Bhubaneswar: A webinar on ‘Open Educational Resources & Research Visualization Tools for Academic Communities’ was organized by the Central Library, Central University of Odisha, Sunabeda, today through Google Meet. Dr. Sandeep Kumar Pathak, Librarian, IISER-Bhopal delivered a lecture as a Chief Speaker of the Webinar. Prof. I. Ramabrahmam, Vice Chancellor of the University inaugurated the webinar and highlighted the importance of the Open Education Resources (OER) and Research Visualization tools in education & research. He congratulated the Central Library for successfully hosting the webinar.
Dr. Pathak clarified the concept of OER, discussed major initiatives of OERs worldwide and highlighted their role in Open Education with special reference to SWAYAM & NPTEL courses. He briefed about the various initiatives taken by Ministry of Education, Govt. of India like National Digital Library of India, PM e-Vidya, Swayamprava, E-PG Pathsala etc. He also stressed upon the role of Librarians in providing OER content customized to the need of their users. The OERs are very much relevant in the new normal post COVID-19 pandemic.
Shri Bijayananda Pradhan, Librarian In-Charge of the University started the webinar with a welcome speech and introduced the theme of the webinar & its relevance on the present research context. Shri Rudra Narayan extended the vote of thanks. The webinar was attended by 70 participants including many academicians from all over the country. Faculty members, Research Scholars and students of Central university of Odisha were also actively participated.