The partners of the European MOOC Consortium (EMC) are the eight leading MOOC platforms and partnerships in Europe
These partners represent most of the MOOC development work in Europe in terms of learners and number of MOOCs, by offering together over 3000 MOOCs. Together, they represent a large network of 400 higher education institutions (HEIs) and companies working in a variety of European languages, including English, France, Spanish, Italian, German and Portuguese. The creation of the European MOOC Consortium (EMC) accelerates the collaboration between the major European MOOC players and creates the power and the volume for a serious European MOOC movement.
EduOpen is a project funded by the Ministry of Education aimed at creating a platform for the delivery of Massive Open Online Courses.
The purpose and philosophy of the project is part of the Open and Digital Education movement, a rapidly developing phenomenon that currently sees the accession of over 60 million users worldwide with a monthly increase of over 40,000 new users!
FutureLearn is a leading social learning platform formed in December 2012 by The Open University and is now the largest online learning platform in Europe with over nine million people signed up worldwide. FutureLearn uses design, technology and partnerships to create enjoyable, credible and flexible online courses as well as undergraduate and postgraduate degrees that improve working lives.
It partners with over a quarter of the world’s top universities, as well as organisations such as Accenture, the British Council, CIPD, Raspberry Pi and Health Education England (NHS). It’s also involved in government-backed initiatives to address skills gaps such as The Institute of Coding and the National Centre for Computing Education.
The FUN-MOOC platform is the reference academic platform in the French-speaking world that is experiencing sustained growth with 31,000 new learners and more than 145,000 registrations in MOOCs every month. A quarter of FUN users are not from France (and it is important to note that 19% of users are from Africa, mainly from French-speaking countries), and in absolute terms, the French-speaking world represents an important means of development of FUN.
On the FUN MOOC platform, 75% of learners are employees. A survey launched in October 2018 revealed their strong interest for FUN as a mean of continuing professional development. Among these learners, 72% follow MOOCs with an identified professional objective and 30% wish to prepare a professional reconversion by developing new expertise. They strongly appreciate the quality of the courses (96%), the methodology and the quality of the contents (90%). Companies also praise the FUN catalogue: 93% consider that is relevant for professional development and 81% have or will use MOOCs to train their employees.
OpenupEd is an open, non-profit portal of universities offering MOOCs by their own platform – much to the benefit of individual learners and the wider society. The vision is to reach out to all those learners who are interested to take part in online higher education in a way that meets their needs and accommodates their particular situation.
OpenupEd offers high-quality learner-centred courses that are designed for self-learning, to be studied independent of time, place, and ideally also of pace, and to be taken by either informal learners or formal students in a language that suits them. Note that OpenupEd offers both self-paced and scheduled MOOCs. Our MOOCs are designed in such a way that they truly open up education. I.e. we see MOOCs as part of open education. The aim of open education is to increase access to and successful participation in education by removing barriers and offering multiple ways of learning and sharing knowledge.
iMooX offers freely accessible and openly licensed online courses (Massive Open Online Courses) on various topics. They are available to all interested parties free of charge, independent of time and location. Our goal is to make university-level educational content accessible to a broad section of the population and to allow as many people as possible to further their education. Every semester, more exciting courses are added to the platform. We offer free and openly licensed educational content for everyone - learn anytime, anywhere.
The AI Campus is the learning platform for artificial intelligence with free and openly licensed online courses, videos and podcasts in various topics of AI and data literacy. As an R&D project, the AI Campus is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Since October 2019, the AI Campus has been jointly developed by the Stifterverband, the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI), NEOCOSMO and the mmb Institute, and a beta version was released in July 2020.
The AI Campus encompasses the foundations of AI as well as interdisciplinary research in specific fields such as machine learning. In addition, the AI Campus is aimed at developing learning opportunities that specifically address the needs of individual sectors or specialist areas, such as the use of AI in medicine.
NAU is an online project, pioneering at Portuguese national level, to support education and training, aimed at large audiences.
The NAU platform is a service developed and managed by the FCCN Unit of the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) that allows the creation of courses in MOOC format (Massive Open Online Course), that is, courses open and accessible to all, produced by recognized and relevant entities in society, with the participation of thousands of people.
This platform is part of the transversal governmental actions of the Portugal INCoDe.2030 and Portugal Digital initiatives by promoting digital development, digital inclusion and literacy, education and qualification of the active population.
Our aim is to be the reference platform for Portuguese-speaking knowledge, to encourage requalification and lifelong learning, to scale the dissemination of online courses, to promote a culture of knowledge and continuous learning, particularly in the Portuguese population, and to stimulate digital literacy.