‘aisectmoocs.com’ launched as India’s largest free online open learning platform
New Delhi, May 19 (KNN) In a bid to support the Skill India and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan movements, ‘aisectmoocs.com’ has been launched as India’s largest free online open learning platform.
This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) portal, launched by the Bhopal-based education group AISECT, will offer over 2,000 courses including school courses, skill courses and higher education courses. This is the largest number of courses introduced on an Indian MOOC platform till date. All courses on aisectmoocs.com will be free of cost.
For this initiative, AISECT has partnered with Ireland-based ALISON, which is the global leader in free online certified skills training for the workplace with 7 million registered learners and 800,000 graduates worldwide. All 750+ diploma and certificate level ALISON courses will be offered through the AISECT MOOC portal. Additionally, AISECT will offer courses on school curriculum as well as courses on higher education subjects. Initially, the course curriculum will be available in English and Hindi but more regional language content will be added to the MOOC platform over the next few months.
As per AISECT’s Director (Business Services). Abhishek Pandit, “I strongly feel that 2016 is going to be an inflection year for MOOCs in India and we have launched the AISECT MOOC in order to contribute to this revolution. Our portal encourages inclusivity in education by giving students in the remotest corners of the country easy and free access to world-class course curriculum.
He further said that unlike other MOOC platforms that are completely online and don’t have a scope for learning with peers, we will give students access to our widespread network of education centres across the country so that they will have the option of utilizing the infrastructure of the centre and take guidance from the Faculty. So, in a blended model students enrolled for an AISECT MOOC course will have the choice of studying at home or coming to the AISECT Centre to make use of the available facilities. Moreover, regional language content will help in deeper penetration of the courses at the below district level areas across the country.”
On the matter of the partnership with AISECT, Mr. Mike Feerick, CEO & Founder, ALISON said, "ALISON is delighted to partner with AISECT, opening up direct access for Indian learners through AISECT's 23,000 training centres across India to ALISON's free learning resources. The need for what we can provide together has never been greater in India, and we look forward to pioneering transformative and highly scalable learning solutions for workforce training in India in the months ahead." (KNN Bureau)