With an intention to promote learning at one’s own pace and participate in government’s initiative to spread IT literacy, St. Thomas College has recently forged a tie up with Spoken Tutorial Project of IIT Bombay. The project is funded by National Mission on Education through Information & Communication Technology (NMEICT) of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
It offers courses in Libre Office, SciLab, Gimp, Oscad, C, C++, Java, Python, MySQL etc. The audio video tutorials are available in most Indian languages such as Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu and even Sanskrit. The tutorial includes a screencast with running commentary, a recording of computer session created for self learning which typically runs for duration of approximately 10 minutes.
After learning and practicing the tutorials, students can take online assessment tests whose duration will be between 20 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on the FOSS ( Free and Open Source Software) selected for the test. They will receive Spoken Tutorial Projects, IIT Bombay certificates on clearing the test by scoring 40% or above.
200 students has already enrolled for the tutorials. The institution is optimistic about more learners registering themselves to take advantage of the opportunity to explore their interests and acquire new skills through this novel programme.
LANGUAGE LAB ESTABLISHED
The Language Lab has been established in St. Thomas College in the session 2016-17 with an aim to complement the classroom learning of the students by imparting communication and interpersonal skills.
The course content in phonetics contains exercises in pronunciation, stress and accent in the order of word, sentence and discourse levels. It will train students in using and comprehending the nuances of English speech as it is spoken by its native speakers. The course is so designed that students, especially those who come from vernacular medium and have little exposure to conversing in English, can proceed to learn it at their own pace and on their own, with minimum assistance from the instructor.
The pupils will be trained in the areas of conversational English, language skills, soft skills, interpersonal skills, decision making skills, business communication, group discussion, pre-placement training, resume preparation, E-mail writing, ppt preparation & presentation. The first batch of students has already started attending the classes & the College is hopeful that more and more students will register themselves for this course in the upcoming session.