NEHU’s MOOCs Centre today organised a one day workshop on ‘Implementation, Development and Promotion of MOOCs’, which stands for massive open online courses.
NEHU Vice-Chancellor Prof Prabha Shankar Shukla was the chief guest and Prof Prabhakar Rao from the University of Hyderabad was the guest of honour.
In his welcome address Prof SK Singh, Coordinator of MOOCs at NEHU thanked Prof Rao and Prof Rajesh Kumar of IIT Madras for accepting the invitation and delivering the lectures on implementation, development and promotion of MOOCs.
He also mentioned that NEHU now has a well equipped and fully functional MOOCs centre and studio which has been the initiative of the VC. Prof Singh thanked the Vice-Chancellor for his active role in developing the center and the studio as soon as he joined the University.
The workshop saw the presentation of sessions by Prof Rao, Prof Kumar and Quendarissa Kharbuli of HRDC, NEHU, who are eminent resource persons in the field of MOOCs.
In his speech, Prof Shukla spoke extensively on the advantages of offering MOOCs for both students and teachers. He said “The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the dynamics of the way the entire world works. Not just academia, it has also affected the way companies, institutes and organisations work. Online teaching has become a part of the daily curriculum and it will change even more in the coming years.”
He also said that research potential has to be built up between institutions by fair redistribution of scarce resources so that in research, a university like NEHU can maintain a steady role in contributing to the economy.
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