For the first time in Nepal, Kathmandu University has initiated and implemented the Open Online Courses. Kathmandu Univeristy Open Online Courses, KUOOC in short, is an initiative of Kathmandu University to put course materials online, freely and openly available to anyone, anywhere.
According to the university, to do so, KU OOC has deployed a Learning Management System (LMS) called Moodle. The official website of the course is http://mooc.ku.edu.np. This initiation is supported by IDRC, Canada and FIT-ED, Philippines. The project called “MOOC for Higher Education in Nepal” a year long project and it has contributed a lot in initiating this system.
The concept of KU OOC is inspired by the concept so called Massive Open Online Course, MOOC in short.
MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course. Nowadays, It is common for students to register for a digital online course and so open and free learning resources are rich and popular.
So, MOOC can be a proper platform for online learning. Assistant Professors Manoj Shakya and Sushil Shrestha from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of the University’s highlighted that the concept of MOOCs, raised in 2008 and developed since then, has spread throughout the world. In the last three years, over 25 million people from around the world have enrolled in MOOCs, offered by Coursera, edX, and other platforms.
Shakya and Shrestha also informed that lectures should never be passive and technology should not be banned from the teaching learning process. Despite the growing popularity of providing alternative modes of education through online platforms, most of the media attention to date has been on how major research universities can create their content for worldwide consumption.
The rapid proliferation of MOOCs has generated significant attention for their potential to disrupt traditional modes of education, by expanding access and delivering free or low-cost content to millions of learners worldwide. MOOCs enable various modes of learner engagement.
Recent estimates indicate that the number of universities and course offerings has grown considerably since 2012, climbing to over 400 institutions hosting more than 2,400 MOOCs in 13 languages. However, the possibility for MOOCs to deliver high-quality and contextualized learning content in the most under-served regions of the world is only recently being explored.