This blog post has been contributed by laughguru.com.
We all remember that one Mathematics class which everyone in class looked forward to because the teacher was funny, and she made crunching numbers fun. So laughguru.com is that teacher. This product is based on the belief that humor is essential for better learning. A group of alumni from IIT Bombay and St Xavier’s have strived to create this e-learning website which presently helps students in their 5th to 8th grades learn the core concepts of Mathematics, Science, and English through humour. So, does humor really mix well with education?
It is almost inevitable that there will be a group of people who will say no; people who will say that humor can get in the way of learning. However, a growing body of research points to the fact that comedy can actually improve students’ performance by reducing anxiety, increasing participation, and shedding inhibitions. The group of youngsters from LaughGuru have themselves published a research paper in the International Journal for Education and Psychological Research (IJEPR) on the effects of humor on education, and the results have been encouraging to say the least. Breaking away from the norm of kids being passive listeners in the classroom, this would be a welcome change in the education system.
With iPads and laptops reaching places where you couldn’t even find post offices, e-learning could just become the most accessible form of education. And adding a dash of humor would make it really interesting. After all it is not everyday that you hear about learning the laws of physics from Bollywood songs, and studying the core concepts of Mathematics through animated cartoons.
So is this a new beginning for the education system in India? Is learning through laughter really possible? We’ll just have to wait and see. But we definitely think we are approaching the light at the end of the tunnel.