Monday, December 01, 2014

Indian MOOC for a global platform

US-based educational technology company Coursera, which offers massive open online courses (MOOCs) from various universities, has partnered with an Indian B-school, making it its first partner institution in India and 115th worldwide. 

Under the partnership agreement, Hyderabad-based Indian School of Business (ISB) is going to offer online content globally on the Coursera platform. The B-school's first course in this initiative is going to be on `A Life of Happiness and ulfilment.' 

"ISB will work in a similar way as other universities," said Richard Levin, CEO, Coursera, during a visit to Delhi. "It gets to choose what content it wishes to put on the platform. Its professors and resources are used to produce the course and we distribute that."

The company boasts of the largest number of users of e-courses in the world, including 800,000 enrolees in India accounting for 8% of its total enrolment.Overall, their favourite courses are in computer science and business. 


Indian learners are young, mostly teenagers and those in their 20s, unlike their international counterparts whose median age is 30+. Most of them look for courses with job-oriented skills.

About 5-6% of Coursera learners eventually complete a course. Of these, 20-30% go on to earn a certification 10 courses are now available on-demand as opposed to those which are offered as per a schedule. Also, four, six or eight courses related to each other on offer.

Source: The Times of India, December 1, 2014
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