MOOC Platform League Table - 2018

MOOC platforms offer MOOCs which stands for Massive Open Online Courses. A MOOC is an 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. Typically, MOOCs are free although MOOC platforms are increasingly using a paid track to generate income. In these cases, there is usually an "Audit" option allowing users to gain free access to the course content although this doesn't usually include graded assignments or course certificates. In some cases, MOOCs may grant transferable college credit or lead to an accredited degree.

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Rank 2018PlatformNÂș 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: Short video lectures, interactive quizzes, peer graded assessments.
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: Interactive videos, quizzes and assignments
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:Video, audio and reading material, with short quizzes and assignments
Languages: English
Certification: Yes
Learning pathways: Yes
College Credit: Yes
Degrees: Yes
Mobile Apps: No, but the platform is designed to work on smartphones, tablets and desktop computers
4/55/52/21/11/11/14/55/54.85
3Saylor 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: Webpages, videos, downloadable documents, assignments & quizzes
Languages: English Certification: Yes
Learning pathways: Yes
College Credit: Yes
Degrees: Yes
Mobile Apps: Courseware available on iTunes U
4/54/51/21/11/11/13/54/54.13
4Udacity
Best for: Professionals
Subjects: Web Development & Data Science
Type of learning: Skill-based
Course type: Interactive videos, quizzes and exercises and interviews with instructors and industry experts
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
5iversity
Best for: Higher Education Students
Subjects: Arts & Humanities, Sciences, Technology, Social Sciences, Business
Type of learning: Academic
Course type: Lecture videos, discussion forums & quizzes
Languages: English and German. Some courses offer subtitles
Certification: Yes, including ECTS Credits
Learning pathways: Yes
College Credit: Yes
Degrees: No
Mobile Apps: No
3/54/52/21/11/10/14/54/53.80
6OpenLearning
Best for: High School students, Higher Education Students, Professionals, Educators
Subjects: Arts, Humanities, Technology, Science, Business, Languages, Sport
Type of learning: Academic
Course type: Mixed-media & interactive
Languages: English, Malay
Certification: Course Certificates, Nationally recognised qualifications
Learning pathways: Certificate tracks
College Credit: Nationally recognised qualifications
Degrees: No
Mobile Apps: No
5/53/51/21/11/10/14/53/53.28
7FUN-MOOC
Best for: Higher Education Students, Professionals, General Interest
Subjects: Arts, Humanities, Technology, Science, Business, Languages, Sport
Type of learning: Academic & Skill-based
Course type: Video, practice tests and quizzes and/or a final peer-graded assessment
Languages: French, English and German
Certification: Statement of Participation, Verified Certificate
Learning pathways: No
College Credit: Yes
Degrees: No
Mobile Apps: No
4/55/52/20/11/10/14/54/53.25
8Open2Study
Best for: Professionals, General interest
Subjects: Arts & Humanities, Business, Education & Training, Finance, Health & Medicine, Management, Science & Technology
Type of learning: Skill based
Course type: Videos, further readings, assessments, quizzes & transcripts
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
8OpenUpEd
Best for: Higher education students
Subjects: Maths, Economics, Technology, Humanities, Social Sciences
Type of learning: Academic
Course type: Rich media (video and audio), interactivity, communication, collaboration
Languages: Arabic, Dutch, English, French, Hebrew, Irish, Italian, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Turkish
Certification: Certificate of Completion
Learning pathways: No
College Credit: ECTS
Degrees: No
Mobile Apps: No
4/55/51/20/11/10/13/53/52.68
9SWAYAM
Best for: Higher Education Students, Professionals, General Interest
Subjects: Sciences, Business, Languages, Computer Science, Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities
Type of learning: Academic
Course type: Video based
Languages: English, Hindi
Certification: Certificate of Completion
Learning pathways: No
College Credit: Yes
Degrees: No
Mobile Apps: Yes
5/54/51/20/11/10/13/52/52.48
10NPTEL
Best for: Higher Education Students, Professionals, General Interest
Subjects: Agriculture, computer science, management studies, mathematics and basic science, engineering and humanities
Type of learning: Academic
Course type: Video based
Languages: English
Certification: Certificate of Completion
Learning pathways: No
College Credit: No
Degrees: No
Mobile Apps: No
4/54/52/20/10/10/14/53/52.25
11Janux
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: Videos, textbooks, assessments, practice questions
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
12Stanford Online
Best for: Professionals, Higher Education Students, General Interest
Subjects: Business & Management, Continuing Medical Education, Education, Engineering & Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, Environment & Energy, Humanities, Mathematics, Medicine & Health, Natural and Social Sciences
Type of learning: Professional, Academic, General Interest
Course type: Lecture videos, interactive exercises and quizzes, assignments and exams
Languages: English
Certification: Statements of Accomplishment
Learning pathways: No
College Credit: No
Degrees: No
Mobile Apps: No
4/55/51/20/10/10/12/53/51.83
12EMMA
Best for: Higher Education Students, Professionals, General Interest
Subjects:Varied
Type of learning: Academic, Skill-based
Course type:Video-based, assignments
Languages: Catalan, Dutch, English, Estonian, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Polish
Certification: Certificate of Participation
Learning pathways: No
College Credit: No
Degrees: No
Mobile Apps: No
3/54/51/20/10/10/14/53/51.83
13Canvas 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

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