It’s Teacher’s Day today – what better day to talk about studies and courses.
The education industry is changing and MOOCs are driving that change. Today, we have compiled a list of all the MOOCs that are available internationally. These websites have a variety of subjects to choose from and have very flexible learning schedules.
A massive open online course (MOOC) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community for students, professors, and teaching assistants.
Take a look at list of MOOC courses available globally:
OpenLearning was founded in Australia by computer science professor Richard Buckland and software engineer Adam Brimo from the University of New South Wales. OpenLearning has worked with the University of New South Wales and Taylor’s University to deliver the first MOOCs in Australia and Malaysia respectively. The website has a list of Public and private online courses from educators and individuals worldwide. The private educational portals on its platform are created on a cloud based software product launched in December 2013 by OpenLearning.
Apnacourse launched by SpearheadEduOnline.com is India’s ‘first of its kind’ e-tutoring platform for professional courses and certificate programs. Domains for Training include Financial Management Certifications like CFA, FRM, CFP et al., Project and Quality Management Certifications like PMI-ACP, PMP etc., IT Services and Security Management Certifications like ISTQB, CISA, CISM etc., and certifications like Business Analysis and more.
edX hosts more than 240 online university-level courses in a wide range of disciplines to a worldwide audience at no charge. It also conducts research into learning based on how people use its platform. EdX differs from other MOOC platforms as it is nonprofit and runs on an open-source software platform. Major contributors to the development of Open edX include Stanford University, Google, UC Berkeley, MIT, Harvard, University of Queensland etc.
Although the website started off with Computer Science courses, it now focuses more on vocational courses for professionals. The website also hosts many CS courses as part of collaboration with Google, Nvidia, Microsoft, Autodesk, Cadence Design Systems, and Wolfram Research. Programming classes use the Python language; programming assignments are graded by automated grading programs on the Udacity servers.
Coursera was founded by computer science professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller from Stanford University. Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses in a variety of areas, including Humanities, Medicine, Biology, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Business, and Computer Science for free. Learners can watch short video lectures, take interactive quizzes, complete peer graded assessments and connect with teachers and classmates.
Udemy.com is a platform for online learning for experts of any kind to create courses which can be offered to the public, either at no charge or for a tuition fee. Udemy provides tools which enable users to create a course, promote it and earn money from student tuition charges. The website has more than 18000 courses available online and is compatible with any device for learners to learn at their own pace.
COL – Commonwealth of Learning
The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. COL’s activities are grouped under two sectors: Education and Livelihoods & Health. COL provides fee-for-service distance education and open learning course delivery and training for international agencies, such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
OpenupEd is a supranational platform, founded with support of the European Union (EU). Around 40 courses that range from mathematics to economics, e-skills to e-commerce, climate change to cultural heritage, corporate social responsibility to the modern Middle East, and language learning to writing fiction, are available free of charge and in 12 different languages.
CourseHero’s educator portal is a micropublishing platform for educators to distribute their educational resources. Course Hero collects and organizes study materials like practice exams, problem sets, syllabi, flashcards, class notes and study guides from users who upload. Users either buy a subscription or upload documents in order to receive membership and access website material.
The Saylor Foundation is known for its emphasis on finding, vetting, and assembling openly available texts and resources into courses resembling those of a traditional brick and mortar institution which are then peer-reviewed before being published. The foundation offers 317 free, college-level courses, which are selected as typical courses in high enrollment majors at traditional U.S. colleges.
The Open University
The Open University (OU) is a distance learning and research university founded by Royal Charter in the United Kingdom. The OU provides courses on a wide variety of subjects like Arts & Humanities, Business & Management, Computing & IT, Design, Education, Childhood & Youth, Engineering, Environment & Development, Health & Social Care, Health & Wellbeing, Languages, Law, Mathematics & Statistics, Medical Sciences, Nursing & Healthcare Practice, Psychology & Counselling, Science, Social Sciences and Technology.
iversity.org is based in Bernau bei Berlin, Germany. iversity specializes in providing online courses and lectures in higher education, specifically MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Courses are free and open for anyone to enroll and participate. Courses consist of chapters, units and assessments. A MOOC is typically made up of 8 chapters. One chapter is released per week. Each chapter contains 6-10 units. These units provide video lectures, 3–8 minutes long, interspersed with interactive quizzes and homework. Should the instructor wish, there may be peer-to-peer reviews and group projects. There is normally an exam at the end of each course.
ALISON (Advance Learning Interactive Systems Online) is an e-learning provider founded in Galway, Ireland in 2007. Its stated objective is to enable people to gain basic education and workplace skills. Contrary to other MOOC providers with close links to American third level institutions such as MIT and Stanford University, the majority of ALISON’s learners are located in the developing world with the fastest growing number of users in India. ALISON offers over 600 courses across certificate and diploma level in ten languages.
EduKart is an Indian distance learning cum online education company that provides Indian and international degrees such as MBA, Executive MBA, MCA, MSc IT, BBA, BCA and BSc IT through both distance learning and online mode of education. It also offers industry relevant certificate courses in areas of retail, finance, telecom, digital marketing, programming languages and project management.
FutureLearn is a learning platform founded in December 2012 as a company wholly owned by the UK’s Open University in Milton Keynes, England. It is the first UK-led massive open online course learning platform, and as of June 2014 had 36 UK and international University partners and – unlike similar platforms – includes four non-university partners: the British Museum, the British Council, the British Library and the National Film and Television School. The first courses to be made available included “Web science: how the web is changing the world”, “Introduction to ecosystems”, “Improving your image: dental photography in practice”, “Causes of war”, “The discovery of the Higgs boson”, “Discover dentistry”, “Muslims in Britain: changes and challenges”, “Begin programming: build your first mobile game” and “England in the time of King Richard III”. The first course to launch was “The secret power of brands”, conducted by professor Robert Jones of the University of East Anglia.
Marginal Revolution University (MRUniversity)
The website includes free-to-watch videos, interactive comments, and the option of actively enrolling and participating in courses. The videos and course materials are also accessible for those who do not enroll in a course or register on the site. The videos are structured as simple PowerPoint slide presentations with voice-overs by the speakers. The audio can also be downloaded separately. Those who formally register for a course and take the final examination can get a certificate of completion.
openSAP is developed and provided by SAP in cooperation with the Hasso Plattner Institute. openSAP courses are conducted entirely online. All the material provided can be accessed from any device that is connected to the Internet. openSAP courses have a defined duration (usually between five and seven weeks) to which course participants need to adhere. openSAP courses are based on video units, supporting material (slide decks, handouts), and self-tests. Course participants need to work on weekly assignments and keep to deadlines. The weekly assignment is graded and contributes to the points required to receive a record of achievement. Course participants can discuss the course content in a discussion forum. openSAP courses end with a final exam. Upon successful completion of the weekly assignments and the final exam, participants receive a record of achievement. openSAP courses are conducted in English.
NovoEd is a for-profit educational technology company, founded by Stanford University professor Amin Saberi and PhD student Farnaz Ronaghi. Students view lecture videos online as individuals, but NovoEd’s unique selling point is that students converse in defined teams of 4-10 for group assignments. NovoEd covers subjects like Entrepreneurship, Finance, Business Strategy, Education, Design & Creativity, Math & Science, Humanities and more.