The Massive Open Online Course(MOOC) is a new online medium for course delivery and learning.It enables thousands of learners to participate in the same course with high quality content and interactive tools for learning.On this scale, a MOOC can offer a better user experience as compared to a standard web-based course. Possibilities for rich mentor-learner and learner-learner interactions are unlimited.
International media has been covering MOOC developments extensively. The Economist magazine in a recent editorial (June 28, 2014) on the far reaching changes occurring in higher education, called MOOCs a key driver in the change.The well known newspaper, The Wall Street Journal, has featured opinions on MOOCs as a practical medium for rapid diffusion of important skills and information.
This course is about key concepts, methods and practices in the MOOC paradigm .Its focus will be on explaining principles and practices for both the non-technical as well as technical audience.