MOOC stand for Massive open online course, a platform which provides all the courses online at zero cost to the learner.
These are usually provided by universities, colleges & corporate's which cover numerous courses. Some of the finest MOOC's providers are Stanford, Harvard, MIT, NPTEL (India), Google & Microsoft the courses offered consists of Video sessions, assignment sets, assessment, readings & discussion forums.
MOOC explained "Massive"- The learners pool can run into thousands, "Open" - Free for all, "Online" - Everything available on internet & "Course" - learn from any of your preferred subject.
Purpose of MOOCs
The main aim of MOOCs is to provide the quality education given to premier institutes available for general public for free to remove the barrier of learning.
Who creates MOOCs?
The term MOOC was coined in 2008 by Dave Cormier of the University of Prince Edward Island in response to a course called Connectivism and Connective Knowledge (also known as CCK08)
The universities/colleges/corporate's are ones plunging into the domain of quality knowledge transfer from the premier to general audience. The disparity of knowledge availability among the population has shortened.
MOOCs are a recent and widely researched development in distance education, MOOC was first introduced in 2008 and rise as a popular mode of learning in 2012.
Where to learn from MOOC's?
The are numerous universities & companies building MOOC's for students/professionals/learners, they have tied up with Course provider platforms to make these resources available to be accessed by the billions willing to learn MOOC's:
|MOOC Platform||Associated University/Institute|
|Coursera||Stanford, University of Leeds/ Michigan/Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins, Yale|
|Udacity||Stanford,Georgia Tech, Brown University|
|Future learn||University of Leeds/ Michigan/Birmingham/Aberdeen|
|NPTEL||7 IIT's , IISC - India|
|MOOC Platform||Associated Company|
|Udacity||Google,IBM, Amazon, Facebook, Intel, Salesforce|
|Future learn||British Council|