5 MOOC Building Platforms

moocplatformsjpgNow that MOOCs are hitting the scene, everyone wants to jump on board! Granted, some want to get into the game in the hopes of making a quick dollar (somehow?), but others genuinely want to know how they can create their own MOOC for educational purposes. Well, you have options!

More providers are likely to spring up as we will only cover five potential options. As the entire MOOC industry evolves, expect to see more options at your disposal for this kind of thing. Kind of like when Wikipedia hit the scenes, we saw an influx of “Wikipedia-like” sites, templates, and software.

In no particular order, some of your options include:

1. Course Builder by Google: Thanks to some commenters on this post, the course builder by Google was brought to my attention. This platform contains software and instructions for presenting your materials. You can organize the material into lessons, activities, and tests. Additionally, there are instructions for using other Google products (surprise, surprise) to create a community and to evaluate effectiveness. While this all sounds well and good, make sure you have a grasp of HTML and JavaScript if you choose this solution.

2. Open MOOC: I find the name of this one to be rather redundant, considering MOOCs is an acronym that contains the word “open” 🙂 … but jokes aside, it’s a good option for setting up your MOOC offering. The software enables you to add video and have discussions in a built in forum. Content can be access online from a desktop, tablet, or smartphone. They even have a badges system. Some downsides are that it does require some technical skills to get going, and it doesn’t allow for integration of social networks. Also, the quizzes are quite limiting (multiple choice only) and look kind of amateur.

3. Miriada: For all our Spanish speakers, this is the choice for you (the best one that I am aware of anyhow). Perhaps there is another one though that I am missing – feel free to comment if so. One major downside: it’s only for universities in the “Universia network”.

4. Future Learn: This one is wrapped in mystery as it’s not quite available, but thought I would include it on this list in case you were interested in signing up for their mailing list. Biggest downside (other than not being available) is that it is only for leading UK universities.

5. LearnDash: You may be surprised to know that LearnDash can be used quite easily for your MOOC. One benefit compared to the others is the amount of customization you can give in regards to the look and feel of your site given the large variety of WordPress templates available. Another major advantage are dynamic quizzes with any question type you can imagine. In fairness, a natural downside is that there is some learning curve if you have never used WordPress before (but luckily WordPress is very well documented)!

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Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

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Justin Ferriman is the co-founder and CEO of LearnDash, the WordPress LMS trusted by Fortune 500 companies, major universities, training organizations, and entrepreneurs worldwide for creating (and selling) their online courses.

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16 Responses

  1. Hi Justin,

    I’m one of the main developers of the OpenMOOC project, a “100% spanish project”

    The “Open” of the “OpenMOOC” is due is a real open source project, many others MOOC platform are based on closed environments or says that are open source but only publish part of code or code that does not work.

    I agree with you that the main downside of OpenMOOC is the lack of documentation and the needed of an easy way of deploy it. We are working hard to solve it at the same time we develop new features that UNED demands to us.

    About the “integration of social networks”, OpenMOOC lets you to share content to twitter, linkedin, google+, facebook, reddit, etc . Also we plan to allow the user to authenticate in the system using his social accounts. And deplloy a gamification system that will use the power of the social networks.

    We are working in a quizz system (the functionality that already exists isn’t a quizz system, but teachers used it as one, was only a fast question to check that the stundent is learning the concepts that are explained in the video). We plan to create a user friendly quizz system (for teachers and alumns) that will support GIFT format in order to interoperate with other LMS as Moodle.

  2. good morning sir…my name is vikram am pursuing M.Tech from India..so am doing project on creating MOOC on DAA subject..so i want some technologies ,guideline regarding the MOOC so pls send some required info to develop a mooc
    1.which type of technologies is best?
    2.What are steps i need to follow?
    3.what are tools available in industry to develop moocs?
    4.is there any readymade process?
    pls give me reply..
    thanky you …….

  3. Excellent post. I am involving in MOOC projects for mathematics education, and we explored some of this plaforms. At the end we decided to use class2go developed by Stanford University. It is an excellent system for MOOCs.

  4. Great starting point for MOOC development.
    I have been using Lesson LAMS, which is quite comprehensive and easy it use.
    I am now on the hunt for something a little more customisable and aesthetically pleasing.
    Thanks for your post

    1. Hi Matt-
      Thanks for the comment and sharing your experience with LAMS. I haven’t heard of that particular solution, I’m looking forward to checking it out.

  5. Could you recommend any software for an online lecture(video/ppt), followed by a test with the ability for a user account where they can go back later and print certificates? Thx

  6. hi everyone, my name is sabino, im working on a project for creating a MOOC to teaching maths, physics and other related subjects in country Mozambique and it will be held in portuguese language, so can anyone help me with some advices, guidelines and some considerations to implement the project.
    kind regards

  7. LearnDash looks great, so I have already recommended it to a trainer working on expanding his consulting site. Thanks for the review.

  8. Hi Justin, I’m interested in the topic of make-your-own-MOOCS for a story pitch I’d like to take to the Chronicle of Higher Education. A computer science faculty member here at the University of Vermont has a very successful MOOC he created, independent of big providers like Coursera and edX. I’d like to tell the Chronicle about this course, but about others at other schools, too. Based on this site, it seems like you could help me with this topic. Do you have an email address you could share? Mine is jeffrey.wakefield@uvm.edu. I work in the communications office at the university. Thanks. Jeff

    P.S. I’m meeting with the Chronicle next Tuesday, so hope we could connect soon.

    1. Hi Jeff, if you have a couple questions I can certainly attempt to answer them. I’ll let you know if what you’re looking for is outside my realm. Just write from the contact page and put my name in the subject.

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