Basic 3D animation course: Once more!!!

Dear all,

Owing to a persistent public demand for a ‘once more’ for the course: ‘Basic 3D animation using Blender’, we are happy to announce the start of the course once again!!! Please register on www.iitbombayx.in TODAY, and you will receive the information about the starting of the course soon!!!

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This time the course is going to be in a ‘Self-pace’ mode, which means that the 8 weeks course would be available for 16 weeks!!! (from June 1st to September 30th). Participants can enroll anytime during this period, and also finish  anytime!! SO, make the best use of the vacation, and start animating!!!

See you in the course!

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The ‘Blender’ers of Borawan: 1

Disclaimer:

This is in continuation to my earlier blogpost: The ‘Punch-Kanyas’. Read that post, in order to enjoy this one!!!


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After the ceremonial welcome, I was surrounded by the students, and all of them were busy in getting a selfie with their ‘online’ teacher, who was available in person. At 3:30, the day scholars left the campus in the buses, and the hostelities were excited to have me on campus! We headed for a chai in the college canteen, where I had planned informal (but structured) interviews with the participants (and also the non-participants).

The group was mixed, and through the discussion, I was getting some interesting insights. Many had requested help from their hostel mates, and they got the required help! However, they did mention, that, they had a lot of apprehension to ask the doubts on the interaction platforms like: discussion forum or the LIVE A View sessions, which I conducted every week. They mentioned, that most of them were nervous with the mere thought of facing the camera and asking the query.  Speaking in English was also one of the concerns for many of them.

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I wrapped up the interviews, and headed straight to the picturesque Maheshwar! I reached on the banks of Narmada, to witness a rock solid ghat (staircase near the bank of a river). Amazing evening light added to the beauty. I took out my tools, and made a quick watercolour sketch of this place. Later we enjoyed a nice boat trip, after artificial lighting created dramatic ambiance.

I came back to the guest house, after a sumptuous dinner, and was surprised to know that few boys were up for the remaining interviews! They came over to the guesthouse, and I had a chat with each one of them.

I also visited their lab for an emergency online transaction (at 1:30 AM), came back and hit the bed at 2AM…remembering the roller-coaster day I experienced!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ‘Panch-Kanyas’

Recently, I visited JIT Borawan, in a small town Khargone, Madhya Pradesh. The reason was quite interesting..! In the recently completed course on 3D animation, I was surprised to see 60+ participants from a single place called Borawan. It took me some time to find it out on the map, but was pleasantly surprised to know that they were on the IITBombay’s network for the T10KT (Teach 10K teachers) project.

Excited, I called the coordinator there Prof. Santosh, and asked if the students would like to interact with me (over internet), once a week, for the doubts they have (if any). Within a day I got a reply with the name of the course coordinator, Prof. Nitin Namdev, and  also a slot for the interaction. The slot was curiously placed at 2 PM on Thursday. When I asked the reason, I was told that the college buses leave at 3:30 PM, therefore it is desirable to have it before that. I agreed, and thus started a series of online ‘Meetups’ with the JIT participants. Barring the ‘Holi’day, we had it for the stipulated 4 weeks, and I was quite happy the way the interaction used to be conducted. I could sense that by the end of the last interaction, the students had tougher questions to ask, and also share some of their experiences with others.

The last week was a group project, and I had permitted a group of 3 for this. During the last interaction, a girl asked me if she can have more than 3 members! I asked her the reason, and she said that there were some in the class, who stayed nearby, and didn’t have a computer at home, therefore, they wanted to gather at a place (having computer) and do the project. I permitted them, and also christened the group as ‘Panchkanya’.

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Later, after the course, I had planned a family visit to Nagpur, and this news was (inadvertently) shared with Prof. Nitin. In no time, I was sent multiple requests from him and the college, to visit them (from Nagpur). I tried to make an excuse by sighting the family function, but in vain. Finally, I decided to have this visit, and landed in Borawan. This is a small town ahead of Maheshwar (famous pilgrimage city of MP). The college is one of the oldest in the area and therefore, a reputed institution.

A grand welcome banner awaited me, followed by flowers, speeches and a memento. However, I could see the excitement in the eyes of the participating students for the interaction session planned next! I asked the groups to present their projects before I spoke, and I was quite surprised to see the efforts of these young marshals!

The PanchKanyas narrated their idea, and also explained ‘how’ they completed it. They were struggling with words to capture their excitement, but one thing that came out repeatedly was the sheer joy they experienced, when they saw the motion of the non-living objects for the first time!

I spent some quality time in talking to many of them, and interviewing them for my research, but I could see the gleaming eyes, which were too happy to meet the ONLINE teacher in person…

Actually, it was the same for me to meet the ONLINE students in person!