While the year 2021 saw disruption in most university courses due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, several online courses provided by Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds (SWAYAM), India’s Institutes of Technology (IIT) and other institutions and platforms this year were all the rage. With colleges and universities running distance learning courses, students have signed up for online courses for their accessibility and easy course format.
Given the developments over the past five years and the unprecedented Covid era, according to Amrita Ghulati, academic director of the International Career and College Counseling Institute (IC3), there has been a marked increase in courses related to artificial intelligence, machine learning, cybersecurity, data. Science, digital marketing, business analysis and healthcare.
“Of particular interest is the growth of entrepreneurship and innovation courses at different educational levels, also integrated into some well-established traditional curricula. Another notable trend is the orientation towards broader, inter and multidisciplinary courses – a T-shaped education with breadth in all disciplines coupled with depth or specialization in one or two areas, ”added the academic director. of the IC3 Institute.
Additionally, the second wave of Covid that hit the country at the start of the year had led healthcare professionals and healthcare executives to dive into classes to find out what it was and how to approach patients. who are affected.
As the year draws to a close, let’s look at the emerging sectors in 2021.
The Academic Writing Course is one of the new SWAYAM certificate courses that aimed to bridge the gap by providing knowledge for effective and results-oriented academic writing. The course is a basic course and the learning depends on how the learner does their research work in a specific area. Students can benefit from the academic writing course in SWAYAM. The course duration is 15 weeks and the course is in line with the pre-doctoral course work of the University Grants Commission of the Higher Education Regulator.
With the increase in internet penetration and online activity, the reach of digital marketing has also increased. Digital marketing includes topics such as content marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), social media, and marketing analysis.
Peace and conflict management
The Peace and Conflict Management Course is one of Swayam’s online courses that aim to teach the concept of peace and the role of peace in human development. The course on Peace and Conflict Management also aims to teach learners the theories and types of conflict, methods of conflict management and contemporary peace initiatives.
Blockchain courses are designed to help technical and non-technical learners with key concepts. Kerala Blockchain Academy, under the state-run Digital University of Kerala, offered two free core programs in Blockchain technology.
Robotics course was also all the rage in 2021. Robotics course is one of the free online SWAYAM courses offered by Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore and is designed for PhD and Masters students in electrical / mechanical and computer engineering. Students from all engineering disciplines, researchers and practicing engineers can take robotics courses at SWAYAM. The robotics course on the SWAYAM platform is an eight week course.
Covid-19 contract tracing
The Covid-19 contract monitoring course is intended for doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. This course helps learners have a unified, evidence-based approach to saving the lives of patients affected by Covid.
With students and professionals working remotely in 2021, many learners have signed up for language courses. A study published in the journal Scientific Reports also found that learning foreign languages improves the elasticity of the brain and its ability to encode information.
Data science courses were all the rage in 2021. Data science courses will allow a student to help analyze data or information from different sources and gain maximum insight. Data science courses have been provided by Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), notably in Delhi and Madras.
Launched in 2020, the IIT Madras Bachelor of Programming and Data Science is the very first online degree program offered by an IIT.
Digital transformation has truly led the way in 2021 and comprehensive software and product engineering, cloud computing, data science and other technologies have been the main catalysts for this transformation, Abhishek Arora, Executive Vice President and business manager, Skills and Careers Business, NIIT Ltd said.
Adding that the NIIT is in the process of developing free content for its learners and potential learners and aims to improve them in order to prepare them for the future, M. who are focusing on Automation, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence among others and a learner with these sought-after skills tends to have an advantage among recruiters. Besides allowing better employment opportunities, they also offer many other advantages such as the advantage over the competition, equipped with knowledge about real projects etc.