Fivefold rise for govt’s e-learning portal in lockdown

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COVID-19 lockdown period

The Central Government’s online e-learning platforms saw huge rise in numbers since the start of COVID-19 lockdown period.

Govt’s e-learning platforms saw footfall of 1.4 Crore since 23rd March 2020. The popularity and usage of digital learning platforms backed by the government or the education ministry saw 5 fold rise.

The schools and colleges are closed from mid-March in the wake of Corona outbreak.

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The sudden rise in the popularity of these digital learning platforms comes amid the MHRD’s push to students as well as educational institutions to adopt online learning.

Amid the lockdown, schools and colleges have switched to one or another way of e-learning to ensure minimum academic loss to these students.

While common communication platforms such as WhatsApp and other chatting platforms to share assignments and notes among students, teachers and students have also adopted other new technology platforms such as Skype, Zoom, Google Classroom, Google Hangout, Piazza to hold online classes and deliver structured lectures.

The most popular e-learning portals or resources of MHRD include DIKSHA, e-pathshala, National Repository of Open Educational Resources, Senior Secondary Courses of NIOS, NPTEL. Apart from these, among college students, portals like IGNOU Courses, UGC MOOCS courses, Shodhganga, ShodhShuddhi, VIDWAN, e-PG Pathshala, Other ICT initiatives like Robotics education (e-Yantra), Open Source Software for Education (FOSSEE), Virtual experiments (Virtual Labs) and Learning programming (Spoken tutorial), have witnessed higher foot fall during the lockdown period.

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