Digital Learning is Confined to City Schools

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Rupesh Shah, CEO of InOpen Technologies feels the reach of digital learning is yet to touch rural schools although the prospect is magnificent

Your take on the level of e-Content adoption by Indian schools.

The concept of e-learning in India is in early stages and may not exactly be spreading like wild fire in many parts of the country, especially in rural India. However, as a mode of teaching and learning, it has seen an increasing use in urban educational institutions. In cities, the use of computers and audio visuals is being extensively promoted to get the children better versed with the lessons taught in the classroom.

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Kind of solution you provide to schools.

InOpen has been serving K-12 market with the flagship product ‘Computer Masti’ and newly introduced Science curriculum called ‘Small Science’. We offer IT literacy solutions to government bodies and corporate. We make tailor made curriculum using Computer Masti for K-12 segment. The execution starts through training the existing IT faculty and setting up the computer lab. We design a series of handhold visits where faculty from InOpen visits the schools to do capacity building exercise and solve issues arising out of implementation.

Challenges faced in convincing school management about the benefits of e-content.

Most of the present efforts like government policies, public private partnerships are directed to ensure initial access to technology. One of the major challenges is renewing licenses of the software and providing hardware support. In this regard, if free and open source applications are actively used, this would help keep the total cost of implementation low and make good use of the old systems.

Your best selling e-Content solution for schools; kind of innovations for future use.

We intend to supply the highest quality of content and training in all major subjects for schools. We will launch the following econtent services: a) Launch CM 2.0, b) InOpen’s CM Everywhere Initiative, c) We are working on e-learning modules and different platforms which would help us attain scale and large audience.

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