Designing Learner-Centric MOOCs

By Prof. Sridhar Iyer, Prof. Jayakrishnan M, Prof. Sameer Sahasrabudhe, Prof. Gargi Banerjee   |   IIT Bombay
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

Learners enrolled: 2116


Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Start Date : 27 Jan 2020
End Date : 21 Feb 2020
Exam Date : 29 Mar 2020
Enrollment Ends : 03 Feb 2020
Category :
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Level : Postgraduate
    This is an AICTE approved FDP course


    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.


    Prof. Sridhar Iyer

    IIT Bombay
    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.

    Prof. Jayakrishnan M

    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.

    Prof. Sameer Sahasrabudhe

    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.

    Prof. Gargi Banerjee

    Dr. Gargi Banerjee is a Research Scientist in the Interdisciplinary Programme in Educational Technology at IIT Bombay. She has completed her PhD on "A framework for enabling instructors to create effective customized learning designs with visualization" from IIT Bombay and has 12+ years of experience in conducting both face-to-face and online faculty development programs for Science and Engineering faculty. Her research Interests are: 

    • Developing teachers’ learning design competency for effective integration of ICT (like simulations, augmented reality) in teaching.
    • Effect of learner-centred MOOC (LCM) pedagogy on social presence, teaching presence & cognitive presence in teacher professional development (TPD) MOOCs.
    • Developing analytical rubric to assess the quality of Learning Objects as effective learning resources.


    • The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
    • The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
    Date and Time of Exams: 29th March 2020, 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. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
    • Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

    • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments
    given in the course.
    • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
    • Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

    • If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
    • 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.
    • Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.