Awareness towards Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and their usage for Teacher Education in India
Gaurav Singh, Indira Gandhi National Open University, India ; Rashmi Chauhan, Guru Govind Singh Indraprastha University, India
Asian Journal of Distance Education Volume 12, Number 2 ISSN 1347-9008
Open and Distance Learning (ODL) system has changing fast with technological advancements and interventions. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have emerged as game changers as they are flexible in time and place as well as are mostly free and non credit granting. Though MOOC has gain momentum worldwide but MOOCs in India are in its primary stage. University Grant Commission (UGC) in India has also notified in 2017 that MOOC courses are to be offered through SWAYAM (Study Webs of Active –Learning for Young Aspiring Minds). MOOCs can be used for pre-service training as well as a very effective tool for in-service professional development. In such emerging scenario, researchers have explored the awareness among teacher educators about use of MOOCs in teacher education. Awareness towards MOOCs among 156 teacher educators was studied under sub - categories like awareness about the concept, usability, technology, current practices and the policy guidelines. This study has revealed that teacher educators are having basic idea about MOOCs, their strength, mode of offering the course and benefits. There is confusion regarding the role of the MOOCs for teacher training. There is still a lack of understanding about Indian MOOC initiatives like SWAYAM. Study concluded that there is an emergent need not only to develop proper understanding about MOOCs among teacher educators, but also to provide them facilities to develop and integrate MOOCs in their regular classroom practices. Future for MOOCs in India is bright.
Singh, G. & Chauhan, R. Awareness towards Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and their usage for Teacher Education in India. Asian Journal of Distance Education, 12(2), 81-88. Retrieved November 18, 2018 from https://www.learntechlib.org/p/185255/.