SP Jain School of Global Management, a Forbes #12 ranked business school, has announced the launch of ELO 5.0, a sequel to its award-winning ELO Technology. This latest version, equipped with a number of cutting-edge features, allows even students with poor bandwidth to log in and attend their online classes without freezing or disconnecting.
Some of the other notable features of ELO 5.0 are:
- A new speech-to-text feature that students can use based on their learning preferences. This is also beneficial for hearing impaired students who can access classes with greater ease.
- Notifications about classes and lessons even after students have logged out of ELO
- Auto adjustment of streaming quality based on internet bandwidth
- Students can chat privately with faculty mid-lecture to solve doubts and ask questions
“ELO is what we believe to be the future of online learning. Our latest upgrade allows students with poor bandwidth to use and experience the technology. Though it sounds simple, the challenge is to develop a system that does not freeze, rendering a smooth classroom experience. We don’t believe any other university has a similar system,” shares Nitish Jain, President of SP Jain Global.
“ELO is always in a state of continuous development; we have quite a number of interesting features which will be announced soon and many more ideas we are working on to make learning more cohesive for our students across continents. One such area is learning analytics which studies student learning behavior and patterns. Faculty will get a dashboard for each student and know, even before class, who has prepared and who hasn’t. It’s almost like having an X-ray vision!” adds Nitish.
ELO (Engaged Learning Online), launched in late 2018, is a specialized and unique online learning platform that allows professors to make eye contact and interact with students in a setting similar to a physical classroom—even in a class of 70 students. The platform, the first of its kind in Asia, uses artificial intelligence, big data, emotion recognition systems, and robotics to deliver an engaging real-time online learning experience for students who could be at their homes or work.
Central to the technology is a physical studio called the ELO Room, from where professors physically conduct their classes. The ELO Room has 20 large-screen TV monitors set up in an arc. As students log in, professors get a view of them sitting as though in the first row of the class. The ELO Room is set up with a robotic tracking camera that allows the professors to move freely, maintain eye contact with students, respond to their visual cues, moderate discussions, and more.
Over 2,000 students from 25 countries have experienced this technology so far, with many of them citing “the ability to learn on the go”, “front-row like classroom experience” and “the flexibility to study through important life changes as some of the main benefits”.