Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) need not be only about higher education and can contribute to sustainable development by addressing the three S’s namely, Skills, Scale and Speed.
The Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT Kanpur) entered the MOOC space quite early, way back in 2012 with a course on Software Architecture for the Cloud. Since then there has been a lot of work in this space, not only in delivering MOOCs but also in developing tools and technologies for delivering MOOCs. One such effort is mooKIT, a MOOC management system.
The first requirement to deliver a MOOC effectively is a powerful platform. The existing software in this space is complex to host and manage, complex to change and adapt to local needs and also expects high internet maturity from the end-user. mooKIT is built to address all these issues.
mooKIT is a lightweight MOOC management system conceived, designed and developed at IIT Kanpur targeting towards developing nations. mooKIT, an open-source MOOC management software, has been used in more than 60 courses so far in India and abroad. mooKIT is a system that instructors, learners, and system administrators find easy to work with - designed for “Internet Novices”. Its unique architecture makes it highly customizable and cost-effective at any scale.
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have become integral to the learning strategies of almost every individual.
The MOOC with mooKIT course is about how to teach a MOOC, from an instructor’s perspective. This course discusses the architecture of a MOOC, the various stages in a MOOC offering and best practices. The course highlights questions like what is a good video or how to keep up student engagement and retention. The course describes the features of mooKIT and how to get mooKIT running on your premises. The analytics module of mooKIT is very interesting and the use of analytics in monitoring and making your course more effective is explained.
Qualifying students will be given certificates based on their involvement and performance. Participation Certificate and Competency Certificate will be issued by the Centre for Continuing Education, IIT Kanpur and Commonwealth of Learning.
mooKIT was seeded by initial funding from TEQIP IITK.
PMMMNMTT, a scheme of MoE, Government of India, gave a big fillip through substantial funding and support for mooKIT development and brought it to this stage.