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Mumbai University To Launch Virtual Classroom

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Mumbai University Launches Automated Virtual ClassroomMumbai University is starting, a first of the initiative for a traditional public university – Automated Virtual Classroom, from today.  The event of inauguration to be held at the university campus in Kalina will be the first program to be streamed live across the affiliated colleges of the university. The model of the virtual classroom is drawn on the lines of Harvard University.

The virtual classroom will facilitate to solve the problem of shortage of qualified teachers and make interactive learning possible with limited resources. Participation in events with restricted entry can now be thrown open to all university students. Students and teachers of colleges in remote places such as Raigad and Sindhudurg can now attend important conferences/meetings that will be conducted at the university and transmitted in their classrooms. Initially the classroom will be used to live-stream special lectures by eminent resource persons, workshops and conferences, it can also bring a sea change in academic activities at the university and its affiliated colleges. It will also help Mumbai University connect to universities world over. The university may also offer some online courses in future through this facility.

Everything in the classroom is automated and can be controlled using a touch panel. Even the sliding of writing boards and adjustment of lightings in the classroom can be done at the click of a button, claimed a university official. The facility has been developed by the university’s in-house computing team under the leadership of vice-chancellor Rajan Welukar.

All the facilities on the internet will be made available under the NME-ICT (National Mission Education through Information and Communication Technology) of the ministry of human resources development, and the A-VIEW virtual learning tool designed by Amrita University.

Of the 700 colleges affiliated to Mumbai University, 420 have already enrolled for the digital system, A-VIEW. While academic sessions/conferences can be live-streamed across colleges, videos will also be available on the university’s site for students who wish to view it later.

The inauguration will be held in the presence of the governor, chief minister and the minister for higher and technical education minister, today.

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