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This platform was established by two professors from Stanford. Coursera currently has 33 university partners. Includes open courses from: UC San Diego, UC Irvine, UC San Francisco, Standford, Duke, University of Princeton and more.
This MOOC platfrom was founded by MIT and Harvard. This MOOC is developed as open source software. Includes open courses from: MIT, Harvard, UC Berkeley, the University of Texas system, Georgetown and more.
edX currently has two active working groups of particular interest to academic libraries: 1). edX Libraries: Content Accessibility and 2). edX Libraries: Research Skills. These working group reports should be available May 2013.
Udacity is a private education organization and this platform grew out of a Stanford course experiment. Partners include San Jose State University and four new specialized computer science courses were announced as part of collaboration with Google, Nvidia, Microsoft, Autodesk, Cadence Design Systems, and Wolfram Research.
The Most Important Educational Technology in 200 Years ?
"Technology will define where online education goes next. All those millions of students clicking online can have their progress tracked, logged, studied and probably influenced, too. Talk to Khan or anyone behind the MOOCs (which largely sprang from university departments interested in computer intelligence) and they’ll all say their eventual goal isn’t to stream videos but to perfect education through the scientific use of data. Just imagine, they say, software that maps an individual’s knowledge and offers a lesson plan unique to him or her. Will they succeed and create something truly different? If they do, we’ll have the answer to our question: Online learning will be the most important innovation in education in the last 200 years."
OpenCourseWare is sometimes used to describe Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Open Educational Resources (OERs).
According to the website of the OCW Consortium, OpenCourseWare:
is a free and open digital publication of high quality educational materials, organized as courses.
is available for use and adaptation under an open license, such as a Creative Commons license.
does not typically provide certification or access to faculty.