Founding partners of the European MOOC Consortium (EMC) are the five 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 and Italian. 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.
Miríadax is the main MOOCs platform in Spanish and Portuguese, created in January 2013 to offer an open source of knowledge at a higher education level to anyone without restrictions, without conditions, without schedules, without barriers.
Miríadax promotes lifelong education as a development key for Ibero-America, providing a space for all the universities in this region to share their knowledge freely. It also encourages the exchange of experiences and ideas among the 3,500 teachers who belong to its community to enhance the quality of MOOCs and foster innovation.
As a result of this commitment, around 6 million people have profited from our catalogue of more than 1.000 courses and the numbers keep adding up with 24,000 new enrollments every week.
This initiative is sponsored by Telefónica Digital Education, a company specialised in providing comprehensive solutions for online learning for education and training.
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.