G. Mahadevan

CD library project gets good response

  • Project to have a 50 CD package for LP and UP classes
  • Special package for visually-challenged students

    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The State Institute of Educational Technology (SIET) will soon extend its CD library project an attempt to popularise the e-learning methodology in the general education system to the lower primary (LP) and upper primary (UP) classes in the State.

    Heartened by the response to its 150-strong CD library package for high school classes, the SIET plans to take its syllabus-based multi-media CDs to students from classes 1 to 12.

    SIET director Babu Sebastian told The Hindu on Tuesday that the new library scheme would have a 50 CD package for LP and UP classes and 100 CDs for the higher secondary and vocational higher secondary classes.

    ``We did not have immediate plans to extend our CD library programme to all levels of general education in the State. But then when a research scholar in education technology from the Aligarh Muslim University carried out a study in schools in Pathanamthitta distric, she was told repeatedly by teachers and students that the e-learning system should be extended to the lower classes as well. It was this that triggered a response from us in the form of an extension for our CD library programme,'' Dr. Sebastian said.

    For the visually-challenged students in classes 5 to 10, the SIET plans to produce six audio CDs based on the syllabi for these classes. Special focus would be given on the question-answer component of these audio programmes. These CDs will be distributed free-of-cost to schools that require them.

    The target, according to Dr. Sebastian, is to have a CD library having 1,000 CDs each in all the LP, UP, high school and higher secondary schools in the State by the end of the year 2007.

    The SIET has also set its sight on the engineering/medical entrance training in the State. This year the institute had produced on an experimental basis some CDs for training students in the art of getting past the entrance examination for professional courses.

    Now, the institute plans to produce 50 CDs 20 for medical entrance and 30 for engineering entrance examination to enable students to master the techniques needed for the tests. The CDs will contain the question papers for these examinations from 2003 to 2006. Each CD that costs the SIET Rs. 200 to produce will be sold with an 80 per cent subsidy.

    A team of educators from South Africa that visited the institute recently had shown interest in replicating the CD library experiment in their country, Dr. Sebastian added.