Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS)
A massive open online course (MOOC) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and
open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as filmed lectures, readings,
and problem sets, many MOOCs provide interactive user forums to support community interactions
among students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs).
MOOCs are a recent and widely researched development in distance education which were first
introduced in 2008 and emerged as a popular mode of learning in 2012.
Early MOOCs often emphasized open-access features, such as open licensing of content, structure
and learning goals, to promote the reuse and remixing of resources. Some later MOOCs use closed
licenses for their course materials while maintaining free access for students.
Some Notable MOOCS Providers