5 What is an Open, Online Course? Exactly like a course you teach on campusCourse starts on a certain dateCourse durationLectures every weekTutorial problems every weekDiscussions every weekCourse ends on a certain dateExcept that, everything unfolds on an open, online portalStart date and an end dateVideos of lectures released every weekOnline assessments and assignmentsOnline discussion forum
6 Campus vs Open, Online Course On campusOpen, onlineStudents come through admission process, prerequisitesCourse on campus with peers, face-to-face interactionCredit towards degree, placements, recognitionAnyone can click and enrollCourse at a distance, self-motivatedRecognition mechanisms are still evolving
13 Features of Online Course Portal Usual featuresVideos, Forum, AssignmentsUnique featuresHands-on programmingC, C++, Java, VerilogSubjective assignmentsgrading by TAs possible
14 Features of Certification Process Proctored examrun by a partnercenters across the countryaround Rs per studentprogramming exam for programming coursesCertificatefrom IITs/IISce-verifiable through url
15 Courses offered so farFrom March 2014 till April 2017:13 exam runs; 355 courses completedOngoing : 159 courses for July–Oct 2017; 14th exam run completed; 15th on Oct 22
18 Courses by Dept and institute IISc Bangalore16IIT Bombay27IIT Delhi6IIT Guwahati8IIT Kanpur132IIT Kharagpur111IIT Roorkee41IIT Madras138Other Institutes(Coordinated by IITM) Chennai Mathematical Institute14National Institute of Epidemiology5IIEST Shibpur1University of DelhiIISER Pune3IMScIIITBIIITDIIITHIIT Patna4IIT RoparTotal514DisciplineCoursesAerospace Engineering14Agriculture & Food Engineering1AppliedMechanicsArchitecture3Biological sciences & Biotechnology26ChemicalEngineering18Chemistry and Biochemistry20Civil Engineering32Computer Science and Engineering76Design2Earth ScienceElectrical Engineering68General5Humanities and Social Sciences66Management37Mathematics&Statistics29Mechanical Engineering58Metallurgy and Material ScienceMultidisciplinary8Ocean Engineering6Physics12TOTAL514
19 Scoring , Certification and Credits Final score calculation for certificationOnline assignments: ~25%Proctored exam: ~75%Types of certificatesElite certificate with gold medal : >= 90%Elite certificate: >= 60%Successful completion : >= 40%No certificate < 40%4 weeks : 10 to 12 hours of content (1 credit equivalent)8 weeks : 20 to 25 hours of content (2 credit equivalent)12 weeks: 30 to 45 hours of content (3 credits equivalent)
26 Faculty Development Programme Can check with AICTE if these courses can be counted towards the FDP that all engineering college teachers are mandated to complete every year – can include a pedagogy module along with this to satisfy requirementsShort Term Course at other InstitutesNPTEL Online Certification CourseRegistration FeeTypically between Rs RsZero Registration FeeTravelTypically involves travel and AccommodationNo Travel/Accommodation required. The entire lecture content is available right at our desktopLeave of absenceTypically involves 8-12 days of Academic LeaveNo Academic Leave required; No disturbance of regular dutiesLearn anytime, anywhereExposure to LecturesAll the participants are exposed to lectures only onceRegistered Participants have complete/anytime access to video content and may watch the videos multiple timesEvaluationNo examination at the end(a) weekly assignments and (b) end of the course examination which helps the faculty apply the learnt skillsInteraction with the InstructorInvolves interaction only during the short term courseInteraction is available with Course Instructor/Teaching assistants/Other participants via an Online Discussion Forum during the entire duration of the courseFrequency of the Offered CourseVery RareNPTEL re-runs Online Certification Courses that are in great demandTable created by Prof. GVK Sharma, SPOC, GITAM University, Vizag
32 How colleges use NPTEL online courses? For credit transfer within collegesFor internship opportunities at companies and with faculty at IITs/IIScIn recruitment processIn a survey conducted and answered by 273 Local chapters:37 LCs said they take our courses for credit171 LCs said from first year onwards, students are encouraged to do MOOCs190 LCs said they prefer elective courses while 78 voted for core courses28 LCs said it was mandatory that faculty undergo MOOCs while 47 LCs said faculty who complete MOOCs get some incentives and increments
34 NPTEL courses for credit at IITM IIT Madras: students are allowed to take upto 7 credits from NPTEL courses (for BTech/DD alone, only credit and not GPA)
35 Selection of courses Mathematical difficulty Based on duration of the courseRerun courses can be selected by colleges participating the first time – content already available
36 Nptel.ac.in/noc website Portal where the statistics of completed courses are archivedTime of course offeringSyllabus, about the instructorStatewise enrollment and registration statisticsAssignment submissions, exam scoresToppers in the course are highlightedName, photo, organization of top 5% of exam registrants are displayed as toppers
39 Steady State of Course Offerings What is a desirable steady state?Repeat core courses in all major disciplines in July and Jan semestersOffer interesting and new electives regularlyBy July 2018 – we should reach steady stateAtleast 10 core courses/discipline every semesterWhere are we now?Not all core courses are available as MOOCsElectives are getting offeredOur schedule of courses should be available ahead of timeThis helps colleges to plan credit transfer etc.
40 Highlights: Course topper in 4 courses – Sep Oct 2016 Dear Madam, First of all a big Thanks to you:) My experience in pursuing NPTEL Online courses has been fabulous. It was a great opportunity as I have greatly enjoyed the different courses during the July-October 2016 period and feel privileged to be taught by the great professors of renowned institutions. During this period, I had registered for 4 courses and the successful completion of all has enhanced my knowledge and self confidence immensely for which I am sincerely thankful to this great initiative from NPTEL. It has further increased my urge to learn :) The NPTEL online courses gave us the flexibility of pursuing the course from anywhere and anytime which was a reason that I could attend and appear for multiple courses during a short span of time. The regular online videos and assignments kept us on our toes and ensured that we were regular in our participation and learning process. In short I will like to reiterate that I have benefited immensely from these online courses both knowledge-wise and increased confidence. About recognition, I will come to know once I share my certificate details. Thank you. Kind regards, Madhabi Sinha ** She is employed in BBA REMAN LTD and has taken up 4 exams in the Sep-Oct 2016 exam Stress Management -96 Introduction to Modern Application Development -92 Soft Skills Development -90 and Developing Soft Skills and Personality-93, where she is the topper of all the 4 courses
41 Exam anecdotes – Mar Apr 2017 Sandeep – a working professional – Topper in 4 courses this semAnalog Circuits - top 1 % Fundamentals of Electronic Materials and Devices - top 1 % Basic Electronics - top 1 % Embedded Systems Design - top 5 %Faculty member from Saudi Arabia flew in to Chennai to write the exam and got certifiedCandidate from Turkey may come to give the exam in Oct 2017While we have girls:boys as 42%:58% boys registering for exams, the gender split for toppers is 70%:30% (till June 2017).
42 Highlights: Highest number of NPTEL course takers Prof. Gunasekaran – Velammal Engg college – 13 courses!Aditya Vignesh – a student – 13 coursesArijit Bharadwaj – student – 12 coursesDr. Arun Prakash: Scientist at DRDO – 11 coursesDr. Ashok Panchapakesan – Prince Shri Venkateshwara Padmavathy Engg college – 8 courses – SPOC!Employee from ONGC, a Project Manager at NIT Silchar, Employee of Border Roads Organization, A GM at Adani group, Deputy GM of Airports Authority of India have completed 5 or more courses from NPTEL
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44 FAQ Where do I get information about up-coming certification courses? How do I enroll/register for an NPTEL online course?Is there a fee to enroll for an online course?What is the eligibility criterion for registering for an online course?How many courses can I enroll for at a time?How old should I be to register for an online course?I just came to know that an online course that I wanted to join has concluded its run. Is there any chance of this course being offered again?Will exams be offered for completed courses in the next run?If I enroll to a course this time and miss writing the exam, next time the course is offered, do I have to enroll again?If I don’t submit any assignment, can I register for the exam?How many exams can I give during a run?What if I have limited internet access? How do I watch videos online?