Lack of regulation mars Calicut University’s online foray

 
KOZHIKODE: Though the Educational Multimedia Research Centre (EMMRC) at the Calicut University has covered much ground in creating content for online courses under the massive open online courses (MOOC) platform, the delays by the varsity to adopt new regulations has come in the way of students from taking up the courses.

The EMMRC has already uploaded two courses in Swayam, the indigenous MOOC platform of the Government of India, and has almost completed the works of 12 online courses which will soon be ready for uploading. But the lack of regulatory framework in the varsity for offering the online courses to students is preventing students from enrolling in the courses as part of their UG programme.

Though the varsity has set up an expert committee for drafting a new regulation for enabling the conduct of MOOC courses, the regulation is yet to be presented before the syndicate and academic council. A new regulation is needed as the existing varsity regulation covers only the courses offered on regular and distance education mode.

“We are in the final stage of production of 12 more courses which will be ready for uploading to the MOOC platform soon. But for varsity students to make use of the courses, the varsity has to come up with the regulation governing the conduct of the courses including its evaluation, transfer of credits and certification,” EMMRC director D Damodar Prasad said.

EMMRC has gone ahead with producing courses as Consortium for Educational Communication (CEC), the nodal agency coordinating the 21 EMMRC in the country, has been entrusted with the responsibility of developing online courses for undergraduate students.

He said the courses developed by EMMRC are compatible with the choice based credit semester system and can be taken up by students as part of their UG programmes once the regulations are in place.

Vice-chancellor K Mohammed Basheer said that the varsity is in the process of finalizing the draft regulations which will have to be approved by the syndicate and academic council.

“We hope to complete the process and start offering the courses by the next academic year,” he said.

The lack of regulatory framework in the varsity for offering the online courses to students is preventing students from enrolling in the courses as part of their UG programme.

[source=timesofindia]