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Natalie Richardson, MOOC Aggregators: A Guide To Finding The Perfect MOOC

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MOOC Aggregators: A Guide To Finding The Perfect MOOC

By Natalie Richardson

Natalie Richardson is the Graduate Assistant in Digital Learning Policy for the Office of the Vice Provost for Learning and Residential Affairs at Vanderbilt University.  She is also a first-year M.Ed. candidate in the Higher Education Administration program within the Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University.

The landscape of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) is a vast realm comprised of courses being taught by universities all over the world, including Vanderbilt, that are managed by several different MOOC providers.  When seeking out a MOOC, it can be important to have a resource that lists all of the current and upcoming MOOCs in one location—this is where MOOC aggregators come into play.  MOOC aggregators seek to list all of the available and upcoming MOOCs in one central location for easy access for users.

To help navigate the large number of various MOOCs, I have complied a list of the top MOOC aggregators and their respective qualities and strengths; they are in no particular order:

  • Class Central: Groups online-course listings into one page of tables categorized by the dates they are offered. (https://www.class-central.com/)
  • Course Talk: Organizes courses by rating, popularity, timing, subject area, university, and top reviewers; includes smaller providers; recommendation feature similar to one employed by the online retailer Amazon. (http://www.coursetalk.com/)
  • Course Buffet: Lists courses from various MOOC providers; each course is assigned a difficulty level assigned by Course Buffet’s professional staff (Psychology 100, for example), to help students move from easier to more difficult material and to easily compare similar classes by different providers. (http://www.coursebuffet.com/)
  • Knollop: Students can filter course options by provider, date, topic, or rating. Users give courses overall reviews and also rate the courses by content, difficulty, depth, and entertainment quality; lists a number of providers, including Open Yale Courses and Khan Academy. (http://www.knollop.com/)
  • Degreed: Helps users track, organize, share, and validate everything learned through MOOCs; applies an algorithmic and normalized approach to track and measure educational achievements including formal (e.g., degrees), informal (e.g., books read, conferences attended), and soon, experiential learning. Degreed helps measure all learning—academic, professional, and informal. Degreed seeks to be the new answer to the question, “Tell me about your education.” (https://degreed.com/)
  • MOOC List: Directory of MOOCs offered by different providers; find MOOCs by providers, categories, university/entity, instructor, country, language, type of certificate, start date, estimated effort, or tag. (https://www.mooc-list.com/)
  • My Education Path: Helps users navigate in e-Learning sources and MOOCs to find MOOCs, online courses, share comments and reviews; helps users find free alternatives to expensive college/university courses. (http://myeducationpath.com/courses/)
  • Open Education Europa: European version of a MOOC aggregator. Note: Some courses are taught in languages other than English. (http://www.openeducationeuropa.eu/en/find/moocs)

For more information about the MOOCs that Vanderbilt University professors teach, visit: https://www.coursera.org/vanderbilt.

To learn about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), visit this page on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massive_open_online_course.

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One Comment on “Natalie Richardson, MOOC Aggregators: A Guide To Finding The Perfect MOOC”

I consulted this post for a recent paper — its a nice resource — thanks!

Douglas Fisher on December 31st, 2014 at 10:04 pm

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