Friday, Mar. 24, 2017

Find a MOOC

With new MOOC (massive open online course) platforms and providers popping up on an almost weekly basis, several new websites have launched to help students sift through the hundreds of course offerings and find ones they're interested in. The sites aim to do this by letting MOOC students rate and review courses, like Yelp does for restaurants, as well as let prospective students search across several MOOC platforms at once to find the best course, like Expedia does for flights and hotels.

  • Knollop
  • According to the site, "A knollop is a dollop of knowledge," and its goal is to make "sense of the wealth of educational resources on the Web." Each course listed on Knollop has its own profile, where you can find a brief description of the course and a link to it, as well as stats such as course difficulty, content, depth and even how entertaining other students found it. You can also quickly find out course characteristics, such as if there are video lectures, written material, homework or tests, and if you get anything, like a certificate, for taking the course. Then, of course, there are reviews upon reviews direct from the students who have taken the course. Providers include Coursera, Udacity, Udemy, Canvas Network, Khan Academy, Codecademy, MIT OpenCourseWare, Harvard OLI, Open Yale Courses and edX.

  • Course Buffet
  • Lists more than 500 courses from various MOOC providers, including Saylor.org, OpenCourseWare Consortium, Coursera, Udacity, Venture Lab and edX. Each course is assigned a difficulty level (100 for the easiest, 500 for the most difficult), and you can search each subject by level of difficulty. Once you find a course you like, you can save it under one of three categories: "Interested," "Taking," and "Finished." The site also has a rating system for each course, and it lets you know when a certain course is scheduled to begin.

  • Course Talk
  • Reviews for open online courses. Search by subject, provider, top-rated and most popular. Providers include Udacity, Coursera, edX, Canvas Network, Codecademy, Khan Academy and Code School. The site provides a brief description of each course as well as a direct link to the course, and all reviews available for that course. You can rate reviews on how helpful they were from zero to 5. You can also save courses you are interested in, and see who else is interested in a given course.

  • Class Central
  • Site aggregates MOOCs offered via Coursera, Udacity, edX, Canvas Network and more. It categorizes offerings into five groups: Recently Started or Starting Soon, Just Announced, Courses in Progress, Future Courses, Self-Paced, and Finished Courses. Or, you can browse by MOOC provider or manual search.

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