E-learning Infrastructure and Content Exploration Visit

February 6-8, 2012 | Tamil Nadu, India

E-learning infrastructure and content exploration visit to Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) & Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS) by Prof Stefan Einarson, Director, Information Technology, International Programs, CALS, Cornell University, Ithaca; Mr. Anantha Murthy, Information Specialist, Agricultural Innovation Partnership and Dr Suresh Damodaran, Project Coordinator, Agricultural Innovation Partnership, Hyderabad on the 6th, 7th & 8th February 2012.

AIP has an important charter of creating e-Learning centers at state agriculture universities in order to integrate ICT learning into the agricultural curriculum. The Centers would impart training to teachers in e-content development for undergraduate and post graduate courses, making the online course
materials accessible, improving the learning environment of the students and enhancing teaching methodologies.

As a sub activity involving design and setting up of e-Learning centers, a content and infrastructure exploration visit was also undertaken by Prof Stefan Einarson, Mr. Anantha Murthy and Dr Suresh Damodaran by way of a visit to the e-learning and infrastructure facilities created by TNAU and TNAUVAS. While Dr. Venkatachalam facilitated the visit at TNAU, Dr. Thirunavukkarasu coordinated the team visit at TANUVAS.

The visits provided insights into the e-learning landscapes at TNAU and TANUVAS. The team got the first-hand experience of the quality of content, Learning Objective alignment, learning environment and its motivational impact on the students. Design and usability compliance to standards were the other aspects of quality check that were looked at. Models built by TNAU and TANUVAS were examined for their scalability and adaptability in the Indian context and technology build. Validation of content created by independent Content quality assessors, localization of content feedback from users are some of the components that would go into co-creation of e-learning portals for the state agricultural universities which were found to have been adapted by TNAU & TANUVAS.

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