New remote teaching and virtual experiment platform helps rural students in India learn.

COLLABORATIVE ASSESSMENT PLATFORM

An ambitious pilot project in India is showing some very positive signs of success. By using an innovative virtual teaching and experiment platform, Amrita University, a member of the HP Catalyst Initiative’s Measuring Learning consortium, is helping rural students improve their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills.

The University is testing a new collaborative assessment platform for teaching practical post-secondary science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills, using the university’s cloud-based eLearning Network.

More than 90% of teachers report that the platform is effective, and 75% of the students agree that it helps them understand more about STEM subjects.

The multilingual platform can be used to promote the use of computers in schools and colleges, and run virtual experiments. It also features an assessment function that allows teachers to monitor students’ processes and test results, and give feedback. This enables students to concentrate on the areas they need to master.

More than 90% of teachers report that the remote teaching and virtual experiment platform is effective, and three-quarters of the students agree that it helps their understanding. Both teachers and students are enthusiastic about using the donated HP mini notebooks and tablet PCs to run their virtual experiments and watch simulations and animations on key concepts.

Amrita University’s next step is to validate their research on a large scale, with the ultimate goal of delivering high-quality STEM learning resources to millions of students under age 25 across India. Amrita University is also eager to collaborate with other organizations around the world to extend education everywhere there’s a need.

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