By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru: India can now hop to realize its long standing dream of 100% literacy. Achieving 100% literacy does not seem impossible anymore with cloud based e-learning solutions .The clud is generally third party and accessed through internet .It provides device and location independence to users ensuring the data can be accessed regardless of location and chice of device .Any time any where accessibility allows educators to transcend the geographical boundaries and provide seamless learning experience .Learners can stream videos attend classes take testes submit assignments edit files through cloud forms anywhere work home library etc .using various devices mobile laptop desktop computers. Thanks to cloud based e-learning .It is changing the way teacher's trainer's administrators and learners interact and collaborate.
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.