In the MOOC: Changing the way Universities do Business

MOOC’s (Massive Open Online Courses) have the potential to alter the education delivery system.  These open-learning platforms are rapidly changing the higher education landscape, especially with the support and growing participation from academic institutions. The courses offered through MOOCs are free and available to anyone with an Internet connection. The University of Pennsylvania is currently listing 20 courses on the Coursera platform. These include business related courses like Principles of Microeconomics, as well as courses in design, literature, and healthcare, to name a few.

Three open learning platforms known for their high-quality content are:

coursera-logo-500x300Coursera describes itself as a “social entrepreneurship” company and is currently partnering with 62 universities to provide free, online college-level courses. Their vision is to make education more accessible beyond the traditional classroom. Coursera offers an extensive course catalog that is continually growing. Courses are grouped into categories like Business & Management, Chemistry, Law, and Social Sciences. Course offerings in five different languages are also represented. Take a look here to see if your favorite Penn professors are offering any upcoming courses.

MIT OpenCourseWare lists course materials from 2,150 MIT classes and is touting 125 million visitors so far. This open learning platform differs from Coursera because the content is provided exclusively by MIT, rather than a consortium of universities. Continue reading