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By The Numbers: MOOCs in 2019

By The Numbers: MOOCs in 2019

Now in its eighth year, the modern MOOC movement has reached 110 million learners, excluding China1. In 2019, providers launched over 2,500 courses, 11 online degrees, and 170 microcredentials. Here’s how the top-5 MOOC providers look like in terms of users and offerings: Learners Courses Microcredentials Degrees Coursera 45 million 3,800 420 16 edX 25…
Coursera’s 2019: Year in Review

Coursera’s 2019: Year in Review

In 2019, Coursera achieved the coveted unicorn status — that is, it reached a valuation of over $1B after raising $103M in a Series E round. The total number of registered learners on the platform grew from 37 million to 45 million, allowing Coursera to remain the world’s largest MOOC provider by a significant margin.…
MOOCWatch 21: China vs the World

MOOCWatch 21: China vs the World

With one of our newest recruits being based in China, we are now able to share an insider’s perspective on the development of MOOCs in one of the world’s most influential nations. And it seems that MOOCs are as big in China as they are in the rest of the world combined. According to China’s…
Class Central: 8 Years in the Making

Class Central: 8 Years in the Making

Class Central just turned eight! This site started out as a side project that I built for myself and launched over Thanksgiving weekend back in 2011. Over the years, it continued to grow. In 2019, we expanded the team, refreshed the entire site, spoke at multiple international events, and even published a paper in an…
On Coursera, Courses now Start Every Day

On Coursera, Courses now Start Every Day

MOOCs started out with a structure parallel to college classroom courses, with a start date and an end date, and specific deadlines for assignments/homework. Usually, these courses were offered once or twice a year, similar to university courses. Unlike on-campus students who are required to prioritize their learning, most online learners fit their courses around…
IEEE Learning with MOOCs VI: Meeting the People who Make the MOOCs

IEEE Learning with MOOCs VI: Meeting the People who Make the MOOCs

I was a first time attendee at the sixth iteration of IEEE’s Learning with MOOCs conference held in October 2019 at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I was there representing Esri and its MOOC Program, which I manage. (Why does a private software company offer MOOCs? I answered that question earlier…
FutureLearn Signs Up Ten Million Learners

FutureLearn Signs Up Ten Million Learners

In December 2012, eleven British universities joined with the Open University to launch a British-based MOOC provider: FutureLearn. The first courses, from 23 founding universities, appeared in October 2013. My first FutureLearn course was Start Writing Fiction in late 2014, when FutureLearn had fewer than 700,000 learners. The one million learners milestone was reached in…
Massive List of Chinese Language MOOC Providers

Massive List of Chinese Language MOOC Providers

There might currently be more Chinese MOOC providers than you think, considering that the first one, XuetangX, launched all the way back in October 2013. The origins of MOOC platforms in China can be traced back to November 2011, when 20 courses offered by Chinese universities were made available online through the OpenCourseWare platform iCourse.…
The Emergence of China’s Nationally-Recognized MOOCs

The Emergence of China’s Nationally-Recognized MOOCs

China MOOC Conference: MOOC team receiving award MOOCs took off in China in 2013 with the launch of XuetangX, China’s first MOOC platform, which was developed by Tsinghua University. Six years later, China offers over 12,500 MOOCs across more than 10 MOOC platforms. In July 2017, China’s Ministry of Education announced an initiative to recognize…
Udacity Continues with Nanodegree Pricing Tweaks

Udacity Continues with Nanodegree Pricing Tweaks

When Udacity originally announced Nanodegrees, they had a monthly subscription price of $200/month. Over time Udacity announced programs such as a 50% tuition refund if students finished the course within a year and a job guarantee program. Eventually, these programs were shut down. Then under CEO Vishal Makhijani, who took over from Sebastian Thrun in…

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