OU educational programmes hit the net
R. RAVIKANTH REDDY
The university has gone in for web-based learning in a big way
Sitting in the cool confines of your home go on a journey of the historic city of Rajahmundry with experts explaining about its creation even as you watch the magnificent Godavari River flowing serenely.
And the next minute if your mood changes watch how a sutureless surgery is performed by a doctor or the secret behind microwave ovensby clicking the mouse. Sounds interesting?
This educative information is now at your fingertips thanks to the efforts of Educational Multi-Media Research Centre (EMMRC) of Osmania University that has decided to put all its educational programmes on the web for the benefit of students.
First in country
"Ours is the first EMMRC of the 17 centres in the country to initiate this novel concept of web-based learning in the multimedia format to get closer to the learners," says P.L. Vishweshwar Rao, Director, EMMRC, Osmania University. In fact, he has made it mandatory for all producers making programmes for EMMRC to provide the content in web format, too.
Videos on a wide range of subjects catering to various sections of students and researchers have been placed on the website www.emmrc-ou.com. They cover topics from history, philosophy, sociology, sciences and personalities. Some of these include Asoka Dhamma, History of Rajahmundry, Kandukuri Veeresalingam, Sir Arthur Cotton, Chemi & Bioluminescence and Sutureless surgery.
Prof. Rao says care has been taken to generate interest among learners while capturing the content in the video format.
The productions include a mix of text, record-based data, numeric data, graphics, image, voice and video to have maximum effect.
It's going to be an interactive platform with options for learners to interact with the teachers and get doubts cleared. Efforts are on to covert all the existing productions of EMMRC into the web format.
Special lectures on important topics would also be recorded and put on the site apart from the productions of the centre.
With the bandwidth bound to increase and computers entering into every home in the future, Prof. Rao says it will be a major medium of learning.
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