AIP Conducts OLAT Training at BHU
September 7-11, 2012 | Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

AIP conducted a five-day training workshop on Online Learning And Training (OLAT), for the faculty at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) on September 7-11 at the BHU campus. OLAT, an open source Learning Management System, tailored to the needs of Universities and Higher Education institutions, will improve the teaching-learning experiences of students and teachers alike. Initiated by Prof. Ravi Pratap Singh, Director at IAS, BHU & Coordinator, AIP, the program sensitized the faculty on the use and benefits of OLAT and trained them on utilizing the Learning Management System (LMS) as an educational tool to offer effective as well as improved learning experiences to the students through blended learning. Earlier this year, Sathguru Management Consultants, a private partner in the Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP) project, helped BHU successfully create a platform to deploy the LMS.

About twenty-five faculty members were trained during the five days of training. Mr. Ananth Murthy and Mr. Ravinder M., trainers from Sathguru Management Consultants, provided hands-on training to the faculty on several aspects that included authoring, managing and publishing courses, e-Assessments and Questionnaires. The faculty were also trained on creating an interactive and intuitive platform for stimulating learning and implementing various forms of media for effective teaching. On the last day of the training the participants were trained on creating collaborative groups complete with tools such as forums, wikis and chat.

The hands-on training provided an opportunity for the faculty members to explore the innovative platform which offers a lot of flexibility for teachers and students alike to create course-independent work groups with their own forums and Wikis, start discussion forums, learn from online course modules, take/create self-evaluation tests, set-up learning/work groups, integrate Web 2.0 applications, etc.

The university faculty believes that deploying blended learning models in the university through OLAT will empower them enhance the quality and value of learning through appropriate supporting content, learner collaboration, increased interaction, flexibility and by enabling learners to engage in the learning process anytime, anyplace and on a just-in-time basis. E-learning will also help decrease cost of learning delivery, and reduce travel and subsistence costs.

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