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A Comprehensive Guide to MOOC Providers

A Comprehensive Guide to MOOC Providers


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There are over 120 MOOC providers worldwide, from businesses or bloggers providing single classes, to multi-university networks serving up thousands of courses. Because you probably already have an idea of what you’re looking for in a MOOC, we’ve broken this vast array of programs down into smaller categories. We’ve also included profiles for all 120+ MOOC providers, answering the following questions:

  • How many courses are offered?
  • Is there a core focus the MOOC provider centers around?
  • May courses be taken for credit, or transferred for credit at another institution?
  • Are there any program costs?
  • Are certificates offered?
  • Are there any special features of the MOOC provider?

By category

Largest MOOC Providers (6)

Udemy:

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  • Courses: 22,000+
  • Focus: Comprehensive
  • For credit? No
  • Program costs: Free to $299+
  • Certification? Yes
  • Special features: Mobile App, Udemy for Business, 40+ languages

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Coursera

Photo: iapps.im
  • Courses: 800+
  • Focus: Comprehensive
  • For credit? Some courses
  • Program costs: $30-$90
  • Certification? Yes
  • Special features:Peer assessments, blended learning, focus on mastery learning

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Canvas Network

Photo: TechCrunch
  • Courses:200+
  • Focus: Comprehensive
  • For credit? No
  • Program costs: Free
  • Certification? For some courses
  • Special features: Canvas Network delivery system, top university partners

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Edx

Photo: edX
  • Courses: 200+
  • For credit? Depending on your institution
  • Focus:Comprehensive
  • Program costs:Small certification fees
  • Certification? Yes
  • Special features: AP Exam Prep, Certificates for Paths, Professional Education, Verified Certification

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Udacity

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  • Courses:50+
  • For credit? Some courses
  • Focus: Computer Science/Development/Data Science
  • Program costs: Free to $200 a month
  • Certification? Yes
  • Special features: Nanodegrees, project-based learning,Udacity for organizations, courses by industry leaders, personal coaching, code review

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Khan Academy

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  • Courses: 4000+ videos
  • For credit? No
  • Focus: Comprehensive
  • Program costs: Free
  • Certification? No
  • Special features: Coaching, Content Specialists, Test Prep, smaller bite-sized videos

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US MOOC Providers (42)

+Acumen

  • Courses: 14
  • For credit? No
  • Focus: Moral Imagination/Operational Skills/Financial Skills
  • Program costs: Free
  • Certification? No
  • Special features: Take courses in groups, provided on the NOvoEd platform

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Academic Earth

  • Courses: 680+
  • For credit? No
  • Focus: Comprehensive
  • Program costs: Free
  • Certification? No
  • Special features: Top University Partners, Downloadable Lectures

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Amplify MOOC

  • Courses: 1
  • For credit? Yes
  • Focus: AP Computer Science
  • Program costs: Free
  • Certification? No
  • Special features: Professional Learning, Non-higher ed services, Test Prep

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Blackboard-Open Education

  • Courses: 90+
  • For credit? No
  • Focus: Comprehensive
  • Program costs: Free
  • Certification? No
  • Special features: Mobile Learning, Synchronous Courses, Social Learning, Course Publishing Services, Top University Partners

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C++ Institute

  • Courses: Beginner, intermediate, and expert level certification programs
  • For credit? No
  • Focus: C++ Training
  • Program costs: Free
  • Certification? Yes
  • Special features: Test Preparation, Multiple Certificates, Some Selective Programs

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Canvas Network

  • Courses:200+
  • Focus: Comprehensive
  • For credit? No
  • Program costs: Free
  • Certification? For some courses
  • Special features: Canvas Network delivery system, top university partners

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Carnegie Mellon University -Open Learning Initiative

  • Courses: 28
  • Focus: Comprehensive
  • For credit? No
  • Program costs: Free
  • Certification? No
  • Special features: Top University Course Material

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Complexity Explorer

  • Courses: 6
  • Focus: Complex Systems Science
  • For credit? No
  • Program costs: Free
  • Certification? No
  • Special features: Large number of related resources, citations, papers

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EdCast

  • Courses: Unknown
  • Focus: A platform to enable multi-university MOOC efforts
  • For credit? N/A
  • Program costs:N/A
  • Certification?N/A
  • Special features: Corporate Education, Social Course Collaboration, Course Monetization

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Edx

  • Courses: 200+
  • For credit? Depending on your institution
  • Focus:Comprehensive
  • Program costs:Small certification fees
  • Certification? Yes
  • Special features: AP Exam Prep, Certificates for Paths, Professional Education, Verified Certification

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Fort Hays State University

  • Courses: 1
  • Focus: Social Entrepreneurship
  • For credit? No
  • Program costs: Free
  • Certification? No
  • Special features: Blackboard delivery system, Testing, Badge upon completion

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Georgia Tech

  • Courses: Entire Masters in CS Degree
  • Focus: Computer Science
  • For credit? Yes
  • Program costs: Free to $134 per credit hour
  • Certification? No
  • Special features: Made with AT&T and Udacity, Can obtain a Masters, Top University

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Instreamia

  • Courses: 5
  • Focus: Language/Language Instruction
  • For credit? No
  • Program costs: Free
  • Certification? No
  • Special features: Multiple level language courses

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Janux

  • Courses: 21
  • Focus: Comprehensive
  • For credit? Some Courses
  • Program costs: Free-$500
  • Certification? No
  • Special features: Rich multimedia content, social learning tools, Content from OU and History Channel

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Kennesaw State University MOOC

  • Courses: 1
  • Focus: K-12 Blended & Online Learning
  • For credit? Yes
  • Program costs: Free
  • Certification? Professional Learning Units
  • Special features: A free and flexible program that offers professional learning units

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Khan Academy

  • Courses: 4000+ videos
  • For credit? No
  • Focus: Comprehensive
  • Program costs: Free
  • Certification? No
  • Special features: Coaching, Content Specialists, Test Prep, smaller bite-sized videos

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LUXVERA

  • Courses: 6
  • Focus: Comprehensive
  • For credit? No
  • Program costs: Free
  • Certification? No
  • Special features: Christian-Centered

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Marginal Revolution University

  • Courses: 12
  • For credit? No
  • Focus: Economics
  • Program costs: Free
  • Certification? No
  • Special features: Social Components, Several levels of Economics Courses

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Marist College FOLD

  • Courses: 4
  • For credit? No
  • Focus: Fashion Industry/Design
  • Program costs: Free
  • Certification? No
  • Special features: Social Interactions, Global Trend spotting Street Reports, Works with Top Fashion Professionals

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MITOpenCourseWare

  • Courses:3800+
  • For credit?No
  • Focus: Comprehensive
  • Program costs: Free
  • Certification? No
  • Special features: Graduate and Undergraduate Level Courses, Top University Instructions, Incredibly Comprehensive

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MongoDB

  • Courses: 6
  • For credit? No
  • Focus: MongoDB
  • Program costs: Free
  • Certification? Yes
  • Special features: Powered by OpenEdX, Test Prep, Continuing Education, Private and Public Training Available

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MOOC on Philanthropy

  • Courses: 1
  • For credit? No
  • Focus: Philanthropy
  • Program costs: Free
  • Certification? No
  • Special features: Speakers such as Warren Buffet, Apply for a Grant to Fund Giving

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MOOC-ed

  • Courses: 8
  • For credit? No
  • Focus: Teaching
  • Program costs: Free
  • Certification? Yes
  • Special features: Project-based, For Professional Educators

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MOOC.org

  • Courses: A Platform For Individuals, Businesses, and Universities, to Host, Build, and Share Courses Through.
  • For credit? N/A
  • Focus:N/A
  • Program costs:N/A
  • Certification?N/A
  • Special features: An edX destination, made through an edX and Google partnership

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SchoolKeep

  • Courses: A Platform for Creating, Marketing, and Hosting Your Online Courses
  • For credit? N/A
  • Focus: N/A
  • Program costs: N/A
  • Certification? N/A
  • Special features: Help with school websites, course building, ecommerce, and student experience

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Soundviewpro.com

  • Courses: 100+
  • For credit? No
  • Focus: Business/Marketing/Tech
  • Program costs: Free-$24.99
  • Certification? Yes
  • Special features: Mobile optimized, Testing, Organizational Training

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Nations University

  • Courses: Unknown
  • Focus: Christian-Centered, General Studies
  • For credit? No
  • Program costs: One time $25 fee
  • Certification? No
  • Special features: Christian-Centered

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NovoED

  • Courses: 55+
  • For credit? No
  • Focus: General/Entrepreneurship
  • Program costs: Free-$999.99
  • Certification? Yes
  • Special features: Team-Based Learning, Collaboration, Social Network

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OPENSAP

  • Courses: 20+
  • For credit? No
  • Focus: SAP
  • Program costs: Free
  • Certification? Yes
  • Special features: Mobile optimized, social, graded assignments, final exam

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P2PU

  • Courses: 100+
  • For credit? No
  • Focus: General
  • Program costs: N/A
  • Certification? N/A
  • Special features: Platform for social course creation.

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Phoenix College

  • Courses: 10
  • For credit? No
  • Focus: Math
  • Program costs: Free
  • Certification? No
  • Special features: Professorial feedback, social platform, testing

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Poyneter’s News University

  • Courses: 300+
  • For credit? No
  • Focus: Journalism
  • Program costs: Free-$449.00
  • Certification?Yes
  • Special features: Masters classes, Webinars, Course Packages, Multi Language

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Saylor.org

  • Courses: 300+
  • For credit? Yes
  • Focus: Comprehensive
  • Program costs: Free
  • Certification? Yes
  • Special features: Undergraduate style “majors”, Many Course Levels

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Stanford University

  • Courses: 300+
  • For credit? No
  • Focus: Comprehensive
  • Program costs:Free
  • Certification? No
  • Special features: Top University, Core OpenEdX Collaborator, High School Classes, Variety of Mediums

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The Writing University

  • Courses: 3
  • For credit? No
  • Focus: Creative Writing
  • Program costs: Free
  • Certification? No
  • Special features: Top University, Courses by top authors

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Think CERCA

  • Courses: Lessons for 4-12th graders
  • For credit? Yes, primary and secondary school
  • Focus: College and Career Readiness
  • Program costs: Free
  • Certification? No
  • Special features: Supplementary material, innovative online profiles, district-wide offerings

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Udacity

  • Courses:50+
  • For credit? Some courses
  • Focus: Computer Science/Development/Data Science
  • Program costs: Free to $200 a month
  • Certification? Yes
  • Special features: Nanodegrees, project-based learning,Udacity for organizations, courses by industry leaders, personal coaching, code review

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Udemy:

  • Courses: 22,000+
  • Focus: Comprehensive
  • For credit? No
  • Program costs: Free to $299+
  • Certification? Yes
  • Special features: Mobile App, Udemy for Business, 40+ languages

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University of California – Irvine: OpenCourseWare

  • Courses: 70+
  • Focus: Comprehensive
  • For credit? Some Courses
  • Program costs: Free
  • Certification? No
  • Special features: Expansive Chemistry Offerings, Test Prep

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World Education University

  • Courses: 55+, many more to come
  • Focus: Comprehensive
  • For credit? Yes
  • Program costs: Free
  • Certification? Yes
  • Special features: Competency-Based Curriculum, Accelerated Learning, Graduate Level Courses, In the process of accreditation, Prep Academy

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Yale Open Courses

  • Courses: 40+
  • Focus: Comprehensive
  • For credit? No
  • Program costs: Free
  • Certification? No
  • Special features: Top University

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Check back soon for the following sections:

International MOOC Providers (75)

MOOCs provided by Traditional Universities (32)

Non-Higher Ed MOOCs (3)

Christian MOOCs (2)