Dhamdhere, et al

Study of Use of an Additional Reading Material in SWAYAM MOOC Platform in India and Need of Learner Centric Personalized Adaptive Real-time Reading Material in MOOCs

Sangeeta Dhamdhere, PES Modern College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Ganeshkhind, Pune, INDIA 
GVP Rao, Hridhayam Heart Clinic, Pune, INDIA
Vaidehi Dhamnikar, PES Modern College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Ganeshkhind, Pune, INDIA
Anand Gaikwad, PES Modern College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Ganeshkhind, Pune, INDIA
Shantanu Tikhe, PES Modern College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Ganeshkhind, Pune, INDIA


https://doi.org/10.9743/JEO.2024.21.1.4

Abstract

The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 of India reframed the present structure of higher education such as syllabi, examinations, and assessments. Due to the pandemic, many educational and research institutions are building a knowledge and skill-based curriculum and designing new credit-based courses, while encouraging students to attend online courses as a way to meet the recommendations of NEP. Any elearning platform or online course has four basic components: Videos, Activities, Additional Reading Material, and Discussions, with Additional Reading Material being a more important component. Online courses that are open to everyone (MOOCs) can be adopted irrespective of the students’ specialization or area. The instructor provides the reading material to the learners as a fixed, recommended list irrespective of the learner’s interest or specialization. Instructors are finding it difficult to cater to the diversity of learners' interests and learning styles. In this paper, I have focused and analyzed the additional reading material and digital reading patterns of learners in various MOOC platforms by conducting online surveys. I concluded that there is a need to use learning eXtension Trajectories (LxT) in the learner-centric MOOC model where an instructor can identify various supportive domains and provide a shortened list of resources comprising various media to the learners. 

Keywords: MOOC, new educational policy, digital reading culture, additional reading material, higher education, elearning, online education, distance learning, LxT, learner-centric MOOC.


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