MOOCs in the News


MOOC Providers (as of January 2013)

edX, a not-for-profit educational venture combines the power of top universities including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard, and University of California Berkeley to create top-notch open classes. Students learn from completing projects, reading textbooks, completing tutorials, participating in online laboratories, watching videos, and more. Learners that prove their competency through edX courses will receive a certificate. Participating institutions fund their own course development.

Coursera is a not-for-profit consortium of collaborating colleges including California Institute of Technology, University of Washington, Stanford University, Princeton University, Duke University, John Hopkins University, and many others. Students learn through videos, quizzes, readings, and various activities. Some courses also include free e-textbooks. Many courses offer a certificate signed by the instructor or a certificate from the sponsoring university upon successful completion of a course. Coursera and participating institutions each fund their own expenses.

The for-profit company was originally founded by Stanford roboticists teaching “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence,” – a course which soon grew to epic proportions. Courses are taught on a 7-week “heximester” schedule, consisting of short videos, quizzes, and assignments. Learners are encouraged to progress by solving problems and completing projects. Students completing courses receive a signed certificate of completion. Those who excel can certify their skills through affiliated testing centers or even have Udacity give their resume to one of 20 partner companies including Google, Facebook, Bank of America, and other top names.

Udemy offers hundreds of courses created by experts around the world. This website allows anyone to build a course, so quality varies. Some courses are extremely well-done with video lectures, activities, and thriving peer communities. Others offer only one or two avenues of exploration (a few short videos, for example) and can be completed in just an hour or two. Udemy tries to bring in courses from big names, so expect to see courses from the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, Marissa Mayer of Google, top professors, and various authors. Although most of the classes are free, there are some that charge tuition.

University of the People
University of the People (UoPeople) is the world's first non-profit, tuition-free online university dedicated to opening the gates to higher education for all individuals otherwise constrained. UoPeople offers Associates and Bachelors degree programs in Business Administration and Computer Science. This institution is a private institution approved to operate by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.
Canvas Network gives teachers, learners and institutions alike the place and platform to define the world of open online learning in a way that makes sense for everyone. It grows as teachers and learners apply it in individual ways and then share the results with the world. Built on the same Canvas platform that millions already use to learn every day, Canvas Network will grow to be a gathering place for the open online courses, communities and collections that millions more will be able to use to evolve learning to meet their goals.

CourseSites by Blackboard
Change 2011 | “Mother of all MOOCs”
Connectivism and Connective Knowledge 2011

Open Education Resources