Mission

OFFICIAL LAUNCH ON THE 26TH OF JANUARY, 2010


What is ST project?
The Spoken Tutorial project is the initiative of the "Talk to a Teacher" project of the National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology, launched by MHRD, Govt of India. Here you will find a variety of tutorials on various Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in several Indian regional languages. 

The main objective of this project is to promote IT literacy for education and improve the employment potential of learners in India, using FOSS (free and open source software).  ICT is an important area that provides jobs to a large number of our students. Software creation, electronic design automation (IC design), numerical computing, and modelling and simulation are some of the ICT areas.  We aim to pass on the knowledge of technology and free and open source software (FOSS) through the website to the millions in our country, who lack opportunities and/or access to learn any software. 

Some reasons for these gaps in access are:
  • Lack of knowledge about accessibility
  • Lack of proper guidance
  • Lack of infrastructure facilities available
  • Difficulty in understanding English

Definition of ST and its usage:
ST is a 10-minute long audio-video tutorial created using the screencast methodology where the face of the person creating the video is not captured, rather the students are shown the lesson to learn. The spoken part of ST is dubbed into all Indian languages and one can use ST to learn a topic, called a tutorial. This distinguishes ST from rest of the other video tutorials available online.  It can be used in offline mode as well and hence is useful to those who do not have access to Internet.

STs can be used to raise the levels of teaching/learning in educational institutions of higher learning through the ICT based pedagogic tools. Although this may be useful to all fields, we will have a special focus on science and engineering, considering the vast scope and our limitations to cater to everyone.  

The following popular open source ICT tools can be mapped to the course curriculum of colleges: Python, Scilab, eSim, OpenFOAM, DWSIM, OpenModelica and Osdag. The ST pedagogic methods can help to integrate such tools in regular teaching.

The following popular open source ICT tools can be mapped to the course curriculum of schools: LibreOffice, Geogebra, Jmol, GChempaint, Avagadro, GIMP, Inkscape, Blender, Firefox, and KTurtle, C, Java and Python programming.  The ST pedagogic methods can help integrate such tools in regular teaching.

One can access the website (http://spoken-tutorial.org/)  to know the various facets of this program.  It has been established as an effective instructional methodology.  Resource Centres and Nodal Centres help sustain and spread this activity across India.


Target audience and contributors:
This project is for the community and by the community. The target group is the community at large, including school children, college students, working professionals, retired professionals, housewives, teachers, trainers, research scholars, software users and developers.  Through the portal, we aim to reach out to like-minded individuals to collaborate with us and with each other, to create Spoken Tutorial courses. Each of the tutorials, whether original or dubbed, go through a strict review procedure, after which they are uploaded on the public domain. This is to ensure that the highest possible quality is attained. 

We also conduct workshops using Spoken Tutorials and give certificates to those who pass an online test. For more information on workshops, please write to contact@spoken-tutorial.org 


Through the website you can:
  • Learn many software by yourself.
  • Be a contributor to the community by creating original tutorials or dubbing into other languages
  • Lead the national effort for any FOSS
  • Lend your expertise in a particular FOSS by being a Reviewer / Domain Expert
  • Help conduct workshops in colleges and schools across India
  • Spread awareness about this project. Become a promoter or an ambassador

To achieve our aims, we must:
  • Reach out to as many people as possible to spread the awareness of the portal so that people can learn and contribute.
  • Build up the community so that the portal will be self-sustaining
  • Channelize a way through our contacts to reach out to the people who wish to learn and contribute.

Don't forget to check http://spoken-tutorial.org frequently because we add at least five new tutorials weekly!  You are free to use any of the tutorials featured on this site for self-study and educational purposes.  We look forward to partner with you in our effort to take software education to the masses and to bridge the Digital Divide!  We hope that you will find the information on this site helpful.