December 9 '2000
An open world of learning on the Web
The world of online-education has traditionally been happy hunting
ground for such leviathans of the IT trade as Aptech and NIIT.
Open Learning World (OLW), with its exclusive features and
services, however adds a new dimension to the existing milieu.
This new education portal borrows certain features from the
regular bricks and mortar universities but has shown a lot of
initiative in combining these with some very sophisticated
that harness the awesome power of the Web. In the words of
Chief Operating Officer, OLW Ashish Jain, "Our goal has been to
create a new class of online
and education system
for medium to large
corporations, professional training organizations and university
level academic institutions".
OLW is certainly not the first entrant in the field of online
education. However where it scores over its competitors, is its
whole new approach to
disseminating education through the Web. The courses that will be
on offer to students include management, IT, advertising,
engineering, and fashion among others. OLW’s services being
grouped by modules and functions provide a certain comfort-level
to students who are familiar with the vocabulary traditionally
used in schools and colleges. Adopting the new technology
therefore becomes that much simpler.
The portal has been made highly customizable in order to
accommodate the diverse preferences of any participating business
organization. All the courses provide some basic features like
courseware, chartroom, newsletter, registration, personal and
career counseling, corporate training etc.
OLW CEO Anurag Jain says: "We beat our rivals on all the fronts.
The other dotcoms in the same business like Zee learning and
Aptech have no university backing them. On the other hand, OLW has
a major tie up with Manipal University and NIA. Talks are also
going on with 30-35 top ranking universities and institutes all
"We have cutting edge courseware, a panel of experts from the
corporate world as well as from the diverse fields of education.
For our management courses we have people from IIMs, FMS, MDI etc.
So the services and opportunities at OLW are simply incomparable,"
The courseware is available on the website but it is also given to
the students in the form of CDs. As a result, students can study
offline and this helps them in cutting their Internet costs.
The students visit the website for the solution to their
queries and for consultations from a panel
Academicians will reply to a student's query in two days where as
professionals from the corporate world will reply back in seven
days. 0LW takes special care in designing and revision of
materials. It plans to update their servers so that up-to-date
information is always available to the students.
The portal contains full courseware and provides links to the
sites related to a particular subject, research sites, newsgroups,
libraries, and lesson plan repositories. In future the portal will
also contain libraries of video and sound dips for use in courses.
OLW has also tied up with some good and experienced counselors who
will provide active counseling online. Students will be provided
full support during the exams and also at the time when results
Moreover, there is another feature called 'Job Desk' that will
help students with placements after their graduation by posting
their resume online. The company plans to raise money through
revenue sharing. The students will pay their fee directly to the
universities, which will then pay a fixed percentage to OLW.
With such innovative and high quality online learning products,
OLW seems all set for the day when students, professionals and
consumers from all walls of life will regularly participate in
this compelling and enjoyable online learning experience.