www.MOOCs.co is the leading online Global Directory of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Providers
by Market Segment Served: Higher Education, K-12, Corporate, Verified MOOCs & Others.
MOOCs is managed by AboutEdu Inc, a non-profit organization.
2015: "MOOC it: Massive Open Online Courses in Tweets"
(Print or Digital) sold thru Amazon & Bookstores. CNBC.com - "New Book Uses Global News Tweets to Question If MOOCs Growing at 201% are Dead." According to the European Commission's Open Education Europa initiative, as of January 2015 - there were over 3,842 MOOCs worldwide. The total Number of MOOCs grew 201% in 2014, and over the period 2013-2018, MOOCs are forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 56.61%. If you have been unable to stay on top of all the recent major MOOC news and developments, and don't have the time to read the massive amount of information that has been generated on MOOCs, then "MOOC it" may be a useful resource to scan key MOOC tweets segmented by area of interest; along with a chapter on key announcements per country/region.
List of Top 10 Most Popular e-Learning Books:
("MOOC it" is only 1 of 2 published in 2015)
Ranking / Book / Author / Published / Format
||Essentials of Online Course Design: A Standards-Based Guide (Essentials of Online Learning)
||Marjorie Vai y Kristen Sosulski
||Paper & ebook
||Teach Online: Design Your First Online Course
||Jeanette S. Cates
||Paper & ebook
||MOOC it: Massive Open Online Courses in Tweets (MOOC it: MOOCs in Tweets Book 2015)
||Paper & ebook
||Instructional Design for ELearning: Essential guide to creating successful eLearning courses
||Paper & ebook
||Teach Online: Develop Your First Online Course
||Jeanette S. Cates
||Teaching Online Without Losing Your Mind: A Comprehensive Overview
||Paper & ebook
||Interface Design for Learning: Design Strategies for Learning Experiences (Voices That Matter)
||E-learning 101: It’s not as tough as it looks
||Creating Communities of Practice (Online Teaching and Learning)
||Leslie Bowman y Alice Walters
||Elearning: NOW! How To Create Successful Elearning Courses And Teach Online Today (E-Learning Course, Teaching Online, Elearning, Online Course Book 1)
MOOCs Directory is managed by AboutEdu, Inc, a non-profit organization.
While scholars, administrators, the media, politicians, wall street, and many others are involved in deep and philosophical discussions on the impact and value of Massive Open Online Courses - This site is not.
Singular objective here is to provide a simple central directory of existing free Massive Open Online Courses available in K-12, Higher Education and Other areas for students, parents, teachers, counselors, tutors, military & their families, working adults, the unemployed, retirees, and others.
Regardless of your personal opinion on the value of these Massive Open Online Courses, the current reality for many low income, and underserved student populations in the US, and globally is that these free open courses from some of the world's leading experts is a partial win of the "Educational Access Lottery"©.
Partial because winning the full educational access lottery would require adding free high speed internet access, personalized MOOC learner experience, free online MOOC tutoring, secure free access to learner's MOOC course/skills portfolio, locally affordable MOOCs credentials/skills certification, transferable academic credit for their MOOCs, MOOC-related online internships with potential employers, and MOOC performance-based job placement opportunities with global industry partners.
With the help of site visitors like yourself, we hope to continue updating this directory with information on new global providers.
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The "MOOC Petition" on Change.org (www.MOOCpetition.com) asks for:
Free College Access for All thru Nationally Accredited MOOCs-based University Degrees.
Please sign and share the petition.
Featured below are some of the recent supporting comments from signatories to the petition from all over the world and all USA States:
arthur harmon GARLAND, TX
I'm signing because accessible education for all is the key to humanity's success and the path to peace for all mankind.
Believe and it will happen.
Nasrine Kadjar WINTER PARK, FL
I am signing because I think everyone should be given a chance to "learn" in life in order to achieve a better and more successful life. Colleges and Universities are applying prohibitive prices and no one can afford them. As such, the gap between rich and poor continues to increase dramatically while jobs are either exported or the qualified person is imported. This economic gap due to lack of education will alternatively have social consequences.
Steven Sandman BROOKLYN, NY
I believe in an affordable education.
Lezlie Padaken HILO, HI
I believe everyone deserves an education and if it is provided for free access is given to everyone.
K Thompson CHICAGO, IL
I'm signing for equitable opportunity
Olga MacAfee NORWOOD, MA
Better education means better future for the whole human race, period.
Frank Winn JUSTIN, TX
Not only are colleges and universities ripping us off with high prices that increase every year, the quality of education is different for each individual. It is not fair that our society in the U.S. requires a college education to get a descent job. So by giving access to MOOC education will allow all to gain not only an education, but a skill set that can be used to get those better paying jobs. It is education coupled with experience that HR should use to acquire talent, not just because someone has a degree. I have seen more dumb educated people holding jobs than people with common sense that have the experience.
Linda Wyche SPOTSYLVANIA, VA
There are too many intelligent but economically challenged people both young and older who's dreams are abandoned because of the financial burden of paying for college. Grants are difficult to get and loans may not be an option. This would reduce the financial burden for these individuals and would be a tangible way to make the playing field for all more even.
Nancy Cera SEATTLE, WA
I am 59 with a BA, and am now a dislocated worker with little assistance. I need an economical way to obtain prerequisites. When I graduated from college, no mTh was required. I have an unfair burden to obtain skills and education. There is a lot of emphasis on STEM educTion for the young, but I am struggling to obtain skills to work until I am 70.
S W LOS ANGELES, CA
I think Education in America is too EXPENSIVE. Colleges are taking advantage charging for parking, overpriced books, classes taught by T.A.s not professors, and many like University of North Texas have stolen money from TEXAS they own 75 million dollars to state of Texas and they overcharge STUDENTS. They make it hard for students to become in state residents. UNFAIR.
Matthew Davis COLLINSVILLE, VA
I believe this is a great option. It gives people a chance who have been to college and are now unable to qualify for financial aid another opportunity to further their education.
Liesa Wise DANVILLE, CA
I love education for all and now that we are lucky enough to have MOOCs, everyone should have access to education!
anthony forgione MACEDON, NY
I think that it would benefit a lot of people who have the potential to earn a free degree without the burden of student loan debt and the impact it puts on our economy! This also allows people to pursue the American Dream and have a job filled with Rewards and Prosperity!
Adam Pinsky CHICAGO, IL
I am learning a new career in computer programming. I have found success with online courses which I wasn't able to achieve during my 4 years in total of traditional higher education. Self-paced online classes and Learning-By-Doing has instilled in me a deeper sense of responsibility for my own education. And, it has required a level of resourcefulness from me that has prepared me for the professional world in a way that a brick-and-mortar school could never.
Cherie Charboneau HURST, TX
I want to enhance my learning experience, but I am middle class and can't afford a formal-university education.
Isaac Akinwale SCHENECTADY, NY
Mooc and other online Education platform curriculum is comparably to the brick and mortal course delivery. Our dear first lady, Mrs. Obama, you're the mother of us all, you're out sister, the conscience of the Masses, help make the recognition of MOOC education cerificate the landmark achievement of our time.
Christina Carpanzano GLEN ELLYN, IL
I believe Access to Education should be an open highway. At 62 years of age, I have completed 4 MOOCS since December. This is a great opportunity to enlighten and educate
Kyle Barber MESQUITE, TX
Because a well-educated and highly skilled populace will benefit society (and the world) in unimaginable ways. Shame on Udacity for welching on their original goals of being a free MOOC site. It's now a bait and switch operation. :( Don't let it happen to the other great free sites and universities willing to provide this world changing service. Donate what you can to the universities who are currently experimenting with MOOCs. At the bare minimum write their administration a thank you letter for taking the risk and having the courage to provide such a wonderful service. Free MOOCs...now we just need a free mooc degree opportunity!!!! :)
Debbie Brown BOYNTON BEACH, FL
Jeanne Archibald SACRAMENTO, CA
It's a good idea................. the cost of education to our young is outrageous and the salaries paid to those who run the Universities are exorbitant. Affordable education is a must if we want to keep up with the rest of the world in the years to come.
Julia Clarke ORTING, WA
I'm signing because I believe that access to education is an inherent human right. By providing free education to anyone, we can improve the condition of society, develop new ideas, advance humanity.
Samantha Nowak CHICAGO, IL
i'm signing because MOOC's has changed and improved my life. I have been able to learn and become educated without being held back by finances.
Paul Walter ASHLAND, OR
I believe humanity in general is better served when education is available to all. It would certainly make a more interesting world.
Free Massive Open Online Courses is the future.
Alexandra Munns HOUSTON, TX
I'm signing because education is a right we should all have. Not only will Americans potentially benefit from this but it has the potential to change people's lives across the globe.
Felicia McCloud HARRISBURG, PA
I have been slowed down and now stopped becuse of finacial aid issues. I have enough credits to have a degree but not enough money! Enough is enough already. Now I am payinmg for a degree that I can not even finish getting.
Suzanne Meyer PRINCETON, MN
Education costs are astronomical and most people can barely afford to feed their children much less send them to college. The Obama's claim they are "for education," then let's make it available to ALL, regardless of affordability. Then provide access for the homeless, along with shelter, food, and clothing. Educate your country so they can care for their children!
Kelli Forthun SELAH, WA
I have 2 daughters with bachelor's degrees and between the 2 of them $170k+ in student loan debt. Ridiculous that even public schools are charging $200/cr for undergrad +housing. Make it possible for those motivated and creative enough to get degrees online via MOOC!
Heather Whittle JOHNSON CITY, TN
With personally having over $30,000 in college loan debt, I think the price of college is ridiculous. Education only improves the world around us and should be free to those who desire to learn.
Christina Clark NASHVILLE, TN
I would love to have access to free higher education courses and be able to obtain an accreddited degree through MOOCs.
virginia adkins ORLANDO, FL
I want to continue my education but can't afford a university with my kids already in college.
Anastacia Zittel DUDLEY, MA
I can't afford a college education, and I love to learn! I've been taking MOOCs for a year, and would love to earn an actual degree for free.
Giselle Hernandez COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
I'm signing this because I believe that education is a human right and, therefore, there should be low-cost remote education options for those who cannot afford to attend college full-time.
Linda Burke ORLANDO, FL
I THINK IT IS IMPERATIVE FOR THE FUTURE.
Eboni Williams MEEKER, OK
I'm a minority and I represent setting higher standards of life for my youth and for the female gender as a whole. Education knows no color but humans do!
Evelyn Gonzalez LOS ANGELES, CA
I am a college student and this would be beneficial for me since I am a single mom.
Beth Dutton PITTSBURGH, PA
With so many unemployed workers, it's important for them to find an economical way to upgrade their skills.
Jeffrey Fox WILLIAMSPORT, PA
I Like this idea because I always feared more college loan debts/grants and the years on campus and its complications to get the education and career field interested in. Education is important and I too think its morally wrong to make it a monopoly on those of us who don't come from money or inheritance. Erase the debt, go online free.
Patricia Wood TUCSON, AZ
I am in education and strongly believe that everyone should have access to academic instruction, global access to knowledge, and collaborative dialogue regardless of age, income, or geography.
Jennifer Haygood LIVINGSTON, TX
Education should be free and available to anyone that wants to learn.
Jean Arne SPRING VALLEY, NY
I'm signing this petition because my only second year in college, am already in dept for 30 thousand dollars. We need a change. America is better than this.
Jasmine Koster BELLINGHAM, WA
Everyone, regardless of location or financial circumstance, should have equal access to accredited college level education, for free. As a mobile nomad, this matters to me personally as well!
Daniel O'Brien EL CAJON, CA
There needs to be a way for ordinary Americans to "bootstrap" them selves into the current global job market as well as develop new industries for the future expansion of the world market. Affordable education is the key to a future that is not kept subjugated with crushing debt.
Tameka Bradford COVINGTON, GA
This is a way for me to see MLK Jr dream come true. Everyone deserves a chance to reach higher and obtain their dreams.
Tanya Hopper BOONEVILLE, AR
I believe continued education should be available to anyone who wants to learn, regardless of socio or economic status.
Phillip Montague LAKELAND, FL
College is expensive. Opportunities are out there who are educated, and for those who desire to become educated. It's not fair that those without financial struggles or burdens can become educated. Let those of us who are struggling, working a 9-5 day job, have a chance to take courses in engineering, CS, and Art History (if that is what we choose to take).
frank roquemore PUEBLO, CO
My girlfriend and I were actually on an evening walk a few months ago talking about money and the future (i'm 20 she's 19) and the things we want to do with our lives. We are both musicians, so we constantly look for new ways to inspire ourselves and others and we talk and think a lot about what things we can do that would have the most impact. A free accredited college came up and we started running with the idea of something like a khanacademy but with a degree involved at the end of it all. I still would like to see a free accredited college at a physical building so I am now enrolled in my first college classes to become a petroleum engineer while learning about investing from my very successful uncle so that hopefully i can fund or at least contribute to that goal. I do believe if there were ever a step in the right direction, MOOC is definitely on that path.
Eric Sadler ALBUQUERQUE, NM
We need education reform. It has become a pay to play system. People with the most money get the degree which gets them the job despite in my own experience they are not always the best choice when compared to a non-degree holding applicant. This would begin to help the situation and push to get the right man for the job.
SRINIVASAN KANNIAH RAO DUBLIN, OH
Because we are single person earning family with 2 children to go college and we are yet become permanent resident due to backlash of visa number availability.... as a middle class family this is very important to us and for the country.. please do the needful ASAP...
jagatheesa naidoo JOHANNESBURG, GP, SOUTH AFRICA, SOUTH AFRICA
Education and Training together with Life Long Experience and MOOC unquestionably adds up to some worth that needs to be expressed in an accountable value system, for that reason accreditation is key for MOOC courses to be acknowledged and recognized internationally.
Laura Lim PENSACOLA, FL
We wil be a better country if many of us are more educated and have access to continuous learning.
maria reynoso HERMOSILLO, MEXICO
give us the opportunity!
Thurston Stone MCKINNEY, TX
Cost of education is ridiculous, where as education, or the dissemination of knowledge and the application of
that knowledge, is a globally enriching process. Capitalizing on it does generate a market, but leads to
those who can afford it are educated, those who can't are not. Changing the equation to be those who have
the desire are educated and those who do not can cause a fundamental shift in making the world a better place.
Let quality education be free.
Thomas Cooper HOUSTON, TX
I believe if free education can be provided to the individuals who can't afford it, it should be. If the U.S.A. can establish a National Accrediate College Online for the poor or anyone who wants to have the life of the American dream, should be able to.
daniel castro CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA
some children do not have support imagine if they could connect to the information they needed and were able to walk themselves in the absence of good parenting. Who shoud benefit from knowledge? our race. we should encourage all that want to know more access to all education. some children learn better in a non pressure zone. not much pressure in knowing you can just hit stop and rewind that though. im currently watching my self and daughter blossom on khan academy .org and I just have to imagine the possibilities if the entire population was just a little smarter every year.
Stephanie Farra NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA
With advanced degrees becoming a necessity for even low skill jobs, affordable college educations should be available to everyone regardless of tax bracket.
Encouraging students to graduate with thousands of dollars of debt is not a sustainable way to build a thriving society and culture.
India has made great progress in using online and affordable education to help their citizens rise above disadvantages.
Not every system in a capitalist society benefits from being a money making enterprise.
MOOCs are the future and need to be able to gain accreditation and be affordable.
Doug Brienzo CHIPPEWA FALS, WI
I am 60 yr old CPA. Lost my job, during "consolidation era". Spent my life savings because of difficulty of reemployment, to purchase accounting firm. Have worked to the detriment of my health and well being. I hate what I do, and it has left me with no time for my family. I have a passion to learn. Would like to learn enough about tech to be employed until retirement and after pt. The only way is through MOOC.
Gordon Rogers ATLANTA, GA
Accreditation would allow the promise of MOOCs to be fulfilled.
MARIA RODRIGUEZ CLERMONT, FL
Because I'm a frustrated 30 something career adult due to the lack of financial means for my family to pay for collge.I'm in 15,000 debt and still was not able to afford finishing collge or study the career I wanted,because it was not available online or evening school.As I had have work a regular job daytime,barely making it bye in the marketing administrative,promotions business,at times have been in unemployment and food assistance.(Architecture).Every young adult should have an alternative means to learning and a career if they can not afford to pay for tuition.Education should not be restricted or denied to the unprivileged!
Mary Margaret White-Levilain SAINT CLOUD, MN
My higher education has not even paid for itself, for many, it never will. The cost of education through only one method, (brick and mortar with limited class space) is not sustainable and limits access to the financially privileged. Furthermore, we live in a time when we need to continue to learn in order to keep up with our field and remain effective and employable in our work. MOOCS will expand our wealth and ability to make a difference in the world.
Jennifer Sloan PENSACOLA, FL
Having a nationally accredited would mean that the education earned in MOOCs would have the same weight as a regular college course. Many of the MOOCs on the internet have the same course load and information so it should be weighed the same to employers and the public in general.
DeAnna Crocker PHELAN, CA
This important to me because there are so many talented people that simply could not afford post-secondary education. with this technology, as a Nation we can get back into the game.
Juana saavedra SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ
It important to me and thousand of students that need education to be affordable or free because being in debt is not good for students trying to finish an education to make this country with a better workforce.
Brian Heauser SANTA ROSA, CA
This is important to me because I currently attend college and most of the skills I gain today are not from my classes at the college but rather the free online classes I take in my spare time. I currently do not receive credit for these online classes although it is the type of knowledge I must have for employability. The main reason I study online is due to the limited availability of relevant classes on campus as well as the high cost of books and tuition. I am studying computer science although the classes I have available on campus do not teach any of the current or emerging technologies which are readily available for free online and usually much higher quality due to the wider range of teaching styles available to choose from. Not all people learn in the same way, so online classes allows me to find a course that I can comprehend. It also allows for me to do the work on my own schedule. There is very little downside other than the lack of accreditation from the educational community.
Steve Humphries HAINES CITY, FL
Having access to MOOCs is of a great interest to me. I have a formal Bachelor's degree and am grateful for it. However, it was very expensive. I like the idea of having online education for free and that it is accredited and recognized. I am in the field of learning & development and am constantly learning. I also like to be able to give resources for those individuals that are struggling financially and would rather not go into heaps of debt .
Rita McVey NOBLESVILLE, IN
Everyone should be entitled to a free education. It is beneficial to everyone.
N A SEATTLE, WA
Every human being should have equal and free opportunity to get an education at all levels.
Tracey Rollison INDIANAPOLIS, IN
The quality of government education in this country keeps declining no matter how much money we throw at it. This and nearly a decade of the bad economy has created a situation in which the children of the wealthy have no trouble being educated; the middle class kids (the few who are left) have to borrow exorbitant amounts of money and the poor have few options.
Patricia Wood TUCSON, AZ
I am in k-12 secondary administration. It is critical for teacher professional development and gives our high school students access to post secondary coursework to facilitate transition, dual credit, and exploring careers prior to college.
Anonymer Lebenslauf KöLN, GERMANY
Free education should be a human right.
Isuru Walpola COLOMBO, INDIA
Free education is a right for the modern human, and a boon for sustainable development. Education opens doors and creates change fast. That's why MOOCs are important.
Education should be made available to all those that desire it, without financial limitation.
Joshua Jordan ALTOONA, IA
This is important because it addresses directly the outrageous cost of a traditional University education necessary for obtaining recognition of one's educational development yet the resources for one's educational development are readily available but secures no recognition that employers, governing bodies, etc., require as the approval stamp for maintaining/advancing one's livelihood through such education. This is already being addressed and innovations in education (recognition thereof) are being made in countries that are our global competition - one example: the UK and RIBA; why does the US have no desire to invest in skilled labor? It can be done and it can be done in a free market economy.
Judy Browne SPRINGFIELD, TN
In middle age with disabling health issues, having raised a child after his father, my husband passed suddenly, I've had to step out of two professions, don't want to live on disability indefinitely, now I have a huge gap in my resume and a health history that is terrifying for many other people. My son had a full ride but, became ill his first year of college and finished with GPA 3 points to low to keep. In his 20s now, he'd like to finish his education but, must work to support himself. The Lord will provide a way for us. Thank you for caring and doing something. The Lord bless you and your household.
Higher education is extremely high and this is a great opportunity for those who cannot afford the cost it takes to get the career they want.
Xiomara Cruz CORAL SPRINGS, FL
I have seen too many people that want to better themselves and just don't have the least bit of money at all to start. A lot of opportunities pass us by because we do not have the economics to simply open the door and walk in. Many young people who would like to change their circumstances and are very smart simply cannot break the barriers.
Alexander Turenko AUSTRALIA
I look after a disabled family member which means I can not work so have to survive on a very low income which means opportunities such as education is out of my reach.
MAUREEN MCCLAIN MAMMOTH LAKES, CA
EDUCATION GIVES AN EVEN PLAYING FIELD AND SHOULD BE AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE WHO WANTS IT.
Tina Levang FORT WORTH, TX
Equal access to higher education can only build better communities.
Michael B. MONTREAL, CANADA
It's the right thing to do.
MOOCsNews on MOOCs 2 Degrees, MOOCs 2 Jobs, Assessments, Credits, Certificates, Career Services, MOOC Tutoring/Mentoring, MOOCducation, MOOCthink and other related subjects:
Yahoo Finance: "Study Finds Elite Universities' Verified Certificate MOOCs a Smart Ed Buy at $49" http://finance.yahoo.com/news/study-finds-elite-universities-verified-061100790.html;_ylt=A0oG7hEYU9pSmTYAt5pXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTExZnZqcGozBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMQRjb2xvA2FjMgR2dGlkA1VJQzFfMQ
For students wanting to showcase their MOOC courses and achievements to employers, schools and others, a new optional type of paid "Verified Certificate" credential verifying the identity of the person who took and completed the MOOC is now available.
The new Verified Certificate MOOCs will verify your identity through a variety of means that can include webcam, keystroke analysis, valid photo identification, and/or test centers. Each MOOC provider can require different methods of identification in order to grant the Verified Certificate. Make sure to read the MOOC's requirements closely prior to enrolling in the course because most Verified Certificate fees must be paid at the beginning of the course and are not refundable.
Over 80% of the current Verified Certificate MOOCs are priced under $49.00
"If they only knew about MOOCs: The US MOOCs Market Volume Opportunity"
Do USA low income students/families, underserved student populations, unemployed, and the many other segments that would benefit most from MOOCs "Know About MOOCs?" No.
Are they a Volume MOOC market opportunity at home? Yes.
"LinkedIn moves to legitimize Web classes by Coursera, Udacity, others"
LinkedIn announced the new "Direct-to-Profile Certifications" pilot program in a blog post today. Organizations participating in the program include: MOOC startups Coursera, Udacity and Udemy; Harvard and MIT-backed nonprofit MOOC provider edX; publishing giant Pearson; e-learning companies Lynda.com and Skillsoft.
The new program will allow users to display online courses they have completed on their LinkedIn profile by clicking a link in an email from the course provider.
"Time for Consolidation in MOOCs World"
Time for Consolidation In MOOCs: Follow-on Investment rates decline for Social, Gaming & Education. Mobile Cos Rate Up ( http://www.cbinsights.com/blog/trends/industry-follow-on-investment-rate). The level of consolidation in the MOOC sector has already started to ramp up with the recent quiet merger/acquisitions of several start-ups, and start-up assets. Consolidation will further solidify the industry, and will result in significant value-added to the MOOC learners. New MOOC players resulting from consolidation will be stronger contenders for long term financial success in this high growth global sector.
"MOOCs Platform for the Arab World. MOOCs in Arabic Language"
By leveraging edX’s technology and tapping the best of our regional talent and Arab diaspora, we’re proud that we will be launching a MOOCS platform for the Arab world - Edrak. Engaging,fresh, relevant and, most important, in Arabic, MOOCS will open up a world of possibility for intellectually hungry Arab youth.
"Mooc rival OERu puts accreditation on menu. MOOCs coursework to be assessed for academic credit by member institutions. Approx. $200 per module"
OERu will allow students to study courses from 31 institutions around the world for free online is to launch this week – and is billed as a more attractive option than massive open online courses.
Students who complete an Open Educational Resources University course will be able to pay a fee to have their work assessed for academic credit, which would then be recognized by all the universities participating in the OERu.
In theory, the students could approach any of the partner institutions with evidence of the credits they have amassed and apply for degrees. Open Educational Resources Foundation, the New Zealand-based organization is coordinating the development of OERu.
University of Southern Queensland has said that the cost to OERu users wishing to gain academic credit for a module on international relations would be A$200 (£120).
"European MOOC platforms could be offering a LARGE RANGE OF FOR-CREDIT COURSES WITHIN TWO YEARS. Europe has a big advantage over the U.S. because in the U.S., credit transfer is a nuisance"
The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) provides a legal basis for the creation of an online marketplace for academic credit that could be exploited by massive open online course providers, conference speakers have argued. Hannes Klöpper, managing director of the new German MOOC platform Iversity, unveiled a plan that he believed could lead to European platforms offering a large range of for-credit courses within two years.
As part of a pilot, Germany's University of Osnabrück and the Lübeck University of Applied Sciences have already agreed to offer ECTS points for their iversity MOOCs, provided that students can pass an "on-campus exam." Under Klöpper's plan, a corporate partner -- such as iversity -- would organize the teaching and assessment of MOOCs and would award ECTS points on behalf of partner universities.
"MOOCs and Public Libraries' Powerful Connection: Essential that digital libraries maintain a prominent public space for Local Collaboration.
The libraries of tomorrow might be digital, but too often going digital, like going green, simply means reducing costs and cutting public services. With more and more millennials enrolled in on-line courses, MOOCS, distance degree programs, and other higher education opportunities not tied to a university campus, the public library is a central site of learning and innovation. As the books slowly disappear, and the university campus becomes virtual, it is essential that digital libraries maintain a prominent public space for local collaboration.
"FUN: France Universite Numerique. France's National MOOC Platform"
http://www.gouvernement.fr/gouvernement/france-universite-numerique-la-premiere-plateforme-d-enseignements-en-ligne-est-lancee - A travers le projet France Université Numérique, c'est l'université de demain qui se dessine et l'influence de la France et de la francophonie qui se jouent. Etape importante : la première plateforme nationale de cours de fac gratuits en ligne est désormais opérationnelle.
"UK's University of Central Lancashire is to begin offering academic credit for MOOCs, regardless of which university developed course"
"UK's Edge Hill University to offer academic credit for Vampire Fiction MOOC"
http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/spooky-mooc-will-offer-degree-credits/2003651.article Those successfully completing the Mooc will be eligible for credit from the university, which will count towards the value of a degree if they decide to enroll at the institution. It is thought to be the first UK university to offer such credit for Mooc students, although universities in other countries, such as Germany’s Leuphana University of Lüneburg, have done so previously.
"Will MOOCs help you open career doors? Human Resources executives & Recruiters see it as a commitment to upgrading skills/knowledge"
Some people who have completed MOOCs say they’re including them on resumes and LinkedIn profiles.Human resources executives and recruiters tell me they aren’t seeing significant numbers of candidates touting the MOOCs they’ve completed. But those who have seen mentions of MOOCs say it’s an indication of commitment to upgrading skills and knowledge.
"JOB MARKET EMBRACES Massive Online Courses (MOOCs). Seeking Better-Trained Workers, AT&T, Google and Other Firms Help Design and Even Fund Web-Based College Classes"
Big employers such as AT&T Inc. T -0.73%and Google Inc. GOOG -0.20%are helping to design and fund the latest round of low-cost online courses, a development that providers say will open the door for students to earn inexpensive credentials with real value in the job market.
New niche certifications being offered by providers of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are aimed at satisfying employers' specific needs. Available at a fraction of the cost of a four-year degree, they represent the latest crack in the monopoly traditional universities have in credentialing higher education.
"Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing’s (JHUSON) is offering Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credits, at only a small cost, for those enrolled in its newest MOOCs"
One of the first Universities to do so, the JHUSON is offering Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credits, at only a small cost, for those enrolled in its newest Coursera MOOCs, “Global Tuberculosis (TB) Clinical Management and Research” and “Care of Elders with Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Major Neurocognitive Disorders.” CNE, through which nurses enhance their practice, education, and research, provides an opportunity for not only lifelong learning, but also professional development in pursuit of career goals.
It takes only a few quick steps to sign up for the CNE. While registering for the MOOC on TB, beginning September 30, or the MOOC on dementia, October 14, participants choose “Enroll in Signature Track.” At the cost of $39, participants receive an electronic “Verified Certificate” linking their name to their work and allowing them to share their success with educational institutions, employers, and such. Once enrolled in the Signature Track, students then have the option of registering for CNE contact hours at an additional $60 cost. The total cost - $99.
"MIT to offer Foundations of Computer Science Series in 7 MOOCs with Certificate for $700 on EdX"
http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/mit-will-offer-mooc-curricula-not-just-single-courses-on-edx/46715 - MITx, which offers its MOOCs on the EdX platform, will soon offer special certificates to students who completed a prescribed sequence of massive open online courses from MIT. The sequences will be called XSeries. MIT plans to offer its first XSeries sequence, Foundations of Computer Science, beginning this fall. The computer-science series will consist of seven courses that together “will cover content equivalent to two to four traditional residential courses and take between six months and two years to complete,”. The fee for a proctored final examination is roughly $100 per course, meaning students who aim to earn XSeries Certificates can expect to pay about $700 each. An XSeries certificate in computer science...should imply a broader understanding than a single MOOC certificate currently does.
"European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System(ECTS) credits for two ECTS-certified Iversity MOOCS..more to come"
https://iversity.org/blog/ects-credits-moocs-iversity/ - MOOC students on iversity: From now on, participants can obtain ECTS credits in two of Iversity courses, and more will follow. If you’re enrolled and pass the exam at the end of the course, the professors will issue a certificate that your home university will recognize all over Europe. In mid-October 2013, Prof. Marc Opresnik, from Lübeck University of Applied Sciences (FH Lübeck), will launch his course “Fundamentals of Marketing”. Prof. Oliver Vornberger, an e-learning and computer science expert at the University of Osnabrück, will be giving a lecture on “Algorithms and Data Structures” in the summer term 2014
Vertical MOOCs - The Vertical Segmentation Phase
www.moocs.co - While the major MOOC providers will continue to grow their inventory of MOOC courses, a new breed of MOOC provider/aggregator is starting to rise. Providers, for-profit & non-profit, that are rapidly moving to strategically grab the global online destination for specific vertical MOOC market segments. Whether segmenting by gender; age; geography; industry/subject (engineering; computer science; business; health, etc) and others, these new providers, will add significant "value-added" services, reviews, information and networking opportunities to their targeted audience segments (individuals/businesses/governments), but one critical long term global success factor in this space will be first-mover advantage. Aside from new startups, Vertical MOOCs providers/aggregators will include higher education institutions(non-profit & for-profit); corporations; non-profit global organizations, & others.
Rubber Hits The Road: Transfer Credits for MOOCs
More than a half-dozen institutions have made clear they will grant transfer credits to students who successfully complete certain MOOCs from low-cost online providers, mainly Coursera and Udacity..for the first time, the idea of saving money through a MOOC isn't theoretical, as some colleges have started to announce policies on awarding credit and charging tuition. In theory, any institution that grants transfer credit can be granting transfer credit for MOOCs, but it's not clear yet how many are.
University of Maryland University College (UMUC) creates pathway for students to earn academic credit thru MOOCs
The university announced that it will award credit for demonstrated learning from six MOOCs offered by Coursera and Udacity that cover introductory math and science. Students will have to demonstrate their competency of material through standardized exams taken in a test center. MOOCs are online courses that started becoming popular more than a year ago to allow more students to sample elite college courses. Public higher education systems have been incorporating them into their systems. UMUC has an enrollment of 93,000. It is 1 of the nation's largest public providers of online higher education.
Degreed - Scoring your MOOCs Skills & lifelong education
http://www.alleywatch.com/2013/07/degreed-the-hottest-edtech-startup-in-nyc-today/ - San Francisco-based Degreed wants to rethink what it means to earn credit. It is a free service that scores your lifelong education from both accredited and non-accredited sources. Degreed allows users to track inputs such as degrees, courses, MOOCs, events, books, articles, and videos in a fun and informative way. They are currently working on helping users to know what they need to learn next to acquire skills, formal degrees, or non-accredited degree equivalents. More information on their site Degreed.com.
Two Australian Universities Offer MOOCs for Credit for a Fee
Two Australian universities announced this week that they would offer assessment and credit of specific otherwise free, open online courses for a fee: $495 - 816. Deakin University(Humanitarian Emergencies MOOC) and La Trobe University (Ancient Rome MOOC).
EDsourcing(tm) & EDUsourcing(tm)
www.MOOCs.co - The "Outsourcing" of public Online Education thru public-private partneships, MOOCs, foreign corporations/service houses, and other providers. From content creation to funding/investments to faculty/TAs to marketing to enrollment to student services, etc.
GEORGIA TECH ANNOUNCES MASSIVE ONLINE (MOOC) MASTER'S DEGREE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
The Georgia Institute of Technology College of Computing announced today that it will offer the first professional Online Master of Science degree in computer science (OMS CS) that can be earned completely through the "massive online" format. The degree will be provided in collaboration with online education leader Udacity Inc. and AT&T.
All OMS CS course content will be delivered via the massive open online course (MOOC) format, with enhanced support services for students enrolled in the degree program. Those students also will pay a fraction of the cost of traditional on-campus master's programs; total tuition for the program is initially expected to be below $7,000. A pilot program, partly supported by a generous gift from AT&T, will begin in the next academic year. Initial enrollment will be limited to a few hundred students recruited from AT&T and Georgia Tech corporate affiliates. Enrollment is expected to expand gradually over the next three years.
While courses related to the OMS CS will be available free of charge on the Udacity site, only those students granted admission to Georgia Tech will receive credit. Degree-seeking students will pay tuition based either on individual courses or the entire degree program. Georgia Tech and Udacity also will develop a separate credential for those students who successfully complete courses but do not qualify for full graduate standing.
The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the world's premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities, the Institute enrolls 21,500 students within its six colleges. Georgia Tech College of Computing - graduate program ranked 10th nationally by U.S. News and World Report. http://http://www.cc.gatech.edu/.
MICROSOFT RESEARCH INDIA's MOOC-Like Experiment to Offer Internships to Top 10 Students
Microsoft Research India hs rolled out a pilot project with Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) for a MOOC-like experiment blending online education with classroom learning. As part of its Massively Empowered Classroom project, Microsoft Research is offering free online certification on algorithm, design and analysis (ADA) for engineering students
Top ten students will get an opportunity to intern at Microsoft Research besides getting a certification from them.
College Degree, No Class Time Required. University of Wisconsin to Offer a Bachelor's to Students Who Take Online Competency Tests About What They Know http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323301104578255992379228564.html?mod=ITP_pageone_1
Wisconsin officials tout the UW Flexible Option as the first to offer multiple, competency-based bachelor's degrees from a public university system. Officials encourage students to complete their education independently through online courses - MOOCs. No classroom time is required under the Wisconsin program except for clinical or practicum work for certain degrees.
COULD GLOBAL CORPORATIONS W/LARGE EMPLOYEE EDUCATION PROGRAMS SPEED UP MOOCS' COLLEGE CREDIT APPROVALS, AND JOB PLACEMENTS? (www.AboutEdu.org)
Companies like United Technologies - Under its Employee Scholar Program, UTC pays the cost of tuition and books for college courses for any employee of the corporation worldwide. Employees who graduate receive a stock award. Under the new extension, laid off UTC employees will be eligible to participate in the program and enjoy the benefits for one year after leaving the company. UTC currently has more than 12,000 employees pursuing continuing education through the Employee Scholar Program. Any of UTC's 145,000 full- and part- time employees worldwide may participate. UTC pays tuition, fees and books for employees who attend accredited learning institutions. UTC also gives employees paid time off, up to three hours a week, to attend class or study. Employees can take any course and pursue any degree, regardless of whether it is directly related to their jobs. UTC also rewards employees who obtain degrees through the program. UTC's U.S. workers who participate in the program and who are awarded a bachelor's degree or higher currently receive 200 shares of UTC common stock. Program participants who obtain an associate's degree receive 100 shares of stock, and an additional 100 shares if they subsequently proceed to obtain their bachelor's degree. International employees receive a proportional stock award based on their pay. Benefits will be extended for one year after the last day of employment at UTC. Employees who are awarded degrees under the extension will also be eligible for the graduation award.
LARGEST MOOCS PROVIDER LAUNCHES CAREER SERVICES FOR ITS STUDENTS
Coursera, the largest platform for massive open online courses (MOOCs), on Tuesday announced Coursera Career Services, a match-making tool aimed at connecting its most talented students to companies that are looking to hire. The company will offer its students the chance to opt in to a database that employers can then browse in search of job candidates.
EdX MOOCS TO COMMUNITY COLLEGES
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – November 19, 2012 –edX, founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), today announced an innovative blended massive open online course (MOOC) offering at Bunker Hill and MassBay Community Colleges, the first community colleges to work with edX to bring a new teaching model to the classroom. Through this public/private initiative, community colleges will benefit from edX’s platform, connecting students with leading MOOC professors from around the world.
COLLEGE CREDIT EYED FOR MOOCS by the American Council on Education
The American Council on Education, the leading umbrella group for higher education, and Coursera, a Silicon Valley MOOC provider, announced a pilot project to determine whether some free online courses are similar enough to traditional college courses that they should be eligible for credit. The council’s credit evaluation process will begin early next year, using faculty teams to begin to assess how much students who successfully complete Coursera MOOCs have learned.
MOOC-ing the College Cartel
11/30/2012 - The American Council on Education will review some free online courses offered by elite universities through Coursera and may recommend that other colleges accept credit for them.
In addition, Southern New Hampshire University’s accreditor has approved its new competency-based associate degree, which is based on students’ knowledge rather than time in class. Students will pay no more than $2,500 a year. Northern Arizona University and the University of Wisconsin system also are developing competency-based degrees.
UW’s Flexible Option will let adult students “earn college credit by demonstrating knowledge they have acquired through coursework, military training, on-the-job training, and other learning experiences.”
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM PLANS TO OFFER DEGREE CREDITS FOR MOOCS
The University of Texas system plans to offer degree credits for courses completed through the edX online-learning platform and charge for such courses - offering a potential new direction in the delivery of massive open online courses (Moocs).
The move would make the confederation of nine universities and six health institutions the first to charge for courses delivered through the edX platform.
Antioch University(Non-Profit) to Offer Credit for MOOC Learning Through Coursera http://www.antioch.edu/antioch-announcement/antioch-university-becomes-first-us-institution-to-offer-credit-for-mooc-learning-through-coursera/
COLLEGE MAY NEVER BE THE SAME - UC Berkeley considering MOOCs transfer credits for community college students
Some schools are looking for ways to integrate MOOCs into their existing programs. The University of California-Berkeley, which this summer joined edX, is considering a plan by which state community college students who enroll in its MOOCs might earn transfer credits, Chancellor Robert Birgeneau said.
COLORADO STATE TO OFFER CREDITS FOR MOOCS
Colorado State University's Global Campus, an independent campus that is part of the Colorado State University system, said it would give three transfer credits to students who complete Introduction to Computer Science: Building a Search Engine, a free course offered by Udacity, and take a proctored test. While the Global Campus is apparently the first American institution to offer credit for a Udacity MOOC, several European universities have already done so.
Colorado State University's Global Campus, an independent campus that is part of the Colorado State University system, said it would give three transfer credits to students who complete Introduction to Computer Science: Building a Search Engine, a free course offered by Udacity, and take a proctored test. While the Global Campus is apparently the first American institution to offer credit for a Udacity MOOC, several European universities have already done so.
Also on Thursday, edX, the Harvard-M.I.T. online collaboration, announced that students in its MOOCs would be able to take proctored final exams at Pearson VUE's brick-and-mortar testing centers around the world, where their identity can be verified.
CREDITWORTHY IN THE KEYSTONE STATE - PENNSYLVANIA
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/08/23/pas-public-universities-open-doors-prior-learning-credits Credits for MOOCS? The system (Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education) held lengthy discussions about whether it should grant credit for MOOCs, according to Cavanaugh. CAEL has predicted that many students will seek credit for MOOCs, and the council plans to include those courses in credit recommendations if students can demonstrate that they have received college-level learning. Eventually the system decided it was on board, as long as MOOC credit submissions receive the Learning Counts stamp. “We fully expect to see people putting them in the portfolios,” says Cavanaugh.
MAKING IT COUNT - A potential existing credit pathway for MOOCs http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/06/15/earning-college-credit-moocs-through-prior-learning-assessment Massively open online courses, or MOOCs, are not credit-bearing. But a pathway to college credit for the courses already exists -- one that experts say many students may soon take.
That scenario combines the courses with prior learning assessment -- a less-hyped potential “disruption” to traditional higher education -- which is the granting of credit for college-level learning gained outside the traditional academic setting.
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