Online Learning Update

August 25, 2013

MOOCs click with Indians

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:01 am

Malini Nair, Times of India

“Our students in India represent the largest percentage of Coursera students outside of the US, roughly 10%. In the past 6 months, Coursera has seen a 139% increase in India student enrollment,” says Stanford professor Daphne Koller who, along with her other computer science colleague Andrew Y NG, set up Coursera. EdX, a non-profit created by Harvard and MIT, has pegged its Indian participation at 13% and Udacity says that India is one of its “top geographic drivers of traffic” . Hardly surprising then that IIT Bombay is set to join the group of institutions that are partnering with EdX. MOOCs are seemingly easy to do — you sign up for a course which could stretch over 12 to 15 weeks and dedicate a certain number of hours of study time per week entirely at your convenience. The ‘workload’ could be lectures, reading assignments, quizzes, tests, demo videos and so on. At Coursera you could if you wish ask for a certificate (called Signature Track) or even a web-supervised exam — these are charged and make for an important part of Coursera’s revenues.

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