After the Covid break in West Bengal, universities are preparing for e-lessons
KOLKATA: Since there is no possibility for interaction in the classroom in the foreseeable future, all universities are preparing for extended online courses. While Calcutta University and Presidency University are expected to start in October for undergraduate students, Jadavpur University is expected to start in September.

Teachers at Presidency University have started emailing relevant content to students. The final exams were conducted through homework and project work, and the courses are not streamed live in most departments.

“Since not all students have online access, we couldn’t run online courses like private schools. Instead, we send learning material on WhatsApp or by email. Students can download and prepare as they see fit. We have prepared modules. When students need live interaction, they make their inquiries and teachers approach them in a group, ”said a teacher at Presidency University.

While notes can be sent or assignments can be distributed among students, some teachers still grapple with clarifying concepts that a student may not have understood. Another faculty member said that e-learning centers are needed within universities.

Also in JU, teachers have decided to upload learning resources, soft copies of chapters, and PowerPoint presentations for students to download and study at will. “We run online courses, but not in real time,” said Partha Pratim Biswas, professor of civil engineering at JU.

The university is also introducing “virtual laboratories” that will be available to students to create primary impressions of experiments. To bridge the digital divide, JU decided to distribute 800 phones and data packets to economically disadvantaged students. You must return the items after the course work is finished.

Although the humanities and natural sciences faculties at JU hope to be able to start teaching in the first semester from September, no decision has yet been made. The plans to hold courses in the middle of the semester from August 23rd have also been delayed.

The teachers at the University of Calcutta are having problems with online lessons as many students are unfamiliar with the audiovisual mode. “A lot of students cannot adapt. Web-based materials are only available if the student can grasp the knowledge. Also, many UG students live in areas with no internet access or low net speed, ”said one teacher.

Colleges such as Lady Brabourne, Bethune, and Maulana Azad College offer online courses in both live and asynchronous modes for mid-term students. However, colleges with a majority of students from areas with limited internet access cannot compete. “We hold live courses. Many students can now access live streaming, ”said Siuli Sarkar, director of Lady Brabourne College.


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