Interview of the CEO with ComputeBuzz

Gurukumo CEO, Saji Nair, was recently interviewed by ComputeBuzz. Please find the interview at http://computebuzz.com/2012/01/12/interview-with-the-ceo-of-gurukumo-inc/

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Happy New Year 2012

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GA Release Milestone – 5th Dec, 2011

It is a great moment in the history of Gurukumo Inc. Today, we announce the general availability of our Learning Management System (LMS) for subscription on cloud (LMS ON THE CLOUD) as well as for private installations (GURUKUMO LMS) on client’s own servers or our private cloud. Functionally, Gurukumo LMS is envisaged to help the course provider deliver training programs and have better focus on increasing participation, engagement and interaction using the power of social networking. Both the LMS provide similar capabilities although the private installation will provide a customer with lot more customization capabilities and integration with their IT ecosystem and third party products. While there are various Learning Management Systems available in the market provided by product vendors or open source community, you will notice that Gurukumo provides simple and intuitive interfaces to manage entire operations that dramatically reduces the CAPEX and OPEX dramatically compared to any existing product in the market. With a data driven interface design, integration to third party products is highly simplified and LMS can be integrated into any corporate or college technology infrastructure. Continue reading

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Free Package offered during beta is being retired as we go GA, Subscriptions Available

We thank all the users who have created the free accounts and used Gurukumo since 15th April, 2011. As we move to the GA release, we now have various packages that are well designed to your business needs. Your free Gurukumo LMS account will remain active until 4th January, 2012.

After this date, you will no longer be able to access your free Gurukumo LMS account. You have a month time to either subscribe to new package or take a backup of your existing data. Please write to support@gurukumo.com or raise a ticket to let us know if you have any questions.

We appreciate your understanding, and we thank you for your feedback on the beta product!

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Course Grading Methodology

Course Grading methodology is the central theory that drives assessment of learners using learners. Grading is optional for every course and depends on whether the course provider wants to grade the course or not. Assignments, Projects, Extra Credits are the elements that can be used by a course provider to grade learners while Quiz can be used to test concepts while eaching lessons as a self-learning model.

Complexity: Every grading element i.e. Assignment, Project and Extra Credit has a complexity that is provided by the course provider as Simple, Moderately Simple and Complex.

Complexity Multiplier: In the Grading Engine, course provider can quantify the complexity as a number called “Complexity Multiplier” in the increasing order of magnitude from simple to moderately simple to complex. For example, Complexity Multiplier can be 1, 2, 3 respectively for simple, moderately simple, complex respectively in one instance where as it can be 2, 4, 8 OR 10, 15, 20 or any number which the course provider determines relative to all other assignments and projects.

Maximum Score: In the grading engine, Maximum Score is the product of Complexity Multiplier times the number of Assignments for the number of assignments available. Consider an example: If for a particular module, there are 3 assignments such that 1 is complex and 2 are moderately simple; Complexity Multiplier is 10, 20, 30 for Simple, Moderately Simple and Complex; the Maximum Score for Simple is 0 as there are no simple assignments, the Maximum Score for Moderately Simple is 20*2 = 40, while the Maximum Score for Complex is 30*1=30.

Module Maximum Score: For a particular Course Module or Project or Extra Credits, Module Maximum Score is the sum of all Simple, Moderately Simple and Complex grading elements.

Grand Total: It is the Maximum Score for the entire course including Assignments, Projects and Extra Credits. A learner cannot get more than this score in the course on the best performance.

Grading Type: It is either the percentage score OR a Grading Scale defined by the percentages.

Minimum Passing: If the learner scores more than this number, then the candidate passes the course.

Grading Examples:

Course has the following contents:
Modules: Module 1 has 4 assignments – 1 Simple; 2 Moderately Simple; 1 Complex;
Module 2 has 1 assignment – 1 Moderately Simple

Project: 1 Complex Project

Extra Credits: 2 Simple Extra Credits

Refer the scenarios below to see how the course can be graded.

Scenario 1:
Course Module 1 – Complexity Multipliers are 10, 20, 30
Course Module 2 – Complexity Multipliers are 10, 20, 30
Project – Complexity Multipliers are 10, 20, 30
Extra Credits – Extra Credits have no complexity multipliers.

Course Module 1: Module Maximum Score is 10*1+20*2+30*1 = 80
Course Module 2: Module Maximum Score is 1*20 = 20
Project: Module Maximum Score is 1*30 = 30
Extra Credits: Module Maximum Score is 20 as entered by the user
Grand Total is: 80 + 20 + 30 + 20 = 150

Grading Method can be:
Percentage: where percentage is calculated as (Candidate Score)/(Grand Total) * 100
Grade: where the grade corresponding to percentages can be defines in the table provided
Course Provider can set minimum passing as 35% or 50% or any number of their choice

Scenario 2:
Course Module 1 – Complexity Multipliers are 2, 4, 6
Course Module 2 – Complexity Multipliers are 2, 4, 6
Project – Complexity Multipliers are 2, 4, 6
Extra Credits – Complexity Multipliers have no complexity multipliers

Course Module 1: Module Maximum Score is 2*1+4*2+6*1 = 16
Course Module 2: Module Maximum Score is 1*4 = 4
Project: Module Maximum Score is 1*6 = 6
Extra Credits: Module Maximum Score is 4 as entered by the user
Grand Total is : 16 + 4 + 6+ 4 = 30

Grading Method can be:
Percentage: where percentage is calculated as (Candidate Score)/(Grand Total) * 100
Grade: where the grade corresponding to percentages can be defines in the table provided
Course Provider can set minimum passing as 35% or 50% or any number of their choice

So, we can see that the same course can be assigned a completely different grading methodology by two different providers. You can also use a mix and match of complexity multipliers to get a different grading model.

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Case Study: Real Time Global Training Program using Gurukumo LMS

Gurukumo specializes in delivering next generation LMS. However, the education technology needs of customers in modern times are beyond a one-size fits all product and involves use of various content and communication services to execute various day-to-day tasks. Many customers use communication tools like Web-Ex, Skype, Google Talk, Groupboard and numerous such products that facilitate business meetings, provide audio/video conferences and online whiteboards. Gurukumo’s technology aims to give its customer the best benefits of all the products in the market  that they use with minimal integration costs and achieve best results. YouTube integration already gives our users a very powerful to bring in third party content with ease. A simple case demonstrates a customer using Gurukumo and WebEx/Skype to deliver a Global Training Program using privately installed ‘Gurukumo LMS’ or ‘LMS on the Cloud’.

Customer ABC Inc., a large multi-national automobile manufacturing company, is having privately installed Gurukumo LMS. It has created several courses and uses them to deliver internal training across several geographical locations. For the year 2011-12, it requires customers to take up a certification program that has 2 short courses on a new manufacturing processes. The customer is having its central training facility in Ohio while its manufacturing plants are in Michigan, Mississippi, Japan and China. A traditional training will require travel for the employees and down time in production. Training needs to be outsourced to cater to such a diverse team located in different geographies. Attrition and other time evolving factors ensures that the company looses the information with time as people move on and same process needs to be repeated. This story is now a thing of the past as with Gurukumo LMS available, ABC Inc. can see reduction in operational costs and improvement in productivity.

Gurukumo LMS and WebEx - Powerful Global Training Delivery Model

Step 1: With Gurukumo LMS, training content development team at ABC Inc. create multimedia rich training program as courses that can include artifacts like text content, POWERPOINT presentations, pictures, videos, PDF and other types of files they may want to include in the courses. The also designs appropriate assessment artifacts like Quiz, Assignments and Projects. They can use the content developed and uploaded to Gurukumo to create the desired courses.

Step 2: The training program management team can now use Gurukumo to schedule the training program, work with the management to assign staff to the program so that they can be available for taking the sessions.

Step 3: Once the program is scheduled, all the staff assigned from various locations and the instructors become a part of the course social network and have to complete the training as defined by the course guidelines

Step 4: As a part of the course social network, the faculty can decide the schedule for a video conference class for which they can use a WebEx session. This will facilitate the learners to not travel to the central training facility as before and attend the video conference.

Step 5: When the training begins, the trainer can record the entire session and use white board available with WebEx to explain the concepts. Everyone can participate and the entire video is recorded as a special video file. The instructor’s desktop will have the video file.

Step 6: Instructor can appropriately upload the video in the course social network corresponding to the lessons that were discussed in this call.

Step 7: The entire live class can be available to all the participants as well as to ABC Inc. in future to replay the training session. ABC Inc. can use all comments and discussions to upgrade their training program.

In this way, what would have been travel expenses, boarding and lodging expenses, production break, extra staff to improve productivity during training time, loss when trained employee resigns, etc. can all be avoided and the employee too has the luxury to learn at a comfortable pace because content is available and co-workers as well as instructors are socially available for discussion. Cost of utilities like WebEx cost less than $50 a month depending on the kind of service they avail. The savings achieved using Gurukumo as well as WebEx or similar technologies compared to the existing training methodologies and technologies can now be easily determined. So why wait… it is the right time to switch to Gurukumo…!!!!

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How to create a Degree Program using Gurukumo?

This picture gives an illustration of how we can create a degree program using Gurukumo LMS.

How can I create a Program using Gurukumo?


This simple illustration will give insights into the cost savings that can be achieved using Gurukumo’s privately installed LMS or LMS on the Cloud.

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Brochure

We are please to release a short brochure for the Gurukumo LMS products. It is available at GK-Brochure.

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A simple User Manual for Gurukumo LMS and LMS on the Cloud

A simple illustrative user manual. Write to if you need additional help

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Online Help improves the usability further

In our persistent effort to improve product usability, we created Online Help. In most pages that Course Provider requires information on how to set up Gurukumo for learners and sub-users, we have already uploaded the page specific help.

On the Help label, move the mouse and see the pop-up window

We are continuing our effort to make sure that every page has the relevant help information. On certain pages where we have not uploaded help, the “Help” label will not be available. If you find that some information requires update, kindly send us a note at support@gurukumo.com or raise a support ticket. We would like to ensure that you have the best experience using this product to impart knowledge.

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