The University of Delhi has recently launched a unique online learning programme, OneDU, to integrate and streamline online education. Under this flagship programme, the university has integrated all the e-learning resources that are offered by the varsity on a single platform to facilitate and promote online learning and teaching across all the colleges, departments and other affiliated bodies.
It will generate and disseminate e-resources, wherever required. The platform has representation from teaching and non-teaching communities to facilitate communication with departments, centres, colleges, and the Delhi University Computer Centre (DUCC), the university administration informed through an official statement.
The official statement released by the University read, “The University has decided to augment and streamline online education by facilitating e-learning support through the Delhi University Computer Centre (DUCC) by creating and integrating online platform and networking resources and facilities for use by all the university departments, centres, colleges and other affiliated bodies under ‘OneDU’[:] Online eDUcation flagship programmes,”
“Online teaching and learning has become an integral part of education worldwide owing to the unprecedented pandemic situation. [The] University of Delhi also adopted online teaching and learning in the last semester, whereby students were taught through various online platforms,” it added.
The university has also constituted a 14-member Apex Committee on August 6 to “formulate protocol for online education”, “facilitate technical support to the Departments, Colleges, Centres and other academic bodies”, “to suggest implementable ‘best practices’ in the field of online education”, “to facilitate preparation of user friendly short videos and FAQs in order to meet the objective of online education”, and “encourage faculties to prepare syllabi-specific e-resources” for the university community.
As reported by the Times of India, the beta version of the programme which was under work for the past one month is now ready for use and will be available online next week onwards. The committee chairperson Prof Pami Dua, also the Dean of Academic Activities and Projects, said that “DU will come out with the information on the platform soon.”
Sanjeev Singh, Delhi University Computer Centre (DUCC) head and apex committee member, explained that the “programme is being developed by a team of researchers who were also behind DU’s online open book exams (OBE),” TOI reported.
The report further quoted Dr Singh as saying that “OneDU is an initiative for providing and creating a uniform online teaching-learning platform within the university. It will provide assistance to teachers in terms of content creation, lesson planning, help them to record their video lectures and broadcast and disseminate them.”