Startup Sparsha Learning Technologies to Assist Faculty Development Programs for Engineering Institutions across India
As part of the faculty development program, IEEE has created 4 pilot courses in Electronics and Electrical Engineering:
- Introduction to Electronics
- Electronics Devices
- Digital Systems
- Circuit Analysis
With premier educational institutions employing advanced technologies, online learning is fast becoming a preferred medium of learning. It is estimated that 6 million college students took at least one online course last year. Online learning in technical education is primarily delivered through pre-recorded videos. While research has shown that these types of videos may be positively received by students and they feel like they are learning and become more confident in their answers, but what is critically lacking is an ability to practice and get real time feedback on the practice outcomes. Practice alone provides ability for the learner to achieve higher cognitive abilities in a specific subject.
The definition of practice differs from course to course and is very contextual. For example in a programming course, practice is all about doing smart coding assignments, in an EE course, it could be about analyzing and designing circuits. Sparsha has pioneered - DoCircuits - the first web-based circuit simulator which can be customized and integrated for provide practice to EE courses. DoCircuits is completely web-based, which means it’s cross-platform (Windows/Mac/Linux) and requires no installation or plug-ins.
"Docircuits helps a student to build circuits online using real devices without any downloads and share their circuit with their friends and teachers using a single URL. Teachers can use our circuit repository to demonstrate circuits and waveforms in the classroom, thus saving time and increasing class engagement. We are working with some of the top technical institutions, device manufacturers and content partners such as IEEE globally to enhance the lab experience of a student and help acquire real skills," adds Debabrata Bagchi, Founder, Sparsha Learning Technologies.
Mike Lightner Vice President of IEEE talking about Sparsha Learning Technologies:
In addition to being a great tool for learning and experimenting, DoCircuits can also help you answer everyday questions that come up when building circuits to help the learner learn by exploration and feedback. DoCircuits can be integrated with an LMS to provide seamless integration with existing course delivery mechanisms. An instructor can create practice assignments and share them with his/her students. Using such practice based platforms enables students to learn more effectively and acquire the higher learning outcomes as required by a course.
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