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Conduct classes from
wherever you are.

With more and more Institutions offering courses to geographically dispersed students, virtual classrooms are becoming the preferred option. Camu takes this functionality a step further by allowing seamless switching between online classes and campus-based classes, in a single click. Without disturbing the schedule. Without any additional integration or manual uploading of students, staff, or lecture schedules.

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Conduct classes from
wherever you are.

With more and more Institutions offering courses to geographically dispersed students, virtual classrooms are becoming the preferred option. Camu takes this functionality a step further by allowing seamless switching between online classes and campus-based classes, in a single click. Without disturbing the schedule. Without any additional integration or manual uploading of students, staff, or lecture schedules.

Conduct classes from
wherever you are.

With more and more Institutions offering courses to geographically dispersed students, virtual classrooms are becoming the preferred option. Camu takes this functionality a step further by allowing seamless switching between online classes and campus-based classes, in a single click. Without disturbing the schedule. Without any additional integration or manual uploading of students, staff, or lecture schedules.

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Virtual Classrooms

Create captivating sessions

Create captivating
sessions.

We know the power of visual and audio formats in grabbing a student’s attention. Camu’s web-based interaction and live streaming help teachers use mixed media content to deliver more creativity and better learner engagement in your online classes.

Create-Captivating-Sessions

Create captivating
sessions.

We know the power of visual and audio formats in grabbing student attention. Camu’s web-based interaction and live streaming helps teachers use mixed media content to deliver more creativity and better learner engagement.

Makes attendance easy.

Students can mark their attendance, just simply by logging in and scanning the QR code. Teachers don’t need to waste time registering it physically and can get to the online virtual classes and lectures immediately.

Digital Attendance

make attendance easy

Makes attendance easy.

Students can mark their attendance simply by logging in and scanning the QR code. Teachers don’t need to waste time marking it physically and can get to the lecture immediately.

Real-time teaching

Real-time teaching with
replay.

Unlike traditional methods, sessions from virtual classrooms accommodate different learning styles and pace. Quick learners will find the real-time interaction helpful for problem-solvings, whereas slow learners can view recorded sessions as many times as they want till they master the lesson.

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Real-time teaching with
replay.

Unlike traditional methods, virtual classroom sessions accommodate different learning styles and pace. Quick learners will find the real-time interaction helpful for problem-solving whereas slow learners can view recorded sessions as many times as they want till they master the lesson.

Get real-time feedback.

Want feedback on your virtual classrooms session? Want to check if students are paying attention? No need to wait till the end of the class. Create polls and quizzes in real-time, and you’ll have your answers.

Polls and Quizzes

Get real-time feedback

Get real-time feedback.

Want feedback on the session? Want to check if students are paying attention? No need to wait till the end of the class. Create polls and quizzes in real-time and you’ll have your answers.

Instant messaging and notifications

Share what’s on
your mind.

Engage teachers and students in interesting conversations. Notify them of delays or change in schedules. Connect with students and teachers instantly with the interactive messaging feature.

Share what’s on your mind

Share what’s on
your mind.

Engage teachers and students in interesting conversations. Notify them of delays or change in schedules. Connect with students and teachers instantly with the interactive messaging feature.

Choice of Video
Conferencing.

Internet glitches. Bandwidth issues. Different Departments have specific requirements for a Video Conferencing. Camu can offer choices of Video Conferencing Systems for each user group. Based on the constraints and requirements, institutions can choose.

Video Conferencing

Choice of Video Conferencing

Choice of Video
Conferencing

Internet glitches. Bandwidth issues. Different Departments have specific requirements for a Video Conferencing. Camu can offer choices of Video Conferencing Systems for each user group. Based on the requirements and constraints Institutions can choose.

Conduct online exams

Conduct online exams
securely.

Set answers as MCQ or descriptive. Give them the option to attach diagrams or upload written answer sheets at your online virtual classroom. Camu lets you vary the questions for each student. Unexpected last-minute contingencies can also be effectively-handled on the fly.

Conduct-online-exams-Securely

Conduct online exams
securely.

Set answers as MCQ or descriptive. Offer the option to attach diagrams or upload written answer sheets. Camu lets you vary the questions for each student. Unexpected last-minute contingencies can also be handled on the fly.

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If you want to know more about Camu product offerings or have any queries on how online classes work for your institute, we are happy to help. Speak to our Product Experts & Get Best Out of Every Online Virtual Classroom!

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The Impact of AI on Higher Education

We’ve all heard the term, “AI”, being used in conjunction with higher education before. More so, in the last couple of years. A truly revolutionary feat of computer science, it is all set to become a key component of software over the coming decades. With all the buzz going around, there’s understandably a good deal of confusion – and apprehension – regarding what AI is and what impact it might have on the academic world. Especially, when you have quotes like “a year spent in artificial intelligence is enough to make one believe in God” going around. So, what is AI? AI stands for Artificial Intelligence. It refers to the simulation of human intelligence in machines, that are programmed to think like humans and mimic their actions. Picture movies like Ex-Machina, Wall-E and I, Robot. The term may also be applied to any machine that exhibits traits associated with a human mind, such as learning, problem-solving and critical thinking. Imagine the vast possibilities that this brings to the field of Ed-Tech, especially when one of the biggest drawbacks of technology is its inability to think within the affective domain. To get your mind’s juices flowing, here are 4 ways in which AI can influence, inspire and impact higher education: Student Success – From attracting potential students to guiding existing students towards outcome attainment, AI helps drive learner development and success with ease. For instance, college recruiting teams will be able to better focus their efforts by creating algorithms that can predict the applicants most likely to be accepted. Similarly, they will also be able to determine who is most likely to progress, graduate, and become engaged alumni. What’s more, students will be able to assess their professional skills and access personalized content to help fill gaps between their career goals and existing studies. Teacher Empowerment – Whether it’s a savvy Question Bot that answers student questions (or assigns them to a relevant professor), or expert reading software that leverages language detection, text-to-speech, and translation, AI builds an environment that empowers teachers and students to work smarter. Teachers can leverage specialized assessment programs that aid in authoring, proctoring and marking, so as to provide automation, self-based, and a personalized correction. One of AI’s biggest advantages is its ability to ensure exam session integrity on a large scale! Researcher Efficacy – When it comes to building research capabilities, AI is limitless. It equips academicians with a powerful and flexible computing environment to perform studies, without hindrances from the underlying infrastructure. Taking on the role of an excellent AI Assistant, the computer offers cognitive capabilities (like no other) to simplify the research process. One can analyze hundreds of papers, label each one, rank them according to importance, cite authors, leverage big data and graph analysis. Additionally, collaborate with other researchers from across the world. Campus Intelligence – Smart, secure, intuitive, responsive – AI augments university campuses with a repertoire of software and tools to be fully capable. It helps institutions configure, optimize and manage their campus resources by pairing the physical infrastructure with digital technology, to deliver a revolutionary and futuristic campus experience. International students, in particular, benefit greatly from additional support like query management. By utilizing AI to perform time-intensive tasks, the administration may re-focus their time and energy on improving student experiences. The education sector (local and international) is abuzz with AI chatter. Institutions have already begun to develop fully-fledged AI strategies and set aside large budgets for the implantation of the same. University stakeholders are not only aware but in agreement, that AI has the potential to make learning fool-proof. The next 10-15 years will be critical in terms of its application, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store.

The Truth Is, Teachers, Cannot Be Replaced by Tech!

Who needs pen and paper when you’ve got Microsoft Word or Apple iWork, for that matter? Come to think of it, a trip to the bookstore seems pretty cumbersome when you’ve got e-books on Kindle. Similarly, the rush at grocery stores can be avoided with the brilliance of e-commerce websites! Retail, travel, theatre, art, finance, insurance – is it possible to live in the 21st century and not depend on technology in some way, shape or form? When it comes to the education sector, technology has evolved from being a mere facilitator to a complete enabler. Which means, going beyond interactive white boards and electronic ID cards to a fully digital campus with a virtual classroom. And this digital revolution has only been further propelled with the urgency created by the Covid-19 pandemic. Given that higher education institutions in India and abroad are moving towards an online learning model and integrating technology into the very core of their academic and administrative processes, it is fair to wonder what will become of human resources. Is the need for human teachers being eliminated? Is Ed-Tech becoming sophisticated enough to teach children the way teachers do? The answer to both questions is No! Technology is only a form of augmentation. Yes, it can help the process of learning, but it most certainly cannot replace the role of a teacher. Why Technology Cannot Replace Teachers No matter how advanced or smart a computer program is, it cannot and will not replace teachers. A software does not come even close to the knowledge and life experiences a teacher brings to the table. And this has nothing to do with facts, figures or analytics. A teacher leads, guides, facilitates, inspires, empowers and mentors a student beyond theory and sciences. A teacher is a role model who sets a good example and drives students towards a brighter future. Here are some concrete pointers that highlight technology’s shortcomings: It cannot provide soft skills coaching It cannot conduct behavioural assessments Adapting teaching methodologies based on student observations is impossible Technology cannot determine motivational stimuli for students It cannot read the emotional state of students, hence is unable to correct human behaviour Technology cannot inspire learning Technology lacks a sense of humour or wit, qualities that foster learning and interaction Technology cannot provide warm and encouraging feedback, thus hampering student empathy and progress How Technology Can Help Teachers For teachers to stay relevant in a rapidly changing environment, they must be able to prepare students for a world that does employ high-class technology like Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Gamification. Moreover, they must be capable of imbibing in them skills such as communication, collaboration, problem-solving, critical thinking, and entrepreneurialism. The ability to navigate these tools and augment them with human thinking, is what is most needed.   Here’s how technology aids teachers in fulfilling their responsibilities with higher efficacy. Helps teachers simplify administrative tasks like taking attendance, setting grades, and creating study plans Fosters effective and meaningful communication between teachers, students and other stakeholders via interactive chat forums Enables teachers to reinforce and amplify their content through multi-media tools Helps teachers better engage their students in learning through simulations and experiments Fosters teacher guidance to students’ academic achievements through digital resources Motivates teachers to utilise differentiated learning techniques So, while technology has completely changed the game, it is not a substitute for what the teacher has to offer. Even the smartest, most intuitive and responsive platforms are not capable of basic human understanding. And that is because they are NOT human. They are machines. And machines need to be paired with human beings, for the best possible results. While the software makes amazing things happen, it is the teacher who puts things into context, perspective. This is why we are confident in assuming that the role of the teacher is safe – for now at least.

Higher Education Should Meet the Needs of All Stakeholders

At Camu, stakeholder cooperation is a way of life. Yes. By creating an environment of equal opportunity and trust, we create a happy workplace. One that excites, motivates and inspires everyone to work together and do better. For institutions to excel, we must build a foundation of integrity, trust, respect, passion and collaboration. Aka, stakeholder synergy! In this blog, we go over 4 main stakeholder groups in higher education. Here’s what you (as an institution) should be thinking about. Students – From supporting their unique goals and aspirations to gauging their very specific learning curves, higher education institutions must look to adopt a more student-centric approach to instruction, wherein the responsibility of learning falls upon the student itself. Personalised, engaging, competency-based, cross disciplinary, digitally driven! A one-size-fits-all approach must be substituted for a specialised teaching regime, bearing in mind diverse student profiles – rural student, international student, corporate student. Be it course content, assignment styles, in-class activities, or level of technology integration, it is vital for the learner to remain at the centre of all decision making. And this means knowing where they come from, and where they wish to go. After all, it is not merely about what the teacher covers, but more so, about what the student discovers. Parents -It is a fact; Indian parents have tall expectations when it comes to their children’s academic futures. The level of involvement in selecting a university, programme, and even course, is extremely high. Considering the impactful role that they play in a student’s educational graph, it is imperative for higher education institutions to maintain a free-flowing, two-way communication channel with them. Which means updating them about their child’s progress, informing them about day-to-day campus activities, encouraging them to pay visits to teaching faculty, assuaging any/all fears relating to examinations, and more. We are seeing a gradual shift in parent engagement, making this stakeholder group more important than ever. Teaching Faculty -Guider, mentor, facilitator, counsellor – a teacher is expected to perform many roles within and outside the classroom. Gone are the days when material is read out from a text book, and a series of questions follow. Today, a teacher wields a variety of resources, tools and teaching styles to make the classroom (physical and virtual) more interesting and engaging. But in order for them to play their part successfully, they too, must feel supported and motivated. Ensuring that they get adequate training within the domains of technical and human skills is a pre-requisite for a higher education institution. Equally, involving them in the processes of curriculum design and development is a necessity. Collaboration between faculty and management ensures long-term goals are met. Management – There are many leadership positions and administrative ranks within a higher education institution. Think, Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Deans/Directors, Chairmen/Head of Departments. Given the mandate of teaching, training and research, many heads need to work together to ensure the smooth functioning of a university. While teaching excellence is the norm, it is also important to understand the impact of policy changes such as new assessment requirements on the balance of the academic model. When actions are taken without input from all of those who may be affected, there are dire consequences. Hence, it will take a collaborative approach between senior management and faculty to find a path that works best for all! How do you make sure everyone is on the same page? By encouraging open communication. By practicing transparency from the top. By inculcating empathy and understanding. By creating a sense of community. By leading by example.

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Eminent Academicians join Camu’s Product Advisory Board

CHENNAI, India, March 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Camu, a leading EdTech solution with an integrated Student Information System and Learning Management Solution from Octoze Technologies, announced today, the induction of two eminent academicians onto its Product Advisory Board. The main purpose of the Advisory Board is to provide market insight and intelligence to support the business planning and alignment of Camu to its strategic goals, and to enhance the engagement with Educational Institutions. Joining Camu’s Product Advisory Board is Dr. Bala V. Balachandran, Professor of Accounting Information and Management at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Illinois, USA. He is also the Founder, Chairman, and Dean Emeritus of Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai, and has been an instrumental figure in India’s Management Education landscape. His path-breaking work in the fields of accounting, forecasting, and strategic decision support systems, has earned him numerous scholastic awards. The Government of India conferred on him, the honourable ‘Padmashri’ in 2001. “I am incredibly happy to be on Camu’s Product Advisory Board. I am looking forward to working closely with other experienced and knowledgeable members of the cohort, to develop futuristic learning experiences. Equally, looking forward to elevating the educational landscape to higher trajectories of learning,” says Dr. Bala V Balachandran. Accompanying him is Dr. Arnel Onesimo O. Uy who is currently the Vice-Chancellor for Administration of De La Salle University in Manila. He is a chief assessor in the ASEAN University Network-Quality Assurance (AUN-QA) network. In the Philippines, he serves as the Chair of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Technical Committee on Accountancy since 2014 as well as a part of the CHED regional quality assurance team since 2005. He is also a member of the Philippine Interpretation Committee. Dr. Arnel Onesimo brings to the table innovative and multi-intelligence thinking, drawing from multiple, senior academic positions. “It is a great honour to have been invited to join Camu’s Product Advisory Board. I look forward to sharing my ideas and perspectives on aligning the learning experience of the students and how Camu delivers futuristic and revolutionary, ed-tech solutions.” he quotes Building smarter, more intuitive products is the need of the hour. Given how Camu is responsible for transforming the educational landscape of over 400 Institutions worldwide, the need to keep innovating is paramount. AR Swami, Co Founder and CEO, says, “We are extremely proud and deeply humbled to have Dr. Bala and Dr. Arnel as part of our Advisory board. With these noteworthy leaders on board, we are strongly positioned to help Institutions drive pedagogical transformation backed by operational excellence”.  About Camu The flagship product, Camu, is a cloud solution offered in the SaaS model for both, the web and mobile platforms. Camu offers an Integrated Student Information System (SIS) and Learning Management System (LMS) with a framework that enables Institutions to easily adopt modern learning concepts such as Outcome-Based Education (OBE), Competency-based learning, and the Flexible Choice Based Credit System (CBCS). Camu has a client base of over 400+ Institutions and 1 million students and a presence across 6 Countries. Media Contact:Caroline PetersVP & Head of [email protected]

Camu Moves its Head Office to Singapore

Camu, Leading EdTech Solution with an integrated Student Information and Learning Management System from Octoze Technologies Private Limited, announced today the relocation of its Head Office from Chennai (India) to Singapore. Camu’s development, support and business development teams of India will continue to operate from its office in Chennai (India). This move is significant for Camu and is a deliberate decision based on the company’s unprecedented traction in the ASEAN Markets, especially in Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. Read the Full article Below Read More>> Read More>> Read More>> Read More>> Read More>> Read More>>

Camu builds momentum, sees a successful first quarter by onboarding 25,000 Students

National and Global Educational Institutions trust Camu as their education technology partner to deliver an outstanding student learning experience and learning outcomes. Chennai (India) August 10, 2020: Camu, an integrated Student Information System and Learning Management Solution from Octoze Technologies Private Limited announced the closing of their First Quarter on a positive note. The company has signed up with a number of prestigious educational institutions as their education technology partner, thus showing a global acceptance for Camu Software. Technology has helped level the playing field and Camu has proved to be the perfect partner of choice for several institutions and has successfully won many customers against several Global Ed Tech Vendors. Growing momentum in selecting Camu’s Virtual Classrooms & Remote AI-based Proctored Online Examinations. At the onset of the pandemic, to allow the continuity of education, Camu offered their Virtual Classroom free for all educational institutions across the country. This saw a phenomenal response with and 50+ institutions onboarded in the first month of its announcement. Camu promised customers onboarding in less than 48 hours, which further increased the response and adoption. Camu continues to innovate by integrating with Google Data Studio to deliver meaningful insights as reports to the management. These include the number of students attending the online classes, the number of classes conducted, student’s attendance, and much more. With the growing demand to conduct online examinations, Camu also introduced the most advanced proctoring solutions, leveraging automation, and live proctoring using AI to deliver innovation and quality. New Customer Additions in the First Quarter A few key customers added in the first quarter include Advance Tertiary College, Malaysia, UNITAR International University, Malaysia, Kumaraguru College of Technology, KMCH Institute of Health Sciences and Research, Training Ship Rahman, Siva Sivani Group of Institutions and many more, collectively adding 25,000 students on the Camu Platform. Speaking on the results of the First Quarter AR Swaminathan, Co-Founder & CEO said, “We are delighted to see a positive trend towards adoption of Camu to deliver learning outcomes and maximize students’ learning experience. Our innovations around Virtual Classrooms, AI-based Remote Proctored Online Examinations were well received by our customers and institutions across the globe are increasingly placing their trust in us. We are pleased with the growth seen in the first quarter and we are confident that we will continue to see major growth this year. We are committed towards building a strong foundation for our customers to build future success.” About Camu Camu is the flagship product from Octoze Technologies Private Limited. The Company is headquartered in Chennai, India. Octoze Technologies innovates primarily in education technology. Camu is a cloud solution developed using open source technologies for both web and mobile platforms. Camu uniquely offers an Integrated Student Information and Learning Management Solution built to deliver the modern concepts promoted by the Washington Accord and the Seoul Accord. Camu is fundamentally built for the Fully Flexible Choice Based Credit System, Outcome Based Education, and a flexible Assessment model used with more than 1200 programs and 1 million + students across six countries.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Online learning or e-learning takes place remotely via the internet where the students can attend online virtual classes from wherever they are.

Online programs transcend geographic, time, and other barriers to education. They ensure much more flexibility by providing access to materials and lectures for the students round-the-clock according to their convenience. Online instructors can make use of engaging technologies to enhance learning and even support the learners with any type of physical, learning, or behavioral challenges.

To start online teaching, you need the following things:

  • A good quality camera to record your videos.
  • A high-quality mic to ensure proper audio output without any background noise.
  • A room with appropriate lighting to ensure the best learning experience for the students.
  • A website or a platform to conductonline classes or host videos.
  • Good Internet connection for uninterrupted learning.
  • Academic governance.
  • Scheduling and Tracking for Classes for future reference.

Some of the best tips for taking online classes are:

  • Be regular and disciplined in online classes just like a regular or face-to-face class
  • Set goals and make sure that you are dedicating enough time to your work
  • Make your own schedule and manage your time efficiently
  • Set up a specific workspace that will help you stay organized
  • Focus on your work by eliminating all kinds of distractions
  • Figure out your best way of learning
  • Participate actively in your course’s online forum which will enable you to understand the course material and engage with your classmates

Online learning offers various benefits such as:

  • Self-paced learning
  • Added flexibility and comfort
  • Better time management
  • Improved virtual collaboration and cross-cultural understanding
  • Opportunity to learn new technical skills
  • Enhance critical thinking skills
  • Lower cost

Online classes can be improved in the following ways:

  • Safety &security must never be compromised. So, select a software that helps you conduct online classes Safely & Securely.
  • The students must have a good internet connection with a proper bandwidth to attend the online virtual classes.
  • The online lectures or videos should be small with a typical duration of up to 20-30 minutes for better consumption.
  • After the online virtual classroom is over, the instructor must clear the queries and Challenges of the students.
  • Students can be teamed in groups and provided with the necessary tools to complete the assignments to encourage involvement

Yes, there are many educational web apps available that enable you to take online classes, share course materials, give assignments, track the performance of the students and send feedback from anywhere and anytime. Camu’s virtual classroom platform is one such option that enables virtual learning in a convenient and seamless manner.

The students can be engaged during online classes in the following manner:

  • The instructors must be trained appropriately to take online classes
  • The course content and delivery must be specific for online learning
  • Feedbacks must be taken from the students about their learning experience and course content
  • Different content delivery methods including texts, presentations, audio, video, etc. must be used in online virtual classrooms
  • Update your course regularly
  • Take your online programs to the next level with successfulcoaches
  • Motivate your students extrinsically

Basic technology training must be provided to the teaching faculty before shifting to the computing environment. The long-term educational goals of the course can be used as the basis for the training techniques. The teacher training sessions must be interactive that encourage the teachers to explore various functions of technology and enable them to harness their full potential in the onlinevirtual classroom environment.

Some of the top advantages of a virtual classroom are:

  • Accessed from anywhere at anytime
  • Flexibility to attend the online classes according to your schedule
  • Effective time management
  • Opportunities to work on projects with international classmates

The virtual classroom is collaborative, mobile, interactive, Omni-synchronous, and experimental.

You can create a virtual classroom in the following manner:

  • Create a designated space for your virtual classroom
  • Check all your technical aspects before live-streaming or recording your video
  • Set your classroom goals, routines, or learning system and share them with the students in order to help them navigate their new online classroom settings.
  • Adapt to the latest changes and trends

The educational institutions can easily register to Camu’s virtual classroom solution that enables them to continue with their teaching and learning processes remotely.

Camu’s virtual classroom is simple and all you need to do is to register on this unified, cloud-based platform and get enabled to schedule classes.

Virtual classroom sessions at Camu’s virtual classroom platform can be set up with the entire class, an individual student, or a group of students conveniently with a simple click. This online virtual classroom solution is free and you just need to register at https://camudigitalcampus.com/camu-virtual-classroom and get enabled without the need to integrate it with any other existing application.