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Soon, catch your professor online

delhi Updated: May 12, 2009 00:38 IST
Swaha Sahoo
Swaha Sahoo
Hindustan Times
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Students of all seven Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) in the country already enjoy this facility and very soon over 2.5 lakh students of Delhi University will be able to do the same.

In a few months’ time, the university is going to record the best lectures from all its colleges and upload them on its website for everyone to use.

You may have bunked class on some day, missed the bus or the Metro and got late or were simply dozing off in the class — all you need to do now is log on to the net and watch the lecture online.

What’s more? The lectures will not be dull recordings of classroom teaching but will be enriched with multimedia content.

“If a teacher is good then why shouldn’t students from other colleges benefit from his/her expertise?” asked A.K. Bakshi, Director of DU’s Institute of Life Long Learning.

“We have invited teachers to give us a storyboard on how they would like to introduce a particular topic,” Bakshi said.

The list will be reviewed by a group of experts and then teachers will be allotted topics.

“If more than one teacher comes up with interesting and innovative lectures, we will record and upload them all,” said Bakshi.

“This will help their colleagues pick up teaching tips.”

The online lectures will be peppered with simulations, animation, short video clips in order to make subjects interactive.

“This is too good to be true. Till date we had to manage with notes. But if we can get hold of live lectures from DU’s best faculty, it would be great,” said Shamima Ahmad, a second year student at the university’s School of Open Learning.

“A teacher is at his/her best while in a classroom. We want to value-add to that by introducing technology to teaching,” said Anju Srivastava, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Hindu College.

“The video lectures will be lively and interactive so that students learn beyond the classrooms.”

Initially, recording will be done for eight first year subjects at the university’s

new studio.

“We have already got state-of-the-art equipment and the studio will be functional within a month. This is part of our larger plan to develop e-learning content for the country,” said Bakshi.