As the Coronavirus tears through India and with a 21-day lockdown imposed by the government, major services and institutions remain closed or are partially functioning. With a large number of people moving their work online, it was only natural that educational institutions also shifted their focus to a more flexible, digital platform. Academic institutions all over the country are making their way online, offering classes over the internet. Delhi University, among others, has now made the shift towards digital learning and even integrating Google Services to the University’s educational systems.
This shift in society has brought about the innovative use of technology as a way to communicate and learn. As we move towards an online-based society for the next two to three weeks, services like Zoom and Skype are also finding their way into the educational system, offering video-conferencing and other options to connect teachers with their students.
According to a report by NDTV, teachers in Delhi University will find the integrated services on the three-dot icon on the top-right corner on their University accounts.
The two main services used as of now are Google Classroom and Hangouts. Classroom functions much like a normal classroom, except online, where teachers can share documents such as pfd, doc, ppt and more. They can also create assignments, conduct tests online and can even create multiple classrooms as per their daily schedule. It takes a little work to get things going but it looks like the service will now be used as an educational tool in DU.
Hangouts functions much like a live video conference between teachers and students with video sharing options and more. It’s simple and works in conjunction with Classroom for a more comprehensive educational experience. Delhi University has also provided a set of tutorials for teachers and students just to make sure that all the bases are covered.
This is the right step for educators as the Coronavirus outbreak has forced us to look for more innovative and cost-saving methods for our society to keep functioning and moving towards an online education model is the correct move.