Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, TIFR, Mumbai

Project Description


Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) is a National Centre of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai. The broad goals of the Centre are to promote equity and excellence in science and mathematics education, from the primary school to the undergraduate college level. It also works to encourage the growth of scientific literacy in the country, and is a premier institution for research and development in science, technology and mathematics education. It is India’s nodal centre for Olympiad programmes in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy and junior science.

Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai is the advisory and development partner of the Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx) project for technology and mathematics curriculum.

Gnowledge lab at HBCSE contributes to the CLIx by advising and assisting CLIx technology team for the design, development, integration and deployment of CLIx platform – a next generation digital learning platform which is both a course maker (CMS) and a course player (LMS). The CLIx platform is powered by gstudio, which is a node based framework for learning technologies developed at the Gnowledge lab. The platform hosts all the CLIx students modules and works both online as well as offline. The lab also developed installation technology for distribution of the platform in the remote schools which fosters connected learning in disconnected spaces through the concept of internet in a box. The team at HBCSE collaborates with MIT technology team to integrate the Open Assessment Tool and Open Assessment Client with the platform. The Gnowledge lab is also involved in the CLIx OER release.

The HBCSE has contributed to CLIx in the design and development of i2C – a digital literacy course for high school students. The HBCSE staff actively contribute towards the technology transfer to CLIx implementation teams by conduction workshops, training teachers and providing technical support on an ongoing basis.

HBCSE Mathematics Education Cell extended academic support in the development of CLIx mathematics modules. HBCSE staff have contributed in the planning as well as development and review phases of CLIx mathematics modules for students and teacher professional development certificate course.

HBCSE contributors:

  • K. Subramaniam, Professor & Centre-Director, HBCSE-TIFR, Mumbai
  • G. Nagarjuna, Professor, HBCSE, TIFR, Mumbai
  • Shweta Naik, Scientific Officer, HBCSE-TIFR, Mumbai
  • Aaloka Kanhere, Visiting Scientist, HBCSE-TIFR, Mumbai
  • Satej Shende, Project Scientific Officer, HBCSE, TIFR, Mumbai (now with TISS)
  • Ulhas Shah, Project Scientific Officer, HBCSE, TIFR, Mumbai

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