A-VIEW (Amrita Virtual Interactive e-Learning World) is an award winning indigenously built multi-modal, multimedia e-learning platform that provides an immersive e-learning experience that is almost as good as a real classroom experience developed by Amrita e-Learning Research Lab. We are a part of Amrita Vishwa Vidhyapeetham, one of the fastest growing institutions of higher learning in India and address the most pressing issue of higher education in India – the shortage of highly qualified teachers.
A-VIEW is part of Talk to a Teacher program coordinated by IIT Bombay and we are funded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) under the Indian Government’s National Mission for Education using Information and Communication Technology (NME-ICT) along with various other projects in Virtual Labs, Haptics and Natural Language Processing. A-VIEW is now deployed at several IITs, NITs and other leading educational institutions across the nation.
AERL aims to empower people through digital means of distance education and social collaboration. AERL addresses lack of highly qualified and experienced teachers in institutes of higher education:
A-VIEW (Amrita Virtual Interactive E-Learning World) is an internet based virtual knowledge sharing platform, developed by Amrita E-Learning Research Labs, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kollam. It addresses one of the most critical issues of India’s Higher Education system today: Millions of students wanting to learn who are not fortunate enough to have well-qualified teachers to train them. With A-VIEW one good teacher can teach tens of thousands of students simultaneously at different locations all over India, as though in person.
A-VIEW enables distance education using various communication modules like Audio/Video, Whiteboard collaboration, Document sharing and Chat which can either be seen on a single display or multiple displays showing different kinds of content for an enhanced experience. It has lots of advanced modules to enable in-depth knowledge sharing for conducting large class rooms with many students and participating nodes.
A-VIEW is provided free of cost to all institutes of higher education. As of December 2012, A-VIEW has been deployed at more than 2000 universities and colleges all over India. Over time, we expect to implement A-VIEW at most educational institutions in India.
A-VIEW runs on Windows, MAC-OS and Linux; on desktops, laptops and mobile devices such as Aakash tablets and other Android-enabled smart phones and tablets.
Recognition for A-VIEW
A-VIEW enables students from various geographical locations to interact with a teacher in a highly immersive E-learning environment. For its contributions to the education sector, it has won the following awards:
A-VIEW is currently installed in over 2000 Universities and Colleges across India. Following the success of A-VIEW in distance education, AERL started using this product in the following projects:
Industry Linkage and International Collaborations
AERL has Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), as the advisor and guide for the A-VIEW Project. The Lab is associated with University at Buffalo, New York for development of features in A-VIEW such as Face Recognition and Hand Writing Recognition. A-VIEW’s breakthrough work in providing high quality distance education in India has generated a lot of interest both locally and internationally. Dr. Vijay Kumar, Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education and Director, Office of Educational Innovation and Technology, MIT and Dr. Ashok Agarwala, Professor of Computer Science, University of Maryland, College Park are working with AERL on several projects.
“A-VIEW creates an alternative for those who cannot access good teachers, good colleges, or good facilities; but want to learn more than what is taught to them. A-VIEW offers an excellent alternative to face-to-face teaching. It will not replace it, but it is the best alternative that we have.” Dr. Mukta Atrey, IIT Bombay
“I once again congratulate Amrita and IIT Bombay for training 10,000 teachers nationally in one workshop using A-VIEW, institutes should collaborate like this with a national effort to make India the nation that it deserves to be.” Shri. Kapil Sibal, Honorable Union Minister for Human Resource Development
“A-VIEW is not only a conferencing platform, but a distributed classroom environment. We do not see any reason to use international conferencing tools.” Dr. Jayashree Shinde, Dept. of Educational Technology, SNDT Women’s University & Member Standing Committee – NME-ICT
Using A-VIEW, the following programs are being conducted:
A-VIEW was designd to leverage the world’s best faculty for the benefit of the academic community at higher educational institutions across the nation by providing a near classroom experience free of cost.
Features of A-VIEW Classroom
“It was a great experience for me to use A-VIEW; the efficacy of A-VIEW is evident, and we plan to use it more regularly.” Dr. Ranjan Bose, Microsoft Chair Professor, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, IIT Delhi