Design, Development and Offer Online Courses using OERs

New Delhi, November 24, 2017: Keeping this new technological development in view, the teachers should be prepared to meet the challenges of the future. In this connection, Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA), New Delhi in collaboration with Uttarakhand Open University, Haldwani (UOU) is organized three day workshop from 21-23 November, 2017 on how to create/develop online courses using OERs and offer through Moodle LMS. The training objectives of this three day workshop are to: Orient the Teachers towards Open Educational Resources, Explain and Describe the Instructional Design for Online Courses, Highlight some of the tools used to create online courses, understand the Learning Management System, Publish the Resources for an Online Course, Create an Online Course using Moodle. The training-workshop was attended by 20 participants and the first session on OER was attended by 38 faculty members due to interest in OERs. The participants were four different institution viz. Uttarakhand Open University- Haldwani, Birla Institute of Applied Science- Bhimtal, Amrapali Institute of Management & Computer Applications- Haldwani and Uttarakhand Science Education and Research Center- Dehradun.

The workshop comprised of eleven intensive and hands‐on sessions which includes face-to-face delivery and online engagement. The workshop page for training on University’s Moodle platform was created at moodle.uou.ac.in. The participants were divided into groups and they jointly developed eleven need based courses for the learners to offer through online. The workshop concluded with the following outputs: Participants have a clear understanding of OERs and Creative Common Licenses; They had a hands-on experience of developing an online course using OERs; They became aware of various e-learning platforms; They learnt to develop concept map using cmap tool; They practiced Moodle Learning Management System; They learnt to use HotPatato tool for creating various interactive activities for checking the progress of the learner; They developed an online course and add various resources like videos, assignments, quizs, etc. to the course. Uttarakhand Open University will offer all the developed courses through its online platform in blended approach.

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