Almost exactly a year ago, we told you about Google’s release of Course Builder, an open source platform that would let you build your own online courses/MOOCs for free. This week, Google has a new announcement: it’s joining forces with edX, (the MOOC provider led by Harvard and MIT), to work on a new open source platform called MOOC.org. The new service will go live in the first half of 2014. And it will allow “any academic institution, business and individual to create and host online courses.” This will give innovative educators the opportunity to put a MOOC online without necessarily making a steep investment in a course. (When added all up, the costs can otherwise be enormous.) If MOOC.org sounds of interest to you, you can put your name on a waiting list, and they’ll contact you when the service launches next year.
Meanwhile, let me mention that 125 MOOCs will be launching between now and the end of October. To see a full list, visit or our collection of 625 MOOCs/Certificate Courses from Great Universities. You’ll find many interesting titles on the list — History of Chinese Architecture: Part 1; Søren Kierkegaard – Subjectivity, Irony and the Crisis of Modernity; Dark Matter in Galaxies: The Last Mystery, and Exploring Engineering, just to name a few. If you have questions about what MOOCs are all about, please see our new MOOC FAQ.