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Local universities not ready to join the online revolution

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The Big Three Online Education Providers

Photo: David Croxford

The three largest providers of MOOCs in America are Coursera, Udacity and edX. The first two are for-profit companies, financed by Silicon Valley venture capital, with roots at Stanford University. edX is not commercial and is sponsored by MIT and Harvard.

Coursera is the most popular provider, with 415 courses across a wide range of subjects offered from 83 universities. This July, the company surpassed 4 million users, slightly more than Indira Gandhi National Open University, which is sponsored by India’s government and popular in Asia and Africa.

edX has a more contained list of subjects and supporting institutions than Coursera, while Udacity is dedicated exclusively to its 25 self-paced courses in the STEM field.

Beyond the three big ones, there are quite a few independent providers, as well as many stand-alone courses offered by individual schools. Motivated learners can also benefit from Apple’s iTunes U, which offers a variety of courses with user reviews, and the Khan Academy, which provides mostly high school-level content focused on science and math.

(See also: Will Free Online Courses Replace College Degrees?)

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Aug 9, 2014 04:23 am
 Posted by  Dora Troyer

I don't understand why the local universities not promot the online course and online study after all its a big opportunity for the students who can not give the right time to study or who have to visit the lecture again and again, online study classes are very good thing like when I need help on my projects related problem so I use [url=]help online class[/url] for the online classes and much more. anyway thanks for sharing this article.

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