[IAEP] No Teachers
Philip5147 at aol.com
Philip5147 at aol.com
Wed Mar 11 21:50:19 EDT 2009
This is really interesting! Please share it with "IAEP SugarLabs"
<_iaep at lists.sugarlabs.org_ (mailto:iaep at lists.sugarlabs.org) >,
I agree that thinking about how children learn for themselves, when there is
no teacher available is an very important part of world wide learning.
On Sat, Mar 7, 2009 at 8:19 PM, <_Philip5147 at aol.com_
(mailto:Philip5147 at aol.com) > wrote:
Sorry I wasn't at the Education Meeting. By the time I figured out how to
use Mozilla's Chatilla it was in the afternoon of the meeting day.
The site below is an experiment of students learning by themselves because
of the shortage of teachers in the rural parts of Sri Lanka.
Shilpa Sayura CMS becomes a eLearning Environment
Submitted by niranjan on Mon, 09/11/2006 - 01:18.
The Shilpa Sayura CMS was planned to build a multi language content core.
This was based upon e fusion's flagship CMS uniportal, which is designed to
manage multilingual content in Sinhala, Tamil and English Unicode.
As we continue the project, we found the rural students need something more
than a CMS. we researched many e Leaning environments, and found moodle to be
However moodle had several differences to our concept for rural community.
1. Too advanced - mostly intended for universities.
2. Mandatory need of a Teacher to run courses
3. Lack of support for moodle in Sri Lanka
4. Lack of content core and a testing module
5. Lack of Sinhala Support
We tested Uniportal CMS and Moodle with several teachers and students, and
surprisingly found that
1. Students like total sinhala interfaces
2. They like simpler technology
3. They like to learn them self
Our options were to either modify Moodle or to create something of our own.
Considering the long term benefits that can be created though a locally
conceptualized system was identified.
One major difference we made comparing to moodle like LMS is that Shilpa
Sayura is driven by the student through self and group learning while moodle
designed to be driven by Teacher.
As shilpa sayura aims to reach rural communities where lack of teachers are
a major problem, and nenasala not having tutors for school syllabus. Shilpa
system has to be the teacher.
We analyzed needs of rural students visiting Nenasala
1. Obtain Educational Content for School home work
2. Learn extra expanding knowledge
3. Test and prepare them selves for government exams
4. Developing new skills not taught in school
5. communicating with other students
6. Create local content for self use and for sharing.
This resulted our specification grow in software infrastructure. Although
content can be created on demand, the software infrastructure is a key resource
to be invested for the future.
The Nenasala models range from 2 computers to 10 computers, we had to scale
the software architecture and operating environment to suit implementing
locations. Nenasala uses windows XP and special servers not available.
How ever in terms of concepts and scaleability we designed shilpa sayura
open to meet growing technologies and resources at Nenasala. The system was
designed to be open, easily modifiable and scalable.
By now we have completed Shilpa Sayura Software System which is the
infrastructure for Shilpa Sayura, It was to be CMS, our enthusiasim and Researh made
it a really good Self and Group Learning Enviorenment for Rural Communities.
Its 11the September 2006 today, on wedneday which is the day for
communications (govened by planet mercury or budha) we officially present Shilpa Sayura
for Process Consultant / ICTA marking our second mile stone the Shilpa Sayura
Software - Local Self Learning Environment for Rural communities.
Shipa Sayura Software Team
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