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