Media Production Training for Faculty at AAU, BHU and SVPUA&T
December 10-21, 2012 | Assam, Uttar Pradesh, India
In order to meet its mandate of creating a unique platform for partner Indian agricultural universities to improve agricultural education in India and establishing e-learning centers to deliver Information and Communication Technology-enabled courses for faculty and students, the Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP) conducted a two-week training program on media production for faculty and students of Assam Agricultural University (AAU), Jorhat, Assam; Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology (SVPUA&T), Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. During the program 16 faculty members and 4 students were trained from these universities.Visiting faculty from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University (an AIP partner institution), Dr Stefan Einarson, Director, Transnational Programs and Mr. Christopher, Production Manager, International Programs, conducted the training program.

The first training was organized in the AAU campus from December 10-14, 2012 for teachers as well as students with the aim to further strengthen the e-learning platform and augment the process of creating a state-of-the-art e-learning center to deliver Information and Communication Technology-enabled courses for faculty and students.

The second training was conducted from December 17-21, 2012 at BHU campus, Varanasi in multimedia production to empower the educational community produce content for e-Learning platforms. During the training at BHU participants from SVPUA&T also took an active part.

During the training programs, the participants were given a detailed overview of the various elements of media production, handling camera, film editing, capturing lectures effectively using camera, synchronizing the captured lectures using Adobe CS6 and publishing lectures on YouTube and on the Online Learning And Training (OLAT) platform. During the course of the training, the team captured two live classroom lectures and published them on YouTube and OLAT.

These trainings are meant to create capacity for innovation in agricultural education through modern technologies and empower the implementation of the envisaged e-learning courses. These efforts will facilitate the institutions develop content for syllabi and guide them digitize and archive course materials as well as provide necessary inputs to shape up e-learning centers that will cater to the needs of the curricula of the universities.

The faculty members from various universities who were trained to capture classroom lectures will now start the operation on a pilot basis using digital cameras and edit the lectures using production software before publishing on YouTube and OLAT. They would further train other faculty members in their universities and prepare and execute a content production plan for the 1st and 2nd semester students before going live. These initiatives will empower the educational community to take a leadership role in producing a whole range of content that can be shared among educational institutions. Digitization of educational content will radically transform the learning environment for the educational community in India and empower people access a learning platform that will provide an entirely new means of global access, usage, re-combination and learner co-creation while ensuring quality, accuracy and trustworthiness.

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