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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
I am Raghavendran. I have been teaching physics to Grade 12 and undergraduate students for the past two and half decades. Teaching has always been my first love and Physics my passion. I love to communicate the excitement of physics to my students. I have realised over the years that lectures supplemented by demonstrations, discussions, problem solving, brain storming session etc greatly enhance the learning experience of the student. Over the years I have witnessed a lot of changes in the way most subjects in general and Physics in particular are taught. The advent of computers of cause placed a very power tool in the hands of a teacher. I stared to slowly integrate the computer into my teaching methodology (using Ppt, learning simple programming etc). Of course in a country like India this was difficult initially due to a variety of reasons, but I persevered. My interest in ICT really started when I started giving a course on Astrophysics to B.Sc Students. I realised that in a topic like Astrophysics the use of ICT, particularly the web resources available can greatly enhance the learning experience of the student. I also realised that the explosion of information on the net can be hindrance to a student. So the idea of creating a website where I could place all the relevant material for the course occurred to me. The site could have lecture notes, Assignments, Links to other sites, online test, Simulations, Virtual labs... the list is endless. So I stared working on the site a year ago and have stared using it my class. The initial success has been very encouraging. I want to go on improving the same and make it a very good resource for learning. I learnt about MirandaNet when I was browsing for information to present a paper on Web resources and Teaching. I am thrilled to discover this fellowship and really want to be part of the same.
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