The IIMBx programme is founded on the philosophy that everyone – irrespective of financial or regional constraints – should have access to quality education. IIMB started offering Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in 2014 through its digital learning initiative, IIMBx in partnership with edX – a not for profit online initiative of Harvard and MIT. Over the last three years, IIMBx has grown to receive over 1000000 learners from 190 countries. Apart from edX, the programme offers courses on SWAYAM and its own platform, IIMBx. Led by IIMB faculty, IIMBx uses digital learning tools to enable ‘anytime, anywhere learning’ in a global classroom.

Timeline of IIMBx’ s Growth in Activities and Reach

Timeline of IIMBx’ s Growth in Activities and Reach

The IIMBx Growth Story

IIMBx has had an eventful journey over the last few years and has grown into one of the most significant hubs for online learning in India. The course was offered on edX in 2015.In 2016, IIMB was appointed as a National Coordinator for management courses on SWAYAM, India’s learning portal launched by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Simultaneously IIMB also started offering courses on IIMBx, using the Open edX platform. With over 35 courses reaching more than a million learners from 190 countries, IIMBx is an emerging leader in India’s fast-growing digital space. Interestingly only a third of these learners are from India, with more learners from US, Europe and Africa.

IIMBx’ s vision is to create a positive social impact by leveraging educational technology to create a world-class repository of digital courseware in management for learners across the globe. In the long run, IIMBx aims to be a thought leader and preferred digital hub for management education supporting managers, academics and institutions across Asia and Africa.

IIMBx’ s Social Impact

To build institutional capacity in education and help educators across the country keep up with global trends, IIMBx organizes faculty development programmes, workshops, and an annual conference on the future of learning, which draws participants from academia, industry and policy alike. A few examples of IIMBx’ s social impact initiatives are mentioned below:

  1. IIMB’s learners come from all strata of society. IIMBx tries to support learners by providing access to the courses through the three learning platforms which offer these courses, namely, SWAYAM, edX and IIMBx.
  2. For the blended courses on IIMBx, which may involve significant faculty time during the courses, IIMBx offers considerable amount of support by way of discounted fees.
  3. Working with corporate social responsibility, the IIMBx department is exploring how basic certification in management can be offered at highly discounted rates to university students. The proposal is now under consideration with a few leading corporate organizations.

Institutional Partnerships

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay: Partnered with IIT Bombay to launch the Future of Learning Conference in 2018. Over 250 people attended the conference. These included academics, industry leaders as well as policy makers.

Indian Institute of Technology Madras: Partnered with IIT Madras to launch the Certificate in Technology and Management (CTM). CTM aims to upskill/reskill working professionals with minimal disruptions to their working environment. It also allows participants who may not have had access to these top-level institutions to learn from top-notch faculty of these institutions as well as experience the campus environment. IIMBx has offered scholarships to the extent of 25% of the course fee to several students requiring financial assistance. In case of a single mother interested in pursuing the course, IIMBx provided a 75% scholarship.

We have also explored other corporate partnerships for providing high quality educational resources to learners and faculty. Some of the partners include Wipro Limited (IT Services), Amazon India, Harvard Business School Publishing and few others.

“Professor PD Jose, Chairperson, Digital Learning

IIMBx is education reimagined in a learner-friendly way. Adopting best practices from IIMB faculty’s classroom and real-world experience, and harnessing state-of-the-art educational technology, IIMBx makes accessible best-in-class business and management education, accessible to all free or at very low costs. Our MOOCs help learners upskill themselves and get ahead. Everyone, including students, working professionals, and homemakers have access to IIMB’s world-class faculty and courses, in a blended format that allows them to continue their learning, from wherever they are.”

Accolades to IIMBx

IIM Bangalore was honoured by the then President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, for making management education accessible to all through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), during the launch of the Government’s SWAYAM platform at Vigyan Bhavan, in New Delhi on July 9, 2017. The award function was part of the National Convention on Digital Initiatives for Higher Education organized by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, to celebrate teaching and learning.

The People Management course by Prof. Vasanthi Srinivasan was rated as one of the most sought after courses in skill building by the Business Insider magazine.

Prof. P C Narayan won the Teaching Innovator Award 2016 for his blended MOOC. The teaching innovation that fetched Prof. P C Narayan the award was titled “Transitioning from a ‘Teacher-centric’ to a ‘Student-centric’ Classroom and Online Learning”. Prof. Ramya Ranganathan and Prof. P D Jose were among the fifteen finalists for the award. IIM Bangalore was the only institution from across the country with three of its faculty among the fifteen finalists.

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