Bhubaneswar ,1st July 2015 (By Biswaranjan Mishra):First of its kind, Open Education Resources in Odia for Teachers and Teacher Educators prepared under the TESS-India project led by The Open University, UK have been released on 30 June 2015 by Smt. Usha Padhi, IAS, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Department of School and Mass Education, Govt of Odisha. Eminent educationists, think tank members of School and Mass Education Department, Govt. of Odisha, and Mrs. Lalita Pattnaik, Education Specialist, UNICEF were present to grace the occasion. The original English materials were developed by eminent Indian & UK authors. The English materials were got reviewed by a MHRD constituted International review Panel comprising of both Indian and International experts. The English version got localised in Odia by teacher educators from SCERT and reviewed by experts from RIE and SCERT. Prof. (Dr.) A.B. Ota, IAS, Director, TE & SCERT also facilitated the occasion. Sri Amarjit Jena, Regional Programme Manager, TESS- India Project submitted these Open Educational Resources to Govt of Odisha on behalf of The Open University, UK.
These teacher reference resources are flexible, adaptable and modifiable open resources demonstrate active learning pedagogies through practice in Science, Mathematics and English for secondary & elementary classes. All these materials were carefully translated and localised to incorporate state-specific terms and contexts for easy understanding and use. In addition to print version, these units will be available online as open educational resources (OERs) that are free to be versioned and used in a variety of ways by teacher educators and teachers. Other formats in which they will be available include video film on SD cards and other web resources.
TESS-India, which is a project supported by UK Aid under Govt. of India and Govt. of UK collaboration has plans to contribute to the school education in the country through its partnership with central and state governments. It is now operational in seven focus states Odisha, Bihar, West Bengal, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Karantaka and Uttar Pradesh. The project is working closely with SCERTs, DIETs, NGOs, State Open Universities, and National University of Educational Planning & Administration (NEUPA).