The term MOOC was coined by Dave Cormier in 2008. MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Courses. Although MOOC platforms are quite famous, there is little precious data available about them. Anecdotal evidences suggest that Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donated a huge amount of $1.4 million to a research group called Ithaka S+R to conduct a study if MOOC platforms are really helpful to students. Ithaka S+R monitors and assesses the quality of courses on various MOOC platforms.
Before delving into the details, let me mention a few stats that would help you have a chuckle:
- To launch edX, Harvard and MIT invested a whopping $60 million.
- As a part of its venture capital funding, Udacity raised a jaw-dropping $21.1 million.
- More than 2 million students have registered for Coursera classes
- Udacity rejects a monumental 98% of professors. A registered and approved professor on Udacity is almost a rarity.
- Computer Science seems to be the hot favorite of all the popular MOOCs. 27 percent of MOOCS focus on Computer Science.
The public perception of MOOC platforms is not polarized. It is changing and swinging favorably. All the MOOC platforms facilitate blended learning.
Wikipedia defines blended learning as an education program that combines online digital media with traditional classroom methods requiring physical presence of both teacher and student, with some element of student control over time, place, path or pace.
Open Source MOOC platform for businesses
Enlisted below are the 5 best open source MOOC platforms for businesses:
This is an open source platform used by top-notch universities such as Harvard and MIT to offer courses to over 100,000 students. This platform is the brainchild of edX.org. The best thing about edX is that it can accommodate large enrollments. It is quite common to see edX representing itself as WordPress for MOOC platforms, thereby allowing users to avail the core functionalities. It is true that edX is known for its modern feel.
This course management platform has been in the good books of its patrons for three features: modern feel, flexible and robust course organization. Well, this enormously inventive open source platform requires you to make some investments in platform maintenance. As this is a self-hosted platform, installation of edX framework requires some investment too.
Moodle stands for Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning environment. It is known for its SCRUM compliance. Just like edX, this is also an open source all-in-one learning platform. Moodle is easier to install. What all it takes to install Moodle are a few clicks. Moodle makes blended learning easy.It has a mobile compatible interface. Needless to say, its cross-browser compatibility is also an added advantage when it comes to open source learning management system.
Localization of Moodle is easy as it has been translated into more than 120 languages. As far as support and community discussions are concerned, there are plenty of resources available at your disposal. Moodle caters to the requirements of over 90 million users and this number is all expected to get bigger.
It is also available as a mobile app on iOS, Android and Windows.
CourseSites is a Learning Management System flagship product powered by Blackboard. CourseSites allows instructors and teachers to decide curriculum and setup personal teaching classrooms. Today, there are over 74,200 instructors meeting the requirements of 12,573 institutions spread across 159 countries, all thanks to CourseSites.
CourseSites believes in ‘learn on the go’ philosophy. Courses in CourseSites can be accessed on a variety of devices ranging from tablets to smartphones. Students can take quizzes and interact with peers. They can participate in discussion through discussion forums as well when it comes to this open source learning management system. Discussion forums are particularly useful when students feel the urge to work in groups.
The favorite page of all instructors is their respective instructor’s home page where instructors can implement their own webpage, personalize URLs, social networking profile and blog posts. Design and functionality are flawless. Course structures can be organized and structured. There are various color schemes to choose from.
Data Portability finds a mention. Both instructors and participants can easily import and export their data. Files can be uploaded and downloaded easily. Of course, a few minor tweaks here and there are required so that the format of the files is rendered readable by the software from which one is exporting.
However, CourseSites gives its instructors only 5 free course websites. If an instructor wants a sixth website, he/she has to pay for it.
Udemy is a trustworthy website where most of the courses are effective. Udemy claims that more than two-thirds of its user base resides outsides United States. Most of the courses are free while a few courses are paid ones.
Professionals can share their content or sell their expertise by formulating courses – both job related and vocational. Instructors can teach and students can learn through its intuitive interface on the udemy clone script.
The best thing about Udemy is that it allows instructors to divide their lectures into micro-lectures. There are lesson-specific notes available to students and participants.
However, most of the courses on Udemy are short. Assessment is pretty inadequate. Udemy lacks in two vital areas- video captioning and language support. Most of the classes do not have the so-called personalized ‘look and feel’. Classes, in spite of being short, look solitary. Certificates of Completion or course completion certificates are shared via social media.
For all intents and purposes, Udemy is more affordable than Udacity. Employees should continue seeking new skills to hone their professional skills to get the best out of udemy clone script.
Versal is more of a tutorial platform than a MOOC platform. It is sleek and has a great intuitive user interface. Its drag and drop functionality is worth mentioning. If instructors and tutors intend to build courses on a sleek platform, Versal should be their best choice. There is a demo available on the site. You can watch the demo and get acquainted with this open source learning management system.
Versal lacks a few necessary features. For instance, it does not have a discussion forum. Discussion forums make group learning easy. Versal is still in its nascent stages. Developers are doing their best to add new functionalities.