NEW DELHI: The e-GyanKosh, www.egyankosh.ac.in, has emerged as one of the world’s largest educational resource repositories, says IGNOU V-C V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai.
Over 95 per cent of the self-instructional print material of IGNOU has already been digitised and uploaded on the repository. Over 1,600 videos are being provided through YouTube ( http://www.youtube.com/ignou) with the metadata link in the repository.
The repository also has a wiki for collaborative content generation and a blog for discussion on various issues, share ideas and thoughts. Live educational programmes are available through the webcasting platform ( www.ignouonline.ac.in), which at present provides access to broadcast channels Gyan Darshan-1, Gyan Darshan-2 simulcast with Edusat and Gyan Vani (Delhi). The platform supports multiple operating systems, processors and devices.
According to IGNOU School of Social Sciences Director Uma Kanjilal, this website has received over 3,74,000 hits with an average of 1,000 visits per day from all over the world. There are 35,000 active registered users of the repository.
The statistics indicate the growing popularity of e-GyanKosh. Recently it won the Manthan Award South Asia for the best e-content for development under e-education category.
The e-GyanKosh team has also developed an in-house e-learning platform for delivery of online programme. Six major online programmes have been launched by the University using this platform.
IGNOU initiated the development of a knowledge repository in October, 2005, to store, index, preserve, distribute and share the digital learning resources developed by the open distance learning institutions in the country.