Which is the best MOOC platform?

  • Alison

    Votes: 5 15.2%
  • Canvas Network

    Votes: 2 6.1%
  • Coursera

    Votes: 21 63.6%
  • edX

    Votes: 14 42.4%
  • FutureLearn

    Votes: 5 15.2%
  • iversity

    Votes: 1 3.0%
  • OpenLearning

    Votes: 1 3.0%
  • Open2Study

    Votes: 5 15.2%
  • Udacity

    Votes: 4 12.1%
  • Udemy

    Votes: 1 3.0%

  • Total voters
    33

Carolyn

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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:
 

Carolyn

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

Carolyn

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

This is the place to post.
 

Carolyn

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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.
 

Jaffa

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

Sky

Active 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.
 

Carolyn

Founder at MoocLab
Staff member
Group Manager
There was an interesting article about language MOOCs here
15
http://thelinguist.uberflip.com/i/135206/15
 

Claude Almansi

Active Member
Are videos on Coursera accessible after the course ends?
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.
 

MDH

Active Member
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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