The National Education Policy (NEP) enables students to take a considerable section of their course via online platforms like the government’s MOOC platform SWAYAM. Considered an important component of digital education, MOOCs are gaining more relevance during the pandemic. Teachers, however, fear that this would take up their jobs, especially those who are in temporary positions as the recruitment depends on the workload. A member of the UGC committee on online assessments clarifies, ‘MOOCs need teachers and fears of dislocation are unfounded.’ On Teachers’ Day here’s a look at the new disruption coming in the teaching profession and what experts think of it.
SWAYAM platform has partnered with 203 institutes and has 1,25,41,992 students enrolled, of which 9,15,538 had registered for the exam and 6,54,664 students passed successfully. The University Grants Commission has issued a guideline to all universities to offer 20% online courses (MOOCs) either available on SWAYAM or from any other institution of Higher Education.