Authored By: Dhara Bhatt & Avani Maniar
Year of Publication: 2020
|Pages: 266||Binding: Hardback(HB)|
Category: Poetry, Fiction and Short Stories
|Price in Rs. 696.50||Price in (USA) $. 55.72|
India’s higher education system is expanding to reach out to the demands of students. The characteristics of e-learning anyone, anytime and anywhere helps to cater to the needs of today’s Indian higher education demands. The report of the UNESCO International Commission on Education in the 21st Century titled “Learning: The Treasure Within” (popularly known as Delors Commission) emphasized the four pillars of education: learning to know, learning to do, learning to live together and learning to be. Technology offers unprecedented opportunities to meet the needs and expectations of the next generation of learners. Building on increased internet access and mobile platforms, blended learning – i.e. the fusion of online and face-to-face contact time between teaching staff and students provides a means to enhance quality, equity, and access to lifelong learning opportunities, which is a key goal for UNESCO. Issues about the quality of education are at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals, which were adopted during the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015. Sustainable Development Goal four, known as Education 2030, aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities across all modes of formal and non-formal learning. To make an effort in the same direction an experimental study was conducted of designing an online course for undergraduate students of the family and community sciences discipline. The course designed is offered at undergraduate level as a foundation course to first year students. The designed online course is designed using the WordPress open source platform. An experimental study was conducted using pre-post experimental design. Blended learning method was used to teach 95 first year students of faculty of family and community sciences, the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara. Not many studies are conducted in the area of e-learning and social sciences, this would be a contributory study to undertake future research in the same area.
Dr. Avani Maniar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Extension and Communication, Faculty of Family and Community Sciences, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara. She has great interest and extensive skill in the area of Educational Technology for Higher Education. She has been a Principal Investigator for two online courses and also a recipient of the “Government Sector Initiative in Education” for e-content generation award by the World Education Summit 2014. She guided several researches in the areas of educational technology and also done a consultancy project in the area of e-content generation.
Dr. Dhara Bhatt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Extension and Communication, Faculty of Family and Community Sciences, the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara. She is a young professional deeply interested in the area of technology-based and student-centric learning approaches. She has developed a course on Graphic Aids in CD-ROM generated course and also done her research in the area of e-content generation for university students.