Introduction to Online Learning in Higher Education

By Dr. Ashish Kumar Awadhiya   |   Indira Gandhi National Open University
Learners enrolled: 3919

Indian Higher Education system is taking new shape due to new regulatory norms and various ICT initiatives. Online learning is going to be an integral component of pedagogy of higher education.
The teaching learning community needs to be aware about the developments of online learning domain to harness the true potential of education technology. Higher education system has to be prepared to implement the online learning practices into the teaching learning processes. This course aims to provide awareness and capacity building on conceptual background of Online Learning, various Digital Learning and Online Learning Initiatives in India.

Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Not Applicable
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Multidisciplinary
Level : Certificate
Start Date : 01 Jan 2024
End Date : 30 Apr 2024
Enrollment Ends : 29 Feb 2024
Exam Date :

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Course layout

Week wise Modules

Brief of the content to be covered


  • Online Learning in HE- The Global Scenario and Indian Context.

  • Online Initiatives of HE systems in India


  • Pedagogical Aspects  and Instructional Design for Online courses


  • Designing and Developing E-Content for Online Courses

  •  OERs and their integration in Online Courses 


  • Introduction to Learning Management System


  • Academic Support for Online Learning


  • Assessment in Online Learning


  • Introduction to Blended Learning and SWAYAM MOOCs.


  • Analysis of Learning and Learner

Instructor bio

Dr. Ashish Kumar Awadhiya

Indira Gandhi National Open University

Dr. Ashish K. Awadhiya has done PhD in the area of Employability Skills and MA in Distance Education (Gold Medalist). He has completed M. Sc. In Life Science from School of Life Sciences, Devi Ahilya University, Indore. He has also done Post Graduate Diploma in Quality Management. Currently he is working as Assistant Director (Training and Development), at Centre for Online Education (COE), IGNOU since 2011. Currently he is the Nodal Officer of SWAYAM MOOCs, National Coordinator- IGNOU.

Dr. Awadhiya has five year industry experience in Training and Development and Quality Assurance. He was managing in the Employee Training Management System, Developing and Coordinating Online Trainings and Training Need Assessment. He also worked in the field of Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Clinical Data Management and Clinical Trial audits, System audits, Regulatory Inspections and SOP Management.

His are area of interest include Employability and Skill Development, Capacity Building and Trainings, Development and Implementation of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Use of ICT in teaching and learning, E-content development, Mobile learning, Online learning, Open Education Resources (OER).  He has published research articles on ICT, E-learning, MOOCs, Employability Skills and Mobile Learning. 

Currently he is coordinating activities of IGNOU-SWAYAM MOOCs, IGNOU-Online Programmes, Learners’ Grievances Management (i-Gram) and NAAC.

Course certificate

This non-credit/ awareness course is free for the learners. Interested Learners can enroll and learn the course for free.  30% weightage will be allocated for Internal Assessment and 70 weightage will be allocated for external proctored examination. The external proctored examination will consist of objective type and subjective type questions. You need to secure minimum 40% score in both (internal and external) assessment to get the certificate.

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