IIM Bangalore has launched a range of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in partnership withEdX, the online learning initiative founded by Harvard and MIT.
India is home to the largest population of edX learners outside of the US, and the partnership with IIM will benefit numerous more students not just in the country, but also across the globe.
All courses are now open for enrollment and will aim to help students to learn and acquire different skills for Business, IT, Statistics and Operations Management.
Named IIMBx, the provider will offer 4 courses to start with, two will begin next month, followed by one in August and one in October this year. The currently offered courses are: Statistics for Business Stats – I (5 weeks) and II (6 weeks), Innovation and IT Management (6 weeks) and Introduction to Operations Management (7 weeks).
The MOOC platform is also offering course takers the option of getting a Verified Certificate of Achievement costing Rs 1,500. EdX claims that India is its second biggest user base outside the US. In March last year, edX president Anant Agarwal had told The Times of India that India was then the second largest market for edX, accounting for 12% of its global user base. Agarwal had claimed that over 2.5 lakh people from India had registered for courses on its platform as of March this year.
Innovation and IT Management (6 weeks):
The course will begin in July 2015 and will teach key decision-making skills to better manage and implement IT and innovation in a workplace. It will cover basic concepts of information technology management and would be useful for anyone who is using IT in their organization, building or is planning to build IT-enabled products or services.
Statistics for Business (5 weeks):
The course will begin in July 2015 and will be an introductory course to statistics and will examine data from the perspective of business scenarios and will demonstrate how to apply that data to make better decisions. It will be Part 1 of a 4-part series on Business Statistics, and would be ideal for learners who wish to enroll in business programs.
Statistics for Business – II (6 weeks):
This will be a course to examine data drawn from allied fields of business such as Finance and HR, and will teach how to simulate data to follow a specified distribution.
Introduction to Operations Management (7 weeks):
The course will begin in August 2015 and will teach key aspects of business operations and lean management, including capacity, productivity, quality, and supply chain and will be taught by B. Mahadevan.
Students who register for these courses will have complete access to all course materials, tests and the online discussion forum for free if they pursue an honor code. They will also have the option of pursuing a Verified Certificate of Achievement for a fee of about Rs 1,500.
Date: June 3, 2015