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Discussion Coursera, edX, Udacity...the Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Posted in 'General Discussions' started by Carolyn, Sep 16, 2014.

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Which is the best MOOC platform?

  1. Alison

    5 vote(s)
    15.2%
  2. Canvas Network

    2 vote(s)
    6.1%
  3. Coursera

    21 vote(s)
    63.6%
  4. edX

    14 vote(s)
    42.4%
  5. FutureLearn

    5 vote(s)
    15.2%
  6. iversity

    1 vote(s)
    3.0%
  7. OpenLearning

    1 vote(s)
    3.0%
  8. Open2Study

    5 vote(s)
    15.2%
  9. Udacity

    4 vote(s)
    12.1%
  10. Udemy

    1 vote(s)
    3.0%
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  1. Carolyn

    Carolyn Founder at MoocLab Staff Member

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    Share your views and tell us which MOOC provider(s) you think are the best and worst out there.

    Don't forget to say why :rolleyes:
     
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  2. Carolyn

    Carolyn Founder at MoocLab Staff Member

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    Do you believe MOOC review sites like Coursetalk or Class Central are helpful in choosing the right course?
     
  3. Carolyn

    Carolyn Founder at MoocLab Staff Member

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    Have you done a course with Coursera or do you have a question?

    This is the place to post.
     
  4. Carolyn

    Carolyn Founder at MoocLab Staff Member

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    Busuu
    This site covers reading, writing, listening and speaking study options with a chance to practice in real-time with other language learners and native speakers.
    The Busuu app allows for on-the-go learning.
    Learners require some understanding of the language prior to starting.
    Some features such as grammar lessons, videos & PDF files require paid premium membership.

    Duolingo
    Duolingo language programs teach vocabulary and build it into simple sentences though reading, writing, listening and speaking, with a ‘Tips’ section giving grammar explanations for each unit.
    The‘Immersion’ resource offers authentic reading materials and a translation option for difficult passages.
    Well structured lessons with good site graphics and pop-up grammar notes.
    The Duolingo app allows for on-the-go learning.

    Foreign Services Institute
    FSI courses are developed by the United States government and offer high-quality materials geared for language fluency.
    As well as the more common languages, the courses include an impressive number of lesser known languages, such as Igbo, Shona, Fula, Kirundi etc
    The website is basic and some of the material is dated, but the courses, designed for complete beginners, are of merit and and included many hours of audio, as well as several repetition and response drills.
    The focus is on listening and speaking, and less so on reading and writing.

    Livemocha
    Livemocha’s lessons focus on reading, writing, listening and speaking skills separately. Material is broken down for the learner before being reassembled, allowing the student to apply what they’ve learned.
    The website offers a social network type platform with chat options and friend suggestions and a community which is made up of teachers, language experts, other language learners, and native speakers who help each other learn through networking.
    Some features require paid premium membership, but users can earn credit by ‘tutoring’ other learners.

    Memrise
    Memrise offers courses created by its community and uses science-based learning techniques with"mems" - little snippets of imagination and humour that make things easy to remember.
    The site uses gaming where learners can earn points, and compete against friends, and is good for learning and remembering new vocabulary. Users load their own own mems onto the site to help other learners.
    Memrise has an app which allows for on-the-go learning.
     
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  5. Carolyn

    Carolyn Founder at MoocLab Staff Member

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  6. Carolyn

    Carolyn Founder at MoocLab Staff Member

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    FutureLearn is now 1 year old. This is where they are in numbers:

    - 22% Completion Rate

    - 40 partners globally

    - Age of oldest learner: 92 years

    - 133 online courses

    - 266 Educators

    - £1,220 raised for ComputerAid

    - Most popular course: Exploring English: Language and Culture, The British Council (joined by 121,965 people)

    - 653,653 learners

    - 1,400,000 course sign ups

    Well done FurureLearn!
     
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  7. Susan

    Susan Active Member

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    Are videos on Coursera accessible after the course ends?
     
  8. Jaffa

    Jaffa Member

    It depends. Some courses leave the course pages open for months, others close them when the course finishes.
     
  9. MattB

    MattB Active Member

    Generally they don't, but if you make a request they will I think.
     
  10. Susan

    Susan Active Member

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    Thanks :D
     
  11. Duke

    Duke Active Member

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    Hi. Can someone tell me which MOOC platform is best for language courses?
     
  12. Carolyn

    Carolyn Founder at MoocLab Staff Member

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  13. MDH

    MDH Active Member Study Buddy

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  14. Nina

    Nina Active Member

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  15. Sky

    Sky Member

    MOOC platforms focus mainly on computer science, sciences & technology. Online Language courses existed well before MOOCs came out, so maybe there wasn't much of a demand.
     
  16. Carolyn

    Carolyn Founder at MoocLab Staff Member

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  17. Claude Almansi

    Claude Almansi Member

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    Actually, they do remain publicly accessible even after Coursera closes the course platform: just bookmark the video file's URL if you don't want to download it while the course is on.
     
  18. Susan

    Susan Active Member

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    Thanks Claude - that's very useful to know.
     
  19. Bluebeard

    Bluebeard Member

    Has anyone signed up for any of Coursera's Specialization courses yet?
     
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  20. MDH

    MDH Active Member Study Buddy

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    I don't find it very clear on their website - how do you know which or how many courses to study?
     

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