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Smart Classrooms: Technology Aids for Effective Teaching in Large Classrooms

Primary Information

Domain

Information & Communication Technology

Project No.

7515

Sanction and Project Initiation

Sanction No: F.No. 3-18/2015-TS-TS.1

Sanction Date: 14/12/2016

Project Initiation date: 20/07/2017

Project Duration: 36

Partner Ministry/Agency/Industry

MeITy

Role of partner:None so far

Support from partner:None so far

Principal Investigator

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Kameswari Chebrolu
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Host Institute

Co-PIs

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Bhaskaran Raman
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Scope and Objectives

The goal of this project is to create a suite of smartphone based teaching aids to improve student learning and assist teachers in conducting large classes. This includes 1) a bring-your-own-device cheating-free examination system to conduct quizzes, 2) a clicker system to conduct quick polls 3) a file distribution system that permits a teacher to share files with the class, 4) a doubts clearing system that permits a teacher to prioritize and address students' doubts, and 5) a smart mic app that provides microphone functionality to students. An important goal is to build the aids such that they scale well.

Deliverables

As given in the original proposal, we will deliver the following at the end of the project: Software modules for the five applications, including client-side apps and server-side implementations. SAFE Clicker File sharing Doubts clearing app Mic app Scalable WiFi AP module for ready deployment of our apps in classrooms/conferences. Design documentation and results from field trials for each of the applications.

Scientific Output

We have progressed along the SAFE app very well. The main achievements in this direction include the successful field trial of SAFE app done in the following settings: In the month of Dec-2017, SAFE was used for daily quizzes in a month-long workshop for faculty from various colleges Subsequent to the above, several colleges/institutes have used SAFE v1 for their exams this last semester: IIT-Kanpur, IIIT-G, K.J.Somaiya College, Sree Chitra College of Engg., NMIMS, Orchid College of Engg., AGPIT, ZEAL, RIT, VSSUT, Theem College of Engg. In Feb-2018, Pratham Education Foundation (http://www.pratham.org/) used for skill training exams SAFE has also been used by a company Mojo Networks (https://www.mojonetworks.com/) for placement tests SAFE v1 was used to conduct quizzes, lab-exams, and also part of an end-sem exam in IIT-Bombay as well as IIT-Dharwad

Results and outcome till date

See scientific output above

Societal benefit and impact anticipated

Next steps

Publications and reports

SAFE: Smart Authenticated Fast Exams for Student Evaluation in Classrooms, Kameswari Chebrolu, Bhaskaran Raman, Vinay Chandra, Akshay Veer, Kurien Zacharia, SIGCSE, Seattle, USA, Mar 2017.

Patents

Scholars and Project Staff

Neeraj Kerkar, MTech RA student, 3 years Shah Rukh Hussian, MTech RA student, 3 years

Challenges faced

No funding from partner institute, no response

Financial Information

  • Total sanction: Rs. 6000000

  • Amount received: Rs. 2115000

  • Amount utilised for Equipment: Rs. 337364

  • Amount utilised for Manpower: Rs. 1139000

  • Amount utilised for Consumables: Rs. 0

  • Amount utilised for Contingency: Rs. 44741

  • Amount utilised for Travel: Rs. 8826

  • Amount utilised for Other Expenses: 0

  • Amount utilised for Overheads: Rs. 360000

Equipment and facilities

Server machine for hosting our server software: INR 2,15,862 Desktops for MTech students: INR 1,04,902 Samsung galaxy tab for testing classroom apps: INR 16,600