Nominations for ICT Enabled University of the Year
September 2009

Nominations for ICT Enabled University of the Year

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Applications of ICTs are particularly powerful in the higher education sector and the research domain is where they have proved highly useful. The steady increase in bandwidth and computing power have made it possible to conduct complex calculations on large data sets.  The combination of communications and digital libraries is equalising access to academic resources, greatly enriching research possibilities for smaller institutions and tApplications of ICTs are particularly powerful in the higher education sector and the research domain is where they have proved highly useful. The steady increase in bandwidth and computing power have made it possible to conduct complex calculations on large data sets.  The combination of communications and digital libraries is equalising access to academic resources, greatly enriching research possibilities for smaller institutions and those outside the big cities.

The ICT Enabled University of the Year Award seeks to acknowledge and highlight the achievements of the institute in bringing new and innovative endeavours for the benefit of the Higher Education community. The nominations for the awards have been listed below.

PROJECT: Gujarat Common Entrance Test, (GCET) 2009

Gujarat Technological University
L.D College of Engineering Campus, Navarangpura, Ahmedabad City, Gujarat
www.gtu.ac.in

GCET 2009 is the Entrance Test conducted by Gujarat Technological University (GTU) for admissions to Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Masters of Computer Application (MCA) courses in all affiliated Institutions throughout Gujarat. This project serves the needs of the University in automating the examination delivery process and ensuring quicker turn around time for creating content, publishing question papers, evaluating candidate responses, and announcing results. This project also provides a fully technology based solution for student counseling through online allocation of college seats.

This was the first time in India that any State-level (Government) Entrance Examination was conducted online. The examinations were conducted from 1st July 2009 to 5th July 2009, at 37 Online Test Centers across 21 Institutions in 11 cities across Gujarat. The entire project used cutting-edge technology and offered innovative solutions to address the requirements with regard to Online Application Processing, Online Exam Delivery and Online Counseling for all professional courses in the state.

The entire project used cutting-edge technology and offered innovative solutions to address the requirements with regard to Online Application Processing, Online Exam Delivery and Online Counseling for all professional courses in the state.

HIGHLIGHTS

GCET has benefited the students by providing them:

  • An application system where students could apply online;

  • Easily downloadable “Admit Cards” which ensures that they do not have to wait for the normal post to reach them;.

  • On the spot submission of Score Cards containing test results;

  • Online counseling for seat allocation which has proved to be very transparent & system driven.

Benefits for GTU

  • A system where daily reports of Application form status has been made available;

  • A system which ensures complete security of the question papers;

  • A system where candidates impersonation checks can be carried out well;

  • A system which provides End of the Day analysis of scores.

PROJECT: EduNxt initiative

Sikkim Manipal University- Directorate of Distance Education
Manipal, Karnataka

www.smude.edu.in

EduNxt initiative was launched by Sikkim Manipal University’s Directorate of Distance Education (SMU – DDE) in  2009 with the objective of providing the students with a plethora of resources. EduNxt is a new technology with infused learning system that has transformed learning across India. EduNxt functions on the principle of 3As + 4Cs. The 3 As of Affordability, Accessibility and Appropriateness are the guidelines for scaling up EduNxt across distributed learning. Meanwhile, the 4Cs of Content, Collaboration, Communication and Computing are the basis of developing EduNxt into a means of disseminating education among the not-so-privileged or the infrastructure – challenged.

SMU has armed its DE students with industry knowledge and skills necessary to be industry-ready. EduNxt attempts to provide a powerful interactive learning experience to the students, improving their quality of learning leading to better employability.

EduNxt attempts to provide a powerful interactive learning experience to the students, improving their quality of learning leading to better employability. Unlike conventional programs that use technology to disperse content, EduNxt focuses on personalised learning and mentoring at a very large scale.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The EduNxt environment is being used today by over 55,000 students and will be made available to over 130,000 students from August 2009;

  • The total cost of ownership of the EduNxt environment is very low, and therefore, it has been used to help less privileged students achieve scholastic parity with others;

  • It has succeeded in bringing together students and faculty members by enabling more interaction in the learning process;

  • The soft skills training along with the placement and internship assistance through EduNxt has help in the overall upliftment of the DE students through better employment opportunities.

PROJECT: Web Share

Chitkara Institute of Engineering and Technology
Chandigarh Patiala National Highway, Tehsil Rajpura, Dist. Patiala, Punjab
www.chitkarauniversity.edu.in

Web Share, the in house developed intranet website using open source technology, is a two way interaction facility between faculty and students for dissemination of knowledge. This intranet helps in distributing the course-ware and other useful study material centrally to the students. Currently nearly 2000 students in the campus and over 200 faculty members are availing following services through Web Share: 1) Lecture notes and study material uploaded by the faculty from time to time. 2) Problem Based Learning Assignments, which are given to the students on this intranet site. 3) Online Time Table and Digital Notice Board provide important information to the students and teachers. 4) User friendly content search through which students can  download  free and open source softwares. 5) Online Test software 6) Online feedback system helps students to give their feedback about the courses, which is of great help for further improving the teaching

Problem Based Learning Assignments,  which are given to the students, are based on guidelines  provided on the intranet site. The students work in a team in the labs to solve these problems and simultaneously can access the help provided to them by concerned faculty through intranet.

PROJECT: Student Centered E-Learning Environment (SCELE)

University of  Indonesia
Faculty of Computer Science, University of Indonesia, Kampus Baru UI Depok
Depok – Jawa Barat, Indonesia
www.ui.edu

Student Centered E-Learning Environment (SCELE) is a Learning Management System (LMS), which was developed by the e-learning team at Fasilkom, University of Indonesia (UI). Open source LMS, Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment (MOODLE), which is motored by Martin Dougiamas, PhD, is used as core of SCELE. MOODLE has been developed by using PHP (PHP-Hypertext Preprocessor) as scripting language and MySQL as database. MOODLE’s main features support SCELE, such as communication tools synchronous (chatting) and asynchronous (news and discussion forum), user management, assessment, and also course management.
A model of student-centered learning paradigm has been introduced through SCELE as an attempt to change old learning paradigm. The focus is more on the student and by using this approach, the student can meet new learning experiences and can exercise active and collaborative learning. Here, the teacher’s role is changing from actor into facilitator or mediator in order to guide learning process. 


HIGHLIGHTS

  • SCELE project, in 2007, won the second prize in E-Learning Award from the Center of Information and Communication Technology for Education (Pusat Teknologi Informasi dan Komunikasi Pendidikan) Ministry of Education, Republic of Indonesia in Best Online Learning Category;
  • In 2008, Mr Harry B. Santoso, lecturer from the Faculty of Computer Science won the second prize in Acer Intel E-Learning Competition 2008. In his proposal, he combined SCELE learning management system and social network application (blog) to enrich instructional design for Computer-Assisted Instruction course; 
  • SCELE Project has a light weight version which is suitable for developing countries with low Internet bandwidth.


Your Say
We hope that this eINDIA 2009 will have mixed delegates of policy makers to educationalists to teachers. We can only try and reach them in reaffirming our faith in concept learning and self assessment. We also hope to use this platform to draw the focus of the policy making bodies the importance of self based and self paced assessment. The Government has lot of other basic issues unanswered such as infrastructure, power, etc. In this situation, the Government should take a positive direction and together we should look at brining in change as little as 2% in the entire student’s community.

Muralidhar K S
LearnSmart India Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad

Our primary aim, from a conference like eINDIA2009, is to communicate our vision and efforts to a larger audience in India. Being active in the field, we understand what works and what the challenges are in realising a truly universal education system in our country. We actively seek like-minded partners to share that knowledge with and to collaborate with us in our ongoing efforts. Further, we hope that an event like this brings not only stakeholders from the field of education but also from across various sectors together since education is a critical requirement for every industry to flourish. We hope a meeting of minds from various domains will give the education industry the impetus that it greatly needs.

Dinesh Mehta
Founder – Chairman, Top Chalks, India

As a first time exhibitor at eINDIA in 2008, we were greatly impressed by the breadth of education market sectors represented by attendees at the event and even more impressed by the interest and awareness of classroom technology. This should not have been surprising, given India’s ascendant position as a global technology leader but it was impressive.  Forums like eINDIA are invaluable to a US company like Mimio to gain insight first hand into a global (vs US centric) future for education technology.

Jaemes Shanley
Director of Sales – Asia Pacific, Latim America, New York, Mimio

hose outside the big cities.

The ICT Enabled University of the Year Award seeks to acknowledge and highlight the achievements of the institute in bringing new and innovative endeavours for the benefit of the Higher Education community. The nominations for the awards have been listed below.

PROJECT: Gujarat Common Entrance Test, (GCET) 2009

Gujarat Technological University
L.D College of Engineering Campus, Navarangpura, Ahmedabad City, Gujarat
www.gtu.ac.in

GCET 2009 is the Entrance Test conducted by Gujarat Technological University (GTU) for admissions to Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Masters of Computer Application (MCA) courses in all affiliated Institutions throughout Gujarat. This project serves the needs of the University in automating the examination delivery process and ensuring quicker turn around time for creating content, publishing question papers, evaluating candidate responses, and announcing results. This project also provides a fully technology based solution for student counseling through online allocation of college seats.

This was the first time in India that any State-level (Government) Entrance Examination was conducted online. The examinations were conducted from 1st July 2009 to 5th July 2009, at 37 Online Test Centers across 21 Institutions in 11 cities across Gujarat. The entire project used cutting-edge technology and offered innovative solutions to address the requirements with regard to Online Application Processing, Online Exam Delivery and Online Counseling for all professional courses in the state.

The entire project used cutting-edge technology and offered innovative solutions to address the requirements with regard to Online Application Processing, Online Exam Delivery and Online Counseling for all professional courses in the state.

HIGHLIGHTS

GCET has benefited the students by providing them:

  • An application system where students could apply online;

  • Easily downloadable “Admit Cards” which ensures that they do not have to wait for the normal post to reach them;.

  • On the spot submission of Score Cards containing test results;

  • Online counseling for seat allocation which has proved to be very transparent & system driven.

Benefits for GTU

  • A system where daily reports of Application form status has been made available;

  • A system which ensures complete security of the question papers;

  • A system where candidates impersonation checks can be carried out well;

  • A system which provides End of the Day analysis of scores.

PROJECT: EduNxt initiative

Sikkim Manipal University- Directorate of Distance Education
Manipal, Karnataka

www.smude.edu.in

EduNxt initiative was launched by Sikkim Manipal University’s Directorate of Distance Education (SMU – DDE) in  2009 with the objective of providing the students with a plethora of resources. EduNxt is a new technology with infused learning system that has transformed learning across India. EduNxt functions on the principle of 3As + 4Cs. The 3 As of Affordability, Accessibility and Appropriateness are the guidelines for scaling up EduNxt across distributed learning. Meanwhile, the 4Cs of Content, Collaboration, Communication and Computing are the basis of developing EduNxt into a means of disseminating education among the not-so-privileged or the infrastructure – challenged.

SMU has armed its DE students with industry knowledge and skills necessary to be industry-ready. EduNxt attempts to provide a powerful interactive learning experience to the students, improving their quality of learning leading to better employability.

EduNxt attempts to provide a powerful interactive learning experience to the students, improving their quality of learning leading to better employability. Unlike conventional programs that use technology to disperse content, EduNxt focuses on personalised learning and mentoring at a very large scale.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The EduNxt environment is being used today by over 55,000 students and will be made available to over 130,000 students from August 2009;

  • The total cost of ownership of the EduNxt environment is very low, and therefore, it has been used to help less privileged students achieve scholastic parity with others;

  • It has succeeded in bringing together students and faculty members by enabling more interaction in the learning process;

  • The soft skills training along with the placement and internship assistance through EduNxt has help in the overall upliftment of the DE students through better employment opportunities.

PROJECT: Web Share

Chitkara Institute of Engineering and Technology
Chandigarh Patiala National Highway, Tehsil Rajpura, Dist. Patiala, Punjab
www.chitkarauniversity.edu.in

Web Share, the in house developed intranet website using open source technology, is a two way interaction facility between faculty and students for dissemination of knowledge. This intranet helps in distributing the course-ware and other useful study material centrally to the students. Currently nearly 2000 students in the campus and over 200 faculty members are availing following services through Web Share: 1) Lecture notes and study material uploaded by the faculty from time to time. 2) Problem Based Learning Assignments, which are given to the students on this intranet site. 3) Online Time Table and Digital Notice Board provide important information to the students and teachers. 4) User friendly content search through which students can  download  free and open source softwares. 5) Online Test software 6) Online feedback system helps students to give their feedback about the courses, which is of great help for further improving the teaching

Problem Based Learning Assignments,  which are given to the students, are based on guidelines  provided on the intranet site. The students work in a team in the labs to solve these problems and simultaneously can access the help provided to them by concerned faculty through intranet.

PROJECT: Student Centered E-Learning Environment (SCELE)

University of  Indonesia
Faculty of Computer Science, University of Indonesia, Kampus Baru UI Depok
Depok – Jawa Barat, Indonesia
www.ui.edu

Student Centered E-Learning Environment (SCELE) is a Learning Management System (LMS), which was developed by the e-learning team at Fasilkom, University of Indonesia (UI). Open source LMS, Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment (MOODLE), which is motored by Martin Dougiamas, PhD, is used as core of SCELE. MOODLE has been developed by using PHP (PHP-Hypertext Preprocessor) as scripting language and MySQL as database. MOODLE’s main features support SCELE, such as communication tools synchronous (chatting) and asynchronous (news and discussion forum), user management, assessment, and also course management.
A model of student-centered learning paradigm has been introduced through SCELE as an attempt to change old learning paradigm. The focus is more on the student and by using this approach, the student can meet new learning experiences and can exercise active and collaborative learning. Here, the teacher’s role is changing from actor into facilitator or mediator in order to guide learning process. 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • SCELE project, in 2007, won the second prize in E-Learning Award from the Center of Information and Communication Technology for Education (Pusat Teknologi Informasi dan Komunikasi Pendidikan) Ministry of Education, Republic of Indonesia in Best Online Learning Category;
  • In 2008, Mr Harry B. Santoso, lecturer from the Faculty of Computer Science won the second prize in Acer Intel E-Learning Competition 2008. In his proposal, he combined SCELE learning management system and social network application (blog) to enrich instructional design for Computer-Assisted Instruction course; 
  • SCELE Project has a light weight version which is suitable for developing countries with low Internet bandwidth.

 

Your Say
We hope that this eINDIA 2009 will have mixed delegates of policy makers to educationalists to teachers. We can only try and reach them in reaffirming our faith in concept learning and self assessment. We also hope to use this platform to draw the focus of the policy making bodies the importance of self based and self paced assessment. The Government has lot of other basic issues unanswered such as infrastructure, power, etc. In this situation, the Government should take a positive direction and together we should look at brining in change as little as 2% in the entire student’s community.

Muralidhar K S
LearnSmart India Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad

Our primary aim, from a conference like eINDIA2009, is to communicate our vision and efforts to a larger audience in India. Being active in the field, we understand what works and what the challenges are in realising a truly universal education system in our country. We actively seek like-minded partners to share that knowledge with and to collaborate with us in our ongoing efforts. Further, we hope that an event like this brings not only stakeholders from the field of education but also from across various sectors together since education is a critical requirement for every industry to flourish. We hope a meeting of minds from various domains will give the education industry the impetus that it greatly needs.

Dinesh Mehta
Founder – Chairman, Top Chalks, India

As a first time exhibitor at eINDIA in 2008, we were greatly impressed by the breadth of education market sectors represented by attendees at the event and even more impressed by the interest and awareness of classroom technology. This should not have been surprising, given India’s ascendant position as a global technology leader but it was impressive.  Forums like eINDIA are invaluable to a US company like Mimio to gain insight first hand into a global (vs US centric) future for education technology.

Jaemes Shanley
Director of Sales – Asia Pacific, Latim America, New York, Mimio
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