fred> Open courses and e-learning
fred> K.G. Kumar
fred> SOMETHING revolutionary is happening in Kerala's education sector. From the
fred> next academic year (2004-05) onwards, all textbooks for students of Class 10
fred> will be available on the Internet. Textbooks for students studying in
fred> Kerala where Malayalam or English is the medium of instruction are already
fred> available online.
fred> In 1999, MIT Provost Robert A. Brown asked the MIT Council on Education
fred> Technology to provide strategic guidance on how MIT should position itself
fred> in the distance/ e-learning environment. The resulting recommendation led to
fred> the idea of MIT OpenCourseWare (MIT OCW), which made available on the Net
fred> materials from virtually all of MIT's undergraduate and graduate courses.
Reminds me of my school days. One of the questions in Malayalam subject was to
write an essay on Cow. One was supposed to write about features of Cows and its
many many products etc, but many of us didn't get more than afew sentences. So
we wrote after the first para that "cow is usually tied to coconet trees. Coconut
trees are found in Kerala. Coconut has many byproducts which can be used for...
... ..." The story ends with more on coconut than about the "subject".
Fred, please refrain from such misleading subjects and even more misleading
articles. Also please make sure you read what you forward.
God Bless Journalism!
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