indian massive open online course platform

Last Updated on August 8, 2022 by Team College Learners

Indian massive open online courses are built on platforms that enable learners to interact with each other and build a sense of community. There are many platforms for MOOCs, including hosted platforms such as Coursera and edX, and Open Source platforms like the French FUN-MOOC or the Spanish Miriada X project.

The biggest open online course platform in India. More than 400 courses from 10 institutes from all around the world. Free and low cost courses available. Complete the course on your own time and access grades online.

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MOOCs in India and Abroad

There are various notable institutions, both non-profit and commercial, that offer these courses worldwide with the help of MOOC providers. A few of these are listed below, 

• NPTEL (India): Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc.) offer online courses through this platform which require no registration and are free of cost.

• WizIQ (India and USA): IIT Delhi, India offers this course through this platform which requires registration and fees to study courses offered by them.

• Open2Study: The headquarters of this platform for online courses is based out of Australia.

• Coursera: The headquarters of this platform for online courses is based out of USA.

• edX: The headquarters of this platform for online courses is based out of USA.

• udemy: The headquarters of this platform for online courses is based out of USA.

Coursera : The topmost provider of MOOCs

Online Courses being a norm now, there are a lot of organizations out there that offer these MOOC courses, Coursera being one of them. Coursera was launched 4 years ago with an intention to make courses available for students or anybody who wants to learn, by offering them online. It offers online courses ranging from the sciences, i.e. Physics and Biology to Humanities, Social Sciences and even Digital Marketing, Designing, etc. Coursera happens to be the top most provider of MOOCs with over 2000+ courses to offer.

MOOC program in India

The University Grants Commission (UGC) along with the HRD (Human Resource Development) Ministry has launched the MOOC program in India for higher secondary, bachelors and masters degrees. This will cover a wide range of subjects that may or may not be taught in regular campus studies.

A new portal for MOOCs named ‘Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds’, in short, SWAYAM, is said to present students with an opportunity to study anything from a list of 2000 courses out of which 200 are currently available for registration. Audio-visual medium, illustrations, research and case studies with self-assessment are few of the mediums chosen to approach the study of these courses.

To provide further information on SWAYAM and MOOCs in general, Professor A.K.Bakshi, Chairman of the Centre for E-Learning, said, “These online courses have been developed by a team of senior academicians and are expected to enhance the gross enrolment ratio in higher education without compromising with the quality. These courses will also help in bridging the digital divide in the country.”

Future and Scope of MOOC

As it is being pointed out, MOOC cannot replace the traditional approach of classroom learning but it can be used as an alternative method to bridge the gap between various schools of learning. It has been said however that MOOC has certain limitations which are listed below:

• Although digitalization is a must now, there are many nations that are unable to provide the basic necessities to enrol for MOOCs hence the spread of MOOCs are limited.

• It is not always certain that all MOOCs provide degrees, certificates and/or diplomas which limits the number of candidates that enrol for these courses as many companies ask for records of the education levels achieved and candidates are unable to provide them with the same.

• A student’s life is confined to one room that has internet access and a laptop or a computer which allows little or no interaction with the outside world. 

• Since MOOCs are web-based, there is no monitoring of the candidates/students, which carries a risk of plagiarism or cheating.