Agacademy: a modal platform for scaling up e-learning in Indian agriculture in covid times.

Abstract

Apart from the most challenging health crisis, COVID-19 pandemic has also adversely impacted the education systems globally as it has forced for the shutdown of all the social and educational institutions amidst call for immediate lockdown of several nations. In the wake of these prevailing critical situations in India, National Agricultural Education System as similar to the other peer higher educational institutions in the country, is at the forefront in terms of quick movement to virtual platforms facilitating e-Learning to all the students across the country. In this context, "AgAcademy", an online e-Learning platform was built using an open source cloud powered software Moodle implemented using Softaculous, specially designed to power digital learning portals. This free digital learning management system offers a potential integrated solution and enables all the Agricultural Universities within the NARES to offer online based distance learning platform from the safety of their own homes of both the instructors and the learners.

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