Come July and IIT Bombay will start open online course
Recently, the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) launched its first three massive open online course (MOOCs) named Introduction to Computer Programming (part one), Thermodynamics and Introduction to Computer Programming (part two). The first two courses will commence this July whereas the third course – Introduction to Computer Programming (part two) will begin in September, said a daily.
The online courses will enable students enrolling to learn anytime, from anywhere and at a convenient speed. Deepak Phatak, professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay infirmed that the content offered will be same but students can repeat study material or skip familiar topics as per convenience.
The courses can be pursued by anyone and will be delivered through sessions grouped into several themes or topics. Each session will be made up of two to four 15-20 minute ‘episodes.’ Each episode will consist of a video recorded lecture of about 8-10 minutes, followed by some practice problems /quizzes.
The content of the online course contains additional reading material/references, which the participants can use for greater clarity, if required. Regular interactive sessions through discussion forums, video conferencing and other such technologies are also included in the course content.
Students can avail a verified certificate of achievement at the end of the course, on payment of Rs 1500. Students can also register for an honours code certificate or for audit free of cost for the initial offerings.