08 May 2022

Season 3, Episode 10. Innovation in Learning with Shaunak Roy

Welcome to Innovation Meets Leadership! I’m your host, Natalie Born. In this episode, Shaunak Roy discusses innovation in education through technology. Backed by evidence, it goes to show that active and engaged learning results in better outcomes. By being aware and taking part in the dialogue, the future of better education can become clearer and more feasible.


Shaunak Roy is the founder and CEO of Yellowdig. Yellowdig is a community-driven active learning platform adopted by over 130 colleges and universities, K12 schools, and corporate training clients. Yellowdig’s mission is to transform every classroom into an active, social and experiential learning community.


[00:58] The Most Effective Method of Learning for Better Engagement

  • Shaunak Roy on active and engaged learning
    • It is all about learning by doing.
    • Research shows that active learning drives better learning outcomes for the students.
  • Why we haven’t moved away from the lecture style
    • The implementation takes a lot of work.
    • Utilizing technology becomes key.


[03:59] The Spike of Innovation and Utilizing Technology for Education

  • How technology solves the education problem
    • What drives the engagement of the students?
    • The attributes of video games help drive engaged, social, and experiential learning in the classroom.
  • The impact of the pandemic on learning
    • The loss of the school environment has a dramatic effect on learning.
    • Teachers are now getting into the learning curve of utilizing technology.
  • Accelerating the use of technology
    • Most innovation in learning is teacher-driven.


[11:29] Create the Dialogue for Future of Education

  • The movement towards innovation in education
    • For a true mass change, awareness and dialogue are required.
    • Question whether or not the students obtain value from their efforts.
  • Shaunak Roy shares his background as an engineer turned entrepreneur


[17:55] Final Thoughts 

  • Ask more from the educational institutions.
  • Connect with Shaunak (Links Below)


Key Quotes:

“Why can't we use technology in a smarter way to drive better learning?” - Shaunak Roy

“We are seeing a lot of innovation right now. And a lot of the innovation that's happening right now is essentially teacher-driven.” - Shaunak Roy

“We have to really start to question whether the time the students are spending in the classrooms, and the value they're getting out of the education system… [are] adding up… in terms of the effort that is getting into it.”  - Shaunak Roy

Connect with Shaunak

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaunak-roy-65231b/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/shaunak_roy

Website: https://www.yellowdig.co/

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