How to use Quantum Mechanics to de-Lecturise your Online Classes

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Metaphorically speaking, knowledge is light. If I ask you to take it literally, it will be easy for me to get into the science of it.

Light, as we know it, shows wave-particle duality. Einstein proved that light is not just a wave but is made up of small particles or packets called Photons. These photons have a certain energy, which was further elaborated by Max Planck in his famous relation,

E=hv

where E = Energy of Photon

h= Planck’s Constant 

v=Frequency of the Electromagnetic Wave.

Now let’s make an abrupt but meaningful transition into the World of Online Education and try to relate it to the scientific stuff that I just babbled about.

“E” is for the Energy of an Online Class
Lecture-based teaching is the primary outcome of a lack of resources and awareness among the teachers. A lecture can stretch for hours resulting in a monotonously low ‘energy’ towards the end. This format is epidemic in our educational system.

However, with technology and online learning, can’t we get past the lecture?

A 21st century online class (which is like the “Photon” of a course) demands a high energy delivery of knowledge. This quantised energy needs to be contagious enough to overcome virtual barriers and stimulate thinking and imagination among the students sitting behind a screen. This energy must only be a facilitator in learning.

But how do we ensure that? How do we acquire this energy?

“v” is for the Frequency of Online Classes
Education turned to technology because the students no longer wished to be fed and manufactured like machines. They wanted to be able to understand and comprehend the world in their own time and space, not all at once but in chunks or packets (or quanta).

If an online class is just a modern replica of the traditional, lecture-based classroom, what difference does it make? Does it serve or beat the purpose of adopting ICT(Information and Communications Technology)?

There is absolutely no need for educators to make an online class go on for more than an hour. Instead, knowledge can be imparted in small packages with a higher frequency of classes. This can be termed the “Quantisation of Knowledge.”

For instance, an hour long class can be divided into 4 high energy 15 minutes mini-sessions. A higher frequency of scheduled classes ensures higher energy (E is directly proportional to v, remember?).

“h” is for the WizIQ Constant
This “h” is a constant and a very important factor in this equation. I’d like to call it the “WizIQ constant. All through the process of de-Lecturization, it remains a loyal associate and guides you through the designing of modules and scheduling of classes. It is an important determinant to balance both the final energy as well as the frequency variable.

WizIQ Virtual Classroom makes online teaching and learning available in real time, anywhere and anytime.

(I am not trying to take it away from Mr.Planck. This is just an analogy used as a reference to deliver a message. Or is it?)

The Calculation
The aim is to get rid of the lectures and instead bring into practice what the Vloggers (Video Bloggers) do.

They keep the full screen for themselves and don’t let anything else (read Facebook, Twitter, et al) distract the viewers. They stick to a limited amount of information all through the video and never lose focus. They use comic elements and hilarity to explain things as complex as rocket science.

 VlogBrothers

(These are the Vlog Brothers, Hank and John Green, who Vlog about Biology and History. Click on the picture to watch a video!)

The key is to know exactly what you are going to say. The online teacher can not afford to lose any time since they are not physically present with the students. Unlike in the traditional classroom, the teacher can not snap the stick from time to time to ensure rapt attention.

Eureka!
Now that I have all the relevant data (and a genius mind in place), I thus derive the WizIQ’s Equation of de-Lecturisation as follows,

Energy of the online class = WizIQ x Frequency of scheduling the online class.

Get past the lectures and treat your students to eLearning in bites with the WizIQ Virtual Classroom.

 

Engineer by education, writer by choice. I believe when you write for a cause, you become the cause. Few years from now, I see myself changing the world, one child at a time.

8 Comments

  • Reply February 22, 2013

    Sylvia Guinan

    Navleen – This is what I call a multi-level article :)

    First of all, the scientific metaphor that you have created to explain best practices in online pedagogy .Then how to vlog with the best, and the subtle interweaving of psychology of learning and thinking into the big picture.

    You have excellent writing and thinking skills – I’m no scientist but I have a great interest in brain-based learning and neuroscience for education – I’m so in tune with your style and thoughts. Thank you for an inspiring, thought-provoking and truly practical article.

    • Reply February 22, 2013

      Navleen Kaur

      Thanks Sylvia! I loved writing it too! But I really should thank Harman Sir for initiating the thought process!

  • Reply February 25, 2013

    amandeep

    This is a beautifully drafted article…. But i think frequency variable ‘v’ could have been justified in more of a biological manner…. like a brain can only retain 15 mins of learning at a time…so even if somebody gives a lecture of 60 mins…the rest of 45 mins always go waste…. take a look at http://www.world-mysteries.com/sci_memory1.htm under ‘Learning Tips’ section u will fine a good juice for next article

    • Reply February 25, 2013

      Navleen Kaur

      thanks Amandeep, that’s a very good resource! :) I totally get your view point! I shall try to utilize this resource in my next post!

  • Reply February 26, 2013

    Vikas Anand

    Even your Post are like Small Packets of Knowledge about WizIQ with a frequency of “v” and Constant is your Innovative Writing Skill – “h”. So, when both combines gives the reader tremendous amount of Joy and Forces them to go and use WizIQ with the Energy – “E”.
    Waiting for some new Packets to come… :)

    • Reply February 26, 2013

      Navleen Kaur

      Wow! Now i am inspiring my readers to use the analogy in their own spaces of imagination! i think I made my point in your comment Vikas! Thanks! You are my ‘constant’- I hope you know that :)

  • Reply February 26, 2013

    nirvantosh mishra

    Awsmmmmm girl….i didn’t xpctd quantum phy frm u…nyc analogy….well, one more thing that cn b added to this quantum anoalogy of education z dat knowledge( being like photons ) wn hit 1 surface scatter in many directions n ur blog sharing ur experience z js lyk 1 scattering event, we all reading ur stuff being d oder objects receiving dose photons of knowledge n disseminating it even more ( although the energy keep on decreasing at each level as gen quantum phy…or may b not…)
    Loved d picture….

    • Reply February 26, 2013

      Navleen Kaur

      Thanks man! I get the picture of scattering but I hope the energy doesn’t keep on decreasing. I would want more of a fission reaction! :) But i am glad you read and related to it!

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