Bhubaneswar, Sep 27: About 40% of the students of IIT Bhubaneswar are now on campus and these students are attending classes in Hybrid Mode. A hybrid mode of lecturing can be used running classes simultaneously for both, the students attending a class in‐person and those attending in virtual mode.
The students, who are physically present in the class can as usual attend a lecture and interact, while those who are away can participate remotely in virtual mode accessing the live stream of the lecture. The institute devised a mechanism of holding its classes in hybrid mode, equipped the newly constructed Pushpagiri Lecture Hall Complex (PLHC) with electronic gadgets for facilitating hybrid mode lecturing and realized the same.
On August 20, Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Education inaugurated the PLHC and the addition of the complex has facilitated the institute to run classes distributing the students so that each classroom has less than half the strength and full social distancing, followed. The institute could quickly equip the complex to facilitate
running lectures in Hybrid mode.
Speaking on the initiative, Prof Raja Kumar, Director said, “for those students who are attending the lectures in person, these are like any modern lecture halls with facilities for multimedia projection, document camera, power point presentations and use of other gadgets like a tablet. Now in order to facilitate live streaming of the lecture, the board work and the faculty member giving the lecture including the interaction, video and audio capturing
and streaming facility is used.
This will facilitate streaming of the lecture live to a remote student including on an interactive or one way streaming session. We use MS Teams running on a laptop for the same. A faculty member can also interact with a remote student in the streaming session. On top of this, the faculty members are encouraged to use own innovative
methods over and above this basic mechanism”.
Prof Raja Kumar further added, “the institute has a well‐designed SOP which has been is strictly followed and the same has been responsible for the outstanding way the institute could protect the campus from Covid‐19. Apart from following the SOP which needs class room seating as per the social distancing norms and wearing of a mask.