HRD Minister Unveils Web Platform for Inclusive Higher Education

The HRD ministry has unveiled an ambitious plan to facilitate web-based learning, involving applying for courses and accessing material online, to increase the reach and quality of higher education.

HRD minister in a tweet outlined the structure of Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds (Swayam) which promises linkages and assistance for web-enabled learning.

The massive open online courses (MOOCS) platform will aim to create a student experience:

  1. Creating learning plans and providing information to prospective students about the courses that are available.
  2. The Swayam flow chart will allow students to check their eligibility and then proceed for preview and availability of teaching in fields of their interest.
  3. The next step is contact with course coordinators for more detailed information.
  4. These workspaces can be homes or any available public space and the interaction can go up with online communication with other course-takers.
  5. Mid-module assessments and guidance from supervisors are intended to keep students on track and up to the mark in their academic work that includes self-assessment.
  6. They can network with other learners to set up a shared workspace.

Source: Times of India