The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B), for the first time launches massive open online course (MOOC) in three courses. The session for two of the courses i.e. Introduction to Computer Programming (part one) and Thermodynamics will commence from July while the third course, Introduction to Computer Engineering (part two) will begin from September.
Professor Deepak Phatak, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay stated that the MOOCs will allow students to learn anything from anywhere at a convenient speed.
The courses will be delivered in sessions grouped into several themes or topics. Each session will be made up to two to four 15-20 minutes episode. Each episode will consist of a video recorded lecture of about eight to ten minutes which will be followed by some problem solving and quizzes.
There will be additional reading material, references which the participants can use for greater clarity, if required. Plans are also on to introduce regular interactive sessions through discussion forums, video conferencing and other such technologies.