Manipal University’s efforts to make technology in lecture halls a more effective tool in teaching, launched the virtual classroom at Manipal Institute of Technology’s Sir MV Seminar Hall here on Monday. Launching the online classroom at a live demonstration, Dr Ranjan Pai, CEO and MD, MEMG Bengaluru urged everyone to make best use of the technology to enrich learning.
Soon, the Manipal group campuses, Jaipur, Sikkim and Dubai will be linked. Pro Chancellor, Dr H.S. Ballal said that this technology in the classroom could change the concept of teaching and learning in a classroom and advised all heads of institutions to make good use of the facility. For MIT, celebrating its Diamond Jubilee, this was a significant support to its resources.
The MIT Director, Dr G.K. Prabhu said that the virtual classroom was started in Dr MV Seminar Hall so that other institution of the University could make use of the facility with immense reach for academic delivery. “Students from remote campuses can join and have a two-way audio, video interaction in real time, with faculty and other students. Thus making interactive learning fun,” he said.
“The online classroom allows participants to communicate with each another, view presentations or videos, interact with other participants, and engage with resources in work groups. The University can leverage the faculty with students of other campuses and students will have access to all classroom sessions,” explained Balakrishna Rao, Chief Information Officer, Manipal Global Education from Bengaluru during the live session.
Mr Sathish Kamath, Assistant Director Information Technology, Manipal University Manipal, coordinated the launch. He said, “The content can be accessed at any time by students from any place and that’s an added benefit for those who may have missed a class or even may not have understood a lecture the first time”. “Low cost of online classroom is yet another important factor,” he added.
About Manipal University
Manipal University is synonymous with excellence in higher education. Over 28,000 students from 57 different nations live, learn and play in the sprawling University town, nestled on a plateau in Karnataka’s Udupi district. It also has nearly 2500 faculty and almost 10000 other support and service staff, who cater to the various professional institutions in health sciences, engineering, management, communication and humanities which dot the Wi-Fi-enabled campus.
The University has off-campuses in Mangalore and Bangalore, and off-shore campuses in Dubai(UAE) and Melaka (Malaysia). The Mangalore campus offers medical, dental, and nursing programs. The Bangalore Campus offers programs in Regenerative Medicine. The Dubai campus offers programs in engineering, management and architecture, and the Melaka campus offers programs in medicine and dentistry.