Compare Your MOOC Provider Options

Programs Offered Chart

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Check the chart below to find out which top MOOC providers are offering courses in your desired field of study. With so many choices and free options available, students can explore new subjects and skills with newfound freedom. Providers like Udacity, Coursera, EdEx, and iTunes all feature courses from top universities such as MIT, Yale, and Berkley. To learn more about these and other providers, reference the Pros and Cons chart to determine which platform is right for you.

  Udacity Udemy Coursera Khan Academy Edx Codecademy iTunes U
Biology & Life Sciences X X X X X
Business & Management X X X X X
Computer Science X X X X X X
Economics & Finance X X X X X
Education X X X
Eletrical & Materials Engineering X X X
Food & Nutrition X X X
Health and Society X X X X
Media X X X
History X X X X X
Humanities X X X X
Information Technology & Design X X X X X X
Law X X X X
Mathematics X X X X X X
Medicine X X X X
Music, Film & Audio Engineering X X X
Physical & Earth Sciences X X X X X
Social Sciences X X X X X
Statistics & Data Analysis X X X X X

Pros and Cons Chart

Research more about the biggest MOOC providers, and what the main pros and cons are for each one. For example, if a heavy work load could be a dealbreaker, you may prefer to take courses through a MOOC provider with a lighter curriculum. In addition, some MOOC providers have scheduled classes, while others are open for anyone to enroll year-round. Investigate your options below.

  Pros Cons
Udacity
  • Basic courses in popular subjects
  • Class summary and overview for clarity
  • User testimonials
  • “Meetup” service
  • Social media tie-in
Limited courses available
Udemy
  • Beginner’s courses
  • Advanced courses
  • Wide selection of subjects
  • User testimonials and ratings
Does not give users much information on the actual breakdown of the course letures, subjects and material
Coursera
  • Class summary and overview for clarity
  • Wide selection of courses
  • Non-English courses
  • Option for reminder when next course is starting
Courses have specific start and end dates; work load may be heavy for some students
Khan Academy
  • Class summary and overview for clarity
  • Material translation available
  • Practice test option for course trial
  • Stat and score tracker
Some courses can be lenghty
Edx
  • Class summary and overview for clarity
  • Mastery certificates awarded upon completion
  • Material translation available
  • Tools for social interaction with other users
Courses have set start times and sometimes are several months apart
Codecademy
  • In-depth courses on programming, coding, design
  • Advanced courses
  • Suggestions for follow-up courses
Only offers courses based around HTML coding, design, and the like; not many details on the course before you take it
iTunes U
  • Wide selection of courses
  • User testimonials and ratings
  • Video previews for each course
  • Familiar iTunes platform
Users have to download iTunes; courses are not offered in other languages

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