By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru: The Indian universities MHRD UGC AICTE and all regulators and MOOCs are not in sync with each other and great confusion exists even today and Digital India without digital education is not at all possible. Digital India will be big failure without digital education..."AIUPASA NATIONAL PRESIDENT MUMTHAZ AHMED KHAN (Mobile number 0-9916390790) demands Honble HRD Minister Smt Smriti Irani that delays in Distance Education Bureau of UGC after taking over from IGNOU since two years and not formulating national policy on online education and utilizing MOOCs is disastrous to the entire nation. If UGC and AICTE not come with feasible policy then students will forget about degrees as MOOCs are recognized by employers for job purposes."MOOCs and online delivery is clearly the future, but UGC is not at all allowing Universities to launch online degree programmes and still it is talking and forcing territorial restrictions on universities when internet has no barriers of countries borders. University should be allowed to run online international programmes without any territorial barriers " Many are again talking about innovation in higher education and it is a refreshing change. The most conspicuous, challenging and controversial subject of these discussions is "MOOCs” - massive open online courses. MOOCs such as Coursera, Udacity and edX, many other MOOCs, have received extensive media coverage accompanied by a lot of commentary. Many students are getting MOOCs certificates.The University education system need to be changed .The degree awarding system and examination system is need to be changed .UGC and Regulators are still in first century era and do not want to adopt 21 century digital technology. 500 hundred year old class room is still lovable to them and they come with several old decade notes they teach to students by just reading them and writing on boards. Digital India without digital education is not at all possible.
UGC is not a failure but dismantle it and make and constitute make new entity reshaping UGC as National Higher Education Commission to deal with emerging diverse complexities of higher education and make use ofMoocs as national and internationalresource of modern education and make them as part of curriculums and on completions of recognized moocs courses award the degrees as blended education systems as recently Georgia State University announced that it will start to review MOOCs for credit much like it reviews courses students have taken at other institutions, or exams they have taken to demonstrate competency in certain areas. Indian Universities must adopt open book examinations system as prevailed in USA and other developed countries as our Universities test memory capacity of students and not the knowledge or wisdom of students.Union Government and UGC need to debate on online education with DEB outsourced labs before finalizing national policy and regulations on distance education . Higher education today is undergoing a radical change, posing new age challenges to universities and NAAC should rise to the challenges and face it head on and solve the issues of standardization of online distance learning. Instead of colleges only Labs needs to be outsourced as computer is class room , computer lab, play ground for online gaming ,library ,research center ,online mentoring ,online chat ,video conferencing and face to face onlineOnline government are possible and run then why not online education with live teachers and outsourced labs online examinations and online evaluation and results and entire management of University with University management systems and UGC can manage it on real time basis on dash board every day and every minute for all Universities and research centers .UGC should formulate new education policy on online education with outsourced Research Labs with Lab Instructors /Teachers and specially trained online professors. Complete digital transformation with outsourced Labs and Excellence in technology that enhances teaching, learning and research and outsourced Labs is present and future of Digital Universities Education..Time is ripe .Educators need to adopt the technologies to impart education. Online education clubbed with outsourced Lab are the future of education .You agree or agree not to agree. This is a reality written on the walls on universities .Entire teaching and learning revolve around minds Getting and sustaining their attention and interest holds the key to success in this tricky process.Teaching and learning can be tech enabled. Smartphone's tablets desktops laptops computers have become class rooms Library laboratories and research centers and playgrounds and virtually become everything..Sakai is a vibrant, international community that collaborates to create technology that enhances teaching, learning and research. Member organizations include large universities and small colleges, K-12 systems, hospitals, government organizations, research societies and political parties. In 2004, four leading U.S. universities, together with Jasig, the parent organization of the uPortal portal framework, began a collaboration to combine and synchronize their assorted learning software into a collection of integrated, open source tools.
Reportedly MOOCs are a form of "direct-to-students” education: Students do not need to enroll in a college or university; offerings are available on-demand to anyone. Students do not need to become involved in a federal or state student assistance program, paying little (even as compared to lower-cost community college tuition) or nothing for the offerings. Students are not bound by an academic calendar with semesters or courses and they are not part of a structured degree program. MOOCs provide an opportunity for connection between internationally known professors from elite institutions and millions of students.MOOCs take creative advantage of current technology that not only allows for a massification but approaches a universalization of higher education once barely imaginable. Offerings involve consideration of a concept or skill, generally via video, followed by exercises or quizzes. They sometimes rely on an approach to teaching and learning that removes faculty from the heart of the educational experience, pushing students to use their own initiative to seek out and benefit from learning experiences, much as the healthcare industry has modeled greater patient responsibility for sustaining health. This shift away from the traditional central role for faculty is one of the more controversial aspects of MOOCs.MOOCs also build on longstanding practices in higher education, including continuing education, online education and competency-based education such as the work of Western Governor's University (WGU) and Excelsior University. WGU, since its inception in 1997, has been offering online, competency-based education. Excelsior, founded in 1971 as Regents College in New York, has been a pioneer of adult and online learning. MIT's Open Courseware initiative has been around for 10 years, as has Carnegie Mellon University's Open Learning Initiative. Straighterline, a private company offering low-cost online courses since 2009, has established transfer partnerships with a number of institutions and, most recently, entered into agreements with Education Testing Service and the Collegiate Learning Assessment that allow students to be tested and attempt to transfer their Straighterline credits. However, the scale of MOOCs, their extensive online presence, their international appeal and tuition-free approach set them apart even as they reflect some traditional features. What is a MOOC experience worth to a student? Students can receive an acknowledgment of their achievement by earning certificates or "badges” that affirm mastery of skills or specific portions of learning. This can help with employers and obtaining a job. The Mozilla Foundation has constructed an electronic platform to support the issuing, collecting and sharing of badges. Students may also convert MOOC experiences to college credit. UC-Berkeley is exploring the award of transfer credit to California community college students who enroll in Berkeley MOOCs. Colorado State University-Global Campus is offering credit for MOOCs. Will longstanding organizations devoted to assessment of prior learning such as the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning and the American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service include MOOC experiences in their scrutiny?.
According to reports premier institutions like the Indian Institutes of Technology and Indian Institutes of Management are planning to go the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) way, in the backdrop of Prime Minister Narendra Modi planning an ambitious launch of the Swayam Bharat programme.While IIT Bombay (IIT-B) and IIM Bangalore have already announced the launch of MOOCs with overseas partners, IIM Calcutta (IIM-C) could be next in line, with the institute submitting a proposal to the HRD ministry. IIT Kanpur is developing its own platform for MOOCs called MOOKIT, which might soon start competing with popular international MOOC platforms like edX and Coursera."MOOCs and online delivery is clearly the future," says IIM-C director Saibal Chattopadhyay. IIT-B is currently trying out two courses, the basic computer programming course for undergraduates and a thermodynamics course, in the MOOCs mode. "More are planned. There have been multiple meetings with MHRD and IIT Bombay expects to be a very active partner in the government's initiative," says Narayan Rangaraj, dean -- academic programmes.Apart from working on MOOKIT that will help delivering the MOOCs, IIT Kanpur is also engaged in developing MOOCs around verticals like agriculture and computer science, says TV Prabhakar, professor at the institute.IIT Kanpur has just wrapped up its MOOC on MOOCs programme where over 2,300 students participated and is currently offering two more MOOC programmes. It is also running a 'MOOC on Mobiles'. The interest in MOOCs among premier institutions is being attributed to a heightened interest in online education by the new government."It is a clear mandate from the government as in the last Budget, Rs 100 crore was allocated to online education for MOOCs and virtual classrooms," says Rohin Kapoor, senior manager (Education practice) at Deloitte. MOOCs might also help achieve the target of training 500 million people by 2022, he adds.IIM Bangalore has launched courses on the edX platform in 2015. The institute is also planning to engage around 15 per cent of its faculty to deliver MOOCs over the next two years, according to its director, Sushil Vachani.IIM Indore and IIT Gandhinagar have been running broadband distance learning programmes and are now keen on running some courses on the MOOC platform. "We are looking forward to the creation of a MOOCs platform by MHRD, and plan to use it," says IIM Indore's director Rishikesha Krishnan. IIT Patna is planning to start flipped classrooms wherein a student can study material on MOOCs and then attend a live class anywhere in the country."Only to some extent do MOOCs bridge the skills gap, since it's a oneway communication. However, it can be successful in a flipped model as it will enhance learning and build a platform for collaborative discussions," says Ajai Chowdhry, founder of HCL, who also teaches at IIT Patna.Like IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur too is working on solutions around MOOCs. It is developing automatic programmes to grade assignments in MOOC programmes. "We are also working on 'learning analytics', which will help us track the students' pattern of learning. Both these programmes should make MOOCs more interactive," says Plaban Kumar Bhowmick, assistant professor at IIT Kharagpur's Centre for Educational Technology.Working on MOOCs, NPTEL, which is closely working with IIT Madras, launched its first course on programming algorithms and data structures this year and will be launching eight new courses in January including humanities."We've also introduced the element of proctored examinations wherein students who get 50 per cent in their online examinations are eligible to sit for an exam at our centre's all over the country," says Prathap Haridoss, NPTEL coordinator and professor at IIT Madras. NPTEL provides an online certification at the end of the exam, where IIT representatives act as invigilators.IIT Guwahati (IIT-G) has proposed two courses for the Swayam Bharat Platform (managed by IIT-B). IIT-G is also partnering with IIT-M for NPTEL MOOCs. It has participated in the two courses already conducted by IIT-M under NPTEL.
AIUPASA demanding that all Universitiesneed to adopt MOOCs information management system like open ERP or SAP and run its entire work with total computerization and simple manageable procedures and transparent management instead of dividing existing Universities into number of small Universities. Academic council must limit its activities towards academics and syndicate should limit its activities for policy decisions and framing regulations.Many universities partners, affiliated colleges and study are facing many number of problems and many of them felt that an organization was needed to fight for justice and equity and hence an organization was formed in the name and style of All India Universities Partners, Affiliated Colleges and Study centre association (AIUPASA) and which will resolve several issues faced by partners and affiliated colleges and study centers to contain corruption complaints in Universities. (AIUPASA) is the voice of and broader platform universities partners, affiliated colleges and study centers in particular and Education professionals in General. ALL INDIA UNIVERSITIES PARTNERS,AFFILIATED COLLEGES AND STUDY CENTER ASSOCIATION (AIUPASA) is a registered Association promoted by leading Educationists, Academicians ,Philanthropistand media personalities seeking to improve the well being of theEducation professionals in General students in particular through the awareness of educational reforms .AIUPASA wishes to achieve its goal by supporting and disseminating education and quality based knowledge. (AIUPASA) is the voice of UNIVERSITIES PARTNERS, AFFILIATED COLLEGES AND STUDY CENTERS IN PARTICULAR AND Education professionals in General. Request is made to join as member of (AIUPASA) and or submit your grievances which you are facing with Universities. (AIUPASA) will be commissioning research studies on Dismantling existing affiliation system and modernizing it and Problems faced by colleges of education & Improving study center concept to Lab centers center concept and online open book examination centers and online colleges of education for online teachers training and simple ways to eradicate corruption from Universes which many partners, affiliated colleges and study centers face in universities on all India basis. These studies will be presented to Government of India and UGC and Universities and state Governments. .Let the Government rationalized the education system. Let the government make the matter simple as NCTE approves Bangalore University should give affiliation for five years and within that period let that institution gets NAAC approval and leave students free to join any NAAC accredited institutionBut every year approval drama need to be stopped. Government need to dismantle the university affiliation system completely; it is an obsolete relic from colonial times License Raj or Inspector Raj.”.
Exam Reforms: Universities must change: Indian Universities must adopt open book examinations system as prevailed in USA and other developed countries as our Universities test memory capacity of students and not the knowledge or wisdom of students.Union Government and UGC need to debate on online education with DEB outsourced labs before finalizing national policy and regulations on distance education . Higher education today is undergoing a radical change, posing new age challenges to universities and NAAC should rise to the challenges and face it head on and solve the issues of standardization of online distance learningInstead of colleges only Labs needs to be outsourced as computer is class room , computer lab, play ground for online gaming ,library ,research center ,online mentoring ,online chat ,video conferencing and face to face online Online government are possible and run then why not online education with live teachers and outsourced labs online examinations and online evaluation and results and entire management of University with University management systems and UGC can manage it on real time basis on dash board every day and every minute for all Universities and research centers .UGC should formulate new education policy on online education with outsourced Research Labs with Lab Instructors /Teachers and specially trained online professors .
Heavy Demand for Online education and E-learning: Online government are possible and run then why not online education .Lot of teachers are trained to teach online and many teachers teach US students from India .When central government is providing AKASH TABLET computer and smart phones to every students at very affordable cost and 3G connectivity is available and online education is becoming reality through videoconferencing and video call. A new era of online education is dawning India and abroad .The LABS are outsourced to study practical's in engineering and science education for distance learning students without sacrificing quality of education. Engineering education through distance learning will make poor students to study engineering without botheration of huge donations /corruption / hurdles of entrance examinations and provide equal opportunity to study engineering and MHRD need to really commend the efforts of many universities in this respect. There is an increased use of virtual classrooms (online presentations delivered live) as an online learning platform and classroom for a diverse set of education providers. E-learning comprises all forms of electronically supported learning and teaching. The information and communication systems, whether networked or not, serve as specific media to implement the learning process. The term will still most likely be utilized to reference out-of-classroom and in-classroom educational experiences via technology, even as advances continue in regard to devices and curriculum. E-learning is essentially the computer and network-enabled transfer of skills and knowledge. E-learning applications and processes include Web-based learning, computer-based learning, virtual classroom opportunities and digital collaboration. Content is delivered via the Internet, intranet/extranet, audio or video tape, satellite TV, and CD-ROM. It can be self-paced or instructor-led and includes media in the form of text, image, animation, streaming video and audio. Abbreviations like CBT (Computer-Based Training), IBT (Internet-Based Training) or WBT (Web-Based Training) have been used as synonyms to e-learning. Today one can still find these terms being used, along with variations of e-learning such as e-learning, Elearning, and eLearning. ICT Information Communication Technology brought Government's online by e-governance initiatives, banking online, Businesses online, Telemedicine is all set to revolutionize healthcare as it link patients from small hospital to the urban specialist and now universities online are all set to revolutionize education and research.