E-Learning

An important objective of AIP is the creation of e-learning centers at Indian state agricultural universities to integrate Information and Communication Technology (ICT) learning into the agricultural curricula. E-learning centers have the capability to provide e-content management and development training to teachers for undergraduate and postgraduate courses, thereby improving the learning environment for students by making online course material more accessible, as well as enhancing their teaching methodologies.

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  • The Agricultural Innovation Partnership took another successful step to leverage upon the capacity built at Assam Agriculture University in the area of ‘Media production and content development for e-learning courses’ under the project. Dr. Jyoti Gogoi (AAU, Jorhat) who had earlier received training at Cornell University, Ithaca in ‘various techniques of video lecture capturing and editing’, visited SVPUAT, Meerut along with Sathguru team to pass on that expertise to faculty and resources at SVPUAT.

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  • A two- day long collaborative workshop on improving library systems & management and e- learning was conducted by Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP) at Banaras Hindu University,Varanasi on 5th and 6th February, 2014. The workshop was attended by senior librarians from ten agricultural universities and senior faculty members from Banaras Hindu University, Cornell University and Sathguru Management Consultants Pvt Ltd. The focus of the workshop was primarily on research support services that an agriculture and life sciences library might offer, including research data management, utilization of GIS data and technologies, and citation management, information literacy & E-resources.

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  • 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.

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  • As part of its attempts to improve the teaching-learning practices in Indian Agricultural Universities, the Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP) conducted a two-day awareness program on Online Learning And Training (OLAT) on April 6th and 8th, 2013 at Assam Agricultural University (AAU), Jorhat, Assam. The program was meant to generate awareness among the students on the OLAT platform and help them understand it better.

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  • The Agricultural Innovation Partnership made concerted efforts to tap the benefits of lecture capture technology under its e-learning initiative. As part of its collaborative efforts with Cornell University faculty, AIP trained several faculty members at Assam Agricultural University on lecture capture technology. AIP also sponsored the necessary equipment, software and hardware required to run the program in the classrooms. AAU now has 16 classrooms where the classroom lectures are captured using the lecture capture technology and later made available to students. Both teachers and students believe that this is one of the first effective step towards digitization and transforming the teaching-learning scenario in the University.

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  • In order to capitalize on the skills and knowledge imparted to the faculty by the AIP team and to ensure that the educational community appreciates, utilizes and harnesses the power of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) enabled courses, AAU is organizing several training programs from January 21 to 31, 2013 in all campuses of Assam Agricultural University across the state to train about 110 faculty members from all its campuses.

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  • The Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP) has adopted various means to improve agricultural education in India. One such initiative is to create e-learning centers to deliver Information and Communication Technology-enabled courses for students at partner Indian agricultural universities. As part of one such initiative, a five-day training program on media production was conducted for faculty and students of Assam Agricultural University (AAU) from December 10-14, 2012 at AAU campus. The training aimed to provide necessary inputs to the participating faculty to work towards developing an e-learning center that will cater to the needs of the undergraduate curricula of the university. Another four-day training program was conducted from December 17-21, 2012 for faculty and students of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in multimedia production to empower the educational community produce content for e-Learning platforms. The objective of the training program was to benefit the faculty and students in developing content for syllabi and guiding them in digitizing and archiving course materials.

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  • As part of its initiative to promote e-learning in Indian agricultural universities, AIP adopted OLAT, an open source Learning Management System that supports different kinds of online learning, teaching, and tutoring—a unique teaching tool for improving agricultural education in India. This effort is AIP’s step forward to integrate e-learning with the agricultural curriculum and create e-learning centers to deliver ICT-enabled courses to students at partner Indian agricultural universities. Towards this, AIP organized a hands-on training at Assam Agricultural University (AAU), Jorhat, Assam from November 5-8, 2012 for around 25 faculty and staff members of the university. The training included managing and imparting training through Online Learning And Training (OLAT). Earlier this year, AIP facilitated the implementation and deployment of OLAT on the hardware target system at AAU.

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  • In order to ensure effective use of OLAT (Online Learning And Training) by both faculty and students in the AIP partner institutions, AIP conducted a four day hands-on training program for Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology (SVPUA&T) from October 30 to November 2, 2012 in the SVPUA&T campus. A total of 25 undergraduate students attended the sessions. Mr Deepak Sisodia and Mr U. P. Shahi, faculty, SVPUA&T along with Mr. Ravinder M. and Mr. Anantha Murthy from Sathguru Management Consultants coordinated the program.

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  • A five-day training workshop on Online Learning And Training (OLAT) was conducted for the faculty at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) on September 7-11, 2012 at the BHU campus. The training 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. The program also 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.

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  • AIP has facilitated the adoption of the open source Learning Management System (LMS) OLAT (Online Learning and Training) to empower learners with unlimited access to the available knowledge base through e-learning courses at partner agricultural institutions. As part of the AIP’s e-learning initiative, faculty from Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture & Technology (SVPUA&T) traveled to Cornell University from July 16–27 2012 to participate in a 2-week training program on e-learning and media production methodologies, conducted at Emerson Hall, Bradfield, at Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS).The team from India was trained by Dr. Stefan Einarson, Director, Information Technology, International Programs, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, and his staff. The educational programs will enable the faculty to efficiently impart education to the students in a systematic manner while the learners will be better equipped with all-time access to Learning Management Systems and utilize the facility to derive maximum benefit from this virtual teaching-learning methodology.

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  • The Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP) aims to strengthen the educational system in Indian agricultural universities using innovative strategies that include exploiting both online and offline tools. Marking the beginning of its initiatives to sensitize faculty members on Online Learning And Training (OLAT), an open source Learning Management System (LMS), at partner institutions, AIP imparted training to about thirty faculty members at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology (SVPUA&T) from June 28 – July 2, 2012 at the SVPUA&T campus. Earlier this year, AIP facilitated the implementation and deployment of OLAT on the hardware target system at SVPUA&T.

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  • As part of the content and infrastructure exploration activity for building e-learning platforms at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology (SVPUA&T), representatives from both universities and Sathguru Management Consultants visited Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore on May 17-18, 2012. The team had a meeting with Mr. Venkatachalam, IT Coordinator, Agricultural College and Research Institute, TNAU, and explored how the TNAU model could be adapted at their home universities.

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  • AIP e-learning experts, Stefan Einarson, Director, Information Technology, International Programs, Cornell University, and Anantha Murthy, Information Specialist, Sathguru Management, visited TNAU & Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS) February 6–8, 2012, to study the efforts undertaken, technologies adopted and investments made by these two institutions in terms of e-learning infrastructure and content development and how these efforts might be duplicated at other partner India institutions.

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  • AIP organized a collaborative workshop titled “Harnessing Agricultural Education and Research for Rural Development,” December 19-21, 2011, in New Delhi, to review the progress being made in curricula development. The initiative brought together globally recognized faculty from leading land-grant universities in the US, Indian academia and industry professionals to formulate ways to adopt contemporary learning practices and accelerated technology absorption strategies for enhancing the food value chain. A focused session on Information and Communication Technology included resource plans, preparation, and implementation strategies for partner institutions.

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  • A two-day international “Strengthening the Academic Library to Enhance Agriculture Education” workshop was jointly organized by the Institute of Agricultural Sciences and the Central Library at Banaras Hindu University (BHU), in collaboration with the Albert R. Mann Library at Cornell University. The workshop, conducted on December 15–16, 2011, focused on ways the library documentation community might better generate use of available printed and online resources in research activities and information literacy. The workshop objectives were to understand and implement e-learning, e-resource development and digitization of study materials to increase their accessibility and long-term preservation.

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  • A workshop on curricula development was held April 2–4, 2011, at BHU. During the workshop, a separate session on the requirements and benefits of Information and Communication Technology for students, faculty and institutions was discussed and plans for future initiatives and interventions were finalized.

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