MOOC on MOOC for Development


In November 2014, Hardik Vachhrajani successfully completed a unique course titled ‘MOOC on MOOC for Development’ offered by Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK), Commonwealth of Learning and Knowledge Incubator for TEQIP.  The course was attended by teaching and learning practitioners from across commonwealth of nations. Hardik completed the course with Distinction.

The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is a new online medium for course delivery and learning. It enables thousands of learners to participate in the same course with high quality content and interactive tools for learning. On this scale, a MOOC can offer a better user experience as compared to a standard web-based course. Possibilities for rich mentor-learner and learner-learner interactions are unlimited.

Course was facilitated by Prof. Prabhakar from IITK and was supported by Dr. Balaji and Prof.. Chang from COL; and Prof. Sodhi and Prof. Agrawal from IIT system.

Course covered all important areas related to MOOC and how to develop and execute it. Key areas included;

  • Different types and styles of MOOCs
  • Key aspects of content authoring and pedagogy
  • A variety of methods for grading, assessment and certification
  • More effective peer-to-peer learning and online mentoring
  • Technology components that go into a MOOC and platforms
  • How to participate in a MOOC more effectively
  • The basics of copyright and intellectual property matters in MOOC content
  • Costs and resource management of a MOOC

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About the Institutes :

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK), a premier research university in India, is a pioneer in offering MOOCs. It is among the top 50 Asian universities in QS Rankings.

Commonwealth of Learning (COL) an inter-governmental organization in the Commonwealth family, is globally known for its efforts and advocacy to improve access to learning at all levels.

Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP)is a national programme of India, under the Ministry of Human Resources Development. The aim of this programme is to enhance the quality of teaching faculty in institutions of technology in the public sector. KIT (Knowledge Incubation for TEQIP) offers a platform to host quality courses, specialist lectures, research interactions and workshops