The govt partnering Microsoft for its SWAYAM platform will benefit from the firms’ experience with MOOCs
Given Microsoft’s experience with massive open online courses (MOOCs)—the software giant runs free online courses for IT development in partnership with edX—it is just as well that the government chose it as the technical partner for its SWAYAM (Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds) platform that will launch 2,000 MOOCs for over 3 crore students. As per a Times of India report, the company has signed a Rs 38-crore deal to develop the app and run it for three years before handing it over to the All India Council of Technical Education. While courses on SWAYAM will be made available by partner institutions identified by the national MOOCs coordinator, bringing in a Microsoft shows that the government is dedicated to adapt to digital-age education-delivery.
MOOCs will not only ensure that students in remote locations avail of quality classroom-based education from a distant institute, but also will come to the aid of those who are looking to up-skill themselves. With a policy in place to put MOOCs on a par with education-delivery in physical classrooms, the government is putting education within the reach of anyone with an internet connection.