e-learning courses for visually impaired


The Advanced Technology Blind Student’s Learning Centre at the University of Pune has empowered visually-impaired students from standard V to standard X with e-learning courses.

The e-learning modules have been designed for four fundamental subjects, namely Computer, English, Mathematics and Science.

Books on these subjects have been recorded in dialogue form and students can prepare for exams on their own. Besides success stories, interviews, current affairs, home science has also been included in the course. The programme, which was launched on Thursday, will first begin in Kolhapur on a pilot basis with 18 students and later replicated elsewhere in the state.

The students will be taught for a couple of hours before and after school through the audio medium, where they will listen to the CDs that have been recorded for the four subjects. They can get their doubts cleared by experts in Pune and Kolhapur through a conference call.

Satish Navale, who led this project, however, is looking for volunteer teachers who are ready to teach these students. He said, “We have launched the programme, but we are in need of volunteers. We could tie-up with them and establish a conference call to teach any of the topics in the four subjects. We could even do this teaching through the internet. Right now, we have a very small workforce to run the project successfully.”




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