INDUCTING ONLINE RESOURCES INTO EDUCATION: A POLICY PROPOSAL BASED ON TEACHER EDUCATION CONDUCTED IN By  Sunny Joseph and Dr.V.Gopakumar

Abstract

Internet and ICT have created revolutions in all fields of life. The new technologies have brought paradigm shift in teaching-learning process and in educational resources. E-education, ICT based education, online courses, online resources are catch words today. Apart from traditional printed resources such as books, periodicals and journals, learners are now fortunate to have large number of online educational resources accessible free of cost as well as by subscription. The digital shift has created billions of web pages, e-books, e-journals, full text databases, online lectures, videos, online games and virtual libraries. Compared to printed resources locked in libraries, online resources have many advantages such as its availability round the clock, throughout the year. Online resources overcome the limitations of printed resources in updating of its contents. Use of high quality online resources by academic community is a pointer to educational standards today. Government of India has many projects for imparting e-education throughout the nation. Also Government of Kerala is investing large amount of money for ICT enabled education. In the context of explosive growth of online resources and Government initiatives in e-education the paper explores the syllabi of teacher education in Kerala both at B.Ed. and M.Ed. programmes for finding out the prescription of online educational resources in the syllabi. The syllabi of teacher education degree programmes of Kerala University, Mahatma Gandhi University, Calicut University and Kannur University available in their respective web sites were examined in detail by the authors. The study concludes that the web resources prescribed for teacher education programmes in the Universities of Kerala are quite inadequate to maintain the standards of education. It is presumed that the syllabus makers did not pay sufficient attention to the digital shift in educational resources. Finally the authors propose a ten point policy for inducting online educational resources into teacher education. Keywords: Online education, e-education, Online educational resources, Education policy, e-education policy, Teacher education.