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MOOCs: the latest way by which universities are transforming education through the use of ICTs

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) differ from traditional education not only in the technology they use or the amount of people they reach but also in that “they are there to help you learn, not to evaluate your intelligence”.

Major MOOC platforms have been created in the last years, such as:

  • edX: a Harvard and M.I.T. joint venture created in May 2012 in which participate other 37 universities.
  • Coursera: a commercial venture launched by two computer science professors at Stanford in April 2012 which partners with 100 universities and offers more than 1000 courses.
  • Udacity: another commercial startup started in January 2012 with 69 courses available.
  • MiriadaX: an open platform created by Universia and Telefónica Learning Services with the support of CSEV Foundation, with 153 courses offered by around 51 Latin American and Spanish universities.
  • UNED COMA, with more than 25 courses offered by UNED, Spain’s National Distance Learning University, in collaboration with CSEV Foundation.

In addition to these platforms, Telefónica Educación Digital has recently become a founding member of the first Committe of MOOC experts, a private-public partnership that will gather professionals from different sectors, organizations and countries that will work to promote learning through this kind of courses. The Committe will create a community and will be a space for dialogue, exchange of innovative ideas and practices, and the presentation of technologies. It will also have an impact on the pedagogical aspects of learning all over the world.

Click here to see the organizations that form the Committe of MOOC experts.