If you are used to the web, you will undoubtedly know what the term MOOC means.
MOOC stands for massive open online courses; in other words, “massive open online course.” Indeed, it has been three years since these platforms exploded their number of visits and had an enormous impact on society. Several outlets have emerged so far. Here is our selection of the best of them:
1. Khan Academy
The Khan Academy ( Khan Academy ) is a non-profit association founded in 2006 by Salman Khan. On the principle of “providing high-quality education for everyone everywhere,” the website publishes a free set of over 2,200 mini-lessons online and via video tutorials stored on YouTube. Online video tutorials cover math, computer science, history, finance, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, pictorial art, and economics.
The rise of this site begins with an artificial intelligence course taught at the Stanford site by Sebastien Thurn, who is a professor of robotics. The system attracts 160,000 students, while around 10,000 were expected. Following this success, Sebastian Thrun gave up his professorship at Stanford and founded Udacity in February 2012. In a short time, the platform offered fifteen courses, mostly focused on programming, algorithms, and the Internet, but there are also courses in physics, statistics, and entrepreneurship. The platform exceeded 400,000 registrants in October 2012. Following the immediate success of Udacity, MOOC creations will multiply rapidly.
From one of its online course sharing projects, MITx partners with Harvard to form the edX platform.
EDX is a non-profit association, whose code is free (Open Source). The desire not to leave the monopoly of online education to private institutions is one reason for the creation of edX. Berkeley joins the consortium, followed by the nine universities of the University of Texas Systems, and announcements of partnerships are increasing. More than two hundred international institutions have expressed their interest in collaborating with the platform. The number of registered Internet users, close to 400,000, was notably lower than Coursera at the end of 2012.
Coursera has a lot in common with Udacity. Founders Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller are professors of artificial intelligence at Stanford, and decide to follow Sebastian Thrun’s example by putting on Coursera an artificial intelligence course previously given on the university’s site.
The strategy adopted by Coursera differs considerably from that adopted by Udacity. While Udacity focuses on a few courses and produces its content, Coursera does not create its terms. From its inception, forged partnerships with universities in the United States then extended abroad. The platform had set up twelve blocks. Then the number rose to thirty-three. Most of the universities are still attached to the Anglo-Saxon environment.
Coursera welcomes courses from all disciplines: human sciences (philosophy, arts, literature) and hard sciences (mathematics, physics, biology, etc. ). There are thus courses in history, sociology, philosophy, musical creation, songwriting, and poetry. More than two million Internet users have registered for at least one time.
5. Microsoft Virtual Academy
Successful technicians never stop learning, and significant technologies never stop evolving. Microsoft Virtual Academy (or MVA) offers online Microsoft training, led by experts, to support technicians in their learning through hundreds of courses in 11 different languages. Their mission is to help developers, knowledgeable IT professionals, and advanced students keep abreast of the latest technologies, acquire skills and grow in their professions.
OpenClassrooms (formerly the Site du Zéro ), is a website that offers tutorials on computing and science and MOOCs. Online courses, whether written by the site team or its members, generally require little prior knowledge.
Kezakoo is a 100% Moroccan collaborative e-learning platform, containing courses in video format to help pupils and students learn. The platform offers courses for primary, college, high school, and preparatory classes.
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