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Empowerment of Students and Teachers
through Synchronous & Asynchronous Instruction
Every Indian learner deserves to be given a chance to have the highest quality education. Scarcity of trained teachers critically hinders this national desire. This project envisions empowerment of teachers, through workshops conducted for thousands of teachers at one go, using a unique blend of technology and an innovative pedagogy. Thousands have experienced the effectiveness of this approach, and of the resulting open source contents.

New technologies and tools are developed to further enhance the educational experience. Application development and content porting to Aakash tablet is being ramped up.

Work is done in synergetic collaboration with sister projects at IIT Bombay, such as eLearning Animation, Spoken tutorials, Virtual labs, and FOSSEE.

Empowerment of Teachers

The "Teach 1000 Teachers" programme was initiated in 2009, to enhance the teaching skills of engineering faculty. Participants attend workshops at multiple remote centers. Lectures are delivered by an expert using multi-way visual interaction. Tutorials and labs are conducted at remote centers by expert faculty at IIT Bombay, trained earlier by the expert.

Using ICT to scale up participation, and retaining the small-group environment of labs, is established as an effective methodology. More

Web Portal for Workshop Content

This is an interactive web portal which incorporates a content management system. It is created using a framework based on Joomla, and provides a collaborative platform to learners. This will host the relevant open source e-contents, which will be continuously expanded through contributions by users.

The portal is deployed on a mini-cloud, permitting access to thousands of concurrent learners. More

ProxyMITY: Multimedia Lecture Integration Tool

ProxyMITY is an Open Source tool for creation of dynamic, rich-media interactive lessons, from recorded video lectures. These are released under Creative Commons License. The published lectures are available to learners at their personal convenience.

A searchable database is being created, for linking all the lessons. This will provides quick access to relevant lessions on required topics. More

Clicker: Student Response System (SRS) for Classroom

The Clicker, a handheld device provided to each student in a class, improves student participation and interaction in a classroom. It provides real time feedback to the instructor, for gauging the level of understanding of the students, through instant quzzes. This enhances the effectiveness of the lectures.

A version of the clicker incorporates a microphone, to permit voice communication in a large class. More

Aakash

In coming years, the Aakash tablet launched by MHRD, is likely to become an ubiquitous tool in the hands of students. Our research aims at developing useful Open Source applications and contents for different versions of the tablet. These will range from animations to scientific computing, and will encompass the entire educational spectrum covering schools, colleges, and professional studies.

Using ICT to scale up participation, and retaining the small-group environment of labs, is established as an effective methodology. More