Online Education
Synchronising Lessons
Prof Rajbir Singh

Learning Management Systems (LMS) are a step towards making e-learning more effective, efficient and user friendly. Content/learning material is available in abundance on the Web but the need of the hour is that a synchronous learning process is designed in a manner that the taxonomy of learning outcome and principles of instructions can be assured fully.

LMS is the systematic adaptation of information that administers and keeps track of students’ progress. It is an unbiased virtual platform that provides consistency in delivery and evaluation; curriculum based teaching aided with audio-video lectures and text material along with chat rooms and discussion fora.

Multimedia-based lectures blended in a Learning Management System enable us to provide a way by which one can experience the subject in a profound way.

LMS can be based on certain parameters to validate and evaluate to ensure the authenticity of the content. Such standards are IEEE and SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model). These standards are accepted worldwide and provide segregation and separation of the content to provide maximum convenience to the user.

The present day technology is expanding with each passing day. The benchmark is to create and adopt a system that has the provision to analyse, design, develop, implement and evaluate the process of learning and teaching to create healthy and educated society.

Worldwide e-Courses

The new information communication technology (ICT) has expanded its reach through a number of sectors. CE (Consortium for Educational Communication — a UGC-sponsored initiative) has a vision to electronically reach out to a large number of participants, teachers and general public with quality educational material, so as to address the issues of accessing higher education with equity and quality.

Working on this vision, CEC has conducted four worldwide e-courses on Scriptwriting and Editing for Film and Television, Marketing Communication and Salesmanship and Digital Library and Information Services.

These unique e-courses were conducted using various ICT modes by telecast through VYAS Higher Education Channel of India, multicast through the website of CEC i.e., and simulcast through CEC-EDUSAT Network. The entire process right from registration to assignment submission is done online via CEC website.

Charting a new course

The e-course content is transmitted four days a week (Monday to Thursday) followed by an interactive live session with the subject expert on every Friday to clarify doubts and seek answers to queries by the registered participants on CEC-EDUSAT network. This network simulcasts on CEC web portal and Channel "VYAS", now available on DTH Platform of DD Direct Plus and Dish TV, a private DTH operator. The said courses were short term/add on courses of not more than 45-day duration.

— The writer is Director, Consortium for Educational Communication, Delhi

Getting to know the Web teacher

The Web is the new ‘teacher’ for a professional desiring to acquire higher knowledge or a basic knowledge and skills. To empower a large number of participants, teachers and general public, especially in remote areas, with quality educational material, the television and web are the best media of delivery in India. Keeping the above objectives in mind, CEC has been utilising the various modes of education through technology viz. webcast, simulcast and broadcast for dissemination of knowledge. CEC has launched a series of Worldwide e-courses on various subjects like scriptwriting, editing, advertising and digital library and information services etc. using the most popular media like Worldwide Web, Television and the Educational Satellite (EduSat).

Setting new standards

The Consortium for Educational Communication popularly known as CEC is one of the Inter-University Centres set up by the University Grants Commission. It was established in 1993 with the goal of addressing the needs of higher education through the use of powerful medium of TV along with the appropriate use of emerging Information Communication Technology (ICT). CEC is a nodal agency to coordinate, guide and facilitate educational programme production through its media centres spread across the country at 22 locations.

Now the world is using technology-enabled education and trying to provide an e-learning mechanism which will supplement the traditional teacher through systematic learning; face-to-face learning and anywhere-anytime learning that facilitates students. It has been clearly understood that the requirements of a student can be satiated only with technology-enabled education which will facilitate students to access information anywhere, anytime at one’s own pace by using programmes to visualise concepts in a more elaborate way; take quizzes online and be graded and recorded real-time; submit projects/assignments online; take surveys online so that faculty has the timely input; check the course progress online; and simultaneously enrol for multiple courses.