EdX, the online learning initiative founded by Harvard and MIT, had earlier announced its association with IIM Bangalore as the first Indian B-school member in its distinguished group of xConsortium members across the globe. As a result of this partnership, IIM Bangalore has now launched an exciting range of courses aimed at leveraging new technologies and delivering education via MOOCs with edX.
“We are excited to announce the launch of these exciting and innovative courses by IIM Bangalore on the edX platform,” said Anant Agarwal, CEO, edX. “India is an important market for us, and is home to the largest population of edX learners outside of the United States. We are pleased that IIM Bangalore has launched their courses on our platform. With this partnership, we aim to expand the learning horizon for our learners in India and around the world.”
IIMBx is starting with four courses as its first offerings on edX, out of which two courses will be launching in July 2015 followed by one in August 2015 and one in October 2015. All courses are now open for enrollment. The courses will help students learn and acquire different skills for Business, IT, Statistics and Operations Management.
Innovation and IT Management, a 6-week course, will start in July 2015 and will teach key decision-making skills to better manage and implement IT and innovation in workplace. This course will cover basic concepts of information technology management and would be useful for anyone who is using IT in their organization, building or is planning to build IT-enabled products or services. Dr. Rahul De would be the instructor for this course, who is the Hewlett-Packard Chair Professor in ICT for Sustainable Economic Development at IIM Bangalore.
Statistics for Business, a 5-week course, starting in July, 2015 will be an introductory course to statistics and will examine data from the perspective of business scenarios and will demonstrate how to apply that data to make better decisions. It will be Part 1 of a 4-part series on Business Statistics, and would be ideal for learners who wish to enroll in business programs. This course will be taught by three instructors: Shankar Venkatagiri, Ishita Kumar, and Sunil Kunduru.
Part-2 of this series, Statistics for Business – II, will be a 6-week course to examine data drawn from allied fields of business such as Finance and HR, and will teach how to simulate data to follow a specified distribution. It will launch later this year.
Apart from this, there is going to be another course, on Introduction to Operations Management, which will be a 7-week course starting in August, 2015 and will teach key aspects of business operations and lean management, including capacity, productivity, quality, and supply chain and will be taught by B. Mahadevan.
Students who register for these courses, will have the option to either pursue an honor code for free (with complete access to all course material, tests, and online discussion forum), or pursue a Verified Certificate of Achievement for about Rs. 1,500/-.
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