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Prof. Raghuraman in weekly interaction 29-Sep-2011

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An interactive online session was organized with Shri Raghuraman, Director, Center for Research in Advanced Technologies for Education (CREATE), Amrita University, as part of weekly discussions through A-VIEW (Amrita Virtual Interactive E-Learning World) envisaged by Ministry of Human Resources Development's (MHRD) National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NME-ICT) mission. The session was held on on September 29, 2011 from Biotechnology campus, Amritapuri, Kollam.

CREATE is the educational initiative pioneered by Amrita University. It applies innovative digital solutions to provide accessible educational technologies for all. The center develops technological frameworks that address education, systems architecture, content aligned to curriculum and collaborative learning. For more details visit - http://research.amrita.edu/create/

While speaking about Technology enhanced Education Prof. Raghuraman said CREATE@Amrita is working hard to introduce next generation educational technologies by integrating simulations, animations, and voice applications. "In our Adaptive Learning program which is used by over 27,000 students every week, both the teacher and the student gets an instant and accurate assessment of the learning achieved by the student in each lesson," he said.

On the occasion, he talked about the upcoming IEEE International Conference on Technology Enhanced Education (ICTEE). The conference will be held at Amritapuri Campus from January 3-5 2012. Theme of the conference is educational technology for societal benefit. Distinguished academicians including Prof. Rob Reilly, President, IEEE Education Society; Prof. A. K. Ray, IIT, Kharagpur; Prof. Candace Thille, Open Learning Initiative, Carnegie Mellon; Prof. Vijay Kumar, Senior Associate Dean, MIT; Prof. Marcia Linn, Director, TELS, UC Berkeley and Prof. Kinshuk, NSERC Research Chair, Athabasca, Canada; Vineet Joshi, Chairman, CBSE; Gayatri Buragohain, ACM Women's Ambassador in India have confirmed to speak and conduct workshops at the conference. More details can be found at www.amrita.edu/ictee

A unique feature of ICTEE 2012 is the concept of remote ICTEE centres. Selected keynote sessions and workshops will be telecast online through A-VIEW.

Prof. Raghuraman, answering to a question, said the key objective of CREATE@Amrita is to provide accessible quality educational technologies for all. "Most of our work is conducted in educational settings such as classrooms, after-school programs, village and community learning centres, and teacher education programs."

Shri Krish Gopalasamy, Associate Director, Amrita E-Learning Research Lab briefed about how to use A-VIEW and its effectiveness in conducting live classes.

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Around 19 educational institutions participated in the online interaction including Central University of Bihar, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences University, Punjab Technical University Jalandhar, Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, Karnataka State Law University, Madurai Kamaraj University and National Institute of Technology Warangal.

A-VIEW is an E-Learning platform, developed by Amrita University's E-Learning Research Lab, which is 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 website address, www.aview.in or send an email to aview@amrita.edu.