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Guide Types of free or low-cost course providers

A brief description of provider types

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    1. MOOC Platforms

    MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course: 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.

    See MoocLab's Reviews & Ratings of MOOC Platforms here.

    2. Free Online Course Providers

    Course providers offering free online courses and educational resources. These differ from MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) in that they don’t offer the whole learning experience as described above. Free online courses don’t usually require enrolment and are more suited to the self-directed, independent learner.

    See MoocLab's Reviews & Ratings of Free Online Course Providers here.

    3. Low-cost Online Course Providers

    These providers offer an alternative to traditional campus based courses by providing affordable skill-based or academic courses online, some with transferable credit which is recognised by certain colleges or universities.

    See MoocLab's Reviews & Ratings of Low-cost Online Course Providers here.


    4. Open Courseware Platforms

    Open Courseware (OCW) is a term used for core teaching materials used in graduate and undergraduate university classes made openly available online at no cost. Open Courseware may include text-based documents, audio and video files, lecture notes, podcasts etc

    See MoocLab's Reviews & Ratings of Open Courseware Platforms here.


    5. Crowdsourced Education Platforms

    Crowdsourced education describes educational content generated by an online community. Crowdsourced online education platforms provide courses and resources created and delivered by the site members, including individuals, institutions or organisations.

    See MoocLab's Reviews & Ratings of Crowdsourced Education Platforms here.


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