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Course Portals

Some of the portals below offer courses from multiple universities, while other portals are university-specific.


For-profit venture that offers courses from a wide variety of topics from many colleges and universities.


EdX is a not-for-profit enterprise of its founding partners Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that features learning designed specifically for interactive study via the web.


Apple's itunesU offers a variety of courses to different universities. Must download itunes software to access the list of course offerings.


Created by  Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), this web site offers open educational teaching and learning resources including almost 4,000 full post-secondary courses (lecture note, quizzes, readings, etc.)

Open Learning Initiative 
The Open Learning Initiative (OLI) is a grant-funded group at Carnegie Mellon University, offering innovative online courses to anyone who wants to learn or teach.


Created by Yale University, OpenYale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University.

SEE (Stanford Engineering  Everywhere)

Funded by a venture capitalist, the Standford Engineering program offers free, introductory engineering classes.


A for-profit company that offers free and fee-based courses on a variety of topics, including Photoshop, YouTubeMarketing, Programming and self-improvement.


Founded by three former professors, Udacity offers free college-level classes in the areas of mathematics, science, and computer science.

University of the People

University of the People (UoPeople) is the world’s tuition-free, non-profit, online academic institution dedicated to opening access to higher education globally.They currently offer the following degrees: Associate (A.S.) and Bachelor (B.S.) degrees in Computer Science and Associate (A.S.) and Bachelor (B.S.) degrees in Business Administration.


Free, online classes offered by Stanford University.

Chronology of MOOC's


  1. MAY. 18, 2015

    Investigation reveals that sprawling online education empire of roughly 370 websites maintained by Pakistani software company Axact is almost entirely fraudulent, reaping tens of millions of dollars per year by peddling bogus degrees; founder Shoaib Ahmed Shaikh, who has emerged as media mogul in his home country, has denied accusations of fraud and that his company is supported by Pakistani government. MORE

  2. MAY. 7, 2015

    Brain Chase Productions creates online global treasure hunts in which young students compete for prizes that include adventure travels; company founders Heather and Allan Staker initially created business to keep their children engaged in learning during summer break.MORE

  3. APR. 23, 2015

    Arizona State University is teaming with nonprofit online firm edX to offer online freshman year that will be available globally on Internet with no admissions process and full university credit; each credit costs $200, but students will not have to pay until they pass courses. MORE

  4. APR. 15, 2015

    Yale University School of Medicine and education technology company 2U are denied accreditors' permission to offer physician assistant masters degree online; incident highlights hurdles to getting online classes accredited, especially for prestigious degrees that require hands-on training. MORE

  5. APR. 6, 2015

    Many college and university administrators are implementing anti-cheating technologies as they expand online course offerings, which they say is important to give online learning legitimacy; rise of automated student analysis services, like software Proctortrack from Verificient Technologies that uses web camera to monitor students, is raising questions of efficacy and propriety. MORE



A MOOC - Massive Online Open Courses. This guide includes links to higher education resources, scholarly articles about MOOCs, as well as a list of institutions that offer them.

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