E-learning portal promises to be a landmark for DU students
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 18:25
New Delhi: Its revolutionary e-learning portal that supplements classroom teaching is less than two months old, but for students of Delhi University who have just entered a new academic year it promises to make education a different experience.

The varsity launched its e-learning portal, which has all the elements of chalk and blackboard teaching along with a host of supplementary features, in May.

With the opening up of the new session of the University, the portal is set to become a part of the students' educational lives, and the institution wants it to become a model for transforming higher education throughout the country.

"We are providing the necessary details along with passwords to all colleges, which will allow students to avail the facility of this landmark tech initiative," said A K Bakhshi, director of the Institute of Life Long Learning, who is the brain behind the portal.

The portal www.illldu.edu.in offers an interesting blend of lectures, along with a range of interactive features like e-quizzes, e-lessons, and even e-labs.

The portal that currently has the syllabi of as many as 12 courses available for teaching, will also play a role in making the best professors available to all students irrespective of the college they study in.

The portal is all set to include Punjabi and Geography to its list of 12 courses whose syllabi is currently covered by the portal.

"We have recorded live and uploaded lectures delivered by our best teachers on all topics and subjects included in the syllabi. This more or less makes the college you study in immaterial since you have access to the lectures of the best faculty no matter in which college you study," he told agency.

The portal was conceptualised in 2008, and took two years of planning and work to finally get into implementation mode.

The lessons which are divided into units, chapters and topics and are followed by quizzes which are no less than 17,000 in number.

Moreover, the multiple choice questions do not end at giving you the correct answers, they also tell you what makes the choice you picked wrong and what is the reasoning behind the right answer.

And compiling this was no easy task.

The effort involved contributions by as many as 1,000 teachers, who prepared the content for the lectures, quizzes and labs and later reviewed everything that was uploaded on the portal.

"We wanted to make sure, the learning experience is much more than in the classroom and that students don't end up reading text on screen," Bakhshi told agency.

"We also wanted to make it a comprehensive process of in depth understanding, with no focus on rote learning," Bakhshi said.

For this reason, even laboratory procedure for experiments in subjects like Physics and Chemistry was recorded live and uploaded on it.

And for students of distance learning, this will again prove to be a major boon.

"We are also in the process of contacting the School of Open Learning for making this available for the students who study through correspondence," he said.

While it still might be a modest beginning for the e-learning initiative, the University wants the portal to set national standards, and hopes to benefit students across the country one day.

"We don't want other institutions to waste time, money and resources on developing similar initiatives. What we want is to be able to be available to students of the entire country. And that is possible if we have high standards of connectivity and bad width," he said.


First Published: Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 18:25

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