For over a year I have been involved in an international project with New Delhi University in India. There have been stops and starts but now we have confirmation of our conference going ahead and we have over 40 Indian academics interested.
The UK team I am involved in has been visiting and mentoring New Delhi lecturers get used to Web 2.0 tools and were introduced to Moodle. A delegate came last July to Edinburgh from New Delhi University to learn how to use the tools in a hands on way which included video, power points etc. They had previously created lesson plans and related documents to their own areas of expertise. We looked at many applications and also at the quality of education delivered using Moodle either blended or online.
After many delays, we are now visiting the campus at New Delhi to deliver a three day conference to many more lecturers with the help of the first delegates and some past students from our campus who were involved in this stage of the project. The conference will focus on flipped classrooms, video editing, audio tools, asynchronous discussions, reflective blogs, blended and online learning formats and I am sure much more will be discussed. There will be a set up day and a dissemination day too. I will also find out more about the cultural details and expectations for blended and online learning. India is vast and the potential is huge.
This coincides with the start of the group project for the online and blended learning course at Edinburgh Napier. I have explained the project to my co students and I have asked that I am given tasks that are do-able in the time frame. I obviously want to contribute but I have to be realistic as I will be away, I am not sure about the stability of the internet access in New Delhi and there is a six hour time difference.