educational institutions and organizations to improve education using the power of ICT. The mission of InLearn is to enhance the breadth and quality of education in India through lifelong learning, collaboration and innovation using knowledge sharing and ICT. Vision To be an effective agent of change for a move towards an equitable access to high quality educational content and an integral holistic education in India
play in the area of learning and teaching as it is conducted today and impacts diverse areas of education like: • Learning through visuals and interactivity • Curriculum sharing and collaboration • Personalized learning • Project based and peer group learning • Teacher as a mentor and enabler • Technology skills The problem There is a revolution happening in the area of education deeply through the new paradigms that are evolving and the technology Web. While new content, tools, instructional strategies, curriculum are rapidly evolving, the school system is desperately lagging behind. The teaching to a large extent revolves around rote learning, static textbooks, theoretical terminologies and concepts without a reference to the real world. Educational institutions are slow to adopt new paradigms in learning and take advantage of the wealth of tools and knowledge that are becoming increasingly available. Classroom instruction is still using the old methodologies of whiteboards and static textbooks and leaves the student usually uninterested and struggling to focus their attention 1. Instead of curriculum being evolved to be more progressive, interesting, absorbing and interactive for the learner, schools are actually bound by curriculum
do not want to deal with learning new instructional strategies, redesigning their lessons or giving personalized attention to the students 1. There is a huge discrepancy between the quality of teaching from one institution to another and even within the same institution 1. Where technology enabled content is available, it lies unused or is of a rather poor quality for a premium price 1. Students are being educated in disparate contexts. While technology forms an increasing part of their lives, their learning experience still focuses on poorly organized, unattractive and static textbooks. 1. There is an increasing gulf between the needs of the workforce where technology and practical knowledge is rapidly becoming a crucial need, while students do not learn those skills at least as a part of their education in schools. The solution Technology offers revolutionary solutions to these problems though we clearly understand that other areas of infrastructure, pedagogy, teacher training and curriculum need to be addressed and that technology alone will not solve these issues. 1. Simple technology setups and access to the Internet can help leverage a wealth of online resources to explain concepts in a classroom or for self-study in a manner that stimulates the learner’s interest and attention 1. Technology can enable project based learning, collaboration and curriculum sharing. Learning no longer needs to be bound by the curriculum, but can easily be made inquiry and research based 1. Technology content and tools can encourage teacher collaboration and avoid the process of ‘reinventing the wheel’ in terms of lesson planning, creating learning resources, assessment, communication etc, and give teachers time to research and give individual attention to learners. The role of the teacher can move towards being an enabler and mentor. Students can also benefit from the involvement of experts through social networking and video interactions. 1. A wealth of learning resources is available through the web that is interactive and engages the students to create an interactive and intuitive learning experience and promote a spirit of inquiry. Best of all, most of these resources are free!
will address the anachronistic element in education and integrate their education with the proliferation and ubiquitous presence of technology in society and their own personal lives. 1. Skills of research, collaboration and inquiry, and technology will make the students education more relevant and fruitful for work and industry What we do Research and Advocacy Research forms the foundation of the work we do and we continually look for new effective approaches to education, open educational resources, platforms and tools for knowledge sharing and important initiatives in the area of Open education and knowledge management and create strategies to adopt these for the Indian scenario. As a natural outcome we encourage knowledge sharing in both public and private organizations and encourage them to create, use and share content and keep pace with international standards of knowledge sharing like LMRI. Some of the areas of that we are currently researching for adoption and use are: LRMI (link) The Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) is an international project that aims to facilitate the discovery of educational resources through the use of embedded metadata that can be used by search engines (e.g. Google, Yahoo, Bing, Yandex) to refine the search services they offer. The
educationally significant characteristics and relationships can be expressed. Learning Registry The Learning Registry (learningregistry.org), a joint project of the US Department of Defense and US Department of Education, provides an infrastructure that enables instructors, teachers, trainees and students to discover and use the learning resources held by various federal agencies and international partners. The Learning Registry enables better access to learning resources and the building of interconnected and personalized learning solutions. The Learning Registry is not another repository, search engine or portal. It is a resource distribution network with open APIs that anyone can use to expose or consume learning resources and information about how they are used. It enables building a business-to-business infrastructure where users can find, share, use and augment learning resources. Organizations build third-party applications and communities on top of the distribution network to facilitate learning resource discovery, access and sharing. These applications let communities of users publish information about learning resources or discover information about learning resources. The Learning Registry network hosts and shares both metadata and paradata (content about where a learning resource was used, comments, rankings, ratings, etc.), i.e., the Learning Registry provides “social networking for learning resources”. It combines cataloging information, usage, assertions, data exhaust and analytical data into a single, sharable timeline for learning resources.
infrastructure needs for educational institutions, especially schools are different from the corporate sector as budgets are typically less and the use is not as missioncritical. So the emphasis here is on effective solutions that are also costeffective. ICT Software planning Emphasis is on effective software for learning, and applications that are in the open source (free software) domain. There are a wide variety of software that can support and supplement learning. Integrating ICT in Education Integrating ICT tools and content that create interactive and absorbing learning experiences for the students both in theory classes and labs. This includes careful planning, pilot programs and teacher training. ICT Training/workshops for Staff Training on ICT skills, new software and integrating ICT in the classroom. Knowledge Management Creating libraries of ICT resources and mapping these to the curriculum thus creating a ready reference library for teachers and students alike. We can create a personalized library of resources mapped to your particular curriculum in cooperation with your staff. How we work We look at our engagement with any educational institution as a collaboration of sorts. The only requirement is that there is a will to
least openness, to the use of technology for teaching and learning. We conduct workshops with the school staff and management on using technology to make lessons more interactive, to facilitate their creating and reusing content and tools, collaboration, knowledge management and using technology to support various aspects of functioning of the organization. We prefer to make our engagements lean and collaborate to effect change on a small scale and for a particular area in education, until the benefits are recognized and subsequently can be easily deployed on a larger scale. We welcome all enquiries and are especially keen to work with the underprivileged or NGO’s at minimum costs. Our guiding principle is to encourage the process of learning in an integral manner and we are flexible enough to suit your specific needs and budgets. Resources Links to useful sites will go here Contact us Mailing address: 1043/D-15, 3rd floor Ward no. 8 (near Dadabari jain Mandir) Mehrauli New Delhi – 110030 mobile: +919871077213 email: firstname.lastname@example.org