What can students do if they can't make it to college due to a bus strike? Go watch a movie at the nearest theatre? Enjoy a game of cricket may be? Hang out with friends?
Students of Shri Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain University in Bengaluru did none of these when they realised that there is a BMTC bus strike on Monday and Tuesday. They decided to attend classes. Not by walking or riding to college, but via Titter.
According to a report on The New Indian Express, when it was confirmed that they will miss classes due to the bus strike, one of the students come out with the idea of organising class via Periscope, the live video broadcast app by Twitter. All that the students need to attend classes through this app is a computer or smartphone.
One of the professors said at 9 am on Monday, he put in a Whatsapp message in the class group, asking students to download the app. After initial technical glitches, the class began at 10.45 am.
A total of 55 students attended the class online while 20 students managed to reach the college.
There is, however, a setback to this app. The live video can be watched only for 20 minutes. If resolved, this could be the next step in distance education.