Massive Open Online Courses: Where to Start?

What is a MOOC?

Many organizations are offering these online courses to students all over the world, in the millions, for free. Anybody who has an Internet connection and the will to learn can access these great courses from excellent universities and get a credential at the end of it.

Here is a short list of some of the most popular and accessible online course platforms on offer. How can your institution use MOOCs in the classroom?

CourseraAn American online learning platform that offers massive open online courses (MOOC). It offers full master’s degrees, on-demand courses, self-paced quizzes and hands-on projects as well as professional certificates from world-class universities and companies. You can join for free!https://www.coursera.org
UdemyThe world’s largest selection of courses aimed at professional adults and students and teaching courses in over 65 languages. 80% of Fortune 100 companies use Udemy for employee upskilling, some courses generate credit toward technical certification. With Udemy for Business, organizations can also create custom learning portals for corporate training. It has paid and free courses.  https://www.udemy.com
edXedX was founded by scientists from Harvard and MIT.  It hosts online university-level courses in a wide range of disciplines to a worldwide student body. You can register for free and choose from 2,500+ online courses in over 30 subject areas from 140 top institutions!  https://discover.edx.org
UdacityIt is the outgrowth of free computer science classes offered through Stanford University. All courses have been “open enrollment”; students can enroll in one or more courses at any time after a course is launched. Free access for 30 days.  https://www.udacity.com
Canvas NetworkIts mission is to promote openness, innovation and experimentation in education by providing educators access to professional development courses and programs that will help them thrive and succeed in their careers. Open entry for learners around the globe and continual access to course content after the course end date. Individual instructors or sponsoring institutions may offer a certificate of participation or completion.   https://www.canvas.net
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