to turn to the courts.

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Source: https://mybigplunge.com/business/companies-seek-clarity-on-gst-applicability/

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