PITB organized a seminar for the promotion of e-Learning among IT teachers and the school management and administration. e-Learning is an inclusive terminology for all forms of educational technology that electronically or technologically support learning and teaching, and depending on an emphasis on a particular aspect or component or delivery method may be termed technology-enhanced learning (TEL), computer-based training (CBT), internet-based training (IBT), web-based training (WBT), online education, virtual education, or digital educational collaboration. Following key areas were addressed in the seminar:
Introduction to e-Learning
M Saleem Ranjha (Joint Secretary at Prime Minister's Secretariat, Islamabad)
The session included a general introduction to the following areas:
- e-Readiness (required IT infrastructure & skills for the usage e-learning)
- e-Learning for Quran and Hadith
- Digital books & News Papers
- Web resources for K-12,
- e-Courses contributed from universities,
- Making money from social media etc.
BLOSSOMS (Blended Learning Open Source Science or Math Studies)
Dr. Naveed A. Malik (Rector, Virtual University)
BLOSSOMS is an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The mission of BLOSSOMS is to develop a large, free repository of video modules created by gifted volunteer teachers from around the world, seeded initially by MIT faculty members and by partnering educators in Jordan and Pakistan. The Punjab Government signed MOU with MIT LINC in Feb 2009 to promote e-Learning.
Muhammad Arfaeen Iqbal (CEO - Marriala Consultants)
Eureka is a digital library of 3D animated content catering to curriculum of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics from Class-1 to 12. Its visually appealing and educating videos facilitate better understanding and longer retention.
MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)
Farooq Alam (Adviser, LearnRev, Director Gameview Studios)
A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is an online course aiming at large-scale interactive participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and quizzes, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community for the students, professors, and teaching staff. MOOCs are a recent development in distance education and often use open educational resources.