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									Guidelines for Institutes wishing to become Remote Centers for IIT Bombay



Introduction
An important initiative has been taken by IIT Bombay to work with Engineering Colleges in the country
to enhance the teaching skills of faculty colleagues in core Engineering and Science subjects, under the
project, “Empowerment of Students/Teachers through Synchronous & Asynchronous Instruction.”
This initiative is a part of the National Mission on Education through ICT, supported by MHRD. Under
this project, IIT Bombay conducts two-week ISTE workshops through a blended mode of engagement.
This approach envisages setting up Remote Centers across the county. About 30 to 40 participants come
to a Remote Center assigned to them. Using a number of such remote centers, a large number of teachers
can participate in these workshops. Operating virtual class-room technology, lectures are transmitted live
from IIT to all remote centers. Lab and tutorial sessions are conducted locally at each remote center. In
this fashion, some 1000 teachers can benefit from each workshop, conducted at 30 odd remote centers.
We have already conducted 5 workshops at 77 remote centers since Dec. 2009*; we propose to conduct 3
more by the end of 2011, and 2 in the summer of 2012**.

Remote Center (RC)

Successful conduct of a workshop depends not only on the faculty from IIT teaching the subject, but also
upon the arrangements and facilities made available at each Remote Centre (RC). This requires that each
RC should nominate a Center coordinator, who will primarily be responsible for taking care of common
logistics arrangements such as classroom, audio-visual equipment, and arrangements for stay and food for
participating teachers. Additionally, each subject specific workshop will require another faculty member
to be nominated as the workshop coordinator for that subject. The workshop coordinator will be
responsible for liaison with IIT Bombay faculty for that subject, and will conduct the lab and tutorial
sessions at that RC.

The institute wishing to become a RC should appoint a Remote Center Coordinator, and a Workshop
Coordinator.



Orientation program for workshop - coordinators

A five-day Coordinators’ orientation workshop is held in IIT Bombay, at least two months before the
main workshop. The 5-day workshop is conducted to provide a complete orientation to the prospective
workshop coordinators, on the methodology to be followed in this project. This includes the method of
delivery of live lectures through the AVIEW mechanism of interaction with participants, and the local
conduct of tutorials and labs. The participants are also asked to provide the syllabi of their universities.
Since the final contents are meant to be adopted by most colleges across the country, this workshop
finalizes the following for the selected subject:

       Definition of common syllabus to be covered.
       Graded coverage from simple to difficult levels, for each topic and subtopic.
       Nature of tutorials and lab sessions, keeping the above gradation and the typical examination
        pattern in mind, but leading to the typical advanced levels reached in such subject teaching at the
        top institutions of the world.
       Discussion of laboratory environment and the experiments to be conducted.
       Use of the learning management system, audio-visual equipment, editing tools.
       Other logistic details for conducting the main workshop.

During the main workshop, the participating teachers attend live lectures given by IIT faculty, at a remote
center close to their own college, and also attend tutorial and lab sessions conducted in the same centers.
These Coordinators then act as Workshop Coordinators liaising between the participants at their Remote
Centers, and IIT Bombay. The Workshop Coordinator at every center supervises the conduct of tutorials
and Labs. All the lectures and tutorial sessions are video recorded. The final edited audio-visual contents,
along with other course material will be released under Open Source. These contents can be freely used
later by all teachers and students.


IIT Bombay provides complete funding for the conduct of the main workshop at the Remote
Centers.


Requirements to become a Remote Center

The institute wishing to become a remote center for IIT Bombay for the workshops described
above, needs to have the following facilities.

   It should be centrally located with a number of engineering colleges in the area, so as to attract
    a large number of participants.
   It should be well equipped to conduct the workshop through the internet, for a minimum of 30
    participants.
    - The workshop will be transmitted using the AVIEW software which will require the equipment
        and bandwidth described in Annexure I.

       A large classroom with the following facilities, for a minimum of 30 participants:

    - Overhead projector with large screen connected to a PC video camera
         (min. handy cam), audio equipment.( at least 1 professional wired/wireless mike USB
    - Internet connection with min. 256 kbps sustained bandwidth.
    - UPS to sustain PC/Projector.
    - Wall mount to locate base station for clickers-receivers’ appliances, with internet connection and
      Power supply.

       A laboratory for conducting experiments for a given subject, with a minimum capacity of 30
        (subject wise details will be furnished in Coordinators’ workshop)

       Lodging and boarding facilities for participants, either in hostel or in a place near the campus.
        This is not mandatory, especially if the Remote Center is in a large city with many local
        participants.

The institute should appoint a faculty member to be the coordinator for the remote center, to be in charge
of

 (a) Class room arrangements, audio visual equipments handling, and coordination of all operation for
smooth conduct of interactive sessions.

(b) Logistics arrangements and supervision of lodging /boarding of participants.

(c) Handling of final accounts.

If any Institute/college wishes to become a remote center for the first time, it should compulsorily
send us in writing the approval and commitment of Director/HOD of their institute/College for
conducting the workshop.
*Details of workshops conducted since Dec. 2009:

        Effective Teaching/Learning of Computer Programming (Dec. 2009 and June-July 2010)
        Database Management (Dec. 2010)
        Thermodynamics in Mechanical Engineering (June 2011)
        Basic Electronics (June-July 2011)

**Forthcoming workshops:

        Software Development Techniques for Teachers of Engineering and Science Institutes
         (November-December 2011, spread over 5 weekends)
        Solar Photovoltaics (12-22 Dec. 2011)
        Heat Transfer (Dec. 2011; dates yet to be decided)
        Embedded Systems (Summer 2012)
        Computational Fluid Dynamics (Summer 2012)



                                              Annexure I
Internet Bandwidth: Compulsory

Minimum 1Mbps broadband connection (stable connection with public IP)

At the time of workshop, you will need stable 1Mbps internet connection with 512kbps download
bandwidth and 256 kbps upload bandwidth (minimum).

A-VIEW Hardware Requirements: These are Compulsory

    One Personal Computer with minimum 1GB RAM
    One Video Camera/Handycam with tripod (Webcam is not acceptable)
    To connect video camera to PC (any one of the following)
            o USB Video Capture Device or
            o USB/PCI IEEE1394 Firewire Card (if Video Camera/Handycam has Firewire out)


    At least one Professional wired or wireless mike/microphone (headphones or podium mike will not
     work efficiently for a large audience)

     One audio amplifier
     Two Speakers
     Cables and connectors according to your mike/microphone and audio amplifier’s model. At least two
    cables will be required i.e. 3.5mm stereo to RCA (2) and other cables may be different because of
    different equipment models.


A-VIEW Software Requirements

    Operating System: Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7.
    Driver of USB Video Capture Device/ USB/PCI IEEE1394 Firewire Card (Compulsory)
    Installation package of A-VIEW Classroom tool along with Adobe Air (It will be provided by us
    before the workshop starts.)

								
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