FLAME University Moves To Online Classes
A Digital Learning Task Force was formed to train and support faculty members to transition to conducting courses online.
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FLAME University, Pune-based liberal education university has moved to online classes for over 200 courses, including those as diverse as calculus, psychology, finance, economics, cinematography, music and visual art. Over 100 faculty members have been seamlessly conducting their classes as of 31st March 2020.
Vice-Chancellor, Dr Dishan Kamdar said, “The coronavirus pandemic is a serious and alarming situation. Our first priority is the health and well-being of our stakeholders, but that has not held us back from providing the best to our students. We are working in coordination with our faculty to give everyone the best support during this time. It is definitely a challenging situation but we have adapted well.”
A Digital Learning Task Force was formed to train and support faculty members to transition to conducting courses online. G-Suite products and Google Meet was chosen to centralize class scheduling and for providing tutorial support for faculty members and students. Two temporary studios were set up on campus as well.
Professor Hoshiar Mal, Assistant Professor, said, “When I received a communication from the Vice-Chancellor about conducting online classes, I got a little worried because my course is hands-on and I thought it would be challenging for me to teach my course online. However, we adapted with some new techniques to keep multilateral communication and feedback intact."
For assessments, many faculty members leveraged FLAME University’s Learning Management System, to create online quizzes to engage students remotely. The llibrary is also digitized, which makes it possible for students and faculty to access all subscribed databases and digital resources from off-campus locations.
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