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HERE’S A HANDY SUM­MARY OF SOME OF THE BEST NAMES IN THE MOOC WORLD.

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COURS­ERA

This is the grand­daddy of MOOCs and is likely the first place to start for most peo­ple. It of­fers a va­ri­ety of cour­ses from all over the world, in var­i­ous lan­guages. A new fea­ture is Sig­na­ture Track, which, for a fee, al­lows you to earn a cer­tifi­cate of­fi­cially rec­og­nized by some uni­ver­si­ties. The elec­tronic course record also be­comes share­able via a unique, se­cure URL.

FU­TURELEARN

The Open Univer­sity prob­a­bly pi­o­neered the con­cept of open learn­ing but is slightly late to the MOOC party. No mat­ter, it still has a pol­ished and slick web­site that is com­pa­ra­ble to what other com­pet­ing MOOCs of­fer.

NOVOED

Started in Jan­uary 2013 by Stan­ford pro­fes­sor Amin Sabari and fel­low Ira­nian Far­naz Ron­aghi, NovoEd is not as fa­mous as say, Cours­era, but has man­aged to forge de­cent part­ner­ships. Be­sides Stan­ford (of course), NovoEd also inked deals with the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia as well as Bab­son Col­lege. A key dif­fer­en­tia­tor is be­ing able to work on what NovoEd calls “real-world course projects”. NovoEd adds group projects into the mix, grat for those look­ing for a more col­lab­o­ra­tive ex­pe­ri­ence.

EDX

Har­vard and MIT part­nered up for this MOOC and also now of­fers ver­i­fied cer­tifi­cates for some cour­ses. In­ter­est­ingly, it also in­cludes uni­ver­si­ties like the Univer­sity of Hong Kong and the Aus­tralian Na­tional Univer­sity. Har­vard and the Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy cre­ated this non­profit joint ven­ture in May 2012.

IVER­SITY

Based in Ber­lin, this MOOC places an em­pha­sis on Europe-based uni­ver­si­ties, so if you have al­ways wanted to take a course from a UK univer­sity but never had the dough, iver­sity is a means for wish ful­fil­ment.

OPENSAP

Hosted at SAP’s Hasso Plat­tner In­sti­tute in Pots­dam, Ger­many, the openSAP cour­ses are open free of charge to all com­ers. The cour­ses have a fixed sched­ule and end with a fi­nal exam. As SAP cer­ti­fi­ca­tion cour­ses are usu­ally very ex­pen­sive, this is a nice prep be­fore ac­tu­ally ob­tain­ing a cer­tifi­cate from the SAP Academy. Great op­tion for those look­ing to hitch a ride on the SAP gravy train.

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