The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is ready to offer a helping hand for college and school teachers who want to know more about digital content authoring technology and use of open educational resources.

The Kochi regional centre of the university has come up with a unique training programme aimed at enhancing the skills of teachers in the area.

Explaining that the aim of the programme is to use computers to step up classroom teaching experience, K. S. Divakaran Nair, Regional Director of IGNOU Kochi, said that digital technologies have been integrated into operating paradigms in every field of human activity.

In education, the use of digital technology has brought about wide access to knowledge resources and has enhanced the teaching efficiency of teachers, fundamentally transforming the teaching and learning process, he said.

Pointing out that digital content authoring technology enables teachers to create their own digital courses for online and offline use, Dr. Nair said teachers attending the training programme will be trained in handling sound, text, pictures, videos and animations and in integrating these multimedia elements into learning modules or full-length courses using specialised content authoring tools.

All software tools used are free and open source and it will be given to the participants, he said.

Some of the areas of training include ‘introduction to e-learning tools'; ‘sound recording and editing and image editing'; ‘introduction to video handling and animation'; ‘training in content authoring technology'; ‘introduction to online learning management system'; and ‘practical training in online courses management using LMS systems'.

More details about the training programme can be had from Indira Gandhi National Open University, Regional Centre, Kaloor, Kochi. Phone: 0484-2340203.

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