The Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx) is a technology-enabled initiative at scale for high school students. The initiative was seeded by Tata Trusts, Mumbai and is led by Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA USA. CLIx offers a scalable and sustainable model of open education, to meet the educational needs of students and teachers. The initiative has won UNESCO’s prestigious 2017 King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the field of Education.
CLIx incorporates thoughtful pedagogical design and leverages contemporary technology and online capabilities. Resources for students are in the areas of Mathematics, Sciences, Communicative English and Digital Literacy, designed to be interactive, foster collaboration and integrate values and 21st-century skills. These are being offered to students of government secondary schools in Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Telangana in their regional languages and also released as Open Educational Resources (OERs).
Teacher Professional Development is available through professional communities of practice and the blended Post Graduate Certificate in Reflective Teaching with ICT. Through research and collaborations, CLIx seeks to nurture a vibrant ecosystem of partnerships and innovation to improve schooling for underserved communities.
CLIx aims to reach approximately 1,100 schools, 1,100 Head Masters and 1,11,000 students in 4 states during the period 2015-2018. With an eye on capacity building, Teacher Professional Development (TPD) courses for approximately 4,500 teachers are to be conducted during the same period, to strengthen their competencies and confidence.
Successful implementation of the project could pave the way for increased coverage, not only of regions and schools but also of subjects and age-groups. The future would lie in the model’s replication throughout the country, in keeping with the National Curriculum Framework (NCF 2005). It also has the potential to travel to neighbouring countries.
- Active and authentic learning
The CLIx curriculum design nurtures the higher-order cognitive development and consolidates learning in the mother tongue.
- Valuable and powerful content knowledge
Knowledge and skills acquisition pave the way for better educational and employment opportunities.
- Learner access to, and interaction with, peer groups and experts
Through such communication and interaction, circles widen and new opportunities arise.
- Peer feedback and credible assessment
Learners offer each other and gain from one another, constructive critiques and useful perspectives.
- Development of the self as a social being
Integrated value education prepares learners for real-world situations and for participation in democratic citizenship through a drawing out of connections between the subjects of study and related values, that are then reflected in an evolving culture of engagement and responsibility.
- Building a community of practice
Teachers and educators provide mutual support and encouragement while sharing perspectives and insights to do with common problems and issues.
- Live action research
Research is integrated into the multiple streams of ongoing CLIx activities. Continuously monitoring and informing all aspects of the project, it enables sustainable growth of the initiative.
- An interconnected ecosystem
All partners, including teachers, parents, alumni, institutions, experts, other interested individuals, the education system and the larger community, are linked together through a shared commitment to meaningful education.
- Narrowing the education gap
CLIx addresses the gaps between segments of the population within the country and ultimately, between India and other countries – thus working to overcome what has been, historically, a major obstacle to growth.