Friday, March 18th, 2011

India’s Panjab University Introduces Mobile Classroom

Panjab Student Center

Panjab Student Center

Geographic barriers will no longer keep students from missing classes at India’s Panjab University (PU)… The school will go to them.

One of India’s oldest universities is taking a pretty innovative approach to reaching out to their distance students.

As part of their diploma program in statistics at the University School of Open Learning (USOL), PU students will take part in “classes” inside of a mobile van, using wireless technology.

The program will reach out to a batch of 23 students at the Ludhiana Regional Centre over a one week span.

“The students will not only be able to take online classes but also get online answers to their queries,” said Professor Ravi K Mahajan, the program’s coordinator.

“The subject expert responsible for the lectures will be stationed at the PU campus. We are introducing this advanced concept for one subject at one centre. Later, similar programmes will be introduced at different locations with various other subjects.”

The students will be able to connect with the experts through their laptops or they can teleconference using the van’s screens and wi-fi connection. This will give them a chance to have questions answered in a virtual one-on-one setting.

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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