Awareness workshop on Massive Online Open Courses at World University
Jasbir Kapoor/ royalpatiala.in/ Fatehgarh sahib
Dedicated to 550th Birth Anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, one day workshop on “Awareness workshop on Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs)” was organized by Department of Economics, Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University (SGGSWU), Fatehgarh Sahib.
Dr. Sumit Kumar, Incharge of department of Economics, welcomed the participants during the inaugural session. He said that the information technology has impacted our lives in a big way and now it is also impacting the modern teaching methods. Massive online open courses (MOOCs) are recent phenomenon and it can be beneficial for students but its awareness among students is very low.
The event was inaugurated by Prof. Dr. Prit Pal Singh, Vice-Chancellor of the university. He said that the MOOCs enable students to study at their convenience and time. He added that from such awareness workshops students can be encouraged to learn from free online portals and can enhance their skills for better employment opportunities. On this occasion he released a book entitled ‘Leading issues of Punjab Economy’ published by Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University. It is here noteworthy that this book focuses on the socio-economic problems faced by Punjab today and around 35 leading and upcoming young economists and social scientists has contributed in this edited book
The awareness workshop on MOOCs was conducted by Dr. Tejider Singh, Producer, Educational Multimedia Research Center, Punjabi University, Patiala. He highlighted that through free online courses the students can learn from best teachers of the world at their convenience and time. Students can register themselves on SWAYAM portal launched by Government of India free of cost and get access to the best of educational content with study materials. Students also get to participate in live discussions and interact with professors from top universities and colleges. Dr. RK Sharma, Dean Research, Dr. Sikander Singh, Dean Students’ Welfare and Dr. BirBikram Singh, Public Reations Officer were also present on the occasion. During the workshop around 100 students of the university from different departments participated in this workshop.