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Designing learner-centric e-learning in STEM disciplines

By Prof. Sahana Murthy   |   IIT Bombay
Instructional designers today have tremendous access to a variety of technology tools while designing e-learning. An important role for instructional designers is to integrate effective pedagogical strategies to promote students’ engagement and learning. This course focuses on learner-centric principles and practices in the design of e-learning in STEM disciplines. Effective strategies and processes based on research from the learning sciences and educational technology will be discussed. Course participants will explore the application of e-learning design in various STEM topics in K-12 and higher education. The course will expose participants to some examples of basic and advanced technologies involved in designing e-learning.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Teachers, students of any discipline, E-learning industry professionals.        
INDUSTRY SUPPORT:   E-learning companies

Learners enrolled: 925


Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Start Date : 20 Jul 2020
End Date : 14 Aug 2020
Exam Date : 27 Sep 2020
Enrollment Ends : 27 Jul 2020
Category :
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Faculty Domain for Newly Joined
  • Faculty Domain for Experienced
  • Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
    This is an AICTE approved FDP course


    Week 1: Overview of Learner-centric Approach in e-learning
    Week 2: Pedagogical Design: Learner Engagement and Active Learning
    Week 3: Pedagogical Design: Conceptual Understanding and Learner Connect
    Week 4: Integrating Technology, Pedagogy and Learner Experience


    1. Instructional-Design Theories & Models: The Learner-Centered Paradigm of Education. Charles Reigeluth, Brian J. Beatty & Rodney D. Myers (Eds). Routledge. 
    2. Introduction to Systematic Instructional Design for Traditional, Online, and Blended Environments. M. D. Roblyer. NJ: Pearson. 
    3. E-learning and the science of instruction. Richard Meyer and Ruth Clark. Wiley. 
    4. The design of learning environments’, Chap. 6 from How People Learn. J. D. Bransford, A. L. Brown and R. R. Cocking. National Academies Press.


    Prof. Sahana Murthy

    IIT Bombay
    Prof.Sahana Murthy 2015-present Associate Professor, IIT Bombay 2009-2015 Assistant Professor, IIT Bombay 2006-2009 Lecturer, Experimental Study Group, and Concourse program, MIT, USA 2005-2006 Postdoc, Technology-enhanced active learning (TEAL), MIT, USA 2004-2005 Postdoc, Physics Education Research group, Rutgers University, USA 2004 PhD Physics, Rutgers University, USA 1997 MSc Physics IIT BombayThe research focus of our group is on technology enhanced learning (TEL) environments to better develop thinking skills of undergraduate students. We design, implement and evaluate such TEL systems in various science and engineering disciplines. Our research includes pedagogies for effective use of educational technologies, for which we have conducted a number of faculty professional development workshops.


    The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
    The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
    Date and Time of Exams: 27 September 2020 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
    Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
    The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
    Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


    Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
    Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

    Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

    YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

    Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Bombay.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc

    Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

    Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

    - NPTEL team