Happy Diwali to all! Diwali is a festival of lights, and also with a great message to spread the light! I have been writing about my experiences, where MOOCs have been the light in the lives of few people, who have benefited in finding their path using this light! However, an eMail from Shri. Yogendra Dabas from Jodhpur was a worth a blog post!
It all started, when Shivam Ohri, who was one of our Discussion Forum Moderators (DFMs) responded to a assignment submission with an interesting observation. The submission was by Shri. Yogendra Dabas, for the car animation assignment. Yogendra expressed the joy of creating the animation, however added that the models of the trees seen in the background, were created by his children. After some initial correspondence, the DFM team wrote to me highlighting the participation of the children. I was surprised to know their ages!!! They were Rohanshi (8 years) and Mohiet (10 years); from Jodhpur, Rajasthan!
Not believing my eyes…I wrote to Shri Yogendra to confirm. He was extremely happy to interact with the course instructor…and requested for an online video call with his children on a Saturday afternoon! Kaumudi and I did have a call, and were astonished to see the kids! They were chirpy and inquisitive! We spoke about the course, assignments, and even the pain points of the Blender interface!!
It was indeed an unforgettable experience! I realized, there are so many take aways from this small but important incident:
- The kids not only liked the course, but enjoyed it. It is evident from many self designed assignments they sent me for review!
- If given a chance, the younger ones can master anything!
- It is not enough to applaud them for their interest in the 3D modeling, I think the mere thought of adding trees to the rudimentary ‘car animation’ assignment is worth applauding!
- It is also a great sign of commitment and passion from the DFMs (such as Shivam Ohri and Rajat Mittal in this particular case) who read EACH and EVERY submission carefully enough to spot such unique posts! I am extremely lucky to have a never ending supply of such dedicated and spirited team members!
Thanks to all the teachers, who instilled the ‘learner-centric’ approach!! I sincerely carry the light to illuminate few more lives!!
Here is the video link for the animation submitted by Shri Yogendra Dabas!