Virtual Open School (VOS)

Registration will start from January 2014 for the following Courses:

  • Certificate in Rural Technology
  • Certificate in ICT Applications

Virtual Open Schooling provides opportunity to learners to study a formal school-based course online and gain credit for certification purpose.  The courses are based on existing Open Educational Resources, and are built around a learning management system with content stored on online repositories.

In India, NIOS has initiated to launch and start VOS in collaboration with CEMCA to serve learners to continue their education and skill development.

NIOS is using Learning Management system (LMS) for the direct interaction between the learners and teachers which has enabled the following features:

  • Online Admissions
  • Online content related to the subjects
  • Online live Chat-rooms
  • Discussion Forum
  • Blog
  • Online Classes through Video Conferencing
  • Online assessment
  • Different media used for classes i.e. Presentation, documents, video, animation etc.

After the successful completion of the course learners will appear in final examination (term end) for certification. Virtual Open Schooling systems are beneficial in the following manners: they offer

  • Personalized, tailored content: suited to individual learning
  • Flexibility: Anywhere Anytime access, students can enrich their skills in learning a new subject or take up a course or class normally not available at their schools
  • Lower costs: Saves on permanent infrastructure costs
  • Access to high quality education: Access to quality teachers and peers, increases collaboration

Assessment and Evalutaion

Part A: Continuous Assessment (30% weight) will cover one or more of the following type of assessment though the Learning Management System:

  • Objective (including various types)
  • Tutor marked assessment
  • Online practice/project (evidence to be submitted online)
  • Discussion Forum

Part B: Term-End Assessment (70% weight) will cover one or more of the following through a dedicated online examination system:

  • Objective (including various types)
  • Term Paper
  • Virtual presentation
  • Practical/Skill tests (if required to be performed at designated places)