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Title: Educational Technologies Used In the WorkIntegrated Learning Programmes of BITSPilani A presentation


1
Educational Technologies Used In the
Work-Integrated Learning Programmes of
BITS-Pilani A presentation to the visiting
DEC-UGC-AICTE Team by the Software Development
Educational Technology Unit, BITS-Pilani June
20, 2009
  • Dr. Rahul Banerjee
  • Associate Professor Computer Science
    information Systems Group Chief SDET Unit
  • On behalf of the Team-SDETU

Website http//discovery.bits-pilani.ac.in/sdetu/
2
Presentation points
  • A brief introduction to the SDET Unit, its
    functions, its constituent laboratories and
    facilities
  • An overview of the Educational Technologies and
    Technology-enhanced Learning Methodologies used
    at BITS Pilani
  • Asynchronous Learning Technologies used through
    the BITS Virtual University
  • Synchronous Learning Technologies used through
    Desk-top Video-conferencing and Lecture-on-Demand
  • E-resources Digital Library Technologies and
    Digital Repositories used
  • Technology-assisted Evaluation Methods for
    in-class and work-defense
  • An overview of research and development work
    done, on-going research and development works
  • A brief overview of External (Indian, European
    and North American) research grants based
    collaborative projects, to provide a glimpse of
    what do we do and how does it impact positively
    our on as well as off-campus education
  • Questions Answers

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A brief introduction to the SDET Unit
  • The Software Development Educational Technology
    Unit provides select software tools, technology
    solutions and e-services to the Institute
    including the following
  • Tools
  • Portal driven services
  • Multimedia Streaming services
  • Project Embryo
  • Consultancy
  • In addition, the faculty and students at the Unit
    carry out research / development activities in
    the areas of
  • Network Protocols, Wearable computing, Wireless
    Sensor Networking, IPv6, Pervasive Computing,
    Optical Networks, Power-aware Routing,
    Quality-of-Service, Internet Security, Anti-Spam
    Technologies
  • Operating Systems,
  • Software Engineering (Focus testing)
  • Super-symmetry

Website http//discovery.bits-pilani.ac.in/sdetu/
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Specialized Centres at the SDET Unit
  • Centre for Software Development has three
    laboratories ltestablished with the help of
    initial grant support from IBM (India), Microsoft
    Research (Redmond, USA), European Commissions
    Next Generation Network Initiative (NGNi,
    Brussels) and Telecom-Bretagne (France)gt
  • Media Laboratory Focus E-learning E-content
    creation, Animation, BITS-Virtual University,
    Anti-spam technologies, Asynchronous e-learning
    technologies, Course Management Tools
  • BITS-Microsoft Laboratory for Mobile Computing
    Focus Mobile computing, Wearable Computing,
    Wireless Sensor Networks, Mobile IPv6, Pervasive
    Computing, Real-time Operating Systems, Search
    techniques for Digital Libraries, Telemedicine
    framework
  • BITS-IBM Laboratory for Open Source Technologies
    Focus Open-source software, Web-Services,
    IPv6-QoS-aware Grid-Computing, Network
    Internet Security, Website development
  • Centre for Education Technology has three
    distinct facilities
  • Digital Video Studio Focus EDUSAT-based
    interactive multi-way lecture delivery,
    video-content creation
  • High-Definition Multi-party Video-Conferencing
    Facility Focus high-definition, two-way or
    multi-way intensive collaboration and learning,
    also used internally for conferencing
  • Internet-based Desktop Video-Conferencing
    Facility Focus Live Interactive, Scheduled and
    On-demand lecture delivery, E-meetings,
    Webcasting for heavily scattered student
    population anywhere in the connected world

Website http//discovery.bits-pilani.ac.in/csd/
Website http//discovery.bits-pilani.ac.in/cet/
Website http//discovery.bits-pilani.ac.in/sdetu/
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The Educational Technologies used at BITS Pilani
  • Asynchronous Learning Technologies used through
    the BITS Virtual University and WILP Portal
  • HTML and Slide-based content delivery for select
    courses
  • Limited support through animation and soft-tutor
    modules
  • Course-wise Mailing Lists
  • Lecture-repositories
  • Access to select Old-Question Papers and Sample
    Indicative Solutions
  • Synchronous Learning Technologies used through
    Desk-top Video-conferencing and
    Lecture-on-Demand
  • Live-Interactive Lecture-sessions (at an average,
    18 hours per subject)
  • 24x7 Availability of delivered lectures (minus
    the video part) to those who missed live lectures
  • E-resources Digital Library Technologies and
    Digital Repositories used
  • BITS-VU, WILP Portal, Professors Websites plus
    Books 24x7 or similar resources
  • Technology-assisted Evaluation Methods for
    in-class and work-defense

Websites http//vu.bits-pilani.ac.in/ and
http//discovery.bits-pilani.ac.in/cet/
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The Digital Video Studio ltEDUSATgt
  • The studio provides the facility for medium-high
    quality live interactive lecture delivery among
    our various campuses under EDUSAT project
    initiated by GoI/ISRO.
  • Equipped with Digital Smart-board, HDVC System,
    Touch-sensitive monitor, Mixer and ancillary
    equipments
  • Recording facility is being considered to be
    added as part of an expansion plan
  • The technology is readily available, if the need
    is felt by the Institute, for WILP use.
  • Various BITS campuses stand benefited at
    Pilani,Goa and Hyderabad.
  • Current Status
  • Two teaching end and three class room ends are
    ready at Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad campuses of
    BITS
  • System used extensively during the last semester
    using EDUSATs IGNOU-based Mini-hub with the
    help of a 2-Mbps data-only (no Internet
    connectivity) Leased line connectivity from
    Pilani to New Delhi

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9/28/2009
(c) Software Development Educational Technology
Unit, BITS-Pilani, Rajasthan, PIN-333031, INDIA
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The Digital Video Studio …
  • Technical Aspects
  • Lecture transmission from teaching end to min hub
    (New Delhi) is through the Leased line and from
    mini hub various campuses can receive through
    satellite communication
  • Satellite Bandwidth is provided ltKU-Bandgt by
    ISRO
  • As of now, Interactive sessions cannot be
    recorded and transmitted later we need it to be
    added.
  • Use begun on Jan 15, 2009
  • Another on going project is to provide IPTV
    facility. It includes high / medium-high / low
    quality ltas per needgt Video-on-Demand and
    scheduled video multicasting
  • Hardware / Software involved
  • CISCO IPTV servers (08 numbers) for this
    facility.
  • A set of three IP/TV Servers had been procured
    with the help of a DEC Grant in 2000-2001.
  • Team Mr. Virendra Singh Shekhawat
    (Faculty-in-charge, Pilani campus), Mr. Vikram
    Singh Mokawat (Technical operation assistant),
    Dr. Rahul Banerjee

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9/28/2009
Website http//discovery.bits-pilani.ac.in/cet/
(c) Software Development Educational Technology
Unit, BITS-Pilani, Rajasthan, PIN-333031, INDIA
8
The Internet Based Desktop Video Conferencing
(DTVC) Facility
  • Objective To facilitate Online Lectures,
    interactions, on-line in-class quizzes, on-demand
    services and web-based seminars for
  • The Off-campus Work-Integrated learning programme
    of the Institute
  • Some statistics
  • Over 540 live interactive lectures delivered each
    semester, at an average
  • Over 3000 archived lectures for view-on-demand
  • Caters to about 5000 off-campus students
  • E-meetings, BS/MS/PhD viva-voce, PS-interviews
  • Some statistics
  • Over 150 B.S. / M.S. / PhD viva-voce per
    semester
  • About 50 collaborative programmes with different
    organizations
  • Team Dr. Rishikesh Vaidya (faculty in charge),
    Dr. Rahul Banerjee along with 7-days a week,
    16-hour per day Help-desk Mr. Vasu Saini, Mr.
    Bhagat Singh

Website http//discovery.bits-pilani.ac.in/cet/
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IP-based DTVC Facilities at the SDET Unit
  • Locally Installed Hardware
  • One main ICC server (IBM x-series 255)
  • one hot ICC back-up server
  • a back-up server
  • Enetrprise-class Internet-based Collaboration
    Software
  • Interwise ATT Connect (server end)
  • Interwise ATT Participant application (client
    end)
  • Outsourced Link External Server-support
  • International Expressway service connects
    BITS-Pilani servers to five high-availability
    servers situated in different parts of the world
    and interconnected through High-speed data links
  • 4 Mbps premium leased line with QoS-based SLA to
    connect to the Expressway

Website http//discovery.bits-pilani.ac.in/dtvc/
10
Project Embryo
  • A collaborative initiative by BITS and its Alumni
  • Two challenges faced by University today
  • Accommodate explosive growth in knowledge
  • Narrowing specializations on one hand and
    emergence of interdisciplinary areas on the other
  • Embryo accommodates such diverse needs by
    leveraging technologies like
  • Internet based Dektop Video conferencing Facility
    and
  • High-Definition Video-Conferencing facility (as
    per mutual convenience of the speaker and campus)
  • and tapping the expertise of alumni and friends
    of BITS.

Website http//www.bitsembryo.org/
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It is indeed a small world
  • A talk attended by 600 students across
    campuses!

Audience at BITS Pilani
Audience atBITS Dubai
Speaker from US
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95 lectures since March '06
  • Semester-wise break-up of lectures

13
Embryo Lectures in Various Disciplines
14
Work at the Media Laboratory
  • Services offered as per needs of the Institute
  • Open-source-based e-mail services to Off-campus
    Students, corresponding on-campus faculty
  • BITS-VU based asynchronous content delivery
    services and student learning support services
  • Course management services for the on-campus
    faculty
  • Course-specific support services to the on-campus
    students via the IntraBITS portal
  • Ongoing software development projects
  • The BITS Virtual University ltInitial support came
    from IBM, now completely running on in-house
    softwaregt
  • System architecture and corresponding software
    development for VU
  • design and development of web-enabled multimedia
    course ware
  • Course Management Tool CMT
  • Teachers can manage their courses online create
    notices and display on e-notice page, manage
    calendar, upload lectures/course material, handle
    assignments,carry out marks entry/grading,
    receive feed back from students etc..
  • Intra-BITS
  • Available for students to view any notices
    uploaded by the instructors.
  • Students can view course material, upload
    assignments, see marks and grades etc.
    corresponding to their courses.
  • Anti-spam technology development ltdoes have
    research aspects as wellgt
  • Campus-wise Online Notice Board Project

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Infrastructure at the Media Laboratory
  • Major Infrastructural Facilities
  • Hardware
  • Personal Workstations 25
  • Servers (Symmetric Multi-processing-based, rack
    mounted and Tower models 09
  • Software
  • Variants of Microsoft Windows XP/Vista, Microsoft
    Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Sharepoint Server,
    Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Office
  • Variants of the Linux operating system and
    corresponding open-source software including what
    is popularly called LAMP
  • Team Ms. K Manjusha (Faculty-in-Charge), Mr.
    Bhavesh Neekhra, Mr. Atul Runthala, Dr. Rahul
    Banerjee

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The BITS-IBM Laboratory for Open Source Computing
  • Major infrastructural facilities
  • Hardware
  • Number of Work-station class machines - 32
  • Symmetric multiprocessor based Server class
    machines 03
  • Software
  • IBM Websphere Application Server, Websphere
    Sudio, DB2, Open Office
  • SUN Solaris, Suns Star Office, SUN Grid
  • Globus Grid Computing Toolkit, Several variants
    of Linux operating system and open source
    software
  • Also used
  • Microsoft Windows XP / Vista, Microsoft 2003
    Advanced Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft
    Office 2007,
  • Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Premiere, Coldfusion,
    Macromedia Dreamweaver
  • Continuing development projects
  • BITS Website Project
  • Ongoing research projects ltResearch grants
    Microsoft, IBM, ECgt
  • IPv6-QoS-aware Grid-Computing project ltopen
    sourcegt
  • Team Mr. Prashant Chirania (Web Master), Mr.
    Ajay Roongta, Dr. Rahul Banerjee

9/28/2009
(c) Software Development Educational Technology
Unit, BITS-Pilani, Rajasthan, PIN-333031, INDIA
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BITS-Microsoft Laboratory for Mobile Computing
  • Thrust Areas for research Mobile computing,
    Wearable Computing, Wireless Sensor Networks,
    Mobile IPv6, Pervasive Computing, Real-time
    Operating Systems, Search techniques for Digital
    Libraries, Telemedicine framework, Pervasive
    Computing
  • Major Infrastructural Facilities
  • Workstation class machines
  • Tablet PCs
  • Nexus-10 wearable wireless physiological monitor
  • Wireless sensor network kit (crossbow IRIS
    node-based) 30 IRIS nodes, 10 gateways and
    associated software
  • D-link Air Premier IEEE 802.11b wireless Access
    point
  • Pocket PCs Phones
  • Pocket PCs
  • Real-Time operating systems RT-Linux, Microsoft
    Win CE 5/6, Tiny OS 2.1
  • Non-real-time Operating systems Variants of
    Linux, Microsoft Windows XP/Vista
  • Related open-source and propriety application
    software including Bio-Trace from Mind Media BV,
    Microsoft Visual Studio (regular and embedded
    editions), Suns JME and JSE

9/28/2009
(c) Software Development Educational Technology
Unit, BITS-Pilani, Rajasthan, PIN-333031, INDIA
17
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Work at the BITS-Microsoft Laboratory for Mobile
Computing
  • External research grant-based projects
  • Tiny6-STIC Wireless Sensor Network with IPv6
    project
  • iCharak Telemedicine Project ltto be used atop the
    Grid-One architecturegt
  • Next-generation Network Initiative project using
    IPv6 and QoS
  • BITS Life-guard Wearable Computing project
  • BITS Heart-guard Wearable Computing project
  • Oxford Journal Server Digital Library Project
  • Team Ms. Swati Keskar (Faculty-in-Charge), Mr.
    Vishnu Jakhoria, Mr. Ajay Roongta, Dr. Rahul
    Banerjee

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Some relevant links / data
  • Major Projects Completed
  • IPv6-based multimedia Internet QoS project
    ltFunded by NGNi, European Commissiongt
  • http//ipv6.bits-pilani.ac.in/ngni/index.ht
    ml/
  • Project Journal-Server lt Funded by JST, Trinity
    College, Oxford Universitygt ltPhase I
    completedgt
  • http//www.js.org/
  • Major Projects Ongoing
  • Project BITS-WearComp (BITS-LifeGuard
    BITS-HeartGuard) Design and development of
    wearable computers for life saving ltpartly funded
    by NGNi and Microsoft Researchgt
  • http//discovery.bits-pilani.ac.in/WearComp/
  • Project Tiny6 IPv6, Mobility and
    Power-conservation aspects of Sensor Networks in
    pervasive computing environments
  • ltFunded by French ministry of Foreign
    Affairs, INRIA, Telecom-ParisTech, Telecom
    Bretagnegt
  • http//tiny6.point6.net/
  • Project NetFirst IPv6 native support based
    web-accessible Remote Network Laboratory Project
    being carried out atop Extended MIT iLabs
    Architecture ltSupported by MIT,-Cambridge
    Microsoft Research-Redmondgt

9/28/2009
(c) Software Development Educational Technology
Unit, BITS-Pilani, Rajasthan, PIN-333031, INDIA
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The Digital Video Studio
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The Media Laboratory
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The BITS-IBM Laboratory for Open Source Computing

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The BITS-Microsoft Mobile Computing Laboratory
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In Progress The PAN-African e-Network Studio
Setup
  • BITS Pilani has been identified by the Government
    of India as one of universities to participate in
    its ambitious PAN-African e-Network Initiative.
  • BITS is likely to offer three Certificate
    programmes to select West-African Nations using
    Govt. of Indias PAN-African e-Network
    Infrastructure.
  • Current Status MoU Signed with TCIL as per GoI
    advisory , Studio set-up work is in progress

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Any questions please?
  • Thank you for your kind attention and time!
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