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OLabs of Digital India, Its Adaptation for Schools in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa

  • Hal Ahassanne Demba
  • Prema NedungadiEmail author
  • Raghu Raman
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 106)

Abstract

This exploratory study examined the potential for adapting Online Labs (OLabs), an innovative educational initiative of Digital India, for use in secondary schools in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa. OLabs provides exposure to and participation in scientific experiments for students attending low-resource schools and cannot provide expensive laboratory equipments. Following a site visit in India, we examined Côte d’Ivoire curriculum documents and interviewed a variety of Ivorian stakeholders including school principals, science teachers, and students to evaluate needs and identify which experiments might be best suited for the Côte d’Ivoire context. Thirty experiments across the three scientific disciplines were identified as appropriate, and of these, 12 were translated from English to French, the official language of instruction in Côte d’Ivoire. These 12 experiments were published online and tested in Côte d’Ivoire by Ivorian teachers in terms of connectivity, user registration, accessibility to the translated experiments, and clarity of the content of translated experiments. The translated experiments were tested by teachers (n = 5) from Côte d’Ivoire. 80% of participants in this test rated the connectivity platform as good and indicated that the translated experiments were easily accessible. However, their deployment, monitoring, and empirical evaluation will necessarily need to be accompanied by public authorities and organizations of goodwill.

Keywords

Simulation Adaptation Usability Training Experimental practice 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The first author was supported by the CV Raman International fellowship under the India-Africa initiative of the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India. Online Labs for School Experiments (OLabs) is an initiative of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India. The current research study is in full accordance with the ethical standards established by Ethical Research committee at our institution. Informed consent was obtained from the participants in our study.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hal Ahassanne Demba
    • 1
  • Prema Nedungadi
    • 2
    Email author
  • Raghu Raman
    • 3
  1. 1.Université de Cergy PontoiseCergyFrance
  2. 2.Center Research in Analytics & Technologies for Education (CREATE)Amrita Vishwa VidyapeethamAmritapuriIndia
  3. 3.Amrita School of BusinessAmrita Vishwa VidyapeethamCoimbatoreIndia

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