ODiSI is neither an app or just software. It is an open ended, integrated framework bringing together hardware, networking, software components as a technology tool for Education. It also brings in a financial operational model where cost is directly related to outcome instead of capital, operational investments.
ODiSI was created by the OSAAT team in consultation with other industry and education experts.
ODiSI is an acronym for “OSAAT Digital School Infrastructure”.
It is also inspired by the similar sounding dance form, since OSAAT volunteers and supporters have done many a fund raising activity using music and dance.
Phonetically, a variant of the name can mean ‘make them learn’ in Kannada.
You can certainly volunteer. However, we don’t have a formally defined volunteer role for ODiSI specifically. You can volunteer for OSAAT in general and as the program develops, you can select a role like school contact, cluster contact, Subject expert, Marketing, Branding, communications etc.
Most certainly. Both commercial operators (Education technology space) and Not-for-profits can collaborate with OSAAT as part of its ODiSI program
ODiSI was started primarily as COVID19 response, however it fills the greater need of bridging digital gap for rural communities while covering primary education.
When the first wave of pandemic started, there was panic everywhere, everyone was impacted. For urban children, there was partial recovery in some make-shift manner. For rural children, education came to a complete stop. It also started manifesting in many social evils like Girl child marriage, child labor etc. At OSAAT, we realized something had to be done beyond its brick and mortar project, something scalable, sustainable for the longer term. Hence OSAAT started ODiSI
There are indeed many organizations involved in digital intervention programs. It is very much required as well. However, most digital intervention efforts are limited to device, hardware, app give away – with a hope and wish it will work. ODiSI is different in the way it is designed to be sustainable – with components for support, maintenance, finance, outcome measurement, continuous innovation, scalability, etc.
Currently ODiSI has completed nearly 18 months of Proof of Concept in Karnataka Schools. For the academic year 2022-2023, the plan is to expand it to 100-500 schools in Karnataka. If we get suitable opportunities with other state education departements as well as other collaborators, OSAAT will consider expanding to other states. However, in coming years, the plan is to make ODiSI available as a open reference framework for any suitable implementation, anywhere in India and even anywhere else in the world.
ODiSI has a well defined mechanism of tracking impact through both automation of data for analytics as well as manual baselining process. Donors who have adopted specific schools and clusters will have visibility through periodic reports on usage of ODiSI as well as learning outcomes.
ODiSI is not the following: