EdTech Tulna: A quality evaluation framework

Masterclass 5 on “How can teachers select and evaluate educational technology solutions for their context? EdTech Tulna: A quality evaluation framework was held on Wednesday, October 12 from 3:30 pm to 5 pm. This master class was designed to introduce participants to the EdTech Tulna, a quality evaluation framework for technology based learning solutions in the India context

Session Objectives:

  • Describe the challenges facing the edtech ecosystem in India and explain the need for quality standards
  • Articulate how to evaluate and select educational technology solutions on different dimensions

Instructors: Prof Sahana Murthy, Ms Minu Nandakumar and Dr Sheeja Vasudevan, IDP in Educational Technology, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India (IITB)

Sahana Murthy is a faculty member in the Educational Technology interdisciplinary program at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay since 2009. Her research interest is in Technology enhanced learning of disciplinary practices: developing students’ problem-solving, design thinking and inquiry practices in STEM domains via interactive technology enhanced learning environments. Another focus area is Teacher use of educational technologies, which has led to the design of models for large-scale professional development. She has conducted several teacher professional development programs on research-based teaching strategies and effective integration of ICT. She is currently the Principal Investigator for the EdTech Tulna initiative. Before joining IIT Bombay, she was a post-doctoral researcher in Physics Education Research at Rutgers University and MIT, USA. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Mumbai, Master’s degree in physics from IIT Bombay, and PhD in physics from Rutgers University.

Minu Nandakumar is a Project Research Associate at EdTech Tulna, IIT Bombay. She has completed my Masters in Education from Azim Premji University, Bangalore, and has over six years of work experience across the corporate and development sector. As part of the EdTech Tulna team at IIT Bombay, she has led the design of the EdTech Tulna evaluation frameworks, evaluated products and conducted trainings for state governments. 

Sheeja Vasudevan is a post-doctoral Research Scientist in the EdTech Tulna team at Educational Technology, IIT Bombay. She has a Ph.D. in the area of Biological Sciences from IIT Bombay. Her postdoctoral work at home and abroad was to understand the structure and dynamics of biomolecules using computational biology. Her teaching experience includes teaching graduates and post graduates at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai and school children for Abhyasika,an NGO. She is passionate about making teaching learning experiences efficient and effective using technology as a tool.