MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses
MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses are simply online courses that are open to learners from around the globe for participation and massive because the class size usually ranges from hundreds to thousands of learners. The idea was initially implemented by Stephen Downes and George Siemens through their course Connectivism and Connective Knowledge (CCK) in 2008. Today MOOC has gained immense popularity and research interest with various profit and non profit educational bodies providing MOOCs in collaboration with Universities and professionals around the world.
Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take.
EdX was founded by and continues to be governed by colleges and universities. It is the only leading MOOC provider that is both nonprofit and open source.
It is a for profit educational network that encourages engagement in a learning experiences through enrollment in open, online courses from colleges and organizations worldwide.
Future Learn team believes learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so their courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.
Udacity was founded by one of the first profesors who taught a MOOC, Sebastian Thrun. The Udacity team says they are building an online university, "by Silicon Valley", that, teaches the skills that industry employers need today, delivers credentials endorsed by employers, educates at a fraction of the cost of traditional schools.
MOOC.ca is a central place/host to look at list of new MOOC announcements, keep up with on the MOOC community's theory of MOOCs, and news about MOOCs.
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