MOOC – Massive Open Online Courses

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Introduction to MOOC

A massive open online course (MOOC) is a type of online course aimed at large-scale participation and open access via the web. MOOCs are a recent development in the area of distance education, and a progression of the kind of open education ideals suggested by open educational resources. —

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MOOC – Massive Open Online Courses: an educational movement aimed at large-scale participation and open access via the web.

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Table of Popular MOOCs and Open Online Learning Portals

NameDescriptionLast Updated
agilixAgilix Labs is focused on the rapidly changing education market, creating BrainHoney, Buzz, and the Extensible Learning Infrastructure, or xLi.
ATutorATutor is an Open Source Web-based Learning Management System (LMS) used to develop and deliver online courses.

Support programs include: AContent for content and quiz creation, ATutor Social that allow users to connect with each other, and AChecker web accessibility evaluation tool.
BlackboardBlackboard offers learning software for higher educaito9n, K-12, and professional education institutions.
Canvas.netCanvas Network is the cloud platform for Instructure's eLearning platform: Connecting students, teachers and institutions, through an open, online course network.
CodecademyCodecademy is the place for people to learn programming. Tutorials for many web based languages along with a complete in-browser IDE to practice coding. Tools are included to become an instructor and there is a lab to experiment with coding projects. All free.
Course BuilderGoogle's Course Builder is a lightweight way to bring course material online, track student engagement (with web traffic and surveys), and evaluate performance. “We want to use this launch to show that Google believes it can contribute to technology in education" says Google’s Director of Research, Peter Norvig.2013/09/26
Course for FreeA web site focused on publishing news related to free online courses.
CourseraA social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.
Class2GoClass2Go is part of Stanford's open education initiative. The platform includes: Videos from Stanford professors; Formative and summative exercises; Frame extracting allows you to preview and navigate to specific parts of videos.Piazza forums to get people talking.
Class-CentralClass-Central: A list of classes being offered by several of the MOOC platforms including: Stanford, Coursera, MIT and Harvard led edX (MITx + Harvardx + BerkeleyX), and Udacity
Desire2LearnDesire2Learn is a cloud (SaaS) based learning platform to over 700 clients and over 8 million learners in higher education, K-12, healthcare, government and the corporate sector,
EdmodoEdmodo helps connect all learners with the people and resources needed to reach their full potential.
EDU 2.0EDU 2.0 is a state-of-the-art Learning Management System (LMS) with a freemium model for schools and universities, and low-cost plans for businesses. EDU 2.0 costs significantly less than our competitors because we leverage the latest cloud technologies to reduce our costs, and pass these savings onto our customers.
edXEdX is a not-for-profit enterprise of its founding partners Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that features learning designed specifically for interactive study via the web. Based on a long history of collaboration and their shared educational missions, the founders are creating a new online-learning experience with online courses that reflect their disciplinary breadth. Along with offering online courses, the institutions will use edX to research how students learn and how technology can transform learning–both on-campus and worldwide.
Open edXThis is the open platform for 2014/07/01
EliademyEliademy supports educators and students with free online classrooms that enable them to create, share and manage courses. Universities, colleges, trainers, coaches, hobby clubs among others can use it as a free learning management system and course content created by the teacher will always belong to them.

Going back to history, the great philosopher Plato started the first Academy in the world in an olive tree grove, also known as Elia in Greek. It was a remarkable event which laid the foundation for human education.
FutureLearnFutureLearn is a MOOC platform with sponsorship from many UK educational and government resources. Courses are free and available in a range of topics including science, technology, arts, and humanities.

A key differentiation is the platform's focus on social activities that provoke questions and stimulate debate.
iTunes UFrom the iTunes U app, students can play video or audio lectures and take notes that are synchronized with the lecture. They can read books and view presentations. See a list of all the assignments for the course and check them off as they’re completed. And when you send a message or create a new assignment, students receive a push notification with the new information.
iversityTouted as the "Ivy League for everyone" – iversity launches Open Courses. The next step in open education makes open educational resources social. MOOC platform with classes in English and German. Funding began in July 2011.2013/09/18
Khan AcademyThe Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We're a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.

All of the site's resources are available to anyone. It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.
MOOC LinkedIn User GroupThe largest MOOC user group on LinkedIn. Daily discussions explore teaching, course development, business, technology, and markets.

Promotion and Job sections of the user group are also active.
Massive Open Online CoursesMassive Open Online Courses - a Facebook discussion group
MIT OpenCourseWareMIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity. is an edX partnership with google. We're working to help educational institutions, businesses and teachers easily build and host courses for the world to take.2013/09/26
MOOC News & ReviewMOOC News & Reviews: a blog by Jonathan Haber devoted to thoughtful critique of individual MOOC courses and to a discussion of the evolving MOOC landscape.
MOOC2DegreeWith MOOC2Degree, Academic Partnerships has collaborated with public universities to offer credit-bearing MOOCs as a first step and a free start toward earning a degree.
MoodleMoodle is a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a Free web application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites.
My Education PathMy Education Path: This site helps you navigate in e-Learning sources and MOOCs. We try to systematize information about MOOC education. You can use this service to find MOOCs, online courses, share comments and reviews.
NovoEdLaunched at Stanford University, NovoEd wants to build on the massive open online course (MOOC) phenomenon with a startup that puts collaboration at the center of the online learning experience.2013/12/6
Open2StudyOpen2Study is a synchronous MOOC with free online classes. Open2Study is backed by Open Universities Australia (OUA), an Australian leader in accredited online education.
Open Learning InitiativeThe Open Learning Initiative offers online courses to anyone who wants to learn or teach.
Our aim is to combine open, high-quality courses, continuous feedback, and research to improve learning and transform higher education.
Pearson eCollegePearson eCollege and Pearson Learning Studio supports universities and K-12 schools deliver innovative education options.
Peer to Peer UniversityLEARN ANYTHING
At P2PU, people work together to learn a particular topic by completing tasks, assessing individual and group work, and providing constructive feedback.
PLEK12This course, PLEK12, will allow you to explore the use of personal learning environments both for inquiry in K-12 education and for your own professional development

PLEK12 is a free, open course--there are no financial obligations to participate.
SchoologySchoology's mission is to empower you — to give you the tools and connections to engage students more efficiently and improve educational effectiveness on both a large and small scale. Schoology isn't just an LMS. It's a living, breathing educational community that can adjust to changing student needs, learn from collective experiences, and continually improve as education and technology advance.
rSmart SakairSmart Sakai is an open-source Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE)
Teachers Pay TeachersTeachers Pay Teachers is the world’s first and largest open marketplace
for educators to buy, sell, and share their original resources.
TED EdTED-Ed’s commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. Within the growing TED-Ed video library, you will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed platform. This platform also allows users to take any useful educational video, not just TED's, and easily create a customized lesson around the video. Users can distribute the lessons, publicly or privately, and track their impact on the world, a class, or an individual student.
UdacityUdacity is a totally new kind of learning experience. You learn by solving challenging problems and pursuing udacious projects with world-renowned university instructors (not by watching long, boring lectures). At Udacity, we put you, the student, at the center of the universe.
UdemyUdemy helps students make moves. Whether you want to get promoted, break into a new industry, start a company, further a passion, or just accelerate your life, Udemy helps you learn from the amazing instructors in the world, so that you can get there and get there faster.

Our team recruits the world's top experts, including New York Times best-selling authors, CEOs, celebrities, and Ivy League professors. These expert instructors have taught over 200,000 students on Udemy, helping them learn everything from programming to yoga to design to salsa and more. After one year, we're proud to say that Udemy is already changing the lives of our students and delivering real value to our community of instructors.
WikiEducatorThe WikiEducator supports:
a) planning of education projects linked with the development of free content;
b) development of free content on Wikieducator for e-learning;
c) work on building open education resources (OERs) on how to create OERs.
d) networking on funding proposals developed as free content.
WikipediaThe free encyclopedia that anyone can edit. Often cited within MOOC platforms for reference material.
YouTube EDUYouTube EDU brings learners and educators together in a global video classroom. On YouTube EDU, you have access to a broad set of educational videos that range from academic lectures to inspirational speeches and everything in between.

Come here for quick lessons from top teachers around the world, course lectures from top-tier universities, or inspiring videos to spark your imagination.

8 Responses to MOOC – Massive Open Online Courses

  1. admin says:

    I updated the table to include Class2Go and Class-Central

  2. rtanner14 says:

    Please. As discussed in other forums. Every MOOC, whether xMOOC or cMOOC is an Internet-enabled social learning/engagement event. However, not all Internet-enabled events are necessarily MOOCs.

    EX: iTunes U & YouTubeEDU are Web-1.0 era video playbacks with no social interaction, no massive simultaneous enrollment, and no open content/delivery options.

    If you choose to generically refer to all canines as “dogs,” that is accurate. But you cannot arbitrarily refer to all dogs as “poodles.” That is inaccurate and misleading to those trying to learn about MOOCs, online courses, virtual conferences, webinars, other social learning formats or open education resources.

  3. admin says:

    Good points Randy. I will come up with a redesign. Maybe I will rename the table as Stephen Downes has done with MOOC and other open learning portals such as this list:

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  6. TJW says:

    MOOC simply, and ONLY, means massive open online course. It does not mean interactive nor free, although many are both. And not all include materials. YouTube Edu and iTunes U both offer entire course lectures. Of course, that’s not what all of their content is made up of.

    Thank you for the list. 🙂

  7. Jim Moodie says:

    Thanks for this handy table! I’d really appreciate it if you would consider adding the search engine for online learning resources I have been working on

    edspire is a search engine for online learning resources which is totally free to users. It uses sophisticated algorithms to classify MOOCs, videos, OpenCourseWare, tutorials and screencasts and provides a set of tools to enable users to plan their learning journey including a wizard-style recommendation engine based on your learning background and interests. edspire is incubated by the Isis software incubator, part of Isis Innovation, the technology transfer company of the University of Oxford.

    If you have any questions please do contact me.

    Many Thanks,


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