School of Open Learning, Delhi University will be offering online courses for the first time ever, this year. Delhi University's Open School is finally going online. The college is all set to offer online courses in five different undergraduate level programmes this year. Students will now have access to DU courses from everywhere through special websites that will live stream lectures and provide easy to access study materials and resources in the forms of e-books and journals.
The School of Open Learning, Delhi University is also planning to partially conduct its examination in the online mode. SOL had applied for approval to offer online courses in January this year after the July 4, 2018 UGC Gazette Notification prescribing the regulations that shall apply to a university conducting open learning classes.
The UGC gazette states that the open schools need to have e-modules which are self-explanatory, self-contained and self-directed at the learner and amenable to self-evaluation. It also that the modules should enable the learner to acquire the prescribed level of learning in a course of study. The modules should include e-text materials, video lectures, audio-visual interactive material, virtual classroom sessions, podcasts, virtual simulation and self-assessment quizzes or tests.
Director of Delhi University School of Open learning, CS Dubey, said that the acquisition of all the components started soon after the notification was released and the drive gathered pace at the beginning of this year. He further added that 'We are incorporating all components in our new system that is designed for conventional learners, working professionals as well as other individuals aspiring to acquire knowledge and academic credentials.'
Mr. Dubey also said 'We have developed a special system, which includes live streaming of lectures. Our teachers have already developed the lectures. We have also hired special tutors and interns.' On the matter of conducting the examination in the online mode, Mr. Dubey answered, 'We will also conduct 30% of the exams online in a phased manner. We are developing a new dashboard for this, which will be integrated with the one from which students get information and study materials.'