Design and implementation of a Lecturer-student interaction and file sharing application

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Abstract

The manual way of communication in information sharing and files sharing has been creating some problems like missing test date and time, assignment submission date, also some students don’t know when lecture note is given and other very important information. The use of this automated system will make the above mentioned problems a thing of the past and will enhance the relationship and proper time management among lecturers and their fellow students. The main aim of the project is to develop an online application of which lecture materials and information are passed to students in a very easier and faster way. And also make lecturer and student interaction easier. It is observed that in the faculty of computer science in School of technology lecturer and student communication is very poor. The way information is being passed from the lecturers to the students is not efficient, because at the end of the day if something is pasted on the notice board, before some students could be aware of it, it might be removed intentionally or accidentally

CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

1.1 Background of the Study

The Lecturer-student interaction and file sharing application is web based. It can be used to bridge the communication gap between students and lecturers and serve as a means to provide flexible access to important information and lecture materials for students. Especially now that most of the students are uses Smart phones, tablets and laptops which always enables them to have access to the internet. Information and news about their department or about their courses and their lecture note can reach them everywhere they are. The application will serve as a medium of communication between students and lecturers; they (lecturers) can post any information about their course that they would like to share with their students whenever he/she pleases.

1.2 Problem Statement

The manual way of communication in information sharing and files sharing has been creating some problems like missing test date and time, assignment submission date, also some students don’t know when lecture note is given and other very important information. The use of this automated system will make the above mentioned problems a thing of the past and will enhance the relationship and proper time management among lecturers and their fellow students.

The class representative of each class has to collect lecture notes using flash drive at the end of every lecture from the lecturer, and the students will collect it from their respective class representative. However, with the use of flash drive these series of collection waste the class representative’s and students’ time, there may be spread of virus from students’ computers to lecturer’s computers and vise-versa; files may be corrupted due to virus. Information doesn’t always reach most students because information is passed through notice boards and students are not always in fun of checking notice boards regularly because students are often distracted by tight lecture schedules. Some students are afraid of asking questions in class, some students while reading may find something that contradict what they were told in class, as such, they can interact with the lecturer via the application to clear their confusion.

1.3 Aim and Objectives

The main aim of the project is to develop an online application of which lecture materials and information are passed to students in a very easier and faster way. And also make lecturer and student interaction easier.

Below are some of the objectives of the project:

  1. To analyze the problems encountered by the existing manual system.
  2. To design a system that will ease the means of interaction and sharing files between lecturers and students.
  3. To implement a web based application that will bring an improvement upon the existing system and help students to interact, in order to get relevant response from their fellow tutors.
  4. To test the functionality of the whole system.

1.4 Significance of the Study

The study facilitates faster files sharing between lecturers and students, it also helps to provide quick answers to students and support easy information dissemination.

1.5 Scope and Limitation

This project after completion will be limited to Faculty of computer science, school of technology, Kano state polytechnic. The system will be restricted to lecture materials uploading and downloading, notice posting and viewing, asking question and answering only. The system will not include assignment submission.

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