Online Learning Treasure Chest

MOOC Platforms US

Udacity (Stanford University’s Sebastian Thrun’s spin-off company)

Coursera (launched by Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng from Stanford University, attracted top universities like Princeton U., Stanford U., U. of Pennsylvania, The U. of Michigan, Columbia University New York, and more)

edX (joint venture between the MIT (initiative) and Harvard University, other universities added later)

others incl. Skynet University by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (MOOCs on introductory astronomy. Participants gain access to the university’s global network of robotic telescopes, including those in the Chilean Andes and Australia)

MOOC providers Europe

FutureLearn (Britain): university and non-university course providers

iversity (Germany): Germany’s biggest MOOC provider with courses in German and English

OpenupEd (EU): courses in various European languages

ALISON (Ireland): basic education and workplace skills

MOOC providers Australia

OpenLearning (Australia): extensive curriculum with some basic and many specialised courses (“a business journey with caffeine latte”)

Open2Study (Australia): some free basic courses from the big island

MOOC providers South America (coming up)

Veduca (Brazil) : website not accessible yet

Webubox (Latin America, language: Spanish): website not accessible yet

Non-University Platforms/ Self paced learning:

Khan Acadamy (solid basics in math, science, economics and finance, arts and humanities, and computing; with test prep and partner content from e.g. the NASA, the Museum of Modern Art, the American Museum of Natural History)
Peer-to-Peer University (P2PU): an attempt to create a free online “campus” from and for an open community
Udemy (some free courses, some charged ones)
Course Hero (access to study material)

Other learning/ teaching platforms create your own online course (Finland)

Moodle: free software e-learning platform/ Learning Management System/ Virtual Learning Environment/ open-source



  1. Thank you for your comment Andy :). I knooow! That’s why I called it treasure chest. I’m gonna come back to it from time to time and see what’s going on in the world of online learning. But now that I know how much time an online course consumes (if you really mean to join one, you should be willing to dive into the matter and not just watch some lecture videos), I must be careful not to get too excited about all the resources out there ;). Still, good to know what’s waiting for me.


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