December 2005

A voice for the Digital Learning community

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In the third week of October this year, the Centre for Science, Development and Media Studies organised a national conference on Digital Learning, bringing together various decision makers, practitioners, and content developers in one platform. The energy and enthusiasm of this conference has made us think of creating a continued space for dialogue, knowledge sharing and building a community of practitioners. Digital Learning is an effort in that direction. We will be holding annual face-to-face events that will be supplemented with online and printed dossiers on digital learning. This is YOUR platform. Use it to share your experiences, your stories, your projects, your views and perspectives. We would be also welcoming vendors to use this platform to showcase their products and services.

We must innovate and promote educational and technological experimentation. We must strive to develop industry standards, help develop guidelines for quality checks. We must try to supplement the standard curriculum with learning tools that will facilitate learning and learners to access the vast online resources, as well as helping teachers to find the appropriate developers of content. We must help institutions that are moving to a digital world of learning with technology choices, and walk them through a technical analysis.

We would like to monitor the progress made, and be accountable to a panel of experts who would constitute our advisory panel. We should be able to report to the participants and the community what we have achieved in a year from now. We should try to identify resources that are necessary to make philanthropic or non-governmental and not-for-profit initiatives supplement the commercial efforts. We must strive to follow and advocate the use of open standards in the field of digital learning ecosystem.

The issues are many. We feel these issues and case stories of practical experiences will be our focus. Do you agree? What constitutes a good dialogue platform? We would like to hear your ideas and suggestions and give this magazine a collective shape.

Hope you enjoy reading this inaugural issue! 

Ravi Gupta
Editor
Ravi.Gupta@csdms.in

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