One-day Faculty Development Programme on Designing Learner-Centric MOOC at Poona College

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Pune, 3rd February 2024: The Department of Library and Information Science and the Internal Quality Assurance Cell at Poona College of Arts, Science, and Commerce in Pune successfully organized a one-day Institution Level Faculty Development Programme (FDP) focused on “Designing Learner-Centric MOOC.”

Dr. Muhammad Zuber, the FDP Coordinator, extended a warm welcome to the chief guest and resource person, Ganesh Lokhande, Founder/Director of the Education Technology Company Digital Solutions, Pune, along with other dignitaries. The FDP commenced with sacred verses recited by Dr. Ahmad Shamshad, Head of the Political Science Department.

Dr. Iqbal Shaikh, IQAC Coordinator-Vice-Principal, underscored the significance of MOOC in today’s digital landscape. Prof. Dr. Aftab Anwar Shaikh, the Principal, addressed the audience, emphasizing the current necessity of organizing such events. He urged the audience to enthusiastically embrace the challenge of creating MOOC content, foreseeing a transformative shift in educational platforms.

The Coordinator introduced Ganesh Lokhande, acknowledging his expertise in training thousands of teachers nationwide in e-content creation and online teaching. Lokhande, also a course team member for select MOOCs on the SWAYAM platform (a Government of India initiative), was felicitated by the Principal.

During his talk, the resource person delved into the fundamental concept of MOOC, its organization, and the opportunities it offers to teachers across various spectrums. He highlighted the importance of making presentations and developing course content that resonates with students, managing time effectively. The 4-Quadrant model, a key component in MOOC course development, was elaborated upon. The speaker also discussed different MOOC platforms, e-learning benefits, the MOOC perspective in terms of NAAC, autonomy, the 8-step process, and the video creation flow chart.

The presentation was followed by an interactive Question and Answer session, where Mr. Lokhande addressed queries from faculty members professionally. The Head of the History Department, Dr. Zoheb Hasan, expressed gratitude in the vote of thanks, concluding the insightful and enriching Faculty Development Programme.