We believe in connecting people to a great education so that anyone around the world can learn without limits. Coursera is an education company that partners with the top universities and organizations in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. Our technology enables our partners to teach millions of students rather than hundreds. We envision a future where everyone has access to a world-class education that has so far been available to a select few. We aim to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in. Classes offered on Coursera are designed to help you master the material. When you take one of our classes, you will watch lectures taught by world-class professors, learn at your own pace, test your knowledge, and reinforce concepts through interactive exercises. When you join one of our classes, you'll also join a global community of thousands of students learning alongside you. We know that your life is busy, and that you have many commitments on your time. Thus, our courses are designed based on sound pedagogical foundations, to help you master new concepts quickly and effectively. Key ideas include mastery learning, to make sure that you have multiple attempts to demonstrate your new knowledge; using interactivity, to ensure student engagement and to assist long-term retention; and providing frequent feedback, so that you can monitor your own progress, and know when you've really mastered the material.
Our mission is to bring accessible, affordable, engaging, and highly effective higher education to the world. We believe that higher education is a basic human right, and we seek to empower our students to advance their education and careers. We believe education is no longer a one-time event but a lifelong experience. Education should be less passive listening (no long lectures) and more active doing. Education should empower students to succeed not just in school but in life. We are reinventing education for the 21st century by bridging the gap between real-world skills, relevant education, and employment. Our students will be fluent in new technology, modern mathematics, science, and critical thinking. They will marry skills with creativity and humanity to learn, think, and do. Udacians are curious and engaged world citizens. Udacity was born out of a Stanford University experiment in which Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig offered their "Introduction to Artificial Intelligence" course online to anyone, for free. Over 160,000 students in more than 190 countries enrolled and not much later, Udacity was born. Now we're a growing team of educators and engineers on a mission to change the future of education by bridging the gap between real-world skills, relevant education, and employment. Our students will be fluent in new technology, modern programming, science, and critical thinking. They will marry skills with creativity and humanity to learn, think, and do. To learn more about our courses see our course catalog.
Stanford Online offers a variety of professional education opportunities in conjunction with many of the University’s schools and departments. We also offer an array of free online courses taught by Stanford faculty to lifelong learners worldwide. Stanford Online is a university-wide initiative coordinated by the Office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning (VPOL). VPOL advances faculty-driven online learning initiatives and research, providing exceptional educational opportunities to Stanford students by transforming the way learning is organized in our classrooms and far beyond them. We provide support to Stanford faculty and staff for course design and production, including instructional design services, content production, and online delivery. We foster collaboration with other education organizations by sharing course material, data-driven research, and source code for enhancements to our open-source platform OpenEdX. We continually experiment to improve what we do through creative use of technology, and we share what we learn with the rest of the world.
The OERu makes higher education accessible to everyone. Coordinated by the OER Foundation, an independent, not for profit organization, the OERu network of institutions offers free online courses for students worldwide. The OERu partners also provide affordable ways for learners to gain academic credit towards qualifications from recognized institutions. Through the OER Foundation, the OERu network continually works towards: widening access and reducing the cost of tertiary study for learners everywhere, and especially for those who are excluded from the formal education sector, covering the operational cost of institution-based OERu services on a cost-recovery basis (or alternative revenue sources), providing pathways for students to achieve credible credentials for approved courses based solely on open education resources (OER). OER means learning materials that have been released under an intellectual property license, permitting their free use or re-purposing by others, optimising the visibility and impact of the community service mission required of tertiary education institutions. OERu has the following core values: Free learning opportunities for all students worldwide, affordable assessment services towards credible credentials, open source (planning, processes, technology and learning materials), strategic philanthropy, sustainable education futures.The OER Foundation was established in 2009 – with the goal of using open education as a means to provide leadership and international networking, as well as supporting educational institutions to achieve their strategic objectives.
Open2Study is backed by Open Universities Australia (OUA), an Australian leader in accredited online education.
Learning is a pretty great thing. When the people who provide and participate in it can interact in new, imaginative ways, it gets even better. Canvas Network gives teachers, learners and institutions alike the place and platform to define the world of open online learning in a way that makes sense for everyone. It grows as teachers and learners apply it in individual ways and then share the results with the world. Built on the same Canvas platform that millions already use to learn every day, Canvas Network will grow to be a gathering place for the open online courses, communities and collections that millions more will be able to use to evolve learning to meet their goals. So take a course. Teach a course. Explore. Imagine.
In 1999, MIT Faculty considered how to use the Internet in pursuit of MIT's mission—to advance knowledge and educate students—and in 2000 proposed OCW. MIT published the first proof-of-concept site in 2002, containing 50 courses. By November 2007, MIT completed the initial publication of virtually the entire curriculum, over 1,800 courses in 33 academic disciplines. Going forward, the OCW team is updating existing courses and adding new content and services to the site.
At edX, we believe in the highest quality education, both online and in the classroom. EdX was created for students and institutions that seek to transform themselves through cutting-edge technologies, innovative pedagogy, and rigorous courses. Through our institutional partners, the XConsortium, we present the best of higher education online, offering opportunity to anyone who wants to achieve, thrive, and grow. Our goals, however, go beyond offering courses and content. We are committed to research that will allow us to understand how students learn, how technology can transform learning, and the ways teachers teach on campus and beyond. As innovators and experimenters, we want to share what we discover. The edX platform will be available as open source. By conducting and publishing significant research on how students learn, we will empower and inspire educators around the world and promote success in learning. Our aim is to become a leading resource for learners and learning worldwide by staying focused on the goals and principles set forth when forming edX. Our goals: Expand access to education for everyone, enhance teaching and learning on campus and online, advance teaching and learning through research. Our principles: Not for profit, open source platform, collaborative, financially sustainable. EdX is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is governed by MIT and Harvard.
Our student-centered online learning environment enables you to tear down the walls of your classroom and extend learning through a team-based, collaborative, and project-based approach at scale. This collaborative and engaged experience provides your students with a deeper understanding of the content by widening the range of interaction with you, the content and each other. More importantly, it helps the learners foster the competencies of creative thinking, collaboration, and communication in practice. Our intuitive instructor interface combined with real-time analytics, allows you to respond to student learning as it happens to deliver necessary adjustments and interventions to make your instruction more effective. The learning environment can be used in online courses (either free or for a fee), as NovoEd's unique ability to facilitate interaction and collaboration creates the most effective conditions for engaged learning at scale. It can also be customized to create a seamless experience for on-campus students in a hybrid classroom by enabling rich interaction with the instructor and each other both on-campus and online.
At FutureLearn, we want to inspire learning for life. We offer a diverse selection of free, high quality online courses from some of the world’s leading universities and other outstanding cultural institutions. Our aim is to connect learners from all over the globe with high quality educators, and with each other. We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, with plenty of opportunities to discuss what you’ve studied, in order to make fresh discoveries and form new ideas. Courses are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life, rather than your life around learning. We are a private company wholly owned by The Open University, with the benefit of over 40 years of their experience in distance learning and online education. Our partners include over 20 of the best UK and international universities, as well as institutions with a huge archive of cultural and educational material, including the British Council, the British Library, and the British Museum. FutureLearn is in beta and the courses we'll be running this year – there are many more on the way – are all pilot courses. This allows us to shape and refine how it all works, using feedback and ideas from our learners. It is important to us to craft a high quality product which is tailored specifically to our learners’ needs, so we want to spend the time listening. What you’re seeing is the smallest number of features that can deliver our vision for a new form of education. Over the coming months, as we unveil new courses, we’ll be developing new features and evolving our offer.
The institution of the university has changed relatively little since the days of Gutenberg. Students’ use of technology, however, has. The Internet has become an integral part of our daily lives. Today, we share ideas online. Let's take the campus experience online! The transformative potential of the Internet has yet to be utilized by the very institution that spawned it. As we move further into the digital age, it is becoming clear that the walled-in software solutions universities use today are glaringly outdated. We want to move beyond the existing teaching formats to enable wholly new forms of online teaching and learning. In order to develop open courses we call upon individual instructors, universities and knowledge-based companies to join us in this effort to democratize education. Our open course platform provides a structured course environment that features multimedia teaching materials, assessment features such as multiple choice and peer review in order to keep students engaged and provide them with quantitative and qualitative feedback, a discussion board where students can engage in peer-to-peer learning by asking and answering questions or sharing links, references and general observations; We want to develop world-class courses that allow students to learn in an efficient and effective way. However, our aim is not to replace the university or the academics that work there. Our aim is to empower them. We want to allow the best professors to teach thousands of students. On the other hand we want to enable students to take classes from the best professors around the globe. In so doing we want to improve the quality of teaching at existing institutions, without raising the cost of instruction. We believe that open courses can be an important factor in that equation.
The mission of the Saylor Foundation is to make education freely available to all. Guided by the belief that technology has the potential to circumvent barriers that prevent many individuals from participating in traditional schooling models, the Foundation is committed to developing and advancing inventive and effective ways of harnessing technology in order to drive the cost of education down to zero.
With OpenupEd we aim at opening up education for you with an offer that reflects European values such as equity, quality and diversity. In our courses we put the learner at the centre by providing high-quality learning materials designed for self-study, in the best tradition of the highly acclaimed open universities model. In this culture we have a motive to stretch the concept of 'open' beyond just being free of charge and open accessible. Indeed, in order to account for the variety in needs and circumstances of (lifelong) learners and the demands of a changing knowledge-based society, openness may serve in various ways. And -last but not least - in Europe we cherish diversity both in language and in culture as a great good.
Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn. All lectures were recorded in the Yale College classroom and are available in video, audio, and text transcript formats. Registration is not required. No course credit, degree, or certificate is available through the Open Yale Courses website. However, courses for Yale College credit are offered online through Yale Summer Online including OYC professors John Rogers and Craig Wright.