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Spoken Tutorials; bridging the digital divide 09-Nov-2011

It will be available in various FOSS and regional languages in future

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Spoken Tutorial is an ambitious project of MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development) as part of NME-ICT mission (National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology) under Talk to a Teacher program. The project is being headed by IIT-Bombay under the leadership of Prof Kannan M Moudgalya.

Spoken Tutorial, in brief, is a video session explaining a software with a screen cast and narration. It can be used for various topics and domains ranging for purely technical to mundane but common issues. For instance, one can explain how to buy train tickets through IRCTC, or how to locate low cost agricultural loans etc. The advantage here is - the screencasting software records all screen-based activities along with narration. It can be later viewed, as a movie.

The master brain of the project Prof. Kannan Moudgalya, IIT- Bombay, said Spoken Tutorial Technology (STT) has the potential to make India IT literate nation. "Spoken Tutorial is really beneficial to the nation as we are planning to create it on various Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Apart from that, the tutorials will be dubbed into various Indian languages," he emphasized. He was interacting with the Universities as part of "National weekly interaction through A-VIEW" envisaged by MHRD on November 9th 2011.

The advantage of Spoken Tutorial is it helps anyone to learn any software in any language. The tutorials, released under creative commons license, can be downloaded free of cost from the spoken tutorial website -http://spoken-tutorial.org

Answering to a question, Prof. Kannan said an honorarium will be given for creating a ten-minute spoken tutorial. "We have lots of jobs (full time as well as part time) in this regard. We pay Rs. 3,500 to create script and slides. For dubbing into a local language, it is Rs. 500. We welcome everyone to associate with this mammoth initiative."

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Around 20 Universities including IIT Hyderabad, Barkatullah University, Chanakya National Law University, Avinashilingam University, Vidyasagar University and University of Mysore participated in the online interaction.

On the occasion, Prof. Kannan gave a demo of Spoken Tutorial as well.

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.