Addressing the Major Jiwan Tewari Memorial Lecture at Panjab University on Thursday, CRK Murthy from Staff Training and Research Institute of Distance Education, IGNOU talked on Quality Assurance and Sustenance of ODL and MOOC’S: Issues, Concerns, Challenges and Development.

Murthy stressed that ODL (open and distance learning) had democratised education in the second half of the 20th century and in an immensely populated country like India, it was a viable option.

“Changing societal needs, improvement in standards of living and pressure of earning a livelihood – all these factors combined to make distance and open learning a popular mode of education,” he said.

“Quality control meant conformation to required specifications and assurance implied continuous and never ending improvement. Quality was to be assessed on the basis of the ability to deliver on promises,” he added.

Murthy talked of the oncoming concept of MOOC – Massive Online Open Courses where the enrollment was massive and its components were e-content, e-tutorial, web resources and self-assessment.

“MOOC would enhance the quality of education by offering learning through e-books, video, audio and virtual labs,” he said.

Source: The Indian Express