E-learning: Pune in fast lane

Pune city is not only making use of e-learning to improve on the curriculum-based teaching but companies here are also developing the e-content for students in the developed countries of US and UK.

Institutes like Pune Institute of computer technology (PICT), Jnana Prabodhini school and MIT School of Telecom Management are increasingly using e-learning to aid teaching. While PICT and Prabodhini use e-learning products developed by local company, Harbinger, MIT have developed its own mobile internet devices. Milind Pande, project co-ordinator, MIT, said, "We have developed a device called Swingtel which helps students in learning. All lessons are hosted on the device and the students access them before they come to class."

Harbinger Systems has developed e-learning products for students in US and UK as well as a customised gaming model for South African children.

Abhay Patil, vice-president, talent and operations, Harbinger said, "The Raptivity helps the educational institutes to cut the cost as they don't need to hire the instructional designer and software developer to design the product."

The e-learning products have not only been designed based on the curriculum used in the educational institutes but also have features to enable the students to carry out experiments on cellphones and tablets.

"Students can learn concepts like linear motion, projectile motion, current, force, weight, voltage, and electric circuits in action visually, and can build circuits, measure voltage, check speed and others on the phone or tablet. They can also conduct experiments using the tablet or phone device," said a company official.

Sachin Bhorge, director, operations and Strategy, Byond Tech, said that in view of the increasing use of e-content the company will soon launch a Tablet that has a curriculum-based education content hosted on it. "The product will be launched in next few weeks and it will have the curriculum-based content for the secondary level students," he said.

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