The digital classroom is here - Bangalore - DNA

Posted by Anil Pinto on 5:21 PM
The digital classroom is here - Bangalore - DNA

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Posted by Vikram Vincent on 12:46 PM

In a world where students have access to technology, there is increasing need to incorporate systems wherein the focus is on the learner than the teacher. Technology has a huge role to play in this paradigm shift. In order that the teachers as facilitators grasp the huge untapped potential of technology, TQMS is organizing a virtual global conference in educational technology titled “Technology for Blended and Distributed Education” from August 18-20, 2010 wherein the speakers address the participants over virtual mode through video conferencing and webinars. The objective is manifold to tap the potential of technology, to bring world renowned and distinguished speakers in specialized domains in ICT advancements in education and address emerging concepts, technology based administrative deployment practices, strategies and possibilities to share their experiences with a select audience from their home location from any part of the world. The sessions would be scheduled to take into consideration the various location of speakers from different time zones. While participants of the conference will assemble at Christ University, the venue for conference proceedings, the robustness of the conference will also be built around high quality peer reviewed papers for a few face to face presentation as ‘interlude conference plug-in sessions’ at the physical location of the conference on all the days of the conference. It is intended that the conference will also reinforce the supplementary and complementary nature of technology wherein the facilitator plays a very important role.

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The Access Principle

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Click on the title to access the PDF of "The Access Principle"

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Updates on the course

Posted by Anil Pinto on 8:55 PM
Hi All
Today's class, must say, was quite impressive. Hope you will manage to step up the tempo as the course progresses.

Here are some online initiates and guidelines pertaining to the course.

Course Blog: http://digitalnatives2009.blogspot.com
Course email id: digitalnatives2009@gmail.com

As part of the coursework the participants are expected to make blog posts around various issues concerning Digital Classroom/education. Please make posts and carry the discussion/questions there, as enthusiastically as you discussed them in the classroom. Invites to become contributors to the blog have already been sent. Please accept them.

Audio of the classroom discussion will be made available on the blog.

Course readings will be put up on the CSCS website http://www.cscs.res.in or www.cscsarchive.org. (The CSCS server is down as of now due to repair work. Should be up in a few days.) The readings will also be given links in the course blog.

The readings for today's class and the succeeding class is from The University in Ruins by Bill Readings

Please look up Sakshat, the National Mission on Education through ICT http://www.sakshat.ac.in/. You may comment on it in the blog and bring up your insights, questions/comments to classroom

Email ids of Course instructors:
"Ashish Rajadhyaksha" ,
"Nishant Shah" ,
"Anil J Pinto" ,

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Ceritificate Programme in Technology and Culture

Posted by Anil Pinto on 3:30 PM

1. Introduction:

Certificate Programme in the Digital Class will be conducted by Centre for the Study of Culture and Society (CSCS), Bangalore with the direct participation of Centre for Internet Studies (CIS), Bangalore and Centre for Education Beyond Curriculum (CEDBEC), Christ University, Bangalore and organised by Department of Media Studies, Christ University, Bangalore.

2. Programme Objective:

The purpose of this course is to investigate the transformations taking place in the classroom through the process of digitization of the various aspects of classroom pedagogy. Both courses and class readings are downloadable on various formats, teachers commonly use blog and wiki formats as pedagogic devices, students ‘publish’ their assignments and engage in various kinds of peer-learning practices. While several universities and undergraduate colleges have actively adopted such technologies, it is unclear as to how drastic the change is. Is the change no more than conventional content and teaching/assessment strategies moving to new platforms? Or is the change more fundamental than that?

3. Minimum Duration of the Programme: Three months

4. Eligibility for Admission:

The applicants must be pursuing their graduation programme or have passed it. The programme is open for all those who fulfill the minimum eligibility criteria.

4.1. Admission Process:

The programme will be announced in the University notice board, the University website, CSCS website and other media to reach the prospective participants.

5. Programme Structure:

  • Time: 2-4pm
  • Date: July: 11, 18, 25; August: 1, 8, 22, 29; September: 5, 12, 19, 26
  • Credits: 2

This course, to be conducted with students of Christ University will also see the active participation of faculty from a range of disciplines across the board: education, law, computer science and sociology. It will be conducted over 10 sessions to be divided into five modules which are tentatively listed below:

Module 1: The University and the Class

This module, pivoted around Bill Readings’ The University in Ruins (Harvard, 1996), explores the historic transformation of the classroom as the location for the pursuit of ‘excellence’. From its classic Humboldtian origins, to its ‘developmental’ stage – the rise of the mass-classroom, the principle of education for all – to a present space in which it is a gigantic agglomeration of a variety of small experimental spaces – the classroom has changed dramatically. This module will explore the theory of the classroom, and the change taking place in the category of the student, the teacher and the ‘imparting’ of knowledge paradigm. Students will explore key websites which have explored how such paradigms have changed, and report on their findings.

Module 2: The Public Nature of the Classroom

Both students and teachers are recognizing that the classroom is a very public space: students ‘publish’ their papers, teachers upload their class lectures and put up blogs that are technically accessible to the public at large. What does the entry of the world outside do to the classroom as a closed space for intellectual work, frank debate and the display of insecurity? This module will work with John Willinsky’s The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship (MIT Press, 2006), sections on ‘Development’, ‘Public’, ‘Politics’ and ‘Rights’.

Module 3: The Digital Native

The concept of the ‘digital native’ originates with Marc Prensky’s Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants (2001) to look at a ‘new breed of student entering educational establishments’. The term draws an analogy between how a country's natives, for whom the local religion, language, and folkways are natural and indigenous, separate them from immigrants to a country who often are expected to adapt and assimilate to their newly adopted home. Prensky refers to accents employed by digital immigrants, such as printing documents rather than commenting on screen or printing out emails to save in hard copy form. Digital immigrants are said to have a "thick accent" when operating in the digital world in distinctly pre-digital ways, when, for instance, he might "dial" someone on the telephone to ask if his email was received. How ‘native’ is the digital student today? What happens to the ‘immigrant’, i.e. someone seriously technologically challenged by the heavy reliance on digital ‘insiderism’?

This module will split into an inquiry into the problems faced by the both the class teacher and the student, both of whom may or may not be digital natives. It will include one survey to be conducted about volunteer faculty and volunteer students in Christ University, on the problems and possibilities of digital insiderism. Students will assemble and publish survey results online.

Module 4: Technologies Of L;Earning (1): The Institution And The Institutional Repository

This section will be a set of practical sessions on the role and purpose of repositories in academic institutions. Students will actively explore such classic repositories as CSeARCH (http://culturemachine.tees.ac.uk/CSeARCH.HTM) to see the benefits and problems of repositories. It will end with hands-on experience of a repository, located either at CSCS or at Christ University itself.

Module 5: Technologies of Learning (2):

This session will include two key components:

  • Role of peer learning, or student-teach-student.
  • Role of examination processes: Are examinations changing? Should they change?

This will again be a hands-on experiment, working mainly with hand-held devices, and the role such devices play in the facilitating peer/participatory learning, and in the continuous assessment mechanisms that are replacing end-of-term examinations. We may actually experiment with a new device here, supported by the Nokia Research Centre, Bangalore (to be confirmed).

6. Internal Evaluation:

There will be a continuation evaluation based on the work done by the student as part of the course.

7. Final Evaluation:


8. Proposed Course Instructors:

Ashish Rajadhyaksha (CSCS) ,

Nishant Shah (CIS) ,

Anil Pinto (CU) ,

9. Programme Coordinator: Naresh Rao (Christ University)

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