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Amrita RITE – Rural India Tablet Education

Project Incharge:Prof. Dr. Prema Nedungadi
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Amrita RITE – Rural India Tablet Education

Most personalised learning systems are designed for either personal computers (e-learning) or mobile devices like smartphones (m-learning). With the tablet technology gaining momentum, low cost tablets like Aakash have gain more importance in education and more so in the developing part of the world where affordability is a key determinant in technology adoption.

A ubiquitous learning environment offered by tablet technology, keeps the students engrossed in the learning process and more importantly teachers are able to adopt the tablets due to its ease of use, small form factor and most importantly affordability.

Our research is focused on developing responsive UI based content for the tablets. Our approach is fully integrated into the formative assessment process and most importantly, coexists with the present e-learning environment. With tablets we are foreseeing a renewed effort on teacher empowerment.

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RESEARCH QUESTIONS WE ARE TRYING TO ADDRESS:

  • Modelling tablets as a technology innovation and developing a pedagogical framework for attributes that can significantly affect its adoption by students and teachers.
  • Can we model tablets as a “disruptive innovation” and forecast its critical mass for adoption.
  • Tablet learning empirical studies for both K12 and higher education and compare learning outcomes with Desktops
  • How can Tablets impact Personalized learning?
     

We are in the process of developing interactive simulations for science practical experiments to be deployed on tablets for rural schools in India. Another effort is in enhancing the reading levels of disadvantaged kids in the backward areas of Kerala.

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