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Education Satellite

 

Education Satellite

Enhance the current knowledge of diarrhoea management by facilitating lectures and training courses which will allow for dialogue and interaction of hundreds of people simultaneously. Key health issues will be taught and discussed by doctors, medical specialists, medical students, and health care providers at the existing 100 virtual learning centres in Maharashtra with video conferencing facilities linked by satellite.


 

Name: Education Satellite
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Theme: Health Workers' Education Region and Country: Maharashtra, India
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This programme will enhance knowledge of diarrhoea management by facilitating lectures and training courses which will allow for dialogue and interaction of hundreds of people simultaneously. Key health issues will be taught and discussed by doctors, medical specialists, medical students, and health care providers at the existing 100 virtual learning centres in Maharashtra with video conferencing facilities linked by satellite.


EDUSAT
- A Satellite Dedicated to Education
 

EDUSAT - A Satellite Dedicated to Education
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EDUSAT - A Satellite Dedicated to Education
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EDUSAT - A Satellite Dedicated to Education
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This programme looks to utilize EDUSAT, an exclusive satellite for educational purposes, that is presently in a geo-stationary orbit. The initial establishment of ground infrastructure and the software needed for the distance education programmes is well under way. EDUSAT meets the needs of a growing demand for an interactive satellite based distance education system for the country. The new areas which need special attention include linking of schools, colleges/universities, educational institutions, continuing education and up-gradation of professionals (e.g. doctors, lawyers, etc.) The thrust will be on reaching people in remote areas and facilitating interaction between them and other academics and health professionals.

Objectives of Education Satellite System are to meet the challenges of number and quality of education through

  1. providing effective teachers' training,

  2. supplementing the curriculum based teaching,

  3. greater community participation and monitoring,

  4. providing access to quality resource persons (higher & professional education),

  5. strengthening the distance education efforts initiated by various agencies,

  6. taking education to every nook & corner of the country, and

  7. providing access to new technologies.

Following are some of the main features and services of the proposed system:

  • Multimedia

  • Multicast with provisions of interactivity from all remotes

  • Secured access to transmission through registration and accounting

  • Educational content archival service

The satellite will offer literacy, enhanced education, training, and enrichment through 5 Ku-band transponders. Pilot projects are being initiated in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka.
ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) and YCMOU (Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University) have started a joint pilot project on virtual classroom in Maharashtra. The network for Virtual Learning will start operating from May-June 2004 at about 100 Centres.

The pilot project will provide health training, of all types, on the network. The VLC (Virtual Learning Centre) network will open a new chapter in learning of various faculties including health.

It typically works as follows:

  • The Trainer / Expert sits at the YCMOU Nashik hub studio and takes a lesson with the help of Audio Visual (AV) aids.

  • The Lesson is seen at the 100 centres spread out in Maharashtra.

  • The sessions are interactive - audio at first and video some months later.

Intended Results:
EDUSAT with the 100 virtual learning centres will enhance the current knowledge of health issues such as diarrhoea management, breastfeeding, water systems, and many other issues. The benefits of the EDUSAT broadcasts to the Virtual Learning Centre are numerous. It reduces travel and expert-time costs. There is lesson variation, and the lessons are rich due to audio and visual components. Telephone lines are not required because the system uses the satellite beam. The training programmes are downloadable, so centres can store programmes on CDs and re-use as required. Centres also have the ability to upload to the Nashik hub. This will assist in creating personalized content of training programmes. The transmission is at 8 mbps. Through all of these advantages of the EDUSAT system, education of and interaction among academics, medical students, health professionals, and others in the field will be improved.

Programme Management and Implementation:
This programme will be managed and implemented with partnership of the state of Maharashtra, EDUSAT, and the appropriate academics, students, health professionals and others involved in the classes.

Programme Monitoring and Evaluation:
Programme monitoring and evaluation will supervise technical issues of the EDUSAT system. It will also monitor and evaluate the content and the quality of the lessons provided. Possible challenges will be monitored and evaluated throughout the programme implementation including issues of:

  • Credibility - studies using this method of teaching

  • Number of Students - Also excessive enrolment of students in certain courses, could create administrative problems.

  • The physical presence and attention of teachers, which is absent in this case, achieves an influence far beyond the intellectual knowledge they impart.

  • Updating course content with changes in syllabus (if any) may take a lot of time.

  • Interacting with fellow students also adds to the knowledge base, which does not happen in this system.

  • The course material, more often than not, may not reach students in time which does create problems.

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