Creation of E-museum as Open Educational Resource Repository of Organisms for Students of Biological Sciences
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Acharya Narendra Dev College, University of Delhi, India is in the process of creating a repository of organisms as OER using Wiki platform. The project, e-museum, initiated by the Department of Zoology of the College, aims to spread awareness, curiosity and generate interest among students about the biological diversity present in India. As per UGC guidelines for discontinuation of dissection and animal experimentation in Biology, ban on the purchase of biological specimens and thus, non-availability of these for classroom study has created an immediate and urgent need of creating repository of organism for quality teaching-learning process. e-museum would not only be one of the important tools of the teaching-learning process in educational institutions but would also help in understanding the diversity of organisms. The resource is a dynamic, flexible, knowledgeable and openly accessible which will be available to all biologists and other academicians. We further aim to expand the resource by sharing it among Indian and Foreign Universities. The resources can be adapted, re-used, modified, transformed and supplemented with the information as per the requirement of different educational institutions. The resource developed is being further supplemented with innovative learning tools such as quiz, short answers questions, Multiple Choice Questions, animations, etc. to develop it as Learning object Repository (LoR) suitable for use in various teaching and learning programs. These tools will ignite the curious young minds, assist in their learning and develop a sense of responsibility and sensitivity towards the organisms. The finally developed content will be delivered in various modes; text, audio and video; for formal and non-formal education
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