Google’s Oppia Is A Smart Open Source Educational Tool For Interactive Learning

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With its continued focus on education, Google has launched Oppia (beta). The Open Source project is a free educational tool that lets anyone create online educational activities through the web interface. Interactivity is its strong suit. The interactive activities are called “explorations”.

Explorations can be created by anyone in any part of the world – alone or working in teams. Oppia is designed for everyone – no programming knowledge is required if you want to create your own explorations. Lessons can be created with numeric, text, and multiple choice inputs. Specialized lesson tools like a clickable map and a code evaluator are also supported.

Oppia is also a smart tool with intelligent feedback that takes the learner through a lesson based on the answers they give. Google describes the inner working:

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.

Authors can tweak and turn the explorations instantly to guide the learners towards the finish line. For instance, they can consider the responses and dynamically change the information to make the concepts easier. Just like live teachers interacting with their students.

This YouTube video is the visual commentary on how Oppia works.

We are presuming here that Google took the initiative, but it wants the community to take over. Here’s what they mention on the site:

Much of the code that powers this site was written as an open-source project by a group of Google engineers in their 20% time. However, oppia.org is not a Google product, and Google bears no responsibility for the content of this website.

However, Oppia is definitely a useful tool in the hand of a teacher who can make the lessons work. Try out Oppia and let’s talk about its potential.

Source: Google Open Source Blog via The Next Web | Image Credit: Waag Society

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Comments (12)
  • ramesh

    google rocks….

    • Pinner Blinn

      Google is making rocks now?? Can’t I get anything that’s not made by Google!!?

    • Saikat B

      Short answer — No. If Google has its way ;)

  • Maurice del Prado Jr (@MauricioRaul)

    To clarify… from the Oppia website’s “About this website”…

    Much of the code that powers this site was written as an open-source project by a group of Google engineers in their 20% time. However, oppia.org is not a Google product, and Google bears no responsibility for the content of this website.

    • Saikat B

      As I have mentioned in the post above. Nonetheless, it would be great if the edu community takes up this Open Source project.

    • visitor

      Oppia is a finnish word meaning “to learn” in english.

  • Sonia Sharma

    This is a good tool. Although we use Smart School Time Tables
    http://goo.gl/n9mo4v at our school but this is worth trying!

    • Saikat B

      Optia is more of a teaching tool, and if Google’s push leads to a community around it, then it should definitely be one to keep.

  • John Will

    I can see this being very popular in Japan… You know, considering what Oppai means in Japanese :P

    • Saikat B

      Ha..ha..I see what you mean. I just looked up the meaning. But thankfully (by a small margin), this is “Oppia” and not “Oppai”.

    • John Will

      Oh… I’m such an idiot, it’s oppia… not oppai… ah… umm
      Well, that says a lot about me and the way I think :P

    • Zivar R

      well how about that

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