SWAYAM- Indian MOOCs: An Insider’s Perspective

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MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses were called disruptive technology in 2012. MOOC has proved to be game changer for educational practices. Study Webs of Active –Learning for Young Aspiring Minds (SWAYAM) is an Indian MOOC initiative and is fast catching up in the MOOC world. SWAYAM is designed to achieve the three cardinal principles of Education Policy viz., access, equity and quality. The SWAYAM course delivery follows 4 quadrant approach. SWAYAM aims to make anytime anywhere learning and uses pedagogical approach of ODL and Online learning. The Course Coordinators (CCs) have to develop MOOCs as per SWAYAM guidelines. A Questionnaire was designed on Google forms which were used to collect the data. The data received was analyzed and it was observed that most of the CCs were satisfied with the learning platform of SWAYAM. CCs did not find all features useful and thus, did not use features they were not comfortable with, like the features of insight; assessment was not being used effectively by CCs. Many suggestions were given by CCs like making learner complete profile mandatory, a short training for the CCs, options of Virtual classes, etc.

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Nisha SINGH, Indira Gandhi National Open University

Nisha SINGH, PhD, is working as Deputy Director (R&D), in Center for Online Education (formerly Inter University Consortium for Technology-Enabled Flexible Education and Development). She hold Masters in Zoology and Education from University of Delhi. Later she did her research in Education (M.Phil., Ph.D.) and worked as Associate Professor in Faculty of Education and Allied Sciences, MJP Rohilkhand University, Bareilly, UP. She has a long classroom teaching experience as Teacher Educator (1993-2009) in various Teacher Training Institutions (Department of Education, University of Delhi; Vasanta College for Women, Varanasi, UP; MJP Rohilkhand University, Bareilly, UP). Being a lifelong learner she did PGDEL (IGNOU), MIDT(OUM) and many more MOOCs. Dr Singh joined Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in 2009 as a Programme Officer in DEP-SSA and joined as Deputy Director, Inter University Consortium (IUC), IGNOU in 2011. She works for capacity building of teachers and is actively involved in Faculty Development Programmes of IGNOU and other universities. Her areas of specializations are Teacher Education , ICT Applications in Education and Online Education, E-content development, Mobile learning, Open Education Resources (OER), Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). She has worked as a resource person/facilitator in various training programmes and workshops. She also coordinates the SWAYAM, SWAYAM-Prabha activities in IGNOU. Email: drnisha@ignou.ac.in


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