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Unparalleled performance, both in the field of academics and corporate engagements, defines Amity School of Communication (ASCo), Jaipur.

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Amity News Bulletin at Model Newsroom - Television Journalism Project - - BA (J&MC) III 

By Students - Anurag George Ekka, Prashant Goyal, Vijish G Kurup, Mohit Kumar Maurya, Deepanwita Nandi, Shubham Bhardwaj

The news bulletin package has been prepared by students as  a part of their academic project and some visuals and audio files have been taken from the internet. This video is not for commercial purposes.

Jaipur early morning captured by ASCO students

The photography Club students of ASCO went for one-day photo walk in streets of Jaipur on 8th October 2016. Students gathered at city early morning 6 AM and captured the morning hours of Jaipur.

Through pictures..


Dream (One day Short Film Competition 2016, Innovation) Amity University

This short film is done as part of short film competition conducted at ASCO on the occasion of Innovation Day 2016. 

NASA - Short film by Aswin U Pai and  Hari Shukla

This short film is done as part of short film competition conducted at ASCO on the occasion of Innovation Day 2016. 

An Introduction to Open Educational Resources

By Mohit Kumar Maurya, BA (J&MC)

What is it?
Open Educational Resources (OER) are any educational resources available to public for learning, teaching or research at no cost. OER generally referred only to digital resources which aim for educational purposes, is a result of development in distant learning. Coined first in 1994 by Wayne Hodgins, the term OER gained worldwide popularity in 2001, when prestigious American institute, MIT announced that it was going to put MIT’s entire course catalogue online.
Each resource today is issued under a license that describes the ‘Usage Policy’ of the resource or the document. For an example, some resources can only be used in their original forms and some can be modified too. The offering for OER can be by an institute, individual or a group, libraries, archival organisations, government agencies or commercial organisations such as publishers, or faculty.

Why is it important?
OER gives the learner an advanced choice of choosing from over hundreds of resources to learn rather paying for one and getting ‘stuck’ with it. And in today’s technical world where real world awareness is education, OER proves to be a boon for people who want to study and learn only a part of a subject without paying for them. By providing general people with an access to educational material, open resources have the potential to spur innovation. OER has gained momentum among the learners in recent times providing itself as an alternative to classroom teaching and hence acting as a modified version of distant learning.
Various OERs give away knowledge on the concentrated segment of a particular stream. Websites like opensource.com and guides.main.library.emory.edu provide a great help in finding a source according to the need of the learner.
Universities around the world are now a significant contributor to the world of OER. Other than MIT, prestigious names like Harvard, Oxford and many other provide their university journal and research paper as OER. There are several other websites dedicated to the particular course like cybercollege.com and newsmanual.com which provide content to media enthusiasts. Similarly, treehouse.com is for computer programming addicts and even for beginners.

The Downsides
Like all educational resources, the quality of OER can be uneven and depends largely on their sources. Some OERs are simply ineffective at presenting content in a valuable manner, and not all OER collections have a feedback mechanism by which users can share their evaluations about the quality of a resource. The value of educational resources tends to decrease without periodic updating, and many open resources are not kept current.
Also, the role of a teacher can never be hijacked by technology. Based on human psychology, the human demonstration is much more comfortable to follow and individual feel more comfortable in learning with a group where he can be appreciated, compete against others.
The accuracy of all the documents present online can never be guaranteed until the name of the resource provider is credible enough. And even if someone learns ‘all tricks of the profession’, the job providers around the world still demand degree.

One of the radical viewpoints is that the OER movement will lead to a future in which all of the components of an education will be available online for free and that learners will have the opportunity to construct a course of study—though it might not be called a “degree”—from the wide and growing pool of open content. Others envision a less disruptive future for OER, suggesting that the model for higher education will persist in a form not wholly different from what it is today, but enhanced with high quality, open, digital content. Regardless, OER will expand access to educational resources to more learners, more of the time. In particular, adult learners, students who work full time, and other non-traditional students stand to benefit from open resources because they are available for independent, self-directed study. Open resources are one way to address the rising costs of education, and they also have the potential to facilitate new styles of teaching and learning. Giving faculty the ability to pick and choose the individual resources they want to use—and to modify those resources and “assemble” them in unique ways—promises greater diversity of learning environments. 


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