Archive for December, 2015

By the Numbers: MOOCs in 2015

Posted: December 30, 2015 in Moodle MOOC posts

An article on enrolment statistics in MOOCs, concerning the biggest providers – .

«The MOOC space essentially doubled this year. More people signed up for MOOCs in 2015 than they did in the first three years of the “modern” MOOC movement (which started in late 2011—when the first Stanford MOOCs took off). According to data collected by Class Central, the total number of students who signed up for at least one course has crossed 35 million—up from an estimated 16-18 million last year



A long article about MOOCs by Audrey waters, an extensive cover of biggest MOOC platforms and financing involded and many links for other articles about MOOCs –

«So here are the promises I think most commonly invoked as part of the great MOOC hype: that MOOCs will democratize education, that MOOCs will be free, that MOOCs will decrease the cost of college, that MOOCs will improve universities’ brand (and enrollment). Three years after “the Year of the MOOC,” these all seem like unfulfilled promises.»

As a learner and having participated in 25 MOOCs so far I have a more positive perspective about the MOOC movement and still hope that the objectives of democratising education and open up access to higher education will be fulfilled. I’m not aiming at certification so all MOOCs were free of charge for me and I am very pleased with these learning experiences. Distance learning implies a great deal of autonomy and self discipline which suits me perfectly, it’s up to each learner to take the best of these open opportunities.



An article on data privacy through Coursera –

More and more universities around the world offer so-called Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). With top Munich universities using the online education provider Coursera, doubts grow over security and the selling of customer data.

An article on MOOCs in WizIQ platform:

«MOOC platforms that will keep the learner experience at the centre will be the only ones that will succeed in the new world. MOOCs also need to consider offering Student Lifecycle Management Services (Recruitment to Course Completion) and support services to provide 24/7 technical and process assistance to learners and faculty. These kinds of services focus on improved learning experience and consequently, better learner outcomes.»

Reflections on Open Education and the Path Forward, by David Wiley

My ultimate goal is this:

I want to (1) radically improve the quality of education as judged by learners, and (2) radically improve access to education. And I want to do it worldwide.

A post in the blog of Ignatia Ingedewaard about a presentation on MOOCs for Schools at Online Educa Berlin 2015 –