AIP helps students improve grades
By Pradeep Srinivas

AIP’s e-learning initiative enables Assam Agricultural University & Banaras Hindu University adopt effective anytime anywhere learning

With evolving technological advancements in education delivery, it is imperative to adopt novel methods of imparting knowledge duly deploying information technology tools and interactive solutions for contemporary education delivery. AIP, under its e-learning activity, established e-learning centers to achieve the strategic objective of embracing technology and has enabled learning to ensure effective teaching. The implementation of compatible, course-based open source learning management system–OLAT has helped usher in cost efficiencies and break the barriers of time and space, enabling students to opt anytime anywhere study.

The Assam Agricultural University, a state agricultural university in Northeastern India, now benefits from the Agricultural Innovation Partnership’s e-learning initiative that has generated impressive results for students, including improved achievement, higher test scores, improved engagement and richer classroom content. The classroom lectures made available online have empowered students to learn by interaction with mentors, emails, chats, discussion forms and blogs.

Students are the greatest beneficiaries of the digital learning introduced at Assam Agricultural University. Abhishekh Ranjan, a student at AAU says, “OLAT has benefitted me in many ways and complemented classroom teaching. Though hard and soft copies of the lectures were made available, they could not teach me everything that the teacher discussed in the class. I also used to forget things that were taught in the class. Lecture capture has helped me rewind the missed classroom lectures and recollect my thoughts.

AIP has brought about a paradigm shift to transform communication, knowledge delivery, learning, and student engagement in AAU by introducing digital learning platforms to ensure access, quality and equity for the learning community.

The teachers equally appreciate the benefits of e-learning. Prof Jyoti Gogoi, facilitator and mentor for IT initiatives at AAU says, “The traditional chalk and talk methodology followed is less engaging for visual or kinesthetic learners with little interaction within the classroom. E-learning has not only ensured better, more informative and effective lectures by the faculty members, it has also helped us preserve our training sessions forever and avoid duplication of efforts. The average and below average students are the ones to benefit most from this initiative“.

Banaras Hindu University, one of India’s oldest central universities, has gained major benefits ever since OLAT has been introduced there. Sandeep Kumar Singh, a student in BHU had difficulty following lectures even if he missed a single class. But ever since e-learning has been introduced, things have changed for him. “This website has been useful in understanding subject related topics, in preparing notes and it is a good source of information even during examinations. The website is very effective and it can be used in the future as well”, he says.

Sandeep is one among many such students who either find following lectures all the time impractical or find difficulty grasping concepts in a single lecture. Through, e-learning, they have the luxury of accessing content from anywhere and connect with the classroom again virtually. This has resulted in improvement of their grades and led to better understanding of subject concepts. The e- learning program has also helped build capacities among teaching faculty in information management and in developing a technology-mediated support system for digital learning process. Prof. Rakesh Singh, e-learning facilitator, BHU says, “We have captured more than 100 lectures that have been uploaded on OLAT site so that the students can access them whenever they want. We strongly feel that this model is adding great value and is helping the students in improving their grades”.

Today, AIP’s efforts in developing innovative education delivery models like e-learning have transformed the way education is delivered and perceived. This has definitely helped bridge the gap between students and faculty virtually, and has enabled everyone to benefit from this unique delivery model. In an ever advancing technological world, these cutting-edge models have the potential to open up new avenues for education delivery and make the task of learning much easier.

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