“In future, education will be either blended or fully online”

Interview with Amit Goyal, country head, edX

pragya

Praggya Guptaa | May 24, 2017


#MOOCs   #massive open online courses   #online courses   #education   #digitisation   #online learning   #Swayam   #Amit Goyal   #edX  



What restricts MOOCs’ acceptance despite having credits?


It is just a matter of time. India has been used to the traditional way of education. However, the fact that India is the second biggest learner base for edX, after the United States, speaks volumes about the kind of recognition MOOCs are receiving in India. Employers are now giving importance to MOOCs, but it will take some time before being accepted as a standalone degree for employment in India.
 

Can it replace classroom learning in future?
 
MOOCs will not replace universities, but rather enhance the quality of education by incorporating blended learning. In future, education will be either blended or fully online. Pure face-to-face education will exist only in history books. In blended classrooms, the on-campus university course can leverage the power of MOOCs to free up classroom time for interactive collaboration and discussion, testing and problem-solving. This model creates better efficiencies in the classroom and can foster a better quality of education overall for the money. And, the blended model exists beyond the university. We recently partnered with NIIT to redefine the online education space in India using a blended format. Under this partnership, the live synchronous delivery capability and on-ground student servicing capability of NIIT will be combined with the world class MOOCs provided by edX and its university partners to offer futuristic talent development programmes to learners in India.
 
What are EdX’s offerings and plans for India?

India has always been a priority market for edX. Along with offerings from tier 1 global institutes, edX also has strong partnerships with Indian institutions like IIT Bombay, IIM Bangalore, and BITS Pilani, and blended learning partners like  NIIT and Pearson to impart job-ready skills to learners. 
 
As a response to the growing acceptance of MOOCs among Indian corporates, in the last year, edX made significant corporate and strategic advancements in the country. Chief among them include the launch of edX for business site in December 2016. EdX for business provides corporate L&D solutions for the evolving workforce, offering access to thousands of in-demand courses from the world’s best universities and leading institutions by creating a flexible and convenient way to empower employees to gain deep knowledge in highly relevant fields like IT, business management, data analytics and more.

As a further step to help learners advance or launch their careers via online credentials, edX launched MicroMasters programmes, a new category of masters level online education to bridge the knowledge gap between higher education and the workplace. Offered in subjects ranging from artificial intelligence (from ColumbiaX) to cyber security (from RITx), business management (from IIMBx) and supply chain management (from MITx), MicroMasters courses are created by esteemed edX university partners, valued by top companies and linked to specific career outcomes.
 
 
 
 

Comments

 

Other News

FM concludes pre-budget consultations

Union minister for finance and corporate affairs Nirmala Sitharaman has concluded the pre-budget consultation meetings for Budget 2023-24 that were held from November 21 to 28 in the virtual mode. More than 110 invitees representing seven stakeholder groups participated in eight meetings sch

Coal production rises by 18% to 448 MT

The total coal production in the country stands at 448 million tonnes (MT) for the month of October 2022 which is 18% higher than the production of the corresponding period of last year. The growth of coal production from Coal India Ltd (CIL) is also more than 17%. The ministry of coal said

How to execute large-scale social impact projects

The number of social innovators and entrepreneurs has considerably increased recently in India. The idea of social entrepreneurship, which aspires to provide novel solutions for the world`s most critical social issues, is now receiving more attention. Challenges like overworked healthcare,

Plastic is no longer a waste management issue

Plastic is arguably the most ubiquitous material of our times. In this Age of Plastic, it might seem its use can’t go up any further – and yet it keeps going. Between 2000 and 2015, global production of plastic increased by a whopping 79%. The total mass of plastics on our planet is now twice t

Celebrating the Ganit of Protein!

“Why is the child growing?” is the question that bothers a lot many in the administration. The answer, to be honest, is to be discovered via science, and less via what we call ‘effective administration’. Eventually, it will be the latter that will enforce the former on the field, bu

Trying to achieve work-life balance? Here’s some advice

The untapped potential of every individual is the biggest tragedy of the human race. The primary reason for this is our lack of awareness of the processes, tools and t

Visionary Talk: Amitabh Gupta, Pune Police Commissioner with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now


Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter