UGC nod for online courses opens new avenues for lecturers, students
In the previous 12 months, ever since COVID-19 restrictions got here into power, the schools and schools have been preserving students engaged by means of online courses. Although the instructing studying evaluation needs to be critically evaluated, the change could also be right here to remain.
Late final month, the University Grants Commission issued a discover that establishments might supply as much as 40% of courses in a specific programme in a semester by means of the online studying platforms equivalent to Swayam. At the identical time, the Consortium for Educational Communication signed an settlement with the University of Madras to develop multimedia course content material.
Senior academicians say the pandemic had opened new avenues that the National Education Policy had envisaged. “The UGC advisory is in tune with the NEP in its attempt to raise the standards of online education programmes. But it may be in a phased manner,” stated S.P. Thyagarajan, Chancellor of Avinashilingam University.
The UGC pointers can’t be straight adopted by universities which had been ruled by statutory our bodies, he stated. The profit was that the students would have entry to proficient lecturers from throughout the nation, he stated.
Universities should strengthen their infrastructure, e-resources and its school earlier than launching online programmes.
The UGC’s suggestion would at finest give avenue for the primary stage of exercise, he stated. “We will have to take the stakeholders’ feedback, including teacher and student fraternity and critically evaluate the outcome of the quality of these programmes,” Prof. Thyagarajan stated.
University Grants Commission’s former Vice-Chairman H. Devaraj flagged the problem of high quality. “In an online class, who will monitor the students or the quality of the courses,” he requested.
Even in programmes supplied below National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) by the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M), lower than 8% of those that enrol accomplished the course, he stated.
The information offered by the IIT-M, which has developed over 2,000 courses by proficient lecturers, is a pointer. Under the MOOCs format, the IIT-M supplied 2,467 courses within the final seven years and 1.24 crore candidates had enrolled. About 11.24 lakh learners have registered for the exams to this point.
Of the 16.8 lakh enrolments for the present semester, 2.4 lakh learners have registered for in-person proctored exams, stated Prathap Haridoss, school coordinator, NPTEL.