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MOOC Platform League Table - 2017

MOOC platforms offer MOOCs which stands for Massive Open Online Courses. A MOOC is a free educational course which is delivered online and is open to anyone wishing to enrol. MOOCs are often delivered by renowned professors from famous universities and typically feature a blend of video content, quizzes, discussion boards, downloadable readings, and peer-to-peer assessment of learning. The goal of MOOCs is to reach a much larger audience than traditional courses can accommodate. Often, MOOCs offer Certificates for a fee which are awarded on successful completion of a course, and in some cases transferable college credit. Some MOOC platforms also offer skill-based courses, some of which are paid.


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Rank 2017PlatformNº Courses
Maximum score: 5
Weight factor: 5%

Quantity of courses offered:

1 = less than 30 courses
2 = 30 to 49 courses
3 = 50 to 99 courses
4 = 100 to 500 courses
5 = more than 500
Partner Institutions
Maximum score: 5
Weight factor: 15%

Quality & standing of the partner institutions providing the courses:

1 = Very poor
2 = Poor
3 = OK
4 = Good
5 = Excellent
Certificates
Maximum score: 2
Weight factor: 15%

Type of certificate offered:

0 = None
1 = Non-verified
2 = Verified
Pathways
Maximum score: 1
Weight factor: 15%

Learning pathways made up of a series of related courses:

0 = No
1 = Yes
College Credit
Maximum score: 1
Weight factor: 15%

Availability of transferable college credit on some courses:

0 = No
1 = Yes
Degree
Maximum score: 1
Weight factor: 15%

Availability of accredited university degree programs

0 = No
1 = Yes
Social Tools & Features
Maximum score: 5
Weight factor: 10%

Provision & quality of tools & features to facilitate social interaction with peers and staff (user profiles, forums etc):

1 = Very poor
2 = Poor
3 = OK
4 = Good
5 = Excellent
Interface usability
Weight factor: 10%

Quality of the interface & ease of navigation around the site:

1 = Very poor
2 = Poor
3 = OK
4 = Good
5 = Excellent
Overall
Maximum score: 5
Weighted average of all the ratings
1Coursera
Best for:Higher Education students, Professionals, General interest
Subjects: Sciences, Technology, Arts & Humanities, IT, Social Sciences, Business, Education
Type of learning: Academic & skill-based courses
Course type: Free. Scheduled & self-paced courses. Specialization courses.
Languages: Courses in multiple languages
Certification: Yes
Learning pathways: Yes
Degrees Yes
Mobile Apps iOS & Android
5/55/52/21/11/11/14/55/54.90
1edX
Best for: High School students, Higher Education students, Professional, General interest
Subjects: Sciences, Technology, Arts & Humanities, IT, Social Sciences, Business, Education
Type of learning: Academic & professional education courses
Course type: Free & Paid. Scheduled & self-paced courses.
Languages: Most courses are offered in English
Certification: Yes
Learning pathways: Yes
College Credit Yes
Degrees: No
Mobile Apps: iOS & Android
5/55/52/21/11/11/14/55/54.90
2FutureLearn
Best for: Higher Education students, Professionals, General interest
Subjects: Arts & Humanities, Sciences, Technology, Social Sciences, Education, Business
Type of learning: Academic & Professional
Course type: Free scheduled courses
Languages: English
Certification: Yes (non verified)
Learning pathways: Yes
College Credit: Yes
Degrees: Yes
Mobile Apps: No, but the platform is designed to work on smartphones, tablets and desktop computers
4/55/51/21/11/11/14/54/54.38
3Udacity
Best for: Professionals
Subjects: Web Development & Data Science
Type of learning: Skill-based
Course type: Free & Paid Self-paced courses
Languages: English. Some courses have subtitles in other languages, including Spanish, Chinese, French, and Portuguese.
Certification: Yes
Learning pathways: Yes
College Credit: No
Degrees: Yes
Mobile Apps: iOS and Android
4/55/52/21/10/11/14/55/54.10
4Saylor Academy
Best for: K-12 Students, Higher Education Students, Professionals
Subjects: Arts & Humanities, Sciences, Technology, Social Sciences, Business, K-12 content Type of learning: Academic, skill-based
Course type: Free self-paced courses
Languages: English Certification: Yes
Learning pathways: Yes
College Credit: Yes
Degrees: Yes
Mobile Apps: Courseware available on iTunes U
4/54/51/21/11/11/12/54/54.03
5iversity
Best for: Higher Education Students
Subjects: Arts & Humanities, Sciences, Technology, Social Sciences, Business
Type of learning: Academic
Course type: Free & paid scheduled courses
Languages: English and German. Some courses offer subtitles
Certification: Yes, including ECTS Credits
Learning pathways: Yes
College Credit: Yes
Degrees: No
Mobile Apps: No
2/54/52/21/11/10/14/54/53.75
6Big Data University
Best for: Professionals
Subjects: Data Science
Type of learning: Skill based
Course type: Free mostly self-paced courses
Languages: English, Japanese, Spanish,Russian, Portuguese, Mandarin
Certification: Badges
Learning pathways: Yes
College Credit: No
Degrees: No
Mobile Apps: No
3/55/51/21/10/10/14/54/52.83
7Open2Study
Best for: Professionals, General interest
Subjects: Arts & Humanities, Business, Education & Training, Finance, Health & Medicine, Management, Science & Technology
Type of learning: Skill based
Course type: Free mostly scheduled courses
Languages: English
Certification: Certificate of Completion (non verified)
Learning pathways: No
College Credit: No
Degrees: Yes
Mobile Apps: No
3/54/51/20/10/11/14/54/52.68
8NovoEd
Best for: Higher education students, Business professionals
Subjects: Focus on Business, Finance, & Entrepreneurship + other courses in Education, Arts & Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences
Type of learning: Academic, Professional
Course type: Free & Paid scheduled courses
Languages: English
Certification: None
Learning pathways: No
College Credit: No
Degrees: No
Mobile Apps: No
2/55/51/20/10/10/15/55/52.23
9Janux
Best for: Higher Education Students, General interest Subjects: Courses have covered computer science, history, political science, chemistry, education and earth and energy
Type of learning: Academic, General interest
Course type: Scheduled free (non-credit) & paid courses (with credit)
Languages: English
Certification: Credit on paid courses
Learning pathways: No
College Credit: Yes
Degrees: Yes
Mobile Apps: iOS
1/53/50/20/11/10/14/52/51.85
10Canvas Network
Best for: High School students, Higher Education Students
Subjects: Arts & Humanities, Business, Education & Training, Health & Medicine, Management, Science & Technology
Type of learning: Academic
Course type: Free scheduled & self-paced courses
Languages: Mostly English (+ French, Spanish & Portuguese)
Certification: Certification is dependent on the institution providing the course
Learning pathways: No
College Credit: No
Degrees: Yes
Mobile Apps: iOS & Android
4/53/51/20/10/10/12/53/51.53

Please note that the results of the 2017 MOOC Platform League Table should not be compared to those featured in the 2016 League table due to a change in the parameters used.

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