Hyderabad: After tasting success in the University College of Engineering (UCE), Osmania University will introduce Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in all its constituent and affiliated colleges from the next academic year.
The university has already made MOOCs, through Study Web of Active Learning by Young and Aspiring Minds (SWAYAM), an initiative by Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, mandatory for students pursuing professional courses from this academic year. For conventional courses, it is compulsory from the next academic year.
The administration sent letters to all the colleges directing them to gear up for the implementation of MOOCs. They have also been advised to encourage students to register for courses.
“The university will be conducting awareness programmes on online courses, and all the colleges have been asked to appoint SWAYAM coordinator,” Dr C Srinivasulu, Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, and SWAYAM Coordinator for OU, told ‘Telangana Today’.
For the academic year 2018-19, the administration has introduced two online courses through SWAYAM in all branches of BE curriculum in UCE.
The college authorities created awareness among students over the online courses. Initially, 37 students registered for the courses offered during July-October 2018, of which 24 appeared for the examination. All the 24 students have successfully completed the course, of which 20 students have also got elite certification.
The objective of MOOCs is to take the best teaching and learning resources to all, including the most disadvantaged.
According to university officials, SWAYAM seeks to bridge the digital divide for students who have remained untouched by the digital revolution. This is done through an indigenously developed IT platform that facilitates hosting of all the courses taught in classrooms to be accessed by anyone, anywhere at any time. All the courses are interactive and are available free of cost to all residents in India.
The courses focus on not only increasing knowledge but also enhancing skills, and provide the takers with an opportunity to avail certificate for the course taken through online or offline examination, the university authorities said.