REVIEW ON VIRTUAL LEARN: A CAMPUS ACADEMY
Volumn 3

REVIEW ON VIRTUAL LEARN: A CAMPUS ACADEMY

Kshitij Yende1, Nishant Gite2, Amey Mankar3, Anuj Mor4,Nitin Khachane5

Prof. Ram Meghe Institute of Technology & Research, Badnera-Amravati
Department of Computer Science & Engineering

Abstract-:

This Review Paper is literature survey of various existing VLE’s (Virtual Learning Environment). An attempt has been made to survey all the existing VLE’s and to identify and analyze the pitfalls of that system in order to achieve a more efficient and powerful Virtual Learning Environment in result. The objective of the paper is to make a strong baseline along with problem statement and to propose a methodology to achieve objective. After Studying lot of documentation regarding to various VLE’s and Learning portal, as per best of knowledge, the idea chosen to work on is quite interesting and can be a vital contribution to the domain of E-Learning. The implementation will be new interactive learning practice which will surely be helpful in enhancing the skillset of students. This is good initiative towards adopting quality learning culture along with traditional classroom practices.

Keywords- VLE, E-Learning, Virtual Learning Environment, Video Streaming.

INTRODUCTION

The idea behind this concept is to set up a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) around the campus. Virtual Learning Environment is a web-based platform for digital aspects of study, usually within the educational Institutions  VLE’s typically allows participants to be part of groups, roles, present resources, activities and interaction within a defined course structures, different stages of assessments, reports on participation and have some level of integration with the institution’s curriculum  On the basis of this concept, Virtual Learn will be a freestanding, full-time virtual campus portal which will have community of students and teachers. This portal will be accountable for developing each student’s full potential for academic and post curriculum success. Most significantly, this portal will add an extra option to introduce students with the latest cutting-edge technologies. It will provide a fully integrated system of teaching, learning, remediating and teacher’s training.

Additionally, Virtual Learn will be capable of providing all the topics that are part of our university syllabus. Through this portal student’s will be able to easily take advanced and remedial courses depending upon their strengths and area of interests. One of the important and unique features of this project is, Virtual Learn will be capable of work offline i.e. Student are no longer required to have an active internet connection. What they have to do is to just connect to the network and start accessing a ubiquitous stream of knowledge.

LITERATURE SURVEY

Massive amount of work and systems have been developed across the world. In developed countries like USA, UK concept of Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Already have been implemented a decade before to provide rich education to the students.  Students are being motivated right from early age to learn as per area of interest which have given fruitful results. Organizations like Facebook are nothing but result of study in specialized domain for years.

But, as per Indian education system students are guided in a pre-defined path where student hardly get exposed to current cutting edge technologies. So, it lags him behind in competition. In last few years as a developing country students

Table 1: Rating of effectiveness of VLE by C-DAC

in India are also shifting towards VLE. Most famous and standardized application of VLE in India is NPTEL by IIT’s and sponsored by Ministry of HRD, Government of India. This website is delivering the best knowledge stream that include study material by IIT faculty. 

Effectiveness of Virtual Learning have been proved to be better than traditional learning in one of the most sophisticated fields like Medical. In Maharashtra, Yashwantrao Chavhan Open University is serving best at providing distance education including Rural region.

To understand the requirements of a mobile learner, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing(C-DAC) students who finished their bachelor’s degree in engineering and are doing diploma courses were engaged. Students were asked questions like: “As a mobile learner, what features you would like to have in a ubiquitous learning environment?”.  Rating is summarized in Table 1.

Thus, vast amount of work is done in this sector, thus we are trying to make it even better identifying the constraints which are still preventing students to utilize it to its full extent.

According to a study by Anna Ya Ni (California State University), The findings have several implications for student learning, course development, and curriculum design. Online interaction can be used to enhance learning, especially for students who tend to be reserved in the classroom setting [4].

PROBLEM STATEMENT

As a developing country, Although, we have many schools, enough teachers and facilities for students and teachers. But the great variation in the quality of education is found due to some factors like social background of students, parents, different standards of teacher training programs, all teachers cannot      deliver the same message to all learners [3]. This fetches a strong need to open ocean of knowledge for enthusiasts to learn and improve. Thus, we started to figure out what are those things which are required by this enthusiasts’ community.

As a student, there are plenty of option are available when it comes to learning online but there is strong need of guidance for choosing the best material to learn through. This can be done by experienced teachers. Thus, it motivated us to build a platform where students will be able to learn the concepts of latest trends in technology along with guidance of teachers nurturing a healthy relationship between both.

While going through many implementations of VLE’s across various institutions and sectors, we identified following areas where modification can be helpful to make the system more scalable and adoptable.

  • Lack of Internet connectivity across institutions.
  • Well Organized, and one of the finest of all online learning systems like NPTEL can be only be accessed to configured Systems.
  • Complex Procedure of searching reliable and industry-oriented Study material.
  • Lack of Industry-oriented Knowledge i.e. technical lacuna between academic learning industry requirements.
  • Dependency over outer media or coaching which are either less efficient or introduce economic constraints.

PROPOSED SYSTEM

Fig. 1: Proposed modules of System

Virtual Learn will be a freestanding, full-time virtual campus portal which will have community of students and teachers. This portal will be accountable for developing each student’s full potential for academic and post curriculum success. It will provide a fully integrated system of teaching, learning, remediating and teacher’s training.

Additionally, Virtual Learn will be capable of providing all the topics that are part of our university syllabus. One of the important and unique features of this project is, Virtual Learn will be capable of work offline i.e. Student are no longer required to have an active internet connection. they just have to connect to the network and start accessing a ubiquitous stream of knowledge.

  • Admin: Admin Module will be a governing module for other two modules.
  • Student: Student Module will be defining all the functionalities that can be performed by Student.
  • Teacher: Techer Module will act as a management module which will be responsible for maintenance of study material on website, also will be fulfilling demand courses by students.

This web application will be run by using Client-server architecture (3-tier architecture) where multiple proxy servers will be appointed by one main server consisting of a master database. Web application will be hosted over a specific static IP address. Thus, this website will be accessible on a default gateway and IP Address from the router.

Website will be hosted on an aster server as well as proxy servers by means of ASP.NET portable server software capable of maintaining website. Student will be assigned with an IP address from which they will be given access to the website. This will also keep workload on a specific IP address limited and will give seamless video streaming. Recommended method to access courses will be via Ethernet but Wi-Fi facility will also be available with slightly low performance.Hence, this will be a Simple Connect & Stream setup making it easy to use.

CONCLUSION

After Studying lot of documentation regarding to various VLE’s and Learning portal, as per best of my knowledge, the idea chosen to work on is quite interesting and can be a vital contribution to the domain of E-Learning. The implementation will be new interactive learning practice which will surely be helpful in enhancing the skillset of students. This is good initiative towards adopting quality learning culture along with traditional classroom practices.

Also, various wide scope applications are also possible providing more features and upgrades to make the system more scalable, feasible and more adoptable by student community.

Hence, it’s a great pleasure to look forward towards early implementation of proposed system along with a good development team and technical enthusiast people.

REFERENCES

  1. Weller, Martin (2007). Virtual learning environments: using, choosing and developing your VLE. London: Routledge. pp. 4–5. ISBN 9780415414302.
  2. Pratha Pratim Ray, Web based e-learning in India: the cumulative views of different aspects. Indian Journal of Computer Science and Engineering Vol. 1 No. 4 340-352
  3. Anna Ya Ni (California State University–San Bernardino), Comparing the Effectiveness of Classroom and Online Learning: Teaching Research Methods
  4. Mohammed A Qadeer, Rehan Ahmad, Mohd. Siddique Khan, Tauseef Ahmad, Real Time Video Streaming over Heterogeneous Networks, Feb. 15-18, 2009 ICACT 2009, ISBN 978-89-5519-139-4
  5. Nor Khairiah, Ibrahim, Abdul Halim Ali, Mohd Raziff Abdul Razak and Mohd Faiz Azhar, 2012 IEEE Symposium on Wireless Technology and Applications (ISWTA), September 23-26, 2012, Bandung, Indonesia
  6. Leslie Jarmon, Tomoko Traphagan, Michael Mayrath, Avani Trivedi, Virtual world teaching, experiential learning, and assessment: An interdisciplinary communication course in Second Life, ELSEVIER Journel, L. Jarmon et al. / Computers & Education 53 (2009) 169–182.
  7. Research Article by Becta ICT Research, 2004
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_learning_environment
  9. http://www.nptel.ac.in/faq.php

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