Dr. Venkataraman Balaji, a specialist in the area of Information and Communication Technology applied to rural development, joined COL on September 1, 2010. His work at COL in applied technology focuses on testing new models and practices in technology-mediated outreach that can be deployed in support of learning at all levels.His current work in COL is on MOOCs and on Aptus. He also oversees work on the Directory of Open Educational Resources. In addition to his regular responsibilities at COL for oversight of IT and Knowledge Services functions, Balaji is closely associated with planning and organization of the Pan Commowealth Forum. He has had a long association with applications of KM and IT in agriculture, especially in extension and maintains that interest through MOOCs.