AIOU adopts online system to run PhD, MPhil programmes

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Islamabad—Allama Iqbal Open Uni-versity (AIOU) has decided to gradu-ally adopt online mode of edu-cation to run its PhD and M. Phil programmes.
Students of the higher classes will get their study ma-terial through elec-tronic or digital devices (CDC) instead in books form.
There are about nineteen PhD pro-grammes which might be shifted to online system by the end of this year, said Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui while giving a briefing to a delegation from United Kingdom on the University’s future development plan, said a news release issued here on Sunday.
Similarly, efforts are being made shift M.Phil programmes to online sys-tem by the end of next year. In all there are thirty-two M.Phil pro-grammes in different disciplines. “We want to enhance our share of online academic programmes taking advan-tage of the fast-growing technology,” he added.
The AIOU will be the first in the country to adopt the mas-sive open online courses (MOOCs) system, which emerged as a popular mode of learning worldwide in 2012. The objective is to facilitate thou-sands of students, particu-larly those living abroad,” he added.
While consolidating the ex-isting teachings methods, the University is in process of adopting new educational trends. The facility to be pro-vided through web will have virtual class-room, besides availability of online in-teractive study material.
Entire learners’ support sys-tem and continuous assess-ment will be web-based. Under the new arrange-ments, the students will also be able to submit their as-signments online. They will have regular interactive ses-sions with teachers by text chatting, video con-ferencing and desktop and white board sharing. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui further said initially online educational contents de-livery facility was being offered to stu-dents of five academic programmes. Main focus will be on develop-ment of electronic content, which is essential for online learning,” he added.
As an important step for-ward, the university has started a process of ca-pacity-building training on e-content development and delivery. to the M.Phil and PhD-level courses coordinators under the auspices of the Directorate of Overseas Educational Pro-grammes and e-Learning (DOEP&EL).—APP

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