NEW DELHI: Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), the pioneer with the best in the arena of distance education courses in the country, has ventured in the digital education arena with 11 free Massive Open Online Courses.
The Minister of HRD, M Pandey announced regarding the MOOCs on the occasion of 30th convocation ceremony of the university.
Addressing the convocation, Pandey said that with the introduction of these courses, IGNOU will explore the free and digital education horizon, thus expanding the perimeter of distance education system.
Pandey also said that MHRD has given the channels of ‘Swayam’ and ‘Swayamprabha’ to IGNOU so that it can bring about a revolution in higher education in the country.
‘Swayamprabha’ is a bouquet of 32 direct-to-home (DTH) educational channels launched by MHRD last year to broadcast educational programmes for school and university students. The programmes broadcasted on these channels are based on content prepared by IIT professors and other subject experts.
Out of the 11 MOOCs launched, two certificate courses in Russian and e-learning are already functional. A senior IGNOU official told PTI that they plan to roll out the rest nine courses by the end of this month. The university will roll out 44 more MOOCs in next three months.
Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is a system which imparts educational courses via the web and promotes unlimited participation. MOOCs do not qualify as formal education but allow students to learn a variety of courses and skills offered by various institutions for free.