Citizen School (Affordable schools – Bangalore)
SciTal piloted its Digital Peer Learning model with Citizen School, which is a Low Income English Medium school. The Pilot was conducted on students from Grade 8. Students underwent an online Pre-Assessment, basis which they were grouped into teams. The Activity based Learning approach was adopted. The results were outstanding! 8th grade kids who had barely used computers – were by the 3rd session comfortable using Online collaborative tools, Powerpoint and actually researching the internet. They had accessed the website of NHS, UPenn and finally created an output that one would not have imagined possible. Encouraged by the positive results, Citizen school has got into a commercial engagement with SciTal for their larger school in Hoskote, Bangalore. The Digital Peer Learning model is being used on students of Grade 10, and playing a key role in helping Citizen school effectively tide over the COVID induced break. Many teachers and students do not have laptops, yet mobiles are being used effectively by all!
The minimum scores have improved significantly across the various Assessments signifying an improvement in the overall average performance as well as the bottom performers. On average this improvement of minimum scores has ranged between 30% to 60%. This is reflected in the overall reduction in the Standard Deviation of the cohort from 2.45 to 1.65, suggesting greater coherence, collaboration and peer impact of learning.
Colleges: Skill Development
Digital Peer Learning across 18 Institutions in Karnataka
SciTal kicked off the year 2020 by conducting Digital Peer Learning across 18 Higher Educational institutions across Karnataka, at the behest of the Govt of Karnataka. This program touched approximately 300 students spread across 18 campuses spanning 9 different regions of Urban and Rural Karnataka – cutting across Bangalore, Mysore, Tumkur, Mangalore, Ujire, Dharwad, Hubli, Bagalkot and Gulbarga.
The Digital Peer Learning program brought student teams from different campuses on a common platform to collaborate and work together around common problem solving and activity based scenarios. All sessions were guided by a remote facilitator. The sessions were extremely engaging and demonstrated the true power of enabling ‘peer communities’ which cut across boundaries to facilitate a much richer learning experience.
Life Science Skill Development: Andhra Pradesh 2018
During the summer of 2018, the Govt of Andhra Pradesh partnered with SciTal to deliver Digital Peer Learning programs as part of its Life Science Skill development initiative. The challenge lay in delivering the model across Kadapa and Guntur, given very basic infrastructure support. SciTal created a ‘Community of Remote experts’ based out of Bangalore, Chennai and even Taiwan who effectively engaged with student teams in Rural Andhra around problem based learning, proving the power of peer learning in a ‘boundary less world’ in bridging the divide! The Pratyancha program was very successful and achieved 70% placement as well.