180 MOOCs to Start the New Year (Is This the Crest of the Wave?)

Once the MOOC “revolution” got underway, universities, usually slow-moving and tight-fisted institutions, couldn’t run fast enough to put their own MOOCs online. And, right now, we’re seeing the results. In January alone, 180 MOOCs from major international universities, will get underway. Below we’ve highlighted some of the courses that intrigued us most, but you can peruse the complete list here and make your own choices.

If you haven’t tried a free MOOC, I’d do it sooner than later. In recent weeks, the whole MOOC project took a hit when a University of Pennsylvania study found what was becoming empirically obvious — that MOOCs generally have very low participation and completion rates, and what’s more, most of the students taking the courses are “disproportionately educated, male, [and] wealthy,” and from the United States. This study, combined with other disappointing experiments and findings, will likely make universities think twice about sinking money into creating MOOCs (they can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $50,000 to develop). It might take another 6-12 months to see the shift. But I’d hazard a guess that this January might be the peak of the free MOOC trend. Enjoy them while they last. Whatever their shortcomings, they can be quite informative, and you can’t beat the price.

See our complete list of MOOCs from Great Universities here, along with our MOOC FAQ.

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  1. Sheryl says . . . | January 5, 2014 / 1:48 pm

    I recommend Drugs and the Brain through CalTech/Coursera. It’s not an easy course, but it is fascinating. It just started.

  2. Sheryl says . . . | January 5, 2014 / 1:49 pm

    (I took it last year.)

  3. tottenmichael says . . . | January 5, 2014 / 2:01 pm

    It’s curious why high school and Junior College teachers are not embracing MOOCs and incorporating it into high school classes, even if only for extra credit.

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