Bhopal-based education group AISECT, has in a big way, embraced MOOCs mode of online course delivery and is set to emerge as the biggest player in India after its strategic tie up with Ireland headquartered MOOCs platform ALISON. AISECT known for its IT skills course delivery in semi-urban India is planning to offer over 2000 courses by next year. All courses on aisectmoocs.com will be free of cost. 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.
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, has one million registered members from India.
The nearly 1.5 lakh students training in over 23,000 training centres of AISECT will have added benefit as they can learn the MOOCs in a hybrid mode. AISECT’s Director (Business Services) Abhishek Pandit said, “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.”
Mike Feerick, CEO & Founder, ALISON, who was in Delhi for the lauch said, ” 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.”