Online Learning Update

February 23, 2015

Can online courses address India’s rising university demand?

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:03 am

By Rob O’Brien, Enterprise Innovation

With student numbers rising and a shortage of faculty, massive open online courses (MOOCs) and small private online courses (SPOCS) are being viewed as a possible panacea in India. “There are more and more students wanting to study at college or university… it could almost double,” says Bijendra Nath Jain, Vice-Chancellor at Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani in Rajasthan, India. “There aren’t people wanting to become teachers [in India] – the only solution to the problem is technology. But who is going to embrace technology to solve these problems?”

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