Institutes spend big on technology to roll out online classes for pupils...

Institutes spend big on technology to roll out online classes for pupils | Pune News


Pune: Education institutes are going to great lengths to ensure that students are learning from home in a situation forced by the pandemic. Colleges are open to innovation and are re-imagining teaching and learning in a Covid-19 struck world.
Colleges have been conducting training sessions, orientation programmes and workshops in association with Educational Multimedia Research Centre of Savitribai Phule Pune University to enable the faculty to comprehend all aspects of e-learning, from content creation, to teacher-student and peer interaction, and the process of student assessment and evaluation.
Girija Shankar, principal of Ness Wadia College, said their staff has designed sessions to give hands-on training to teachers to bring about effective teaching and learning efficiency.
“For the implementation of online education, the college has initiated an e-content development project, whose objectives are to develop e-teaching materials creatively by making optimal use of available IT support with up-to-date ICT tools and maintain uniformity and follow appropriate standards of interoperability. Action committees chalk out a plan, co-ordinate, review and preserve e-content modules in tune with the guidelines issued by the SPPU and the changing needs of the college,” she said.
The college has conceived a start-up plan with tasks to be completed and deadlines. The online teaching-learning devised by the college is based on the Four-Quadrant Approach stipulated by UGC. Meanwhile, as a pilot, lectures for some classes on Google Classroom have commenced, Shankar said.
The new normal in education is technology enabled blended learning, multiskilling, technology readiness, creativity, innovation and an entrepreneurial mindset.
At the Suryadatta Group of Institutes, a strong digital infrastructure, high-speed internet lease line, smartboard blended learning using digital platforms such as Google Classroom and Webex Microsoft Team have been set up.
Founder president Sanjay Chordia said, “Recorded lectures are uploaded for students’ reference, periodical training and guidance sessions are conducted while online courses are encouraged and conducted.”
According to Anand Bhalerao, principal of Bharati Vidyapeeth deemed university’s college of engineering, online education has become integral and will continue even after Covid-19.
“The next version of curriculum delivery will be blended with 20-30% in online mode. We are prepared with the use of two technologies. Lectures for a few classes will be through a video lecture capturing system by Impartus which will make videos of senior professors available to students with a time lag. Live lectures will be delivered using Microsoft Teams facilitating run time discussions to clear doubts of students and interactions. We had a licensed version of it.”
Principal of SNDT Muktaja Matkari said the university teachers underwent training in faculty development programs to impart knowledge and skills for online teaching, learning and evaluation.
“We have smart classrooms where teachers can come and record online lectures. E-content has been developed by all teachers. Learning management systems are being used along with online meeting applications effectively. The knowledge resource centre (library) is assisting by providing online resources and scanned copies of reference material,” she added.
Sharad Kunte, chairman of Deccan Education Society, said online lectures will go on for the entire year. “We have bought licenses to the tune of Rs 1 crore so that teachers can use them for online classes. They are doing it from the comfort of their homes as calling them to college is risky. We have about 60 institutes and are covered for a year,” he said.
Shikshan Prasarak Mandali has purchased Microsoft licenses to the tune of Rs 88 lakh and will scale it up to Rs 1.5 crore once all classes begin functioning, said president S K Jain.
“We have about 44 institutes and over 40,000 students. Even if by any chance classes start, it will be in batches with only certain students coming in a week. Others will continue with online lectures at home,” he added.

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