Showing dedication to mass-dissemination of information by means of internet, Delhi University begin with the Massively Open Online Courses (MOOC).
DU is a part of the Global Problem-Solving Consortium, along with 7 other universities, which authorized DU’s students and lecturers, free access to Massively Open Online Course on "Confronting Global Challenges". The Psychology students of Lady Shri Ram College successfully finished this course of 8 weeks this October. The US-based ‘Coursera’ also mentioned to host its own "learning hub" in India.
The advantages of MOOC’s are that course can be learnt for free, besides they are more of application based and easy to understand. The courses are firstly reviewed by studying the course by inside peer groups or by anonymous viewers to measure its clarity and efficacy.
third-year psychology student at LSR, Divyanshi Chugh informed of getting Wesleyan University students signing up for the first DU course using Coursera portal. On August 12 they begin and gathered 45 students interested for the course while, 25 taking final exams and being passed with distinction.
Chugh also mentioned the advantages of the idea of learning from this online course in the classrooms. Despite having high dropout rate with this method, students studying in a group along with faculty member might make it work and generate interest among students.
The other eminent universities of the world conducting and offering certificate MOOC’s comprise of Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, University of Chicago, Yale University, University of California etc.