Convergence of Learning and Design

a Blueprint for High-Impact eLearning

Madhuri Dubey,


ASEAN eLearning Conference at CDAC Hyderbad Nov 2007

Leverage e-learning technologies to offer adult and primary education in far-flunged areas • design aspect is often seen as a peripheral issue • e-learning is mostly understood as technology stuff • benefits of technology should penetrate till the towns and rural areas

e-learning is much more than deploying content or information using technology

• the role of design in making content compelling and highly engaging • creation of effective content and design high-impact e-learning

Re-align design with learning

• Design involves analysis of content, context and learners • Design should be well suited for the learner profile. It should ensure optimum learning experience.

e-learning is essentially about learning Experience plays a crucial role in knowledge construction Learning in a collaborative environment helps them to create and share meaning Learning gets successfully reinforced if it is connected to real life experiences It is important to get the big picture view of the curriculum

Facilitate comfort with the medium

unique set of challenges socio-cultural reasons prepare the learners to appreciate the advantages

Ongoing support through the course

Pre-course counseling with the help of professional counselors Collaboration and help during the course Formative and summative evaluation Follow-up activities to apply knowledge in practical situations

e-Learning will not replace the teacher

e-learning and classroom synergize to bring the perfect learning environment for the learner.

The introduction of second green revolution with training to farmers and technology will increase agricultural production to 360 million tonnes by 2020.

A P J Abdul Kalam

Employment in agriculture reduces to 60% with a doubling in the demand for food, measures like deploying higher-level research, technology, agricultural extension services and training will need to be instituted. R&D , infrastructure industries, education and training can lead to augmentation in agriculture sector in the form of high technology agricultural equipment, biotechnology and complementary methods.

Buy already existing courses and convert them into Indian languages On the innovative side, use TV programs and blend e-learning with these programs Experiment with e-learning that assumes high levels of literacy

Is the pre-design study conducted before arriving at a suitable instructional strategy? Have we spent time with the farmers in their environment learning how they work, understanding what could be their learning needs? How are the computer skills assessed for this group of learners? What could be the cultural issues while motivating them to learn?

How do we make sure that we sustain their interest throughout the learning program? What is the best support mechanism that can help them in successful course completion? Is there a plan to conduct a pilot study before embarking on the actual project?

Thank you