According to wikipedia, a massive open online course (MOOC) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community for the students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs).

MOOCs are a recent development in distance education. Α list of the more popular MOOC options available:

1. Udacity – This MOOC option has decided to work with individual professors rather than educational institutions. As such, it has attracted a wide range of well known scholars.

2. Udemy – The company encourages their instructors to charge a small fee for their courses, and the revenue is split between the instructor and the company. Note however, that sometimes the “small” fee isn’t so small.

3. Canvas – For Canvas, schools pay instructors to offer their MOOCs and to market them to prospective students.

4. Coursera – Probably the most well-known, the company’s business model is to sign contracts with colleges that agree to use the platform to offer free courses and to get a percentage of any revenues generated.

5. Khan Academy – This option began in 2006 as an online library of instructor videos that Mr. Khan made for his family. Today, it has since evolved and now hosts more than 3,000 (with backing from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) videos on YouTube.

6. edX – Leaders of this group say they intend to slwoly add other university partners over time. edX has plans to give away their software platform so that anyone can create their own MOOC.

Sources: WikipediaLearnDash

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