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1 Intelligent User Interfaces for developing regions Incorporating Collaboration to Foster Voluntary Teaching Himanshu Bansal | Mehul Agrawal | Keyur Sorathia Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India

2 How did it start? Introduction

3 Low literacy rate in India: 74% [2]. Poverty is one of the main reason behind low literacy in India [5]. Therefore, education is also provided voluntarily by various organizations [3]. But these organizations have to face different fundamental issues in their execution like financial, political, structural, professional, I ideological, functional and legal constraints [8].

4 Goals Goals of the paper are as following: To find the problems being faced by these voluntary teachers To find the possible difficulties being faced by concerned people in starting voluntary teaching To suggest guidelines to solve above problems and difficulties. We targeted to motivate and empower small voluntary teaching groups working in their respective locality which would be independent of external forces like political parties or government and won't require any fund from outside for their own group for their execution e.g. a group of college students wanting to teach voluntarily.

5 Process

6 User Research 1. Cafeteria workers Cafeteria workers (mess workers) of IIT Guwahati One-to-One interview with workers aged years. Target: to know about their problems, eagerness to learn and time they could devote for learning Note-making and camera was used for documentation

7 User Research 2. Shishugram Orphanage Red Cross supported orphanage near IIT Guwahati for girls Unstructured interview with manager along with observation Target: to know source, quality of their education and their problems and need regarding this Note-making and camera was used for documentation

8 User Research 3.Voluntary Teachers Group of IIT Guwahati students teaching Shishugram children and cafeteria workers. Semi-structured interview with the voluntary teachers. Target: to know their problems, understand their process, motivation to teach voluntary and how they started. Note-making and camera was used for documentation

9 User Research 4. Non Teachers Students who were not involved in voluntary teaching. Semi-structured interview with students along with observation. Target: to inquire for possible reasons behind not doing so and future possibilities Voice recording was done using mobile voice recorder and camera was used for documentation during the interview

10 Affinity Analysis The four categories of problems are: 1.Management 2.Problems occurring due to students 3.Problems occurring during teaching 4.Initiation We gathered all the user statements, observations and divided them into four major categories of problem points.

11 1. Management Teachers found lack of time due to their respective work schedule Teachers found difficulties due to difference in capabilities of students and felt requirement of customized teaching method for effectiveness. Managing and coordinating with different teachers and students, all with different schedules require a lot of coordination and mostly Facebook or mobile is used to do so. Affinity Analysis “Different set of questions is given to weak and bright students to boost up weaker student and maintain their interest”

12 Affinity Analysis 2. Problems occurring due to students Most of the children had less knowledge as compared to class the students were in. There are often student with different grasping capability and thus they have to be taught accordingly. “A student is in class 7 but doesn't know concepts of class 4”

13 Affinity Analysis 3. Problem occurring during teaching Children are comfortable to study in their local language Teachers found some of the topics/concepts difficult to teach or for students to grasp. According to teachers, gathering engaging study-material is also a required step to maintain students’ enthusiasm. “Once a student was having difficulty in understanding difference between 17 and 71”

14 Affinity Analysis 4. Initiation Most of the non-teacher interviewees had the hesitation about the content to teach and from where could they gather content and find students. Non-teachers felt the requirement of different methods to teach children and tackle certain problems which would be helpful for initiating teaching. There was a hesitation and lack of confidence in taking class alone. “I don‘t know if I would be able to take class alone”

15 Collaboration in Voluntary Teaching The major work in collaborative teaching has been done to increase interdisciplinary learning in higher studies and for teaching students with disabilities [3, 7] but its application in volunteerism is a field that needs to be nurtured. For novice users to teach [4]. To prepare a good study material due to their collaborative efforts in preparing effort [1, 6]. To improves the quality of teaching and learning [7]. Collaborative teaching method could be helpful:

16 Hypothesis Collaborative teaching can help in increasing voluntary teaching by easing the process of management, providing support to the teachers taking class and increasing efficiency by dividing work between the teachers Our goal is to investigate the impact of collaboration in conventional teaching methods.

17 Activity Two teachers were asked to collaboratively take a class including choosing a topic, planning the content, managing the class. They choose a general topic i.e. Solar Systems that can be taught to students of various age groups. Students from 4th, 6th, 7th and 8th were present Class strength was 9 students.

18 Activity Results Better Preplanning Division of Workload Effective post-class discussion of problems Increased discipline and concentration in class Increased enthusiasm of students Individual attention to students Scheduling flexibility Increased Preplanning Time Comfort level between teachers All topics can't be taught collaboratively Students became shy Advantages Disadvantages

19 What should be done Guidelines to follow

20 Collaborative preplanning prior to each class about what and how to teach in next class Discussion between the collaborating teachers during the class is encouraged Post-class discussion Work load should be divided between the teachers very initially Keep all the course-materials, notes and references at one safe place so that other voluntary groups can take help from it, add to it or edit it Pre-plan about their individual roles in the class e.g. one teacher would attention to weaker students

21 Conclusion

22 Economical factors restrict students in India from getting quality education. We explored independent voluntary teaching as an intervention of existing voluntary teaching organization. When some concerned person thinks of starting voluntary teaching, he comes across various issues e.g. lack of confidence etc. and already teaching people also have to face some problems like time management etc. We proposed the concept of integration of collaboration with voluntary teaching and got some advantages and disadvantages of it. In conclusion, it has been found that in India use of collaboration in voluntary teaching has potential to address different issues of voluntary teaching and foster it and there is scope of further research.

23 Future Works In future we would Conceptualize, design, develop a platform incorporating provided guidelines, test it with users and study effects of collaboration using the platform Research further on aligning motives of voluntary teaching and fulfilment provided by Gamification in later phase

24 References [1]Science for students with disabilities by Cawley, J. F. (1994) [2] Census 2011 by Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India [3] GOI India: Education for All Year 2000 Assessment by MHRD, Government of India and NIEPA (2000). [4] Perceptions of Novice Co-Teachers on Co-Planning, Co-Teaching and Co-Assessing by Grillo, K., Moorehead, T. & Bedesem, P. (2011). [5] Illiteracy & India by Jaitly, D (2012) [6]Interdisciplinarity: History, theory, and practice by Klein, J. T. (1990) [7] Collaborative teaching in the face of productivity concerns: The dispersed team model by McDaniel, E. A., & Colarulli, G. C. (1997) [8] Constraints In Voluntarism, Resource Mobilisation & Funding To Vos by Mohanty, M., Singh, A. K. (2001)


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