Enabling CLIx English Student Module Roll Out
Leaving behind the Mumbai monsoon, we headed straight into the scorching heat of Jaipur to support the field team to initiate the CLIx English student module in schools. The objectives of our visit were:
- To demonstrate a model roll-out to the CLIx team in Rajasthan
- To initiate English Beginner Unit 0.1 in select schools where the platform has been installed
- To check and report platform stability and related issues.
Jennifer and I from the English Language team and Ashwin from the Technology team, Mumbai, were accompanied by field support persons (FSPs) from Jaipur. Installation of the modules and lab readiness of around 12–15 schools was scrutinised by the field team. We wanted to make the most of this week-long visit and managed to cover 9 schools in 4 days!
On the very first day of our visit, we could not conduct any CLIx classes since the teachers in all the schools were required to attend a video conference organised by the ministry of education.
From Day 2, we visited two schools every day and managed to roll out the English Beginner Unit 0.1 Lessons 0 and 1. In our observations, we saw that students seemed highly motivated to use technology and were enthusiastic about experimenting with the tools, especially the Let’s Talk activity where students record in pairs and listen to their responses and rerecord until they are satisfied.
The presence of the subject teacher during the roll-out seems useful as the teacher can see the level of student engagement and an environment conducive for language learning is generated in the CLIx lab. The enthusiastic team of FSPs in Rajasthan was always around for any needed troubleshooting and also took over the responsibility of conducting roll-out sessions in some schools.
After a week-long roll-out process, the team returned with a realistic view of the field and are better prepared for future student module roll-outs in the rest of the CLIx states.
July 10–14, 2017
(Mayuri Kulkarni,Research Associate,English Team,CLIx)