MOOCs, or massive open online courses, made their debut in 2011 and have been changing the education scene ever since.
MOOCs allow anyone with internet access the chance to enroll in a course and learn something new. You can learn at your own pace and on your own time.
They generally have unlimited enrollment, meaning thousands and thousands of people could potentially be enrolled in a course at any given time. MOOCs provide the same level of interaction, both student-to-teacher and student-to-student, as a traditional classroom setting. Most courses have a forum that allows participants to interact and learn as a community.
Universities like Stanford and the University of Miami launched courses, which quickly landed over one hundred thousand participants. Other schools have joined the trend as well, like Harvard and Berkeley.
Then, 2012 became “the year of MOOCs” when leaders in the field, Coursera, Udacity and edX emerged to bring education directly to consumers.
There is a long list of available MOOC providers. Read below for a quick summary of some and click on the links at the top left of the page to learn even more!
Coursera, founded in 2012 by Stanford University professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng, is considered one of the top innovators in the field of online education and MOOCs.
What helps set Coursera apart from the pack is its large catalog of courses, over 400 and counting. Learners can take classes in the humanities, mathematics, social sciences, biology and more.
This MOOC service caters to vocational training and professional development. Udacity courses are more focused on actual job training, and have a particular emphasis on mathematics, computer science, and programming.