190 Universities Launched 600 Free Online Courses

190 Universities Launched 600 Free Online Courses

Online Courses are the norm of this decade and universities are fully utilizing it. 190 Universities around the world are offering their courses online for free (or at least partially free). These courses are collectively called MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses. The Rise of MOOCs In the past six years or so, over 800 universities have created more than 10,000 of these MOOCs. And I’ve been keeping track of these MOOCs the entire time over at Class Central,…

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HRD Ministry to Launch Swayam MOOCs Platform on August 15

HRD Ministry to Launch Swayam MOOCs Platform on August 15

The HRD Ministry is mulling launching its Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) platform ‘Swayam’ that will host over 2,000 courses for up to 3 crore students across the country on August 15. “The preparations for the project are on in full swing. The project has the capacity to revolutionise the education system. It is expected to be launched by the prime minister on August 15,” a source in the ministry said. SWAYAM is an Information…

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Online Open Courses Would Enhance Quality of Education

Online Open Courses Would Enhance Quality of Education

Addressing the Major Jiwan Tewari Memorial Lecture at Panjab University on Thursday, CRK Murthy from Staff Training and Research Institute of Distance Education, IGNOU talked on Quality Assurance and Sustenance of ODL and MOOC’S: Issues, Concerns, Challenges and Development. Murthy stressed that ODL (open and distance learning) had democratised education in the second half of the 20th century and in an immensely populated country like India, it was a viable option. “Changing societal needs, improvement…

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