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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Open education in India

Education to get new edge with access to resources, Express India, June 19, 2007.

Students and teachers across the state will soon have access to quality education anytime, anywhere, and just at the click of a mouse. In a unique project, a statewide consortium of 15 organisations and educational institutes will launch Virtual Schools and Learning Home (VSLH) project, which will include various initiatives based on principles like open educational resources for all, and learning through independent exploration and self-organised groups.

The Indian Consortium for Educational Transformation (ICONSENT) consists of institutions like the Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL), the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education [HBCSE], Indian Institute of Education (IIE), SNDT University, and others. Starting June 30, ICONSENT will launch a series of initiatives, each of which will be executed by a select institution that will act as a nodal agency.

As part of the initiative to train nearly 20 lakh teachers in the State, the HBCSE will establish an online resource of educational material that can be accessed by anyone at any time. This programme is based on the principle of open educational resources (OER) followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)....