Kollam: The online workshops being conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai with the help of the e-learning platform, Amrita Virtual Interactive E-Learning World (A-VIEW) are receiving very good response. According to a release issued by the Amrita E-Learning Research Lab based at Vallikkavu in Kollam, IIT has been conducting these workshops to enhance the skill of the teaching faculty and to effectively address the issue of shortage of highly qualified teachers, especially in the rural areas.
IIT has joined hands with the Amrita University, which has developed A-VIEW after years of research, for effective online teaching by providing live classroom experience. The latest in the series, a 10-day national teacher training (for college teachers) workshop concluded on July 8.
Prof. Deepak Phatak from IIT Mumbai who was is leader of the national workshops said, “We have received tremendous response from more than 1,000 teachers specialised in Electronics from all over the country who assembled at 38 remote centres for our workshops”. While speaking online to these teachers, Vibha Puri Das, Secretary, HRD Ministry said, “We are very proud to note that the nation is starting to receive the benefits from this national initiative”.
In the ‘Ask a Question’ pilot programme, a brainchild of IIT Mumbai Prof. Kannan M Moudgalya, the students and the experts get connected online once a week by using A-VIEW. Any college student in the country can ask questions on electronics and these questions will be answered online by the senior faculty from the IIT, Mumbai.
Kamal Bijlani, Director, Amrita E-Learning Research Lab said, “Our initial efforts with A-VIEW have been to make online teaching simple and easy for a large number of teachers and students. As we go forward, more features will be added. A-VIEW will be available in various regional languages soon”.
The IIT Mumbai has trained around 3,850 teachers in four workshops since June 2010 by using regular internet connectivity. This national initiative is being funded by National Mission on Education (NME-ICT) which falls under the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development.
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