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How to use A-VIEW 03 October, 2012

Dr.Pascal Chazot

Prof. Kamal Bijlani, Director, Amrita E-Learning Research Lab interacted with universities on 3rd October 2012 via A-VIEW on “How to use A-VIEW”.

Interactive Talk

The focus of the talk was on using A-VIEW, few unique features, A-VIEW Training and using the software for online classes. This was one of the most interactive weekly discussions talks and we got a lot of feedback from active A-VIEW users.

Features

Some of the most unique features of A-VIEW are the capability of conducting large classes, ability to conduct live quizzes and polls, and use of instructional material along with the class in the form of 2D and 3D animations to improve the understanding of the subject. Prof. Bijlani talked about the recent teacher empowerment workshop, which had participation of 10,000 teachers from 200 nodal centers and demoed a 3D model.

A-VIEW can also be operated from on multiple displays and multiple devices like the Aakash Tablet. The linux version of A-VIEW is expected to release in November 2012. A-VIEW does not need any proprietary hardware and can be run with existing hardware available at colleges. To operate A-VIEW, Prof. Kamal Bijlani recommended a steady bandwidth of 2Mbps. He added you needed a minimum bandwidth of 500Kbps to attend classes.

Using A-VIEW

Prof. Bijlani encouraged universities that had installed A-VIEW to start using it. They can start by conducting pilot classes. Once more classes are conducted, we could think of setting up dedicated servers at the campuses. He recommended usage of animations along with lectures to improve the understanding of the subject and introduced Dr. Shiffon Chatterjee, who would be heading the instructional design team at A-VIEW, to the participants.

For a richer A-VIEW experience, dedicated A-VIEW studios can be set up at campuses. We would publish the hardware required for such an exercise on the website soon.

Amrita E-Learning Research Lab conducts online workshops on a regular basis. Prof. Bijlani recommended users to attend these workshops to get a deeper understanding of the software.

Integration with LMS

There were ideas of integrating A-VIEW with Learning Management Systems like Moodle and Big Blue Button. Prof. Bijlani showed enthusiasm in letting such ideas in and partnering with universities for such practices.

A-VIEW is an NME-ICT initiative and so any integration with foreign universities or classes from the U.S. would require to benefit India in some way.

Around 35 universities including IIIT Hyderabad, Alluri Institute, Vels Institute and Shriram Institute for Industrial Research attended the talk.

A-VIEW is an E-Learning platform, developed by Amrita University's E-Learning Research Lab, which is a state-of-the-art software for distance education and collaboration. It is available for free to all the educational institutes across India, and can be downloaded from the website address, www.aview.in or by sending an email to aview@amrita.edu.