One Day Workshop On SWAYAM Online Courses

 

Report on One Day Workshop On SWAYAM MOOCs in Synod College – 30th April, 2024

With the implementation of the National Education Policy 2020, educational institutions are required to rise to the different challenges posed by the evolving educational setup and make use of the many innovative teaching methodologies that aim to empower students and faculty alike in the current educational system. In this regard, a one day workshop on SWAYAM MOOCs entitled SWAYAM Online Courses: Adoption and its Implementation in Undergraduate Programme was organized by Synod College, Shillong on the 30th April, 2024. This programme was attended by 131 participants which included faculty from the host institution Synod College as well as BBS College, JJM Nicholls Roy College, Mawlai Presbyterian College, Nongstoin Synod College and Nabon Wonen’s Synod College. The Welcome Address was given by the Principal, Dr. R.M. Lyngdoh who talked about the role Synod College played in bringing together other colleges in the area to be part of the cluster to benefit from the deliberations in the programme. Dr. Lyngdoh also stressed on the valuable resource SWAYAM is as it is a platform which allows students access to quality education by educators from around the country using the online platform. He welcomed Dr. S. Khatua, University SWAYAM Co-ordinator, NEHU, Dr. Quendarisa Kharbuli, University SWAYAM Co-coordinator, NEHU, along with the faculty from the different colleges. Dr. S. Khatua talked about the evolution of technology and the facilities that are now available for teachers and students in the present generation. Online education affords students and faculty the opportunity to search for and look for education and information in a way that was not possible just a few decades ago. This all speaks of the possibilities that lay before us and how SWAYAM becomes another source of learning to allow students access to quality education. Dr. Q. Kharbuli gave a presentation and highlighted the programmes that the Govt. of India has taken up to empower and enrich the educational aspects of its citizens. Dr. Kharbuli showed that the Govt. of India took up the opportunity to come up with Massive Online Open Courses to augment the learning experience of the students/scholars and teachers as well. Since the Covid-19 Pandemic, Learning and Management Systems (LMS) have played a crucial role in building systems in place to assist in the learning process. SWAYAM is one such LMS software which is owned and run by the Govt. of India. She also highlighted that MOOCs is driven by the three cardinal principles: it can be taken up by anyone, it can be taken up from anywhere and it can be taken up at any time. She also highlighted the challenges faced by the current infrastructure limitations in our region as MOOCs requires students to have a gadget and an internet connection, issues that institutions hopefully will be able to address in due time. SWAYAM is linked to the Academic Bank of Credits that allows students to take up courses from SWAYAM and their marks/credits transferred to their marksheets enabling them to get the credits required to get their degrees. Dr. Kharbuli also encouraged teachers to create e-content and put them up in SWAYAM so that faculty from this region can also lend their expertise to a wider audience through SWAYAM. The conference ended with some meaningful discussions and deliberations between the participants and the resource persons.