CoronaResponse > Connected Open and Online Learning (COOL)

Connected Open and Online Learning (COOL)

About COOL

A TISS initiative to support  teachers, students, teacher educators and student teachers during COVID-19 pandemic

As India faces a disruptive moment in education, teachers and students have the challenge of continuing to teach and learn during the lockdown. Technology can be an enabler in this moment of crisis. The Centre for Education Innovation and Action Research is committed to offer itsexpertise and services to help different stakeholders in education transition to other modes of teaching and learning. The Connected Open and Online Learning (COOL) is our response to COVID-19 through which we hope to reach out to teachers, teacher educators and students. It offers useful teaching-learning resources in English and a few modern Indian languages. COOL initiative draws from our ongoing work using technology in education, from the Connected Learning Initiative ( and Integrating Technology in Education.  COOL is seeded by Tata Trusts and supported by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya National Missions for teachers and teaching (PMMMNMTT)

Initiatives under COOL

We are mapping our short term and post-graduate certificate programmes like Reflective Teaching with ICT courses with the NCTE curriculum to offer them FREE and online to student teachers (B.Ed.) across the country. Three pedagogy courses (English, Math and Science) are already hosted on the TISSx platform. Most of the courses will be available in two languages; Hindi and English. Details of these courses are also available on the NCTE website.  Link to NCTE curriculum-course details page. We are offering a range of webinars, which are available for watching  on our YouTube Channel 'cetei_tiss'

Understanding the needs of the ground will be a critical exercise to respond to the current situation. We will gather information from some of the key stakeholders of school education. Tune into our weekly Podcast segment, EdTech Weekly: Voices from the ground to listen to practitioners discuss challenges, interventions and some innovations. You can listen to our Edtech Podcast on our YouTube Channel 'cetei_tiss' . We are also gathering primary data from principals, teachers, parents and students to get a sense of field realities and plan interventions accordingly. Click here for field surveys findings.

Integrating Technology in Education (ITE) and Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx) are the two programmes of the centre which have been working in educational technology. Based on the experience and learning of these programmes we are conducting weekly webinars for students and teachers in different languages. There will also be a focus on including hands-on learning and mental health. These webinars are OPEN and FREE for all. You can watch recordings of the webinars on our YouTube Channel

A repository of OER is being designed where free and open educational resources will be hosted with meta-tagging for subjects, grades, languages, type of technology etc. This page will help teachers, parents, students, educators to search resources efficiently.  Many organisations and individuals are curating and creating resources, which are free and may be very useful in diverse contexts. Such resources will be collated and added to the repository page. This repository will be hosted on You can also freely access award winning CLIx resources for Maths, Science and English for middle and high school students here.

We are developing a course on using technology for connected and distance learning. This will be OPEN and FREE for all and is specifically targeted for school teachers and educators. This course will provide an understanding of principles of learning using technology, introduce the learner to synchronous and asynchronous modes of learning, provide orientation to different tools of assessments and introduce them to the world of Open Educational Resources (OERs). This course will be in two languages (Hindi & English) to help teachers and educators to plan teaching sessions for their students using technology. It will be available in English on TISSx platform from 11th May 2020 and the Diksha platform (TBD).




To get in touch with us, please send an email to -

Editorial Team: Amita Bhide, Anjali Monteiro, Janki Andharia

Editorial Support and Newsletter: Anusha Ramanathan

Content Editor: Aparna Srivastava

Content coordinators/contributors: Vijay Raghavan, Aparna Joshi, Nilesh Gawde, Aseem Prakash, Rajni Konanthambigi, Faiz Ullah, Asha Banu Soletti, Ratoola Kundu, Lalitha Kamath, Chetna Duggal, Jacquleen Joseph, Lavanya Arvind, Sabah Khan, Trupti Panchal, staff of M-Ward project, Prayas, Tanda, Koshish, Special cell, and all other interventions/Field Action Projects of TISS

Wireframe and Design Inputs: K.P. Jayasankar`

IT Support: Sivakumar V and staff of TISS Computer Centre

Web Development: Dot Solutions