e-Content Development for Mobile Learning

New Delhi, May 21, 2017: CEMCA-NSOU organised a three-day Capacity Building Workshop on e-content development as a prelude to the project titled "Vocational Education & Training offering through Mobile Learning: An Innovative ODL Approach" on 18-20 May 2017 at Netaji Subhas Open University (NSOU), Kolkata. The objective of the present project is to offer two innovative courses “Diploma in Pre-primary Teachers' Education Montessori and Tailoring & Dress Designing” using Web and Mobile App. For this particular project the School has to develop e-content of the course materials (non-print version/ digital version) as well as the A/V lectures compatible with Mobile App.

The subject experts of different disciplines were invited to attend the three day workshop who will be involved in the development of e-content. Thirty participants (14 Female and 16 Male) attended the programme.

Dr. Anirban Ghosh, Project Coordinator and Associate Professor, NSOU in his welcome address, described the ODL as open and digital learning instead of open and distance learning. Distance is no more there between the teachers and students or between university and students. The advancement of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has brought new opportunities to restructure the teaching-learning process. Dr. Manas R. Panigrahi, Programme Officer, CEMCA introduced the theme and highlighted the objectives of the present project. The capacity building workshop was inaugurated by Dr. P. K. Das Member Secretary, West Bengal State Council of Higher Education, Govt. of West Bengal and former Managing Director of WEBEL. Dr. Das in his inaugural address highlighted the merits and limitations of on-line learning and different open source software. He also shared with the august gathering that government is taking initiatives to reach the remotest areas of the state with internet facilities.  Mr. Anirban Guha, Former Dy. Director of CDAC, Kolkata and former Sr. Scientist of BARC shared some of his views regarding the use of ICT in education and training. Mr. Guha also stressed upon using ICT extensively for the benefit of our society. Dr. Nisha Singh, Dy. Director, Inter University Consortium for Technology Enabled Flexible Education and Development (IUC-TEFED), IGNOU acted as the Resource Person for workshop and highlighted the expected outcome of the three day workshop, in the inaugural session.

Professor Subha Sankar Sarkar, Vice-Chancellor, Netaji Subhas Open University in his presidential address discussed about the University's activities for ICT enabled courses. Professor Sarkar also conveyed his sincere thanks to CEMCA for their whole hearted support for various projects.

The three-day workshop was divided in various sessions like; OER: Introduction; Searching for OER; Instructional Design:  AIDDE; e-content scripting; Concept Mapping using FreeMind; Multimedia components: Audio-Audacity; Wikieducator: Developing content collaboratively; eXe- E-content Developing Tool; Online Assessment: Hot Potatoes. All the sessions involved activity/ hands-on training in which the participants did their work on their own with the help of the resource persons.

Participants were divided into five groups for group activities. Each participant was given to develop an e-content using the software like Free-mind, audacity, eXe, hot potatoes etc. On the third day (20/5/17), the session started with group activities with the supervision of the Resource Persons. The Resource persons helped them individually to prepare their presentation. At the end, each group presented e-content developed by their group with the help of various softwares. The Resource persons shared their observations with each group giving suggestion for improvement of their content. 

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