MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)

MOOCs


The high quality multimedia enriched e-content developed at this Centre under e-PG Pathshala projects is now being repurposed into MOOCs to be hosted on SWAYAM portal of the MHRD www.swayam.gov.in

Recently, Centre for e-Learning has already developed and submitted 42 MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) for 6 subjects (epGPathshala) for Post-Graduate level to UGC and MHRD. These include 8 MOOCs each for Chemistry, Commerce, economics, Psychology & Forensic Science and 2 MOOCs for Business Economics.

Each of these MOOCs corresponds to one PG paper. The e-content for one PG paper has been restructured in such a way so that learners can complete it in 15 weeks. There will be two weeks break in between: one after 7th week and the other after 14th weeks. The students can also earn credits through the proctored examination to be conducted after the course. MOOCs have the potential to change the face of education in the country and will help in enhancing the gross enrolment ratio (GER).

The portal for MOOCs called Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds (SWAYAM) aims to offer about 2,000 courses under a network/cloud of 80,000 hours of learning that can support 10 lakh concurrent users and up to three crores learners.

Of these, in the first stage, more than 200 courses are available at present on SWAYAM platform and out of these 200 MOOCs, 42 MOOCs have been developed by Centre for e-Learning (CFEL) at SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi.

The details of the available MOOCs, letter sent to the VCs of all universities and the Gazette notification regarding MOOCs are available at the following link of UGC www.ugc.ac.in These MOOCs are available on the SWAYAM Portal. Out of the total of 65 MOOCs available at Post Graduate level from the entire country, this is the largest contribution of 42 MOOCs from a single anchor institute.

These 42 MOOCs at Cfel have been developed by a team of senior academicians and are expected to enhance the gross enrolment ratio in higher education without compromising with the quality. These courses will also help in bridging the digital divide in the country. Anyone can enrol in these courses and upgrade one’s knowledge in that area and earn certificates even if one is working and cannot formally enrol in conventional courses.”

Learners from conventional universities can earn credits for up to 20% of their courses through these MOOCs. For remaining courses, they can use it as supplementary material. Teachers can also benefit a lot as they can enrol and can access all the e-content.

The MOOC coordinator along with teaching assistants will facilitate the discussion forums and answer learner queries. For students seeking credits, online assignments submitted by them will also be graded by the teaching assistants with an appropriate feedback mechanism.

For the e-content developed for these MOOCs, a blend of various technical tools have been used keeping in mind the subject and topic requirements. “The ultimate aim is to present difficult concepts in a simpler way for the learners. Many ICT tools like graphics, visuals and animation, etc have been incorporated in videos at appropriate stages. These MOOCs are a manifestation of how technology can be used to enhance the quality of education in the country.