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From typing assignments on one’s laptop to checking attendance, online portals bring a huge change in the working of academia

Indian schools initiated the concept of online education few years back. However, it was not successful in majority of the cases and was therefore shut down by majority of the schools.

In universities of other countries, and a few of the Indian universities, there exists a concept of online portal systems. Universities use these portals for better and easy communication amongst the students and lecturers.

Through these portals, lecturers are able to send updates and important information/announcements to students in a collective form which not only makes it easier for lecturers but also helps in making sure that everyone gets the information. Similarly, students are given access to class notes and presentations which helps them with 24x7 access at their own comfort. Teachers can also upload attendance of students on these portals which can help students keep a record of their missed lectures.

Purpose

“In any institution information is stored in silos — admission, administration, school or departments, professors, library, student welfare, facilities, etc. Such systems provide centralised, secure access to users by connecting to these systems and pulling key information into the portal. From selection of courses, to locating your classroom / library / tutorial room, downloading class notes and assignments, submitting projects, doing plagiarism checks, paying fees, checking grades and attendance, portals can allow for everything. They are also very useful when a new faculty takes over a course from another or when a new faculty is to be inducted,” says Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Vice-Chancellor of World University of Design.

While an average Indian student juggles between at least four social media platforms every day, older generations are not that habitual and comfortable with the new technology. This is one of the major reasons why schools and universities hesitate in implementing online portal systems in their institutions.

Moving forward

“People who are older than us do face problems in technology. So according to me, before implementing this idea, special measures for creating awareness should be taken so that these people get the maximum benefit. Training staff would be a major help,” says Sahil Chhabra, a Fashion designing student.

Shifting from the present system to a new online portal will demand time, efforts, co-operation and patience on everyone’s part. The teachers will see a shift from an authoritative role to that of a facilitator. With the right training and direction, this can be implemented.

This will also help students and teachers in easy submission of assignments. Through the services of online portals, students will be able to submit their assignments directly on the portal which will save the teachers from carrying huge bundles and will help students to move on from the usual paper-pen assignments. This can also help reduce plagiarism and aid students in getting ready for the corporate world by getting more used to technology.

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Printable version | Dec 11, 2019 7:43:59 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/education/at-the-click-of-a-button/article23626498.ece

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