With the increasing popularity of online education has come a profusion of Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Open Courseware (OCW), Open Educational Resources (OER), and other general educational resources that can be accessed online. MOOCs are usually full courses with actual assignments and a similar structure to a traditional college class, whereas OCW and OER are simply resources, such as textbooks, class rubrics, and other corollary materials that students can use to guide their independent learning. This collection isn’t intended as an ordered ranking comparing the quality of these sites, but a repository of great resources for anyone who wants to learn more about MOOCs and OCW.
COLP, by sharing these resources has an intention of broadening a vision of online learning without boundary and exposing the SU System faculty to the vast resources available.
Many companies have set up Platforms and Tools that anyone can use to create and promote MOOCs, and as the MOOC format gets more popular, there will doubtlessly be heavy competition to create the best course creation and hosting service. This competition will lead to an increase in quality of some MOOCs, but it will be more difficult to sort out which courses offer the best and most relevant content.