SWAYAM, MOOC awareness programme held by CUK

Ganderbal: The Department of Information Technology, Central University of Kashmir (CUK) organised an awareness programme on (Study Webs of Active–Learning for Young Aspiring Minds) (SWAYAM), Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) at Green Campus of the varsity here on Thursday.

Registrar, Prof. Fayaz Ahmed Nikka, Controller of Examinations, Prof. Parveen Pandit, Coordinator IT Deptt and SWAYAM, Er. Afaq Alam Khan, resource persons, Assistant Professor, Department of Law, University of Kashmir, Dr. Heena Basharat, Producer, EMMRC, Tariq Abdullah, other faculty members of the university were also present on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, Registrar, Prof. Fayaz Ahmed Nikka said Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) are aimed at large scale participation of learners, either free or at subsidised costs. “Features of MOOC course like Anytime, Anyone, Anywhere has made these courses the preferred choice of learners,” Prof. Nikka said.

“Today we have assembled here to make ourselves aware of the latest developments in the higher education. The trend, which started a decade ago, is fast spreading across the world. Online education has been there for a long time now. But since the day it took the shape in the form of MOOCs, it started gaining acceptance everywhere like never before,” he added.

Controller of Examinations, Prof. Parveen Pandit said that as per UGC Credit Transfer Framework for online learning through SWAYAM- 2016, a student pursuing a programme in a university could earn up to 20 per cent credits through MOOC courses hosted on SWAYAM, thereby reserving 80 per cent weightage to the traditional student -teacher classroom interaction.

Afaq Alam Khan, Coordinator IT dept and SWAYAM while speaking on the occasion, said, “Today thousands of MOOC courses designed by top most universities and educational institutes of the world, hosted on the platforms like CourseEra, edx, Udacity etc are challenging universities in their ability to sustain themselves through traditional classroom system; particularly when government policies favour the stacking of MOOC courses into a Degree.”