In 2013 Kalyani Foundation started a small school in Sri-Lanka where children could follow free IT lessons, so they have a chance for a better future. Overtime we extended to 5 computer schools in different areas within district Buttala. In 2018 we also added English lessons to our program, where retired teachers from the Netherlands travelled to Sri-Lanka to teach on our schools. Due to Covid-19, sadly one by one the schools closed. Children are simply afraid to go to school, leaving us with 2 schools with a few student.  So, we challenged ourselves: ,,How can we still give children free education to give them a chance for a better future?”. We tried online classes with the teachers, but the internet connection wasn’t good enough. After some brainstorming we came to this briljant idea to set up an online classroom were share our knowledge and record our IT- and English lessons.

Though we started of course with helping children in Sri-Lanka, we decided to make this platform available for everyone, meaning all the children in the world can take free lessons! The only thing we are now searching for are volunteers who want to become and instructor and like to record lessons.

“We are committed to the educational development and care of the children in Sri Lanka so that they have a chance of a better future!.”

How to contribute to the Online Classroom

We are happy that you’re interested in becoming an instructor for the Online Classroom of Kalyani Foundation. So, how can you contribute?

As you already came to know, we mainly focus on basic IT lessons and English lessons, however we are always open for new ideas and therefor new lesson material.  So, basically you can teach on this platform what you know or teach what you love… it’s really up to you!

To give you an idea how it works, we created an FAQ for you.

Does it matter what kind of lesson I record? 

We recommend you to check the lessons which are already in the classrooms (IT and English). Based on that you can think of an additional topic which will be interesting for the kids and share your idea with Kalyani Foundation. It’s very likely that we will agree with your idea and then it’s really up to you to record yourself.

If you want to teach on category which is not yet in our curriculum, then it’s always best to contact us directly and find out if we can add it and if it’s beneficial for children.

Which tooling is best to use your for recording?

There are multiple tools out there to record your lesson. A simpel tool which almost everyone has is MS Powerpoint, within in this tool you can record yourself and a presentation as well. We think this it’s nice for the children to also see the person who is giving the lesson. For more information on how this works, you can check out this link.

However, in case you don’t need a presentation and have different way of teaching, you can simply record yourself with Vimeo, MS teams or any other recording tool.

Do I have to pay any fees in order to become an instructor?

There is no fee to become an instructor, nor is there any compensation. Instructors are here to share their knowledge and this is being done a voluntary basis. 

What approval do I need to get started?

A approval is needed to get started. After you have contacted us we will have a introduction where we explain the progress. When you are apporoved then you can start creating your course

Before your course is published on our platform it will need to meet our course minimum requirements, which we will discuss in the introduction

millions of students are waiting, eager to learn 

What’s the general structure of a Kalyani course? What is the primary teaching method?

The E-learning plaform courses are video-based. Courses must have at least 20 minutes of video content and at least 33 lectures or learning modules. Additional teaching tools (like assignments, quizzes, and coding exercises, etc) can be added to create a rich learning experience for students.

For courses regarding certification preparation, we also offer instructors the ability to create a Practice Test course. These courses are comprised solely of practice questions

Are there any requirements that my course must meet?

Yes. Courses must have at least 20 minutes of video content and at least 3 lectures or learning modules.

In order to ensure that students have great learning experiences, we also have a Quality Review Process that every course goes through. 

How do I get my course materials on your site?

Since we function primarily as an on-demand, video-based platform, you’ll need to send your video files directly to us. Then we publish the video on the platform. You will get notified when the course is active

Open Source marketplace model

No. Our marketplace model is open source which means that when you publish a course on our platform, you give permission that the course an be used as a open source learning content.

Can I teach a course in this language?

The courses need to be in English language 

“We are committed to the educational development and care of the children in the world so that they have a chance of a better future!.”

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