MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses are pretty much in demand all over the world and India is no exception. eLearning platforms are used by students, working professionals, housewives and many others for learning on the go. While this has led to mushrooming of many websites claiming high class learning experience, there are a few which stand out due to large content base and good user interface. The major eLearning platforms which one should look for are noted below.
- edX: edX is a massive open online course provider. It hosts online university-level courses in a wide range of disciplines to a worldwide student body, including some courses at no charge. edX has a huge database of courses which can learnt (or audited) for free but the certificate will cost. One the biggest differentiator of edX is that it was created and maintained by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. Hence, one can be assured about the high quality of content in the courses.
- Byju: Byju is an eLearning platform aimed at students between class 4 to 12. It is a part of Think and Learn Pvt Ltd. It was founded by Byju Ravindran in 2011 and it is one of the few companies funded by Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. The fundamental difference between Byju and edX is that Byju is based on premium pricing model where most of the content is available for premium users. Byju’s user interface is generally via app which can be downloaded from app stores.
- Udemy: Udemy is an US based eLearning platform which allows experts to design their courses and host on the platform. Udemy has two faces as Udemy personal and Udemy for Business. While Udemy personal caters to the needs of personal upskilling, Udemy for Business focusses on corporate trainings and Human Resource Development. Udemy has partnered with major organizations such as Booking.com and Adidas to develop custom training solutions for their employees. Udemy also operates on a premium subscription based model.
Apart from these major platforms, there are a lot of other options such as WizIQ, Teachable, Educadium, Blackboard, Lynda, Thinkific which provide eLearning courses under various business models. Users are free to choose based on their requirements and user experience.