If you have read the Mahabharata, you will be familiar with the story of Ekalavya. As a young boy and a son of a huntsman, Ekalavya is drawn to archery. He approaches Dronacharya, who had been appointed to teach the Kaurava and Pandava princes. Dronacharya is unable to take Ekalavya as a student, since he is committed to train the princes. Ekalavya establishes a sculpture of Dronacharya in his backyard and, accepting him as a virtual teacher, practices archery with great dedication. So much so that he transforms into an archer with a skill greater than that of Arjuna, the Pandava prince whom Dronacharya had vowed to groom into world’s best archer.
When I look at the revolutionary change in education that MOOCs are bringing about, I am reminded of the story of Ekalavya. Had Internet existed in the days of Mahabharata, Dronacharya could have accepted Ekalavya as a remote student!
If you have not heard of a MOOC before, it stands for a Massive Open Online Course. As the name suggests, it is open for anyone with access to Internet technology to enrol. Since the number of people who meet this criterion is large, such a course can have a massive following – it is not uncommon to come across a MOOC with tens of thousands of participants. I suppose when they coined the word “University,” it was expected to be a place of learning open for the entire Universe. Today, this vision is becoming true with the arrival of MOOCs which are permitting free enrollment to just about anyone who wishes to learn. I liken a participant in a MOOC to modern-day Ekalavya!
Texas Instruments University Program has collaborated with University of Texas, Austin, and edX on a MOOC which revolves around the topic of Embedded Systems. Larissa Swanland has already blogged about the MOOC. Let me summarize the FAQATA (the ATA stands for And Their Answers) about this MOOC.
To encourage participants from India to enrol in the course, we are running a contest. This contest will begin on Jan 6, 2014 and end at 5.00pm IST on Jan 12, 2014. Here are the salient features about the contest:
I don’t see any reason why you should be reading this blog and not enrolling in the MOOC and the contest. I will therefore not tell you what interesting things happened on my way to work today and sign off.
The contest website is http://bit.ly/tiva-mooc
I gave my mail id in this link "http://bit.ly/tiva-mooc" and answered 3 technical questions. Then I uploaded the photo of my course registration status. Then what I have to do? On 6th Jan do I have to give the mail id of the person who referred me to that MOOC course? I am not getting the point. Please help me.
Thanks for your question. I am glad you asked. You have completed two of the three necessary steps by enrolling in the MOOC (congratulations) and enrolling in the contest. You must now spread the word among your friends and encourage them to do the same; they will indicate in their form that Deepak Murali was the one who encouraged them to enrol in the course.
The student who enrols in the course himself/herself and encourages others to do so becomes eligible for the prize. You h ave time until Jan 12 5.00pm to do this. (I had mentioned Jan 6 as the start date, but we have already enabled the contest site.)
Regards and best wishes!
Dear Prof. Ravikumar,
I have completed the first step. How to upload the registration details (print screen). i.e. to which web address
@martin - you can upload the screenshot anywhere on the web, like google drive etc. and share the link in the space provided.
Winners of the MOOC Contest - e2e.ti.com/.../winners-of-the-mooc-contest.aspx
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