MOOCs – An online platform for Teacher Professional Development

Asha Kumari B


Development in the quality, efficiency and equity of education, to a major extent depends on the nexus of teaching and learning, in turn influenced by the quality of teachers. Teacher is a significant factor influencing the quality of education. Thus, Teacher education plays a significant role in enhancing the same. Teachers are expected to keep themselves updated with advancements in pedagogy-technology integration, thus catering to students’ needs. To realize this goal, teacher education programmes (both in-service and pre-service) can integrate resources not only textual, but also the accessible open educational resources thus equipping teachers to face challenges and meet demands of education system.An analysis of the In-service teacher training programmes under RMSA (Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan) for teachers presents the situation where use of  ICT resources in training are minimal and in turn the same has been reflected in less usage of resources by teachers in their classroom transaction due to various factors. To overcome factors influencing the effectiveness of In-service teacher training, online learning can be a solution. MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are a recent addition to online learning opportunities. It is a new online medium for course delivery and learning, thereby enabling individuals to participate in the same course with good quality content and interactive tools for learning. This paper focuses on the possibilities and the role of MOOCs in contributing to teacher professional development, and also in offering In-service teacher training programmes through online mode reaching to teachers in mass resulting in augmented quality of education system.


MOOCs, Online learning, Teacher Professional development

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