Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Go International

A few quick notes from the MOOC front….

The first major providers of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) got their start in Silicon Valley, Cambridge, Massachusetts and Canada. Now we’re seeing them sprout up outside of the United States. Take for example OpenLearning.com, a venture born out of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia. Starting this week, you can begin taking two of their courses (Observing and Analysing Performance in Sport & Services Marketing – The Next Level). Or you can check into a 12-week course that recently got underway: UNSW Computing 1.

Meanwhile, if you can exercise a little patience, you can eventually start taking classes with the University of Western Australia. By next March, the Perth-based university plans to offer two courses (one in sociology, the other in oceanography) using an adapted version of Stanford’s open source platform, Class2Go. The courses will be delivered over mobile phones.

Finally, if you’re looking to learn a new language, why not try SpanishMooc? It’s billed as “the first open online Spanish course for everyone.” And it’s seemingly run as an independent project not associated with an existing university. The 12-week course will start on January 21, 2013.

For a complete list of MOOCs, visit our collection of 130 Free Online Certificate Courses from Great Universities.


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  1. eraotomotif says . . . | November 6, 2012 / 12:51 am

    whats amazing where you are

  2. David Wees says . . . | November 6, 2012 / 10:02 am

    It’s probably worth noting that the “first providers of Massively Online Open Courses” are actually not in the Silicon Valley, they are right up here in Canada. The very first MOOC was facilitated by David Wiley, of Utah State University.

    See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massive_open_online_course#Early_MOOCs

  3. Stephen Downes says . . . | November 6, 2012 / 11:43 am

    The first course to be taught as, and called, a MOOC was Connectivism and Connective Knowledge, taught by George Siemens and myself, in Canada, at the University of Manitoba, in 2008.

    An article that says “we’re seeing them sprout up outside of the United States” is historically inaccurate and misinformed.

  4. Dan Colman says . . . | November 7, 2012 / 12:48 am

    Duly noted. And it’s now reflected in the text.

    Regards,
    Dan

  5. David Delgado says . . . | November 7, 2012 / 1:16 pm

    There are 2 important MOOCs also in Spain:
    http://www.unimooc.com (a MOOC about entrepreneurship)
    http://www.redunx.org (a MOOC site similar to edX).
    Just to let you know.

  6. Online Learning | Business Courses says . . . | November 20, 2012 / 12:12 am

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  7. Jim O'Connor says . . . | December 19, 2013 / 3:30 pm

    Launched in November 2013 the Massive Open Online English Course (MOOEC) at http://www.mooec.com offers free courses and lessons in English supported by Pier online, University of Queensland ITCE, Griffith University GELI, Queensland University of Technology, Goldcoast TAFE and many non government providers.

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