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MOOCs – Courses on the Internet

Online seminars could revolutionize education, and many universities are currently experimenting with different models for using them. Here you will find the most important information about them.

Known as Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs for short, this form of e-learning has become a popular alternative to on-site classes in the last few years. One major advantage that a MOOC has over more classical forms of classroom education is that the number of participants is theoretically unlimited. Anyone who has an Internet connection can take part.

MOOCs combine traditional forms of knowledge transmission such as lectures with the multimedia opportunities provided by powerful new online tools. That creates a virtual global classroom that allows teachers and students to communicate and interact with one another.

Here’s a current short-list of some of the most popular MOOC sites out there.


International providers:

Courcera


A leading commercial MOOC platform based in the US

Udacity


A commercial platform based in the US that offers courses primarily in the area of IT

edX


A cooperative open e-learning platform set up by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University


German providers:

Leuphana University Lüneburg


Leuphana Digital School

Technical University of Munich


MOOCs at TUM

Hasso Plattner Institute for Software Systems Technology, Potsdam


Social Platform for Interactive Online Courses in Information Technology

Iversity


A platform that provides 20 free online classes, including one on storytelling


Open-source platforms:

– An open-source software platform set up by edX and Google


Open edX doesn’t produce content or classes itself, but does offer free software to people who want to do so

OpenMOOC


A MOOC platform developed in Spain


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