Open Source has been the much talked about during the last few years and we have everyone talking about it in just about any ICT conference or seminar. As they say “Necessity is the mother of Invention”, so was CII-Shisha's tryst with Open Source philosophy.
Around 2 years back (early part of January 2006), CII-Shiksha, in its bid to bring in more relevant and appropriate technology tools chanced upon Open Source. The concept was new to us and so every move was deemed crucial. CII-Shiksha did a few experiments with introducing Moodle LMS to a select group of DAV ( Dayanand Anglo Vedic ) schools from Delhi and NCR. The response was excellent and very encouraging for us as here was something that teachers had been waiting for anxiously. A category of tools that could help them move beyond just using ready made CDs or presentation tools and make available to them tools that they could map to their teaching-learning process and help achieve the set objectives with the desired outcome.
During the past one year, CII-Shiksha has introduced many interventions to encourage and promote e-Teaching as the preferred methodology for teaching-Learning. The teachers are being trained in various web-tools to help them build up various online learning platforms for their students. A free online portal (using open source), www.eshikshaindia.in has been setup for teachers and students to provide a sharing and collaboration platform for teachers and provide free learning resources for students.