To learners and learning enthusiasts, lectures of IIT-Bombay Professors would now become available online in two different languages. The premiere Indian educational institute would be first institute in India to launch IITBombayX, which would be a platform for interactive ‘Massive Open Online Courses’ (MOOCs). The launch would take place on the event of Republic Day.
People who are interested in studying further and are of 15 to 75 years of age, can register themselves for course of interest. After the successful completion of the programme the learners would get a ‘honour’ certificate from the institute. In the platform there would be lectures from other eminent professor from around the world as well along with professors of IIT-B. Three courses would kick-start from 26 January to initiate things from the website www.iitbombayx.in.
In near future the institute is also planning to provide school education and vocational training through this method as well. The institute has also collaborated with edX, which is one of the leading organizations that offer MOOCs globally, in May 2013. There are some courses that are running at IIT-B which are available on a global platform as well.
The server of IIT-B is such that it could handle almost 4-5 lakh learners at a time. Along with videos, readings and problem sets, there would be interactive discussion forums, quizzes and instant feedbacks available in the website of IITBombayX. This could change the pattern of formal education as it is perceived in our country.