Looking for a platform to host a free MOOC

Jul 18, 2016



We have created internal MOOCs, but now deloping a course on a topic we feel is relevant for a larger audience, and wish to host it on an existing platfrom.

The platform should be either free or not very expensive (which means Coursera is not an option). 
We partnered with a platform that is having some financial issues, hence looking for a new one.

Will be glad to hear you ideas.  




5 Replies
Carles FB

Hello Efrat,

I implemented a MOOC in two different plarforms: Canvas and Moodle.

Yes, Moodle can work perfectly as a MOOC and it's free. Actually our experience was pretty good with it.

But, if you want to work with 'something' who is more limited but closer to the currently most used MOOC functionalities I recommend you Canvas. It is easy to use (even more than Moodle), to setup, install, etc.  and the fact that it has less functionalities than Moodle also makes it easier to use for teachers and learners. Not sure now, but couple years ago you had the option to install it in your own servers.

Whatever, we liked both options.

good luck.

Kate Salvan

When the budget is limited a good idea is to have a look at installed LMS solutions. They are much cheaper than cloud ones.

The idea is to deliver MOOCs via your own website where LMS is installed. This way you don’t share profit with anyone. You own all the marketing and clients’ data, you are responsible for promotion and can set prices you want.

As on-premise LMS software can be highly customizable, it is widely used for unique idea realization (in most cases such ideas are more likely to pay off than standardized ones).

LMS license goes with support, that is why you don’t need to be afraid of choosing this solution. One more benefit you get is the availability of wide amount of plugins, modules and extensions available to extend website’s functionality.

Examples are:
·        JoomlaLMS for Joomla;
·        LearnDash for WordPress;
·        Origno for Drupal.

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