Designing Learner-Centric MOOCs

By Prof. Sahana Murthy, Prof. Gargi Banerjee, Prof. Sameer Sahasrabudhe, Prof. Jayakrishnan M   |   IIT Bombay
Learners enrolled: 1618
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
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Category :
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Faculty Domain for Experienced
Credit Points : 1
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 25 Mar 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 27 Mar 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1 : The LCM model
Week 2 : Creating LeDs
Week 3 : Creating LbDs and LxTs
Week 4 : LxIs and Orchestration

Books and references

  • 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.

Instructor bio

Prof. Sahana Murthy

IIT Bombay
Sahana Murthy is Professor in the Educational Technology interdisciplinary program at IIT Bombay. Her research interest is in developing students' problem-solving, design thinking and inquiry practices in STEM domains via interactive technology enhanced learning environments. Another area of focus is Teacher Use of Educational Technologies, which has led to the design of models and large-scale professional development workshops for for instructors. One such model, the learner-centric MOOC (LCM) model has formed the basis for several online and blended courses on NPTEL and IITBombayX platforms. Before joining IIT Bombay, she was a post-doctoral researcher in Physics Education Research at Rutgers University and MIT, USA. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Mumbai, Master’s degree in physics from IIT Bombay, and PhD in physics from Rutgers University.

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.

Prof. Sameer Sahasrabudhe

Sameer Sahasrabudhe is a Professor of Practice in Design, at IIT Gandhinagar. He has a cumulative experience of over 25 years in various fields such as advertising, animation film-making, and educational multimedia production. He has contributed to the development of the Learner–Centric Model and has created many MOOCs for IITBombayX, edX, and SWAYAM. His course on 3D visualization and animation is subscribed by over One lakh learners worldwide and was shortlisted for the edX prize 2019. Sameer holds a PhD in Subject Communication; PG Diplomas in Distance Education and Animation Film-making; and a Graduation in Fine Arts.

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.

Course certificate

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: 27 March 2022 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

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. 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.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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