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Designing Learner-Centric MOOCs


Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have become a popular avenue for diverse learners to upgrade their knowledge and skills. Instructors who are new to creating MOOCs tend to focus on the use of technology features to mimic their classroom actions. While it is necessary to be aware of the technology affordances, it is more important to focus on the pedagogy of how to use the MOOC features effectively to foster student engagement and learning. Hence MOOC instructors need a set of design principles and guidelines to create a learner-centric MOOC.

In this course, we will discuss the Learner-Centric MOOC (LCM) model, and how to apply it to create effective MOOCs.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Teachers, MOOC creators




INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Companies creating online courses. L&D (Training) divisions in companies across various sectors.

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Sridhar Iyer is a faculty member in the Inter-Disciplinary Program in Educational Technology, and Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Bombay. His current research interests include: Technology enhanced learning environments for thinking skills, Pedagogies for effective use of educational technologies, development of ICT tools for educational applications, and Computer science education research. Sridhar Iyer received his BTech, MTech and PhD from the Dept of Computer Science & Engg. at IIT Bombay.

Sahana Murthy is a faculty member in the Inter-Disciplinary Programme in Educational Technology at IIT Bombay since 2009. Prior to that she was a lecturer at the Experimental Study Group in MIT from 2006-09 during which she implemented and evaluated innovative teaching methods. She worked as a post-doctoral researcher in Physics Education Research at MIT (2005-6) and Rutgers University(2004-5), USA. She got her Ph.D. in Physics from Rutgers University in 2004. Her current research interests lie in students' development of thinking skills through technology enhanced learning environments.

Jayakrishnan M is a Senior Scientist at National Programme for Technology Enhanced Learning, IIT Madras. He completed his PhD in "A Model for Large-scale In-service Teacher Training in Effective Technology Integration in Engineering Education" from the Inter-Disciplinary Programme in Educational Technology at IIT Bombay. His research interests in the field of Educational Technology include Teacher Technology Integration, Massive Open Online Learning, Sustainability in Teacher Professional Development and Computer Supported Collaborative Learning.

Sameer S Sahasrabudhe works as Senior Project Research Scientist, at the Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay. He has a graduation in fine arts, post graduate diplomas in animation film making and distance education, and a doctorate in the area of eLearning animation. He has a cumulative experience of 18 years, in the areas of advertising, animation film production, eLearning content creation, research, and teaching. He has bagged awards at national and international film festivals.

As an evangelist of open source 3D animation software: Blender, he has conducted several workshops, on Blender animation, and has presented at various conferences. His courses on IITBombayX platform have been well received.


Week 1 : The LCM model

Week 2 : Creating LeDs

Week 3 : Creating LbDs and LxTs

Week 4 : LxIs and Orchestration


  • S. Murthy et. al. LCM: A model for planning, designing and conducting Learner-Centric MOOCs. IEEE Conference on Technology for Education (T4E) 2018.
  • K.F. Hew. Promoting engagement in online courses. British Journal of Educational Technology, 47(2), 320-341, 2016.
  • M. Bali. MOOC Pedagogy: Gleaning good practice from existing MOOCs. MERLOT JOLT, 10(1), March 2014.


  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date and Time of Exams: April 27 2019(Saturday). Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.


  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of Best 3 out of 4 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Bombay.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.