Lahore, October 16, 2018 (PPI-OT): eLearn mobile app, an Android and Instant web application for eLearn.Punjab, the official repository of digitized textbooks across the country developed by the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) for School Education Department the Punjab is formally launched, by the Chairman PITB Dr. Umar Saif in a press briefing here today. In his opening remarks Dr. Umar Saif highlighted the importance of online learning, which provided equal standard for students and teachers in both public and private schools and contains 28 science and Math textbooks of Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board for grades 6-12th . We were also preparing a research paper, first of its kind on this intervention, he said.
The textbooks have been augmented with 13,047 video lectures, 592 simulations, 2100 audio lectures as well as 1,830 animations and assessment. The contents were double reviewed by education experts from renowned institutes and subject specialists of Punjab Curriculum and Textbook board (PCTB) and both Khan Academy, Sabaq Foundation have been Linked on one platform, he added. The Quaid-e-Azam Academy for Educational Development (QAED) and project team trained 12000 teachers to adopt the digitized content for teaching.
The app for iPhone will be made available within the current week. While briefing the media Dr. Umar Saif said that after visiting schools in rural areas it was realized that poor learning outcomes and teaching standards presented a significant problem. In a bid to solve this issue, the eLearn Initiative was launched by PITB and School education department. Information Technology University (ITU) the Punjab successfully joined hands with PITB and implemented a unique initiative for the Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) to assess the impact of digital content.
This evaluation study was generously funded by DFID, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-Pal) and was conducted by Dr. Sabrin Beg and Dr. Adreinne Lucas who were economists at University of Delaware, with PhDs from Yale University and Brown University, respectively, he informed Under the sponsorship of School Education Department (SED), the eLearn initiative rolled out to 200 multimedia classrooms in seven districts of the Punjab is benefitting more than 9,000 students, and 200 science and math teachers, which will be extended gradually in the other districts of the province.
The eLearn project used existing technologies to innovatively improve learning outcomes in a manner that could be quantifiably measured. LED screens are installed in classrooms and teachers have been given tablets containing engaging instructional content in order to improve content delivery and learning outcomes in mathematics and science subjects. Quality assurance of the project included real-time monitoring of teachers via tablets, field visits, classroom observations, and student assessments.
Through Randomized controlled trial (RCT) evaluation per annum, revealed a 52 percent improvement in the student’s scores in science subjects, scores in math had doubled i.e 120 % and student attendance had also improved. On average in 30 schools in three districts of Punjab the scores jumped to 74 percent on average making it the most successful campaign globally. The eLearn project used existing technologies to innovatively improve learning outcomes in a manner that could be quantifiably measured.
LED screens were installed in classrooms and teachers were given tablets containing engaging instructional content in order to improve content delivery and learning outcomes in mathematics and science subjects. Quality assurance of the project included real-time monitoring of teachers via tablets, field visits, classroom observations, and student assessments. The app is currently available on Play Store at http://bit.ly/2RBzptk and was launched following the success of the web portal of eLearn Punjab. So far the web portal has had 9 million hits and received 0.45 million unique visitors. It can be accessed online at https://elearn.punjab.gov.pk/.
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