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"In the fall of 2011, Stanford University offered three of its engineering courses—Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Introduction to Databases—for free online... As Sebastian Thrun, the director of Stanford’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, tells the story, he assumed just a handful of people would enroll in his graduate-level AI class. Instead, more than 160,000 students registered. A massive number. That’s when the enormous hype began about massive open online courses, better known as “MOOCs.” Since then, Thrun and his fellow lab professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng have founded education organizations that offer free online classes."
A comprehensive and up-to-date list of MOOC providers.
The recent emergence of Massive Open Online Courses, commonly known as MOOCs, is revolutionizing the online education world and is having a profound impact on higher education. With the growing adoption of MOOCs, the number of MOOC providers has also increased many folds. Below is a comprehensive and up-to-date list of MOOC providers; might be helpful to all interested.
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List of MOOC ProvidersEdX - A Not-for-profit enterprise with MIT and Harvard universities as founding partners.Coursera - A social entrepreneurship company founded by computer science professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller from Stanford University.NovoEd - Rebranded version of Stanford’s Venture Lab, with a special focus on students collaboration and real-world course projects.Udacity - Udacity was an outgrowth of a Stanford University experiment in which Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig offered their ‘Introduction to Artificial Intelligence’ course online for free in which over 160,000 students in more than 190 countries enrolled.Futurelearn - The first UK-led multi-institutional platform, partnering with 17 UK universities, offering MOOC to students around the world. It is a private company owned by the Open University.OpenUpEd - First Pan-European MOOC initiative, with support of the European commission. It includes partners from 11 countries.iversity - A company with a diverse interdisciplinary team from Berlin presently offering MOOC production fellowship and collaboration network for academia.Open2Study - An initiative of Open Universities Australia which itself is a leading provider online education through collaboration of several Australian universities.Canvas - An open, online course network that connects students, teachers & institutions10gen Education - an online learning platform run by 10gen (the MongoDB company)OpenLearning Class2Go – UWA Class2Go – Stanford - Now in maintenance mode. Will be merged with edX platform.MRUniversity - Focusing on economics courses, founded by two GMU professorsAcademic EarthP2PU - Peer to Peer University is a non-profit online community based learning platform, founded with funding from the Hewlett Foundation and the Shuttleworth Foundation. Udemy - An online learning platform that allows anyone to host their video courses.Caltech’s ‘Learning From Data’ CourseOpenHPI - The educational Internet platform of the German Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam, focusing on courses in Information and Communications Technology (ICT).UoPeople – University of the People (UoPeople) is a tution-free, non-profit, online academic institution offering undergraduate programs in Business Administration and Computer Science. Saylor - a non-profit organization that provides over 280 free, self-paced courses.World Education University - WEU UnimoociDESWEB
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A Ph.D student examines MOOC completion rates and finds no big surprises in terms of numbers. Interestingly enough, the courses that relied on peer assessment had lower completion rates than those that used auto grading .
The topic of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) has been extensively covered in various media both great and small, however it’s a technology – indeed an entire educational and political landscape – that is constantly evolving.
In response to this phenomenon, ICEF Monitor opens a two-part article on the current state of MOOCs. The first instalment will get you caught up on latest MOOC rumblings in the US and review the MOOC trend as a whole, and the second part look at developments in MOOCs internationally, with a focus on countries where the technology is beginning to flourish.
Purpose - To analyse the rapid development of the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and the implications for business education. To critically examine the educational and business models of the MOOCs. To assess their present scale and scalability. To explore the responses of the universities to this challenge.
Design/methodology/approach - An analysis of the origins, structure and orientation of the MOOCs and to assess their future trajectory. To compare this development with earlier waves of e-learning.
Findings - The Massive Open Online Courses have considerable potential for growth with high quality products supported by leading universities. However they still need to resolve issues other e-learning organisations have faced including assessment, high drop out rates, and how to maintain viability.
Research limitations/implications - The MOOCs remain at a developmental stage, and it is not yet apparent whether their growth trajectories will be as ambitious as anticipated. However they are a definite advance over earlier online learning systems, and are worthy of further research regarding their performance.
Practical implications - The recent origin of the MOOCs involves an idealistic phase that is inspiring, but the question is will it last? Have the MOOCs the resilience to continue to develop as the universities have done over many decades? Further research will be required on this.
Originality/value - This is one of the first studies of the MOOCs to emerge which compares them with earlier initiatives in e-learning, and considers the adaptive responses of the universities.
Partners in 11 countries have joined forces to launch the first pan-European 'MOOCs' (Massive Open Online Courses) initiative, with the support of the European Commission. MOOCs are online university courses which enable people to access quality education without having to leave their homes. Around 40 courses, covering a wide variety of subjects, will be available free of charge and in 12 different languages. The initiative is led by the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) and mostly involves open universities. The partners are based in the following countries: France, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, UK, Russia, Turkey and Israel. Detailed information about the initiative and the courses on offer is available on the portal www.OpenupEd.eu.
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