The University Grants Commission (UGC) is meddling with the idea to provide a framework which will allow transfer of marks scored in its approved online courses to regular classroom courses. In a recent meeting held by UGC the commission decided to notify the UGC (credit framework for online learning courses through Swayam) Regulation, 2016, which has got approval from the HRD ministry as well.
Keeping in mind the massive open online courses (MOOC) portal Swayam (Study Web of Active Learning by Young and Aspiring Minds) under the HRD ministry, the guidelines of the framework will be carved out. For three crore learners, under the ambitious Swayam project of the HRD ministry, will take part in over 2000 such online courses. By providing the course material online for free, the students from the backward and rural areas with little financial resources could undergo online courses offered through best of the institutes in the country. This will immensely help in raising the bar of education in the country.
The institutions would be given authority over deciding which will be the courses in which they will allow credit transfer. An institution can allow only upto 20 percent of the total seats being offered in a particular programme in a semester through online mode under the Swayam programme.
The new guidelines will try and unshackle the classroom teaching method with that of online learning and thus the educational institutes will be advised to reprimand their teaching facilities and provision of courses for students to decide on which online courses to choose. Institutes would have to provide a course coordinator for students taking online courses, guiding them through the programme, practical sessions and examinations. Within four weeks from the completion of the final examination for the courses, the students would get their final marks along with their parent institutes.