Varsity looks to expand study circle with e-learning


National programme on technology enhanced learning (NPTEL) of the Union human resource development ministry has been invited by the Goa University (GU) to hold workshops for its staff and faculty members to explore the possibility of venturing into e-learning. GU officials feel that introducing e-learning will help GU teachers to utilize classroom hours more productively and also help the varsity reach out to a larger student base.
"At the Indian Institute of Technology, there are around 260 recorded lectures, which the students can view on their laptops or computers at their homes or from anywhere. During the lecture, the teacher only activates the mind for the topic. The students go back and then watch the recorded lectures. During the next lecture, the teacher only clarifies the doubts. This helps utilize the lecture time in a more fruitful way," a senior GU official said.
By using technology, GU plans to reach a wider audience without investing more money into developing infrastructure.
"We can put together courses by making use of available resources. Matter from existing courses can be taken and compiled together. Video conferencing and other facilities can be used to hold reviews, discussions with students in various parts of the state and certificates can be issued to them based on their competence. This will be a progressive step in distance education," the official said.
NPTEL provides e-learning through online web and video courses in engineering, science and humanities streams. The mission of NPTEL is to enhance the quality of engineering education in the country by providing free online courseware.
GU is among the select educational bodies across the country that have in place distance education, information and training infrastructure (DEITI). Reception centres are set up at 25 higher secondary schools and colleges, covering all 12 talukas. Interaction with the resource person at the university studio can take place through telephones, fax and via e-mail. The facility has been developed with the help of ISRO (Indian space research organization). [TOI]