The University Grants Commission (UGC) released a new guidebook last month that contains “redefined behavior rules for students and instructor objectives in virtual classes.”
It is titled ‘Digital Hygiene,’ and it gives rules for students and professors in higher education institutions to provide a secure online experience.
Shutting off the computer webcam and audio when not in use, restricting use of public Wi-Fi, ensuring secure internet browsing, and utilizing a password manager are among the recommendations mentioned in the digital safety guide. The new draught comes as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic, which has prompted a shift to online learning.
The current age and its requirements
In the current digital era, education “needs tech assisted teaching, learning solutions, and fast paced innovations,” according to the draught.
Students and teachers in India now have access to cellphones as well as remote e-learning and assessment alternatives, and “virtual classrooms have brought a distinct viewpoint on the teaching-learning process,” according to the report.
The draught emphasizes that remote teaching’s key qualities may be harmful to the school community, and that teachers should be wary about virtual attacks during online classes.
“It is abundantly evident that we live in the Big Data age,” the UGC writes, “where the ‘Right to be forgotten’ or ‘Right to be erased’ is not easy because an individual’s identity is published not just privately but also on public platforms.”
It emphasizes the importance of metadata in establishing a digital footprint trail for an individual. It defined a digital footprint as “your likes on social media postings, content watched, browser cookies, and website visits.”