“MOOC” stands for Massive Open Online Course. They are online courses. Some of them are made by universities all around the world (e.g. Stanford; Princeton; Harvard; Yonsei University; Leiden University; and many more
). Others are made by companies like Google or Facebook. Sometimes, universities and companies team up to make a MOOC.
MOOCs are available for anyone with an internet connection.
Several popular MOOC provider platforms (or websites) have emerged. These platforms include Coursera, edX, Udacity, and FutureLearn. They partner with universities, companies, and professors to provide MOOCs.
Many MOOCs are one course on one given topic. Most of them take 4–6 weeks to complete, and each will require a number of hours’ work per week. You can find these details for any given MOOC on their introductory page (e.g. one example is this page
However, some MOOC platforms provide groups or series of courses. Examples of these would be Coursera’s “Specializations
,” in which you complete multiple related courses and then a “capstone” project at the end; edX’s “XSeries
,” which are high-level and challenging courses in specific fields aimed at helping you develop your career; and Udacity’s “Nanodegrees
,” which is a curriculum built in partnership with leading companies, and which Udacity hopes will be seen as a real credential. You can browse all of these credentials here.
NOTE: Class Central does not offer any MOOCs and is not involved in the running of any MOOCs. What we do is enable you to browse MOOCs from all MOOC providers right now and here on Class Central.