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Circular entailing details of online classes issued by Mumbai University

All classes will be recorded and made available via various digital platforms.

After multiple objections over the lack of structure and suddenness of the establishment of online classes by various colleges across the state, Mumbai University issued a circular on August 24 entailing detailed directives to smoothly transform classes onto a digital forum.

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The University of Mumbai had previously directed all affiliated colleges to commence online classes from August 7 onwards. The absence of instructions, guidelines and system to do so raised several objections and questions over lack of digital infrastructure to the conversion of study material and programme modules for effective learning. After about three weeks of this initial directive, the University of Mumbai issued another, 12 pointer circular solving the multiple apprehensions of various colleges over the teaching and learning programme.

The online classes have to be divided into 4 quadrants of video lecture, downloadable notes, self-assessment test sheets and a digital forum for discussions and doubt clearing, ensuring a 360-degree learning experience for the students. These video classes will be recorded and uploaded on Youtube for those children facing network and connectivity issues. For those without an active internet connection, taped videos of the class shall also be made available via WhatsApp and Facebook. These digital mediums along with electronic mails will further be used to share notes and study material. 5 to 10 students would be grouped to encourage lateral communication and discussions. A mentor shall also be assigned to guide the children through their class-related issues via WhatsApp to ensure a smooth system of communication between the students and the college. The students would be counselled and provided with requested guidance over the phone. Parents shall also be a part of this counselling and training program.

Daily lectures have been capped at 3 to 5 classes a day, with a 10-15 minute mandatory break after every 2 hours. The colleges have also been requested to provide with a lesson schedule a week in advance. Online applications such as Google Meet, Zoom, Microsoft Team, Google classrooms and Webex have been recommended to induct online classes projecting e-content that every college was directed to prepare under the directions of an earlier order issued by the University in May.

Further pointers explain how e-learning can be made more effective by devising a question-answer format, multiple-choice questions and circulation of assessment sheets, PPTs, recorded lectures and completed assignments via mail or Youtube links on WhatsApp. These classes shall be conducted across all colleges and batches that have completed the admission procedure, except the first-year undergraduate and postgraduate batches.

Check out the Mumbai University Circular here.

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