About eLearning

e-Learning is a learning system based on formalised teaching with the help of electronic resources. It is provided through electronic devices such as computers, tablets and even cellular phones that are connected to the internet. This makes it easy for users to learn anytime, anywhere with few, if any, restrictions. New technologies are changing the way learning is delivered and it has been found that visuals, apart from holding the attention of the student, are also retained by the brain for longer periods. e-Learning also enables educators to get a higher degree of coverage to communicate the message in a consistent way for their students. A learning management system (LMS) is a software application that is used to deliver eLearning. Instead of having the e-Learning content spread out over different hard drives and devices, LMS allows to store all of the eLearning materials in one location. Delivering the course through an LMS keeps the content centralized so that all the students have a single source of content, instructions and questions. Technology is the foundation, backbone, and catalyst of LMS. Technology provides endless opportunities for learning through apps, smartphones, videos, search engines, and other real-time information sources. This has grown into a medium with immense possibilities comprising of a world of skill improvement, enhancement of learning and understanding, and changing attitudes and behaviours in a period of time.


Background

The mandate of ICAR/DARE includes promotion and coordination of education in agriculture, agro-forestry, animal husbandry, fisheries, home science and allied sciences in the country. ICAR, through series of efforts over years strove and brought about uniformity in norms and standards in academics, governance and finance management, quality and relevance of education, and policies on human resource development in the country. ICAR is now embarking upon an ambitious step in further strengthening the National Agricultural Education System in the country through National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) with financial assistance of the World Bank by investing on infrastructure, competency and commitment of faculty, and attracting talented students to agriculture.


The Project"Investments in ICAR Leadership in Agricultural Higher Education" is a Component-2 NAHEP project funded by the world bank. It belongs to the main priority area of strengthening of agricultural education system (ICAR and Agricultural Universities) in India. Its major aim is to strengthen the Agricultural Higher Education in India. The lead institute is ICAR-IASRI and the collaborating institutes are ICAR-NIAP and ICAR-NAARM. The major objectives of the project at ICAR-IASRI are as follows:

o   To develop the ICT infrastructure as technical assistance to Agricultural Universities
o   To develop digital information systems for agricultural education, data collection, analysis and dissemination;
o   To develop and implement next-generation management systems covering information in regard to procurement to contract management and financial management areas


Under the first objective, establishment of e-learning/m-learning systems through MOOC/LMS system for participating AUs is a major activity.The main objectives of e-Learning activity are - The revision of existing UG e-courses, Development of e-courses for Masters and PhD courses, deployment of e-courses on MOOC/LMS platform and study on e-Learning for inclusiveness of all students.