Design Philosophy of YuJa
YuJa means to join or weld together in Sanskrit. The word encapsulates a spirit of connection and unity that is core to our vision.
To realize this vision, YuJa provides a suite of tools that enable educational institutes to easily tell stories, share ideas, and learn together.
YuJa’s video-led platform offers a unique approach to institutions seeking to adopt new learning models into their course offerings.
Each element of the platform ties together video and multimedia elements to engage students in self-discovery and dynamic classroom discussion.
Traditional learning models focus on the instructor doing most of the talking and have students passively absorb material. In contrast, enterprise video involves engaging in the material through actions, including reading, writing, talking, listening and reflecting.
The social learning model recognizes that learning is increasingly participative, collaborative and ultimately social. To support this more informal learning style, a learning platform needs to enable students to communicate with each other and the instructor. This informal learning is at the heart of social learning.
YuJa’s social learning platform provides a suite of tools that facilitate students and teachers sharing ideas across a variety of modalities including text, documents, and video. By decentralizing the idea sharing and creating a more collaborative environment, student-to-student learning is improved.
The flipped classroom inverts the traditional classroom elements of lecture and homework. That means that instead of having students attend a traditional lecture, lectures are watched as homework (before class) and actual class time is dedicated to hands-on learning.
YuJa’s lecture capture and video podcasting provides a simplified workflow for recording actual lectures and video podcasting. Institutions can automate capture using either a software capture solution or appliance solution. This frees the instructor from the complexities of creating the flipped classroom recordings.
ABOUT the AUTHOR
Prof. Ajit Singh
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Dr. Singh is a technology veteran having built, launched, and sold venture-backed technology companies. As a University of Waterloo Engineering professor, he was passionate about finding and designing useful applications of parallel and distributed-systems.
As an educator for the last 15 years, Dr. Singh believes that both faculty and students need instructional technology designed for higher-education collaboration in mind. Dr. Singh has founded and sold technology companies, most recently with SlipStream Data which was acquired by Blackberry (NASDAQ: BBRY) in 2006.
Ajit holds a Bachelor of Science from Bihar Institute of Technology, Masters from Nehru University, New Delhi and a Masters and PhD from the University of Alberta.