University Grants Commission to offer open online courses

University Grants Commission to offer open online courses
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The University Grants Commission (UGC) has proposed to prepare fresh Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) which are in high demand as envisaged by the central government and developed by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

Tirupati: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has proposed to prepare fresh Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) which are in high demand as envisaged by the central government and developed by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

Accordingly, the Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds (SWAYAM) platform was launched with 350 online courses. The SWAYAM is an indigenous platform of the government which hosts open online courses for providing education through distance mode for unlimited number of students worldwide by collaborating with the best institutes in the world.

The Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha (RSVP) organised an interactive programme here on Friday, to have a better knowledge on the MOOCs. Joint Secretary (UGC) Archana Thakur has participated and enlightened the participants on the features of the innovative programme.

In SWAYAM, a learner can choose from hundreds of courses which are taught at the university, college and school-level and these shall be offered by best of the teachers in India and elsewhere.

It is an online platform where students and teachers come together and form an online pool of resources which are readily available to utilise. It is capable of hosting 2,000 courses and 8,000 hours of learning covering topics from school to postgraduate level.

However, MOOCs cannot replace the traditional approach of classroom learning but it can be used as an alternative method to bridge the gap between various schools of learning. RSVP Vice-Chancellor Prof V Muralidhara Sharma and other
officials were present.

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