Open access courses, popularized as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), are an emerging model of education in which noncredit courses are delivered through the internet to a vast number of students. The acronym signals the main features of course delivery. For more information and useful sources for understanding open educational resources (OERs), including MOOCs, see “What is OER?” under "Open Education."
Learn more about open-access courses and MOOCs
For more thorough coverage of MOOCs, consult the following articles and resources from around the web:
- Edudemic's Ultimate Guide to Online Courses
- Online Schools Guidebook: Learning Online for K-12 & College Students
- On the different kinds of MOOCS: xMOOC v. cMOOC.
- edutech Wiki, a collaborative, open-source project about technology and education.
- OER Mythbusting!, a user-friendly and informative site devoted to debunking myths about OERs.
- An Open Education Reader, edited by David Wiley, an open textbook on open-access education that a collaborative term project in an Open Ed course.
- Open Education Handbook, a Wikibook about open education.
MOOC Providers and Open Learning Initiatives
- Open Yale Courses
- P2P University
- MIT Open Courseware
- Columbia Online
- Harvard Open Learning Initiative
- Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative
- Stanford Online
- Stanford Engineering Everywhere
- Open Learning
- Academic Earth
- Critical Reasoning for Beginners