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Impartus Achieves Unprecedented Growth in the Second Half of 2015

 

Impartus Achieves Unprecedented Growth in the Second Half of 2015

January 12, 2016

Appoints Sandeep Aji as CEO and Hires Chinmay Joshi as Head of Operations to Support the Next Phase of Expansion

Bangalore, India – January 12, 2016 – Impartus, a provider of innovative video-enabled learning solutions that drive better outcomes for the higher education sector, today announced that its sales results from the fourth quarter of 2015 were up by nearly 3x over any previous fiscal period since the company was founded, increasing its install base by 50%.  Impartus also achieved a number of important milestones in the latter half of 2015, recording over 100,000 hours of video at 50 universities.

Impartus’ growth has stemmed largely from demand in the Indian higher education market, where the growing population is starting to outpace physical classroom space, making it difficult for universities to accommodate potential students.  Higher education administrators are eager to find technology solutions that enable them to serve more students with existing resources.  Impartus helps universities to overcome numerous logistical challenges while boosting the academic performance of students.

In order to position for its next phase of growth, Impartus has taken steps to bolster its leadership team.  The company has appointed Sandeep Aji, formerly Head of Products, to CEO of Impartus, and has hired Chinmay Joshi as Head of Operations.

“Impartus achieved an unprecedented level of growth in the second half of 2015, under the leadership of Sandeep Aji,” said Amit Mahensaria, Co-Founder, Impartus. “Based on this outstanding performance, we are delighted to promote Aji to CEO of Impartus, to lead our rapid global expansion in the coming year.  We also welcome Chinmay Joshi to our team as Head of Operations.  Together, Aji and Joshi bring the kind of collective experience and drive that Impartus needs to seize a leadership position in the global market for video-based learning platforms.”

With nearly 25 years of experience in managing product and business development for imaging and software companies, Sandeep Aji will continue to focus on R&D and Business Development, building upon Impartus’ current video-based learning product suite to create an industry-leading cloud-based, contextually relevant platform for higher education. Before joining Impartus, Aji served as Director of Marketing and Engineering at Intersil, where he oversaw the development of products for mobile and consumer market. Prior to that, he held Director and Senior Management positions at Aptina, inSilica, and Sun Microsystems. Aji holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Pune and has done graduate research at University of Cincinnati in Distributed computing. He also holds a number of original patents in the industry.

As Head of Operations for Impartus, Chinmay Joshi will spearhead operations and support functions in India and internationally.  An IIT-Bombay and ISB-Hyderabad alumnus, Chinmay comes with 10+ years of rich experience in Operations, Client Management, Supply Chain, Sales & Project Management. Prior to joining Impartus, Chinmay has been in leadership roles in LivSpace.com, where he ran the supply chain unit, as well as Hindustan Uniliver, Asian Paints, and Cadbury India, where he was instrumental in launching Dairy Milk Silk, a premium chocolate brand. Having tackled his first managerial position at the age of 21, Joshi was one of the youngest managers in India.

“Impartus is clearly the place to be for smart, energetic professionals who want to make an impact on the Indian education sector,” said Sandeep Aji, CEO, Impartus.  “We believe that education is something everyone should have access to, and we are deeply dedicated to ensuring customer success.  We’ve assembled a team of experts who are committed to achieving our goals every step of the way, from product development all the way through to exemplary customer service. I am very proud of this organization, and thrilled about the opportunity to lead it into the next phase of expansive growth.”

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About Impartus

 Impartus provides innovative video-enabled learning solutions that drive better outcomes for the higher education sector. The Impartus product suite offers easy, seamless integration to help educators extend learning experiences outside the classroom and provide relevant content to a diverse body of students around the world. Founded in 2013 by a passionate group of IIT and IIM alumni in India, Impartus has the necessary expertise and infrastructure required to provide global support. The company has achieved market leadership in India and a strong presence in a number of developing countries, including Malaysia and Kenya. Impartus is headquartered in Bangalore, India, with offices in India, Malaysia and San Francisco, California. The company is funded by Kaizen Private Equity, India’s premiere education-focused private equity fund. For more information, please visit http://impartus.com/.

 

 

Jaipuria Selects Impartus to Connect Multiple Campuses Via Live Streaming

 

Jaipuria Selects Impartus to Connect Multiple Campuses Via Live Streaming

December 15, 2015

 

We are thrilled to have been chosen by Jaipuria Institute of Management to link its four campuses with our video-based learning platform.

Jaipuria is one of the largest groups in northern and central India to offer AICTE-approved PGDM programs. It has been delivering superior quality education in India consistently for more than seventy years. In keeping with its mission to continuously upgrade and upscale the quality and spread of its educational endeavor, Jaipuria has asked us to provide lectures happening at different locations to all of its students across multiple campuses via live-streaming, as well as archiving them for on-demand viewing at a later time.

This is a perfect example of how video can empower instructors to teach and students to learn more effectively, while simultaneously allowing administrators to drive better outcomes with existing resources. Said Mr. Shreevats Jaipuria, Vice Chairperson, Jaipuria Institute of Management, “Although having multiple campuses is wonderful because it allows us to serve more students, it can present logistical challenges to arranging guest lectures by industry experts and star professors. We are excited to implement Impartus’ video platform, in order to overcome these challenges and enable all of our students to partake in each and every lecture that may be taking place at our institute, even if it is physically happening at another campus.”

Impartus’ solution will enable lightweight video files to be streamed and viewed online, without consuming an excessive amount of bandwidth. This will allow Jaipuria’s students to either view the lectures in real time as they are taking place, or on an on-demand basis later, after the lecture is finished.

We are honored to have been selected by such a prestigious institute such as Jaipuria, and confident that their student body, instructors and administrators will benefit from our video-based learning platform.

Help Your Students Ace Their Finals

 

Help Your Students Ace Their Finals

December 3, 2015

 

As we head into December, the specter of final exams weighs heavily on the minds of most university students. This is the moment of truth that they’ve been anticipating, and sometimes dreading, for months – the time when they will be measured on what they’ve been able to learn and retain during the course of the term.

Most students will devote as much time and effort as they can muster to review and study for their exams. But what if they never captured the correct information while they were in class? If the key messages and ideas of the classroom lecture aren’t contained within their notes, there is slim hope that more studying will improve their performance on exams. The right kind of supplementary information to learn more about these topics will be difficult to find. In a sense, the game might seem rigged against less-advanced students.

These students who fall between the cracks are a chief point of pain for professors who toil away through the term. It’s frustrating for dedicated educators who have tried their best to impart their knowledge to their students only to find that much of it was not absorbed, at a point in the term where it’s too late to do anything about it. Poor exam scores reflect poorly upon the educators, as well as the students.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Video can make educational content more compelling and memorable for students throughout the term, and has proven to be enormously effective in helping students prepare for final exams. In fact, in a recent study by Northern Ireland’s Queen’s University Belfast, 96 percent of students surveyed cited exam preparation as a motivation for reviewing videos of classroom lectures. In another study conducted at University College London, student viewing of videos peaked right before exams, with an average of 10,000 views per week, and a third study cited up to a 15% improvement rate in exam pass rates.
You can help your students ace their finals this term by utilizing video-based technology. Here are a few practical tips for utilizing the Impartus platform to help your students prepare for their final exams:

  • Share your notes. Professors often include notes on the board during the lecture, but they are not always legible or visible on the video for review after class. The Impartus platform enables you to save your own notes and share them with the class in a more accessible format, which also saves valuable time in class for other activities.
  • Include attachments. In addition to capturing the classroom lecture, Impartus provides the ability to share links to external content, including relevant articles and other information that can serve as a useful supplement to the lecture. This feature helps to encourage active learning.
  • Use video bookmarks. Students rarely review the entire lecture, but instead replay sections that are causing difficulty, or that they believe contain key points for review. Impartus allows you to bookmark specific video segments for future reference, so that students will know which ones to review.

 

Tips for Creating a Compelling Video

 

Tips for Creating a Compelling Video

November 15, 2015

 

In today’s media saturated world, teachers face more challenges than ever in trying to capture and retain the attention of their students. In their efforts to convey important information, they may find themselves competing not only with distractions in the classroom environment, but also with the constant presence of connected devices and shortened attention spans of a generation reared on YouTube.

Rather than perpetually fighting the tide, tech-savvy instructors are learning to embrace new forms of media in order to enhance and improve upon traditional modes of classroom teaching. As an example, some professors are starting to incorporate video into their classroom discussions in order to improve student engagement. Worthwhile content can be found on YouTube and other online sources and easily integrated into a PowerPoint presentation to create a more dynamic and engaging lecture.

In schools where video equipment is installed, it’s also very easy for instructors to make their own videos and post them for use in or out of the classroom. Here are a few simple tips for ensuring that your videos are compelling to your target audience:

1. Let go of your stage fright.
Remember that it’s not really about you – you are playing a role. Don’t worry about the camera, just deliver your content in the best way possible, as you would if you were teaching one on one.

2. Come through loud and clear.
Make sure that the microphone is on and the sound is working properly. It may seem basic, but problems with the sound will ruin the viewing experience and in many cases, can be easily corrected at the time of recording. Record a short test video, play it back, and make sure that you can hear your words clearly. Also, if you’re recording a lecture and a student or participant asks a question, be sure to repeat it. This helps with comprehension generally and ensures that future consumers of the video don’t experience unexpected gaps in audio coverage.

3. Get right to the point.
Recent research shows that in 2015, the average attention span has shrunk to 8.25 seconds, down from 12 seconds in 2000. Show and tell your students in the first 5-10 seconds exactly why they should keep watching the video and what they will derive from it. In terms of retention, 3 short videos are better than one long one, so keep your video short and focused for optimal impact.

4. Make it visual.
Research data indicates that 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual, and images are processed 60,000 times faster by the brain than text. Whether embedded into a PowerPoint slide or animated like a video, images appeal to the viewer on an emotional level, and help to convey the importance of the message.  Whether you are standing in front of a whiteboard drawing a diagram or using images pulled from the Web, images will help to make your content memorable.

5. Ham it up a little.
It’s okay to be entertaining, even if your real mission is to inform and educate. Infuse some energy and personality into your video and don’t be afraid to take some risks, if you think it will help to get your point across. Delivering the information is just half the battle – in order for learning to be effective, students also have to remember what they were taught. Incorporating video into the classroom makes for a more dynamic and engaging learning experience, and has been proven to help students retain information by up to 60%

Video can be a fantastic tool for the classroom and can also help to capture lectures for students to review after class.

‒ Sandeep Aji, Co-Founder and Head of Global Business Development, Impartus