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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)

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 2006 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.

MOOC Providers


Provider Name

Institutional Participants


Web Link


Stanford University Stanford University Free for registered users, personal/ non-commercial usage http://online.stanford.edu/


Coursera Stanford University, Princeton University, Arizona State University, University of Maryland College Park, Ohio State University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Free for registered users, different course licenses https://www.coursera.org/


Khan Academy Not Applicable Free, No registration needed, all rights reserved. https://www.khanacademy.org/


edx MIT, Harvard University, Boston University, UC Berkeley, Kyoto University, Australian National University, University of Adelaide, University of Queensland, IIT Bombay, IIM Bangalore, Dartmouth College, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Curtin University, Cornell University All rights reserved https://www.edx.org/


NPTEL IIT’s, IISc’s Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike – CC BY-SA http://nptel.ac.in/


Spoken Tutorial IIT’s, IISC’s and Other National Level Institutes Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike – CC BY-SA http://spoken-tutorial.org/


IIT Bombayx IIT Bombay Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike – CC BY-SA https://iitbombayx.in/
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