Online education – a snapshot

by catherinecronin

Open online education is changing rapidly. The first few weeks of 2012 has seen the launch of Udacity, Stanford’s Coursera and the first course offering by MIT’s MITx. In trying to put these developments into context, I’ve drafted a table illustrating key aspects of this evolution in online education, focusing particularly on open online courseware (as opposed to more discrete OERs). This is not meant as an exhaustive catalogue, but simply as a concise summary of recent developments, enabling comparisons. [Table updated 5th March 2012.]

Full table click here:  Online education – a snapshot

(Summary table below the break.)

Image: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 sundaune

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Summary table:

Institution & programme No. courses available Launched License University credits
MIT – Open Courseware (OCW) 2,100 2002 CC-BY-NC-SA No
Yale – Open Yale Courses 35 2007 CC-BY-NC-SA No
NYU – NYU Open Education 6 2011 CC-BY-NC-SA No
MIT – OCW Scholar 8 2011 CC-BY-NC-SA No
MIT – MITx 1 2012 CC-BY-NC-SA Yes (MITx credit, not MIT credit)
Stanford – Stanford on iTunes U 13 2004 CC-BY-NC-SA No
Stanford Online Courses(no longer available) 3 2011 Copyright – access limited to registered users only Certificate (no credit)
Coursera (still affiliated with Stanford)  16 2012 CC-BY-NC-SA Certificate (no credit)
Udacity (independent of Stanford)  2 2012 CC-BY-NC-SA Certificate (no credit)
MOOCs Massive Open Online Courses 12 2007 CC-BY-NC-SA Yes/No (depends on the MOOC)