We list some of the organizations that currently offer MOOCs and the platforms that support this type of project, with special emphasis, at the end of the list, on projects originated and developed in Latin America, which are growing in recent months.
Coursera is an educational platform associated with prestigious universities and organizations around the world, based on four key ideas: the effectiveness of online learning, learning for mastery, peer evaluation and mixed learning. Through this platform, 145 institutions from 28 countries offer 1,970 courses. Its user base has 17 million students.
edX was founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and connects people with the world’s leading universities. It has more than 5 million students – 600,000 of whom are Latin American – offering more than 950 massive courses, open and online (MOOCs).
Futurelearn is a MOOC platform of open online courses promoted by the Open University (Great Britain), in which other institutions also participate, such as the University of Auckland, Basel, Cape Town, Complutense of Madrid, and the Andes, among others. It currently has 93 partners worldwide and registers more than 4 million people who have taken their courses since its launch in September 2013. In Britain, for example, 77% of the courses are distributed through FutureLearn, according to reports the ‘UK MOOC Report 2016’ report, prepared by the e-learning resources website, MoocLab.club.
Udacity is an educational organization created by Sebastian Thrun, a former professor at Stanford University and a professor specializing in Artificial Intelligence. He teaches cutting-edge courses developed in partnership with leading companies such as Google, AT&T, and Facebook.
Canvas Network. His motto “Engage in more than a course: Engage in a learning experience”, raises participation in a learning experience rather than a course. The proposal made by this organization is to enroll in open online courses taught by colleges, universities and organizations around the world. It ended 2015 with 117 partners globally.
Miríada X offers free MOOCs courses to any interested party, through an open platform. The initiative is promoted by Telefónica Educación Digital and Universia, since January 2013, in order to promote the dissemination of knowledge in the Ibero-American higher education space. Impact: 2,065,000 students enrolled, 1,700 professors, 77 universities and 380 courses.
Kadenze is a MOOC platform optimized for arts education, which offers courses from universities such as Stanford, Otis, Princeton. Texas – Austin, and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), among other institutions.
EMMA . The European Multiple MOOC Aggregator is a pilot initiative funded by the European Union. EMMA aims to show excellence in educational methodologies and practices through pilot experiences based on the use of MOOCs in various topics. EMMA offers a system that allows the distribution of free online courses in various languages. Different European universities participate in this pilot action with the idea of helping to preserve European cultural, educational and linguistic wealth and as a means to promote cross-cultural and multilingual learning.
Iversity . Digital learning platform that offers free online courses taught by institutions throughout Europe, with the aim of making education more accessible, more affordable and more personalized. The proposal includes the possibility of interacting and sharing their knowledge with people from all over the world, and obtaining certification of the studies carried out, verifying the learning. The portal is in German and English.
Open2Study . Built and managed by Open Universities Australia, it was launched in 2013 and serves more than 600,000 students. The platform has more than 35 million visits per year, 1.7 million unique visitors and a 96% student satisfaction rate.
openSAPoffers MOOC courses in English taught by SAP, which can be done completely online and whose material can be accessed from any device that is connected to the Internet (desktop, smartphones or tablets). The courses are based on videos, support material (slides, brochures) and self-tests. Course participants have to work on weekly assignments and keep deadlines, and they can discuss the course content in a discussion forum. The courses end with a final exam. Upon successful completion of weekly assignments and final exam, participants receive a record of achievement. The average duration of the video units is 90 minutes per week. In combination with the self-study and weekly homework assessments,
openHPI is the online educational platform of the German Institute Hasso Plattner (Potsdam), a social learning network of interactive online courses, covering different topics related to communications and information technologies. The proposal is open to interested people from all over the world.
Complexity Explorer is a web repository of educational materials related to complex systems science, developed by researchers and educators from the Santa Fe Institute and the Portland State University. Complexity Explorer also offers a ‘Virtual Laboratory’, which consists of open source simulation programs that illustrate the ideas, theories and tools of complex systems, accompanied by curricula designed for professors and independent students who want to take advantage of these simulations . All content on the Complexity Explorer website is open to anyone interested.
OpenMOOC is an open source platform that implements a completely open MOOC solution.
Desire2Learn Open Courses . Initiative promoted by Desire2Learn and its educational partners.
UNiMOOC is a platform of MOOC courses for entrepreneurs. It has more than 55,000 registered users. It is sponsored by universities such as the University of Alicante, the Menéndez Pelayo University, and the University of Murcia.
MasterUniversity was founded in January 2015 with the aim of providing free or very low-cost education, accessible to anyone, at any time, emphasizing the technical quality of the audiovisual courses and of the teachers involved, both in the academic world and in the professional. Specialists interested in being part of this project should submit their request for evaluation.
ALISON – Advance Learning Interactive Systems Onlin. Founded in 2007, Alison is recognized as one of the first MOOC providers, whose goal is to be accessible to anyone, anywhere, free of charge, within the framework of a movement that today is revolutionizing global access to education, the training in skills for the workplace and employment opportunities. Alison is a for-profit social enterprise run by Mike Feerick, a serial social entrepreneur, Ashoka Fellow and Harvard MBA, who previously created successful Internet-based businesses in the field of telecommunications, finance, and education in line. As the platform’s corporate portal explains, “ALISON has 4 million students and 400,000 graduates from around the world, with 200,000 new users who sign up every month, which demonstrates the high demand on the part of students worldwide in the courses of skills of the workplace ”. 600 courses and 35,000 learning topics are offered. The ALISON model is also defined as highly scalable and self-funded. He won the following awards: ‘UNESCO Award for Innovation in ICT for Education’ and ‘WISE World Innovation Summit for Education Award’. It was also listed as one of the 20 leading e-learning companies in Europe in the EdTech ranking.
MOOC-Ed: Massive Open Online Courses for Educators , is a project of the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation of the NC State College of Education. Built on research models based on effective professional development, professional learning communities, and online practice communities, MOOC-Ed courses focus on project-based learning, collaboration and peer learning.
The MOOC-Ed initiative was developed by Glenn Kleiman and Mary Ann Wolf. The courses are built in collaboration with a team of experts in educational technology, math education and literacy. Each of the MOOC-Ed courses includes basic resources and supplementary materials around a specific topic, while allowing a great deal of customization and flexibility.
Coursites.mooc is a free and interactive online learning platform, which allows the facilitation and creation of online courses, and offers primary and secondary school teachers, university professors and community educators the possibility of adding a web-based component to their courses or even host a full course on the Internet. They can choose their own URL, so that students can find their page easily. CourseSites features Blackboard technology, including version 9.1 of Blackboard Learn ™, Blackboard Collaborate ™, Blackboard Mobile ™ and Blackboard Connect ™. Impact: 74,200 teachers, 12,573 institutions, 159 countries.
Access the MOOC CourseSites catalog: https://es.coursesites.com/
MOOEC is a set of free online English classes, which are part of a MOOC course and are provided by Australian universities and colleges. The project began in Brisbane (Australia), with the support of the Queensland State Government and the local community linked to English language teaching. Classes are organized at the proficiency levels established and approved by a committee of English language professionals, with a quality assurance supervision.
Qualt . Launched in May 2014, it is the first Massive Open Course Online (MOOC) platform for professional competitions, designed for access via mobile devices. Qualt’s mobile courses are based on courses developed by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), Google, the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing (IDM, Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing) and other professional bodies .
Each course is fully contained within a free download application, which allows users to learn anywhere, from their Android or iOS phone.
Unow is a MOOC platform of French origin for professionals, which has supported more than 200,000 people in the acquisition of skills transferable to companies.
eduOpen is a platform created by 14 Italian public universities that offers high quality distance MOOC training courses, taught by professors from participating institutions, including the following: Università di Bari Aldo Moro, Università di Catania, Università di Ferrara, University of Genoa, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, University of Milano Bicocca, University of Parma, University of Ca ‘Foscari.
The MOOC UVX platform is a customization of the EdX platform developed by the University of Valencia . Its objective is to offer courses with quality content and of interest to anyone wherever the nation is. “We want to expand access to education worldwide,” say its developers. UVX courses are offered non-profit and are totally free. The platform is currently in the testing phase.
Moodle is one of the most widely implemented LMS platforms worldwide, which can be used for the development of MOOC projects.
In fact, the Italian MOOC platform eduOpen is based on Moodle.
Access Moodle: https://moodle.org
e-ducativa is an elearning platform to teach courses and manage educational material through the Internet, aimed at educational institutions, companies or consultants, who wish to offer distance courses or support face-to-face training. It is a multi-language, fully administrable LMS, with an easy and intuitive configuration of all the functionalities and sections, which can be used to manage MOOC courses developed with authoring tools that create SCORM and HTML5 content. The platform is oriented to work in groups and allows to generate (among other functionalities):
- online exams, parameterizable, with automatic results,
- surveys to get feedback from students,
- reports with statistical information, exportable, of all course activity
- certificates and certificates of course or approval,
In addition, the LMS is integrable with external academic or management systems.
For more information on the features and benefits offered by e-educativa: http://www.educativa.com/campus/caracteristicas-campus/
Inter-American Development Bank MOOCs . Since 2014, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) offers a series of Open Massive Online Courses on social and economic development, which are free and open to anyone interested in the progress of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. These courses are offered through edX.org, the online education platform founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The courses are mostly available in Spanish and have been prepared by specialists from the Bank and the Region.
Mexico X , is the platform of massive free online open courses of the Ministry of Public Education of Mexico, in coordination with the National Digital Strategy of the Presidency of the Republic, operated by the General Directorate of Television, of which other institutions participate : the Open and Distance University of Mexico, the Hebraica University, the Tecnológico de Monterrey, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the International University of La Rioja and the National Pedagogical University, among others. LThe Mexico X initiative brings together about 25 universities and institutions of higher education and the current offer of 74 courses has impacted more than 600,000 participants. Additionally, other institutions have their independent offer. An example of this is the National Autonomous University of Mexico which, as part of this consortium and in partnership with Coursera has reached the figure of 1,307,746 registered participants
Veduca is a Brazilian platform that offers more than 200 free online courses in 21 areas of knowledge, generated by more than 20 prestigious educational institutions, among which the USP, UnB, Unicamp, Harvard and MIT universities stand out, among many others. It already has more than 1 million students enrolled, and provides the possibility to certify the courses taken.