No. F.1-100/2016(MOOCs/e-content)

 1. Preamble.—

1.1 Whereas Education has to widen the access to higher education and bring down its cost by using technological advances,

 1.2 Whereas Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have emerged as a viable model for imparting education, involving conventional and online education, 1.3

 Whereas the Indian version of online learning is being launched on an indigenous platform of learning, named as SWAYAM (Study Web of Active Learning by Young and Aspiring Minds),

 Whereas there is a need to create synergies between the salient features of anytime-anywhere format of eLearning and the traditional classroom-based chalk and talk method to develop a unique content delivery mechanism, which is responsive to learners’ needs and ensures seamless transfer of knowledge across geographical boundaries,

Whereas there is a need to put in place a regulatory mechanism that would allow seamless connect between the online learning and the regular class room learning.

Now therefore; University Grants Commission in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (f) and (g) of sub-section (1) of Section 26 of the UGC Act 1956 (No. 3 of 1956), makes the following Regulations, namely; 2. Short title, Application and Commencement: 2.1 These Regulations shall be called the UGC (Credit Framework for online learning courses through SWAYAM) Regulation 2016. 2.2 These shall apply to all universities established or incorporated by or under a Central Act, a Provincial Act, or a State/Union Territory Act and all institutions recognized by or affiliated to such Universities and all institutions deemed to be universities under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956. 2.3 These shall further apply to the transfer of credits of such students who are enrolled as regular/part-time students in any educational institution in India.

 ‘Course’ shall mean a paper which is taught for at least one semester as a part of a subject

‘Four quadrant approach’

The four Quadrant approach means e-learning system that has the following components:

• Quadrant-I is e-Tutorial: that shall contain: Video and Audio Contentinan organized form, Animation, Simulations, Virtual Labs.

 • Quadrant-II is e-Content: that shall contain: PDF/e-Books/illustration, video demonstrations, documents and Interactive simulations wherever required.

• Quadrant-III is Web Resources: that shall contain: Related Links, Open Content on Internet, Case Studies, An ecdotalin formation, Historical development of the subject, Articles.

• Quadrant-IV is Self-Assessment : that shall contain: MCQ, Problems, Quizzes, Assignments and solutions, Discussion forum topics and setting up the FAQ, Clarifications on general misconceptions

6 THE GAZETTE OF INDIA : EXTRAORDINARY [PART III —SEC. 4 5.3. Whereas an online examination would be the preferred mode, the PI shall be authorized to decide on the mode of conducting the final examination. This shall be announced in the overview of the Course at the time of offering the course.

5.4. In case, a pen and paper final examination is to be conducted, the same shall be offered through any college/school volunteering to conduct the same.

5.8. A certificate regarding successful completion of the MOOCs course shall be signed by the PI and issued through the Host Institution and sent to the Parent Institution. 6. Credit Mobility of MOOCs 6.1. The parent Institution shall give the equivalent credit weightage to the students for the credits earned through online learning courses

No university shall refuse any student for credit mobility for the courses earned through MOOCs.

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