Mysore Varsity hosts workshop on online courses

PG students can choose 44 subjects on the UGC-MOOC SWAYAM platform

Mysuru: The 103-year-old University of Mysore (UoM) became the first university in Karnataka to offer Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) by adopting SWAYAM (Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds) . The very important aspect of this revolutionary platform given by the UGC (University Grants Commission) is that one can get teachings and lessons from experts in various parts of the country, said the Vice-Chancellor (VC ) from the University of Mysore, Professor G. Hemantha Kumar.

He was speaking after opening a one-day workshop on ‘UGC-MOOCs SWAYAM adoption’ organized by the College Development Council (CDC) and the SWAYAM Digital Learning Monitoring Cell at Vijnana Bhavan in Manasagangothri here this morning and stated that this workshop is underway. educate teachers and students about online courses and exams.

Any new system when introduced always meets resistance as the semi-annual system and the introduction of the CBCS (Choice Based Credit System) did earlier. But it is a new era and it is the digital education time that has arrived in the country and teachers cannot just sit back and say they are not ready. It is not only students but even the public who can use this platform, he said.

In the new education policy (NEP), the aim is to increase the gross enrollment rate (GER) while the number of enrollments in postgraduate courses decreases. The MOOC helps increase enrollment through online and blended learning where teachers who cannot travel to rural areas can teach online and so students can benefit, Professor Hemantha Kumar said.

In the first phase of the project, SWAYAM is adopted in the UoM graduate centers in Manasagangothri, Hemagangothri in Hassan and Mandya PG Center. About 183 students had registered in 18 subjects and 163 students took the exam of the UGC-MOOCs SWAYAM course which was held on January 19 and 20, 2019, of which 113 (69.32%) students passed the exam. ‘exam by getting a percentage of 40 and over, he said. that the University’s performance was above the national average by 50 percent.

Prof. VC Hemantha Kumar pointed out that in the current phase these courses will also be made available to UoM affiliated colleges. UOM postgraduate students now have the opportunity to choose 44 subjects as part of the UGC SWAYAM MOOCs which start from July to November 2019, he added.

This workshop aims to educate teachers about online courses and motivate students to take these courses, said Professor Hemantha Kumar.

CDC Director Dr Srikantaswamy, in his PowerPoint presentation, said that it is a multilingual platform where students can also learn in Kannada without having knowledge of English.

UoM Registrar Prof. Lingaraj Gandhi also spoke. The SWAYAM course coordinator, Dr HSKumara, spoke about the courses.

SWAYAM presidents and mentors in PG centers, UoM, CBCS node agents, directors of affiliated colleges participate in the one-day workshop.

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