January 27, 2016

The State of MOOCs

Recently, I’ve been enrolling in MOOCs and doing some research into how they are doing. If you’re not familiar with them, Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) are courses developed by Universities and made available for free, online. There are several MOOC providers — FutureLearn, Coursera and EdX are two of the main ones, where you can view and sign up for MOOCs.

There are several¬†benefits to Universities in developing MOOCs. MOOCs are the greatest marketing opportunity that Universities have ever had. They raise the profile of the University and its faculty, giving potential students and the wider public a taste of what you can do. MOOC enrolment can be in the thousands – so it’s a great way to get publicity for Universities.

Some MOOC providers are now offering the option of receiving a certificate once you have completed the course. This is beneficial for students because they will have a record of their work that they can add to their LinkedIn profile and CV. It’s also good for Universities, as it makes it possible to raise some funds by offering MOOCs.

I created the Infographic above to give myself a quick reference on the state of MOOCs. I recently did a presentation on the State of MOOCs which you can view on Prezi.

Thanks to the following people and websites for providing the data:

Katy Jordan

Class Central

Derek Bruff 

The Financial Times 

Online Course Report