With classes suspended for an uncertain period in several countries due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Ivy League universities in the US are offering over 450 free online courses. The eight Ivy League Universities— Harvard, Cornell, Brown, Columbia, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale and the University of Pennsylvania are among the foremost prestigious colleges within the world.
In the wake of Coronavirus lockdown, these colleges are presently offering free online courses on a variety of subjects including computer science, data science, programming, humanities, business, health, social sciences, and pharmaceutical, engineering, mathematics, science, and personal development.
Schools around the world have closed since of the coronavirus pandemic clearing out more than 1.5 billion children stuck at home. Whereas it’s a burden for numerous, it has made a spike in demand for online learning. Educational institutions are presenting online courses and some education technology new companies are offering free classes to assist to help students.
Coursera, one of the world’s biggest online learning stages has over 37 million students enlisted in higher instruction over thousands of colleges and universities. In the lockdown, Coursera is giving colleges and universities free access to its catalogue through its “Coursera for Campus”. The platform empowers nearly any college within the world to deliver high quality, job-relevant, on-demand learning to students, faculty, and staff.
Coursera has received more than 3,700 questions from colleges and colleges in India in the last few weeks. Over 1,290 institutions of higher instruction, counting BML Munjal College, National Rail and Transportation Institute and University of Engineering and Management in Jaipur have signed up more than 835 online programs.
India-based instruction startup named Byju after its Founder, Byju Raveendran. In early March, it reported it would donate children free access to its learning app, which it says had more than 40 million users at the conclusion of last year. Around 3 million of those paid between $150 and $200 for a yearly subscription. Since the declaration, the company says it has experienced a 60% surge in students utilizing its items, which run from interactive video lessons and live classes for tests and exam planning.
Across the country lockdown, ordered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in late March implies that India’s school-age populace of around 300 million is all of a sudden having education at home. Other Indian platforms, including Unacademy, Vedantu, and Toppr are also offering free classes and content to students.
Sukhda Khosla, who teaches Mathematics at Vasant Valley School in Delhi at home takes online classes of Class 12 students to come online for their lesson. Before long, on the screen of her MacBook Air, a batch of 30 students joins in for their e-class.
All the teachers need to do is send an invite to all her students to join the class. Working on Zoom, the software, teachers can take virtual classes from home itself and not fall behind in the syllabus.
Jai Kapoor, one of the Vasant Valley students of class 12 said that it’s like attending a class in school and the learning is more focused and to-the-point. Technology is helping students go about their studies as normal and stay in the loop. Though Kapoor admits missing face-to-face time with his teachers and seeing his batch mates, he feels it’s not very different from a physical class. Just like a normal class, if we have doubts, we raise our hands so that the teacher can help. Similarly, in an e-class, thanks to Zoom, there is a setting to raise a hand’ and the teacher can see that immediately on her screen.
The Government of India also recently launched a week-long “Bharat Padhe Online” campaign to crowdsource thoughts for progressing the online education system in the nation. Inside three days of propelling the campaign, the Union human resource development ministry received more than 3,700 proposals.