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EDUCATION IS ALREADY DIGITAL UGC MHRD NEED TO GO BEYOND “SWAYAM PLATFORM OF MOOCS” OTHERWISE IT MAY TASTE FAILURE

 
 
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EDUCATION IS ALREADY DIGITAL UGC MHRD NEED TO GO BEYOND “SWAYAM PLATFORM OF MOOCS” OTHERWISE IT MAY TASTE FAILURE
by System Administrator - Tuesday, 11 July 2017, 12:02 AM
 

By : M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru : UNIVERSITIES the world over are struggling with the digital disruption. universities have a choice. They can remain content merchants, and die or they can transform in knowledge brokers and thrive.The IT Enabled classrooms of the today will not be propelled by school and college administrators but by the young learners. Today's learners require new dynamics and new direction which facilitate active learning and new teaching strategies. Conventional classrooms have to modify and co create existing spaces to provide adaptable, multi-use configurations and new pedagogies. According to experts , the 10 signs are technology, integration, collaborative environment , opportunities to create an expression, inquiry based approach, justification for answers, writing for reflection, use of problem solving methodology, hands-on-learning, teacher as facilitator, transparent assessment. universities were never in the content business but in the knowledge business. Without the platform of content, bringing students to the desirable levels of understanding was impossible, degrees to provide first content and then, for those who pursued higher degrees, greater insights and understanding of the discipline. That content is now so readily available is, in experts opinion, a blessing; universities can now concentrate on the business of creating and inducing meaning.Education is already digital .Several MOOCs of International standards are already available .India need to collaborate with intrnaltional universities and private institutions.India will enter a new era in higher education on Sunday with the launch of hundreds of courses that will be delivered through DTH channels, tablets and mobiles.These courses have been developed by over 1,000 expert faculty members from premier institutions like IITs, JNU, Delhi University and Anna University .A `Made in India' IT platform -MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses), or Swayam -will host courses taught in classrooms from Class IX to postgraduation, which can be accessed by anyone, anywhere at any time. All the courses are interactive and available free of cost. Students from various recognised institutes in India will be able to earn credits on clearing these online courses.President Pranab Mukherjee launched Swayam, Swayam Prabha -the plat form of 32 DTH channels to deliver the courses -and National Academic Depository (NAD) which will facilitate online verification of certificates.President Pranab Mukherjee launched Swayam and Swayam Prabha to take education to the remotest corners of the country on Sunday . Mukherjee also launched a `National Academic Depository' where verified educational records will be digitally stored by universities and boards to counter forgery . Swayam and Swayam Prabha -for making education more accessible -and the depository were conceived and executed by the HRD ministry . HRD minister Prakash Javadekar highlighted the importance of teachers as the function was organised on `Guru Purnima'.As a mark of respect on Guru Purnima, he presented Mukherjee, who started his career as a teacher, a gift which included a "slate" -a traditional writing tablet.Speaking on the occasion, Mukherjee said he had always emphasised on "quality" of teaching and learning process in higher educational institutions. He said mere physical expansion might provide access but without physical infrastructure and quality teachers, "the talent which is hidden in young minds would not get the opportunity to blossom". The President also said there were huge differences in the quality of education in urban and rural areas, between states and in educational institutions within a state. Underlining the need for making quality study material available in regional languages, he said pupils studying in regional medium in schools found it difficult when material for higher education was in an alien language.Under Swayam, courses will be offered through digital classrooms with online study material available free of cost in videos. ..UGC need to go beyond its swam platform of moocs .University Grants Commission, the apex higher education regulator, sources said, has agreed to factor in scores achieved in official online courses towards total marks scored and transfer credits for them -- a move that will mainstream online courses and increase their acceptability and credibility in the Indian higher education system. It will also allow students across institutions in India to take up courses which may not be available at their institute and also win credit for the .. University Grants Commission, the apex higher education regulator, sources said, has agreed to factor in scores achieved in official online courses towards total marks scored and transfer credits for them -- a move that will mainstream online courses and increase their acceptability and credibility in the Indian higher education system. A special set of regulations -- UGC (Credit Framework for online learning courses through SWAYAM) Regulation 2016 -- have been formulated under Section 26 of the UGC Act.