The Times of India | TNN | February 15, 2016 |
Bengaluru: The IIM-Bangalore’s tie-up with edX platform to offer students world-class education free of cost has many takers from foreign countries. Almost 65% of enrolments are international students while the rest are Indians. Of the 90,000 to 1 lakh foreign learners, 15% are from the US, 3% from Europe and 1.2% from African nations. The Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) allows students to sit in the comfort of their homes and attend classes of faculty at top universities worldwide.
“MOOC is the new digital learning technology which can be used by young Indian professionals and students. It’ll change the face of higher education in India. It can be made accessible to colleges in Tier 2 and Tier 3 colleges and in places where it’s not available. Today, every student has a smart phone but she does not know about MOOCs or is not encouraged to take it up. In rural areas, there is tremendous young talent and a thirst to learn, but there’s no internet connectivity. We’ll collate the success stories of Indian students who attend MOOCs and share them to encourage others,” IIM-B director Sushil Vachani said. “We did a special session on MOOCs in some Hubballi colleges and educated them about it. Parents too should understand that MOOCs is not a substitute for education but a supplement,” he added. There’s a wide range of professionals from CEOs to engineers taking MOOCs. They also come from unconventional backgrounds like store owners in operations management,” Ramya Srinivasan, manager, IIMBx, said. IIM-B recently announced a one-day faculty development programme. This aims to enhance their skills in imparting management education in their business schools by blending MOOCs with in-class facilitation and teaching. – Courtesy / IIM Bangalore Courses – edX.org