IIT Kharagpur researchers develop e-Classroom for lecturers

Kolkata, August 15

Researchers at IIT Kharagpur have developed a software program which may be of immense assist to lecturers who’re at the moment dealing with challenges as the whole classroom session has shifted to on-line mode in several instructional establishments within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prof Raja Datta of Electronics and Electrical Communication Department together with his postgraduate college students developed the software program, the present model of which can be utilized inside a campus LAN, an IIT Kharagpur spokesperson stated on Saturday.

Talking in regards to the software program ‘Deekshak’, Datta stated, “It is now a single session platform where the teacher would concentrate on the screen with the teaching materials while being able to view queries on a live chat box where each student can send in their queries.”

Students even have entry to a doubt field the place they’ll click on to “raise their hand” and anticipate the trainer to handle it, as is completed in a bodily classroom.

Teachers also can share paperwork with the scholars by way of the platform and even replace notes on the paperwork in real-time, Datta stated.

‘Deekshak’ is a low bandwidth web-based software program and may be accessed utilizing any laptop or perhaps a cellphone.

Teachers also can report attendance of the scholars on the platform.

The software program has been examined at IIT Kharagpur throughout the preliminary part of social distancing with about 40 hours of courses being performed with a complete of roughly 300 college students.

IIT Kharagpur, Director Prof Virendra Okay Tewari stated, “We need platforms for addressing challenges faced by India and Deekshak is designed to cater to Indian academia, be it the bandwidth issue, or user interface or storage.”

He stated, “Deekshak is one step towards that goal through which the teachers would be able to offer more personalised interaction while focusing better on the act of teaching.”

IIT Kharagpur has utilized for the copyright registration of Deekshak and is in the hunt for a start-up firm for its maintainability.

Further improvement of Deekshak can be underway to enhance its options and make it safe in order that it may be made out there to be used in academia, stated Datta. — PTI

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