The platform will enable students to learn regardless of their location or internet connectivity
Brac University is creating an online learning platform, named buX, built on a world-class platform developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University.
This platform will enable students to learn regardless of their location or internet connectivity, and make learning interactive and lively.
“We recognized the issues with online learning in the Spring 2020 session, and have thus implemented this industrial, high-grade solution,” said Brac University Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Vincent Chang.
“Online learning on buX will be different from the version of online learning with faculties conducting sessions over Zoom,” he added.
The transition to online learning on buX will also allow the university to modernize its courses, and bring them up to international standards, said the VC.
Part of buX’s functionality is to enable online learning even with bad connectivity.
“We have been working to find the proper solutions to make learning feasible for students with poor internet connectivity. These include internet packs and broadband solutions in some cases,” Prof Chang mentioned.
If necessary, the university will provide hardware for the most at-risk students.
Brac University has already waived all non-tuition fees for the Summer 2020 session for every student.
Additionally, a Student Assistance Fund was recently established to support students who are suffering due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, with financial and other types of aid.
The total commitment is Tk15 crore ($1.8 million), or equivalent to 25% of total tuition and fees.
In addition to this fund, the university will continue to provide the usual need and merit based scholarships.