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Cotton varsity dept starts online classes

By City Correspondent

GUWAHATI, April 1 - With universities across the country shifting to digital platforms to continue with the learning programme in view of the COVID-19-induced lockdown, the Department of Mass Communication, Journalism and Media Studies of Cotton University, too, has shifted to digital learning resources by using Google Classes and Google Hangout.

�Since the department has both undergraduate and postgraduate batches, we are following a heutagogical approach to teaching-learning for postgraduate students. Through Google Classroom, we are providing resources and reading materials subject-wise with interesting online assignments and quizzes that would keep a student engaged for three to four hours a day,� Assistant Professor Dr Sayanika Dutta said.

�For undergraduate students, recorded video and audio lectures at home have been interspersed with text slides to make the content interesting and easy to comprehend. Despite the lockdown, we are regularly in touch with our students,� Dutta added.

Online quizzes and assessments are also added to test students� comprehension and understanding about topics.

Dutta further said that through Google Hangout, live classes are also being conducted for UG students. Since it is a professional subject, practical writing and editing assignments have been allotted to both PG and UG students and these are being followed up online.

�Although we are losing on many classroom-teaching days due to the COVID-19 emergency, things are under control and we should be able to make up for the loss through steady and sustained use of the digital platform,� she added. Many other faculties and departments of Cotton University also have started online classes for students.

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