Newspaper: The Hindu
Date: 16th June 2012
144 external experts reviewed it
e-contents of the five-year Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry course of the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS) were released by Agriculture Minister S. Damodaran here on Friday.
Developed under the National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP) of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), the e-contents included creating multi-media e-learning modules, a shareable repository of learning resources in veterinary and animal sciences, and delivering e-modules online and offline in the form of CD / DVD.
The contents were released at the 23rd meeting of ICAR Regional Committee No. VIII at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU).
The process of developing the e-contents began in December 2007 and got over in June 2012.
These were developed for 69 courses at an outlay of Rs.2.21 crore.
The courses were offered over nine semesters.
As many as 79 content developers used the Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment (MOODLE) platform to create the content.
An exclusive website http://elearnvet.net for hosting and editing the e-courses was developed. Offline version of the e-courses was developed in POODLE (portable MOODLE) and made available on DVDs for distribution to other veterinary colleges.
According to Vice-Chancellor of TANUVAS R. Prabakaran, the e-contents were subjected to a strict peer review by external experts for refining the contents.
“In all, 144 external experts from across the country reviewed the e-contents. Linkages were also made with national and international agricultural institutes for strengthening the e-contents. With the e-contents available both online and offline, students and teachers of veterinary science can now have access to benefits of e-learning,” he said.