Google launches Online Interactive Learning Tool Oppia



Google brings an amazing new educational toolkit, Oppia, an online open source platform. The project allows anyone to create interactive objects and environments for teaching people throughout the web.

Oppia is a smarter choice for anyone trying to learn, teach and share their thoughts effectively and easily. The interactive online activities, called “explorations” can be built and contributed to by multiple people, without  any knowledge of any coding.  Via a Web Interface, one can create, drag and drop objects, give them a flow and … that’s it. Google explains creating explorations as,

Oppia does this by modeling a mentor who poses questions for the learner to answer. Based on the learner’s responses, the mentor decides what question to ask next, what feedback to give, whether to delve deeper, or whether to proceed to something new. You can think of this as a smart feedback system that tries to “teach a person to fish”, instead of simply revealing the correct answer or marking the submitted answer as wrong.

Oppia

Beside presenting the contents, Oppia gathers data on how learners interact with it, allowing easy to spot and fix shortcomings in an exploration. Google says exploration authors could create a new learning path to it; if  if many learners are giving an answer to which an exploration is not responding adequately. The experience would be as if they are actually interacting in-person with the learner and the exploration continues to get better.

Released under the Apache License 2.0, free and open-source – Oppia, includes some feature lists:

  • Learners can easily create personalized, customizable feedback after submitting answers
  • Explorations can be embedded in the webpages making them more intuitive and seamless.
  • A complete online editor type Graphical User Interface  for easy changing the flow, path and learning paradigms.
  • An online analysis dashboard.
  • A comprehensive extension framework allowing straightforward integration of new interactions and classification rules
  • A complete responsive UI to support mobile devices.

Oppia, created as a Google “twenty percent” project,  is a revolutionizing approach for learning and teaching. Google believes people need to have easy and cheap way for distance education, delivered through interactive video, audio, and text: where Google writes with quotes from Confucius as: “one does not learn to play the piano by watching videos of many virtuoso performances.”

Source Codes available at code.google.com

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