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CHALLENGES IN INDIAN UNIVERSITY EDUCATION USE OF MOOCS ICT & DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

 
 
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CHALLENGES IN INDIAN UNIVERSITY EDUCATION USE OF MOOCS ICT & DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES
by System Administrator - Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 10:25 AM
 

By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bangaluru: The mindset and mentality of banning anything and everything should stop just because someone has misused anything instead good uses .What is allowed can be defined and misuses can be defined and you punish for misused and not for good use..If somebody has misused mobile phone in Karnataka legislature should not become cause for banning of bringing of mobile in legislative assembly .You can make good use ofSmartphone for your discussion in assembly instead of carrying papers as smart phones are nothing but computers .Lot of data and books and online news papers are available in smart phones which can be used effectively in discussions. Smart phones Tablets and laptops need to be allowed in every place of legislature and class rooms for educational purposes. It is retrograde decision of speaker of Karnataka assembly to altogether ban of mobile and smart phones in the assembly and corridors of legislature and in the similar way all universities have banned the smart phones in class rooms because few students misused the phones in class rooms . Today mobile phones are not less than a computer and Digital technology gives learners and users potential access to a wealth of knowledge and resources undreamed of in previous generations. Yet in India in 2014 we still talk about banning smart phones in classrooms, while students sit pen and paper exams. If digital technology is to bring real transformation in the classroom, it's the education system that needs rebooting. "Many experts worry that if higher education does not adapt to the times, other models (especially other business models) will take its place, and University education became irrelevant and people will start preferring job oriented industry recognized courses rather than empty degrees from universities who are still in the era of bannig the use of technology like Smart phones and Tablets and Laptops in the class rooms. ” "While this concern has some merits, it is unlikely that universities as we know them will go away. There are parts of the university enterprise, however, that are at risk, such as continuing and advanced education in highly technical, fast-moving fields.”. According to the experts, the proliferation of online learning and free educational content, particularly Moocs, means that universities need to address the question of what they can provide that other approaches cannot, and "rethink the value of higher education from a student's perspective”. "Higher education stakeholders are facing a reality that is difficult to digest; the paradigm that has worked for over a century is gradually becoming obsolete, and universities must renovate - or in some cases rebuild their foundations - if they want to stay relevant.”. Only those institutions that seriously consider take how online learning will "redefine the value of a degree, and are open to exploring alternative means of proving skill acquisition through certificates, badges, and e-portfolios” will remain relevant, the experts warns.

"We throw technology at the door of educational establishments, but the institutions themselves and the way we teach have hardly changed since the 19th century,” the experts says. "Imagine if you were designing an education system from scratch, where it's quite possible to give every child a connected digital device, and where it's mandatory for them to take that into an examination room. How would the teaching and learning change?”. We need to explores answers to questions such as what is education for? What role does technology play in education and how does it change the way we learn? How can we make teaching and learning as engaging and relevant as possible? What is the role of teachers and human interaction? Does assessment and standardization methods and examination systems need to be changed to promote creativity? And, crucially, what could education - indeed the world - look like by 2030 or open book examinations in India?.