A-VIEW Workshop at Ettimadai 18 August, 2012
The first A-VIEW workshop outside Amritapuri was conducted on Saturday, 18th August 2012 at Amrita University Campus, Ettimadai, Coimbatore. It attracted 47 participants from universities and colleges across Tamil Nadu and Kerala. This workshop empowered the participants with the capabilities to comfortably use A-VIEW Classroom.
The team from Amritapuri started the session with an overview on the features of A-VIEW 2.0 and the upcoming version, A-VIEW 3.0. They also touched upon the GCLM (Global Control Local Management) concept, following which the lab session was conducted.
At the end of the lab session, participants were addressed online by the A-VIEW leadership team from Amritapuri campus. Participants had a pleasant surprise when they were also addressed by eminent Computer Scientist, Dr.Vijay Bhatkar, who has been recently appointed as the Chairman of the board of governors of IIT Delhi. Dr.Bhatkar mentioned that IIT Delhi will be using A-VIEW extensively and urged the participants to make use of A-VIEW at their institutions for the benefit of students. Further, Prof. Kamal Bijlani, Director – Amrita E-Learning Research Lab responded to the questions from the participants and mentioned that he takes enormous pride in the fact that A-VIEW, developed at a small fishing village in Kerala can make a difference to the lives of 1000s of students from rural and underprivileged backgrounds across the country.
Almost all the participants were very happy with the overall administration of the class, class quality, instructor quality and lab instruction quality. We received the following feedback:
- “Hospitality was excellent. The instructor guided us thoroughly in the practical session. We found the entire session very useful. Thanks to Amrita University” – P.Hema Prabha, Avinashilingam University
- “Very nice session. Thanks to the Organisers” –Srinivasan Mallan, Bannari Amman Institute of Technology
- “ Some of us didn’t understand the usefulness of this software. Each participant may be given all the roles to work in the lab session. Lab time may be increased”-R.Uma Shankar, Sri Shakthi Institute of Engineering & Technology
- “Some real life activity could be given. i.e., instead of just giving ‘moderator’, ‘teacher’ and ‘student’ roles alone, if we were given some actual task, we would learn the software more efficiently”- Somali Choudhury, Amrita University