The Anandshala Change Leaders Platform focuses on building the capacity of teachers, and head teachers from primary and secondary schools to take action and become change leaders.
The Anandshala Programme kickstarted in 2010-11 under the School Prevention Pilot Program (SDPP) funded by the USAID as part of a multi-country effort to test the effectiveness of dropout prevention interventions to lower school drop-outs. In India, the program was implemented by Quest Alliance in Samastipur, Bihar.
Objective of Collaboration
Capacity building of the change leaders to equip them with the right skills, and techniques to gain the requisite knowledge and attitude to bring about a positive impact within their school ecosystem.
In addition to this, the idea is for change leaders to be able to document their work and share their experiences with peers from their districts and states to enable cross-learning. This can be done by sharing good practices and challenges to empower every teacher to become a change leader.
The modules are designed to be self-paced and for each module, there are 6-8 atomized lessons.
At the end of each lesson is a worksheet which acts as a quick check for understanding. The change leaders have to submit the worksheet to move forward to the next lesson.
The lessons are designed to be interactive with activities, videos, and reflective questions. H5p is a tool that is being used for publishing content.
All the lessons are in Hindi and with voiceovers and supporting simple illustrations to make the content digestible.
Aspects of Learning
The design of each research project is unique, and we work closely with research designers as well as researchers to build, test and deploy customised templates to aid the note-taking and annotation process.
Find connections and gain insight by tagging and annotating fragments of qualitative data. The annotated data can be viewed in configured analysis views and the data exported for synthesis through open formats.
The power of a system like the OKE is in allowing a number of researchers and collaborators to work together on a large qualitative dataset. As the manager of a project you can set up a number of different roles and fine tune who has read, edit and write access to the data.
Process of Implementation
Prior to working on the content we spoke to different stakeholders from the state education ecosystem and the program officers of the Anandshala team to map their understanding. The gaps identified were the starting point for designing all the modules.
The content is designed in a way that it will retain contextual relevance when it is scaled to other states. All lessons followed a visual guideline that was simple, relatable, and scalable. H5P (HTML) was used to upload the lesson and add interactions. AI generating text-to-speech software was used to generate the voiceovers. These Lessons were then embedded in the OKF.
A batch of approximately 100 teachers from elementary and secondary schools of Samastipur block of Bihar are currently testing both the platform and the course content. The ongoing pilot is to get insights about the program and the course content, accessibility, ease of use and replicability.
The project is ongoing as we are still collaborating with the Quest team to create more modules on Data and Digital Literacy that will soon come up on the platform.