Now, lectures at coveted Delhi University (DU) colleges aren’t a luxury limited to a few. The newly introduced e-lectures facility has made these lessons open for all students of the University. A project of Institute of Lifelong Learning (ILLL), these e-lectures can be accessed on the DU e-learning portal -
“Some colleges have the best faculty, while some don’t. If the curriculum and course are same, why shouldn’t other students have access to the best lectures, say, from a professor at St Stephens or Miranda House?” reasons Dr AK Bakhshi, director, ILLL.
“This ensures that the boundaries between colleges dissolve, and students have access to the best that DU has to offer,” he adds.
The lectures are recorded at the ILLL Audio Visual Production Centre. They include power point presentations, animation, video clips and text of the entire tutorial. If your computer lacks an audio facility, there are always the subtitles to see. “This service is aimed at empowering students as well as teachers, especially those who’re new. Video Lectures from three or four teachers on the same topics add different perspectives,” says Dr Vimal Rarh, academic secretary, ILLL.
The e-lecture interface is simple. After logging in, students see two windows. One has the video of the professor conducting the lesson. The other has the lecture’s text scrolling down the screen. The good thing — if the lecture is boring, you can always cross off the lecturer, which is not possible in a real classroom.
If a student has a query, he/she can post it enquiries on the portal. E-lectures for courses such as English, Political Science, Chemistry and Punjabi are already on the website. More will follow soon, say University officials.
“At the moment, the lectures are recorded and not interactive, but we plan to evolve them soon,” adds Dr Bakhshi. This month, DU even started transmitting live e-lectures in African nations such as Somalia, Senegal and Gabon, under the Indian government’s Pan African e-network project. Students are excited about the innovation. “This is awesome. The way they teach in colleges like SRCC and St Stephen’s is very different from ours, and we would love to try out these lectures,” says Kunal Chaddha, 2nd Year Economics Honours, ARSD College. “One can go over the lectures again and again in case of doubt, and that’s cool,” feels Sheena Taank, 1st Year, B Com (Hons), LakshmiBai College.
The e -learning portal also has sections like e-lessons, e-quizzes and e-labs.