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About COOL

As India faces a disruptive moment in education, teachers and students have the challenge of continuing to teach and learn during the lockdown. Technology can be an enabler in this moment of crisis. We, at the Centre for Education Innovation and Action Research, bring to you a wide range of resources to help you continue teaching and learning during this time.

We are committed to offer our expertise and services to help different stakeholders in education transition to other modes of teaching and learning. The Connected Open and Online Learning (COOL) is our response to COVID-19 through which we hope to reach out to teachers, teacher educators and students. If you are a teacher in a school or teacher educator or a student teacher in a Teacher Education Institute (B.Ed./M.Ed.) you will find useful resources for your class and for your own professional development. These resources are available in English and a few modern Indian languages. COOL initiative is seeded by Tata Trusts and supported by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya National Missions for teachers and teaching (PMMMNMTT).

Our Initiatives under COOL

1.Resources for Teacher Education

We are mapping our short term and post-graduate certificate programmes like Reflective Teaching with ICT courses with the NCTE curriculum to offer them online to student teachers (B.Ed.) across the country. Three pedagogy courses (English, Math and Science) are already hosted on the TISSx platform. Most of the courses will be available in two languages; Hindi and English. Details of these courses are also available on the NCTE website. We are mapping other free open online courses to the NCTE curriculum to provide a wide range of curated resources. We have mapped 12 resources/courses so far for student-teachers and teacher educators which are hosted on TISSx platform and more are in the pipeline.

Some of our courses are also mapped to the M.Ed curriculum and in partnership with Mumbai University we are offering weekly webinars to teacher educators and M.Ed students under the Teaching and Learning Consortium (TALC) 2020.

In partnership with DSERT, Karnataka, we have also conducted weekly bilingual webinar series in Kannada and English for the nodal officers and faculty-in-charge of the District Educational resource Centre project, Karnataka. A summary of the webinar series is available here.

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Watch TALC and DSERT webinar recordings on YouTube youtube channel

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TALC webinar

1 Session: 1 Perspectives on Pre-service Teacher Education by Dr.Mythili Ramchand, Professor, CEIAR, TISS Youtube link
2 Session:2 Cognitive Learning and Development by Dr.Kamala Mukunda, Centre of Learning,Bengaluru Youtube link
3 Session:3 Diversity and Diverse Needs of Learners by Dr. Varsha Gathoo Head, Dept. of Education, AYJNISH Youtube link
4 Session:4 Approaches to and Inquiry in Curriculum studies by Dr.Sybil Thomas, Professor, Dept. of Education, MU Youtube link
5 Session:5 Culture, Politics, Self and Society by Dr Padma Sarangapani, Professor & Chairperson, CEIAR, TISS Youtube link
6 Session 6: Learning from Thinkers in Education by Alok Mathur, Formerly Director(Teacher Education), Rishi Valley Education Centre Youtube link
7 Session 7: Changing context of education by Prof. Rohit Dinkar, Azim Premji University Youtube link
8 Session 8: The Right to Education-Reading and Implementing Inclusion through Section 12 (1) By Dr.Vidya K. S., CEIAR, TISS Youtube link
9 Session 9: Collaborative Leadership for School Improvement By: Dr.Shefali Pandya,
Professor & Head, Department of Education, University of Mumbai
Youtube link

DSERT Webinars

1 Session: 1 Open Educational Resources by Dr.Mythili Ramchand, Professor, CEIAR, TISS Youtube link
2 Session:2 Inclusive Education by Ms. Manjula Nanjundaiah, Seva-in-action & Ms Brinda VSEI Youtube link
3 Session:3 Action Research as Reflective Practice by Dr. C.G. Venkatesha Murthy, Prof & Dean, Research RIE, NCERT Mysore. Youtube link
4 Session:4 Knowledge as constructed in social contexts by Prof. Indira Vijaysimha Professor Azim Premji University Youtube link
5 Session 5: Technology Pedagogical and Content Knowledge(TPACK) by Bindu Thirumalai, Assistant Professor, CEIAR, TISS Youtube link

2. Ground Assessment - Research

a. Ground Assessment Study
We are also gathering primary data from principals, teachers, parents and students to get a sense of field realities and plan interventions accordingly. These findings are posted on a weekly basis on our website for wider access and use. So far we have received data from 300 participants from different regions of the country including both rural and urban locations.
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A Assessment of Ground Preparedness for EdTech (Round 1) Report
B Assessment of Ground Preparedness for EdTech (Round 2) Report
C Assessment of Ground Preparedness for EdTech (Round 3) Report

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a. Teachers Tool (for teachers, headteachers and teacher educators):
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b. Student Teachers Tool (for students of education studies including B.Ed, M.Ed, MA(Ed)):


b. Edtech Weekly Podcast: Voices from the ground
Understanding the needs of the ground is a critical exercise to respond to the current situation. Under this initiative, we gather information from some of the key stakeholders of school education. This is hearing voices directly from the field. Weekly one practitioner is interviewed on current education challenges, innovations and interventions happening on the ground, interviews are done in different Indian languages. Till now we have interviewed 8 practitioners from various walks of life eg, teachers, administrators, educational foundations, etc.
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1 Voices from the Ground - Episode -1 Annie Thomas Youtube link
2 Voices from the Ground - Episode -2 Dhanashree Yeddandi Youtube link
3 Voices from the Ground - Episode -3 Yogesh Pandey Youtube link
4 Voices from the Ground - Episode -4 Sujata Naronha Youtube link
5 Voices from the Ground - Episode -5 Manisha Pavi Youtube link
6 Voices from the Ground - Episode -6 Yogesh Sonawane Youtube link
7 Voices from the Ground - Episode -7 C Poorna Chandar Youtube link
8 Voices from the Ground - Episode -8 Venkatesh Koneghatta Youtube link
9 Voices from the Ground - Episode -9 Chandan Jha Youtube link
10 Voices from the Ground - Episode -10 Miss Esthar Youtube link

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3. Multilingual Webinars for school teachers and students by ITE & CLIx

Integrating Technology in Education (ITE) and Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx) are the two programmes of the centre which have been working in educational technology. Based on the experience and learning of these programmes we will be conducting weekly webinars for students and teachers in different languages.These will be interactive sessions (some conducted by school teachers) and will cover different aspects such as introducing synchronous and asynchronous technologies, orientation to computational thinking and other OERs. There will also be a focus on including hands-on learning and mental health. These are conducted in different Indian languages.

We have so far conducted 9 webinars which were attended by 150 (avg) teachers and students from across India and more are coming up

watch recordings of the webinars on Youtube

4. Content Curation and creation- OER Repository

A repository of open educational resources (OER) has been developed where high quality OER have been curated with meta-tagging of subjects, grades, language support, type of technology etc. The COOL-OER will help teachers, parents, students and educators to search high quality resources which are free and open as well as curated with guidance for use and integration. The resources have been selected which foster active learning , are multilingual (support Indian languages), accessible and adaptable. The COOL-OER repository can be accessed at Please visit the webpage for more details. You can also share more OERs with us. On the website you can also access award winning multilingual CLIx resources pertaining to Digital literacy, English, Mathematics and Science for middle and high school students.

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5.Technologies for Online Learning in School Education

We have developed a course Technologies for Online Learning in School . This is open for all and is specifically targeted for school teachers and educators. It provides an understanding of principles of learning using technology, introduces the learner to synchronous and asynchronous modes of learning, provides an orientation to different tools of assessments, and introduces them to the world of Open Educational Resources (OERs). This course is freely available to help teachers and educators to plan teaching sessions for their students using technology. It will importantly orient them on how technology tools requiring low bandwidth can be used to connect with their students and continue teaching and learning. It is available in English on the TISSx platform from 11th May 2020 and will soon be available on the Diksha platform. We also plan to translate the course in multiple Indian languages. So far 1300 teachers have enrolled in this course. We have recently announced digital badges. Learners who will be completing the course will receive 'Course Completer' digital badge.

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1 COOL-CEIAR TISS Newsletter Issue 1 30 April 2020
2 COOL-CEIAR TISS Newsletter Issue 2 12 May 2020
3 COOL-CEIAR TISS Newsletter Issue 3 22 May 2020
4 COOL-CEIAR TISS Newsletter Issue 4 9 June 2020
5 COOL-CEIAR TISS Newsletter Issue 5 26 June 2020

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