AIP Adopts OLAT towards a Paradigm Shift in Learning Delivery
May 2-5 2013 | BHU, Varanasi
Advances in technology are catalyzing exciting new changes in the production, delivery and accessibility of educational content. At the same time, technology integration in instruction is a strategic reaction of the educational community to acknowledge the demands that society has placed on educational institutions in general and faculty in particular. Cognizant of the pressure on the teaching-learning community to meet the contemporary demands, the Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP), towards its concerted effort of modernizing agricultural education in partner Indian agricultural universities, helped the institutions adopt OLAT (Online Learning and Training), an effective Learning Management System.

With its trainings, physical installations of user interfaces and a series of sensitization workshops, AIP has enabled its partner institutions adopt e-learning. OLAT is now empowering the institutions switch from the traditional classroom training to technology-enabled learning. As part of its initiative of sensitizing the student community on using OLAT, AIP imparted hands-on training to the students at the Institute of Agricultural Science, BHU. The training, conducted for four days from May 2-5, 2013 at Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi witnessed the active participation of more than 325 students who were eager to unfold the marvels of technology-led learning.

The university’s Cyber Library played a host to the learners. The program was inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor, Dr Lalji Singh and was attended by several faculty members and resource persons from AIP.

The training acquainted the students with OLAT’s robust learning technologies; create collaborative groups within the environment; attend lectures; work with tools like wikis, chats, forums and utilize several other features that OLAT has to offer. At the end of the program, the students appreciated the relevance of e-learning for professionals in the field of agriculture.

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