The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) organised a
workshop training teachers from varsities across the country in
developing online courses.
"How to create/develop online courses" workshop was attended by 21
faculty members from various universities, including Jamia Hamdard,
New Delhi, Anna University, Chennai, and Tilak Maharashtra
"Open universities in the world and other traditional universities
are developing online courses to enhance the reach of their study
materials through videos, web content, internet and satellite," an
IGNOU official said.
"We understand that the teachers should be prepared to meet the
challenges of the future and so the workshop was organised," added
The training included explaining and describing the instructional
design for online courses, highlighting tools used to create such
courses and so on.
"There should be judicious use of multimedia, activities and
interactivity among learners for effective online learning," said
Madhu Parhar, director, inter-university consortium, IGNOU.
Uma Kanjilal, director of school of social sciences, IGNOU,
elaborated upon information and communication technology
initiatives at eGyanKosh - a national repository initiated with a
mandate to store, index, preserve, distribute and share the
digital learning resources.
"eGyanKosh has open access and has emerged as one of the world's
largest educational resource repositories," said Kanjilal.
According to her, over 95 percent of IGNOU's self-instructional
print material has been digitised and uploaded on the repository;
1,600 video programmes on YouTube and virtual classes are
initiatives by the varsity towards a flexible learning
Meanwhile, the participants were all praise for the workshop and
credited IGNOU for providing a detailed understanding.
"Being a technical person I know that we have to design a system
from scratch but I am very thankful to IGNOU team for explaining
everything in detail," said Amit Agashe from Tilak Maharashtra
"It was a very nice learning experience," he added.
The workshop provided hands-on training to the participants on
creating a course, its category and assignments.
IGNOU, which started with two courses and 4,000 students in 1985,
now offers around 450 programmes and has around three million
students on its rolls.