Friday, July 29, 2016

Note on E-Content and Edubundu (brief)

E-content includes e Texts and digital learning resources. These could be digital textbooks, workbooks, articles, videos, or multimedia resource. Switching from traditional textbooks to digital course materials is a growing trend in school education and higher education.
 Why E-content?
E-content is the need of the hour. It promotes fast constitution of content matters. It can transact to any destination from a single source within s short time. E- content ensures:
·         Digital generation
·         Knowledge explosion
·         Multi Sensory Learning
The e-content promote direct experiences. It is supportive for self activity based learning. It is saying that an individual remember -
20% of what we HEAR
30% of what we SEE
50% of what we SEE and HEAR
80 % of what we SAY
90% of what we SAY and DO
E content helps to have SAY and Do.
Forms of E-content
·         Short Learning Objects (SLO) – Granules, 3-4 Minutes, New Way of Thinking about Learning Content
·         Modules- Larger and Independent; With Objectives, Experiences and Assessment; 25-30 Minutes of Multimedia

Repository of E-content in India- CEC – Consortium for Educational Communication

Parts of an e-content module
·         Objectives of the content
·         Summary of the content
·         Multimedia part- Audio / Video
·         Whole Text of the Video/ Audio content
·         Reference
·         Assignment
·         Downloads including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)  and Supporting materials
·         Links to a blog based on the E-content         
Major quadrants of E – content modules are:
1.      The e -text
2.      The PPT
3.      The FAQs or evaluator questions
4.      E resources

Steps in the development of E-content module
·         Identifying the area for e-content module development
·         Formulating the Objectives of the module
·         Writing the Summary of the content
·         Preparing a story board for the AV part
·         Shooting the necessary parts with the help of Video camera/ Camcorder or even high resolution Mobile Camera
·         Developing the Multimedia part (Audio / Video) by mixing (using appropriate Mixing software) the videos shot, videos downloaded (if any), Presentations on PowerPoint or Open Office Presentation Software and Music / background score etc. – For this help from Professionals can make the e-content better.
·         Giving adequate Reference- both Links to websites as well as Books/ Journals etc
·         Giving tasks Assignment and necessary Feedback
·         Providing links for Downloads including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)  and Supporting materials
·         Providing Links to a blog based on the E-content.


Edubuntu is the Ubuntu based Free (Open resource) Operating system that incorporates many study resources and software that are helpful in the learning of content of school subjects. Ubuntu roughly means ‘human-ness’. Edubuntu (Ubuntu for education) provided by IT@school Kerala is customized for learning various subjects at the Primary and Secondary level in the schools of Kerala.
This preparation is done in collaboration with Sri. Arun M R, Assistant Professor, Ezhuthachan Training College, Manhapra, Palkkad

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