A massive list of free online university course providers from around the world

It’s been more than five years since online education got a massive boost when three free online courses, taught by Stanford professors, launched in October 2011. Each of these courses has had over 100,000 students.

Professors launched three online course websites: Coursera, edX, and Udacity. And the media started calling the courses provided by these websites “MOOCs”: Massive Open Online Courses.

Since then, more than 700 universities around the world have launched free online courses.

By the end of 2016, around 58 million students had signed up for at least one MOOC.

Many countries around the world — like India, Mexico, Thailand, and Italy — have launched their own country-specific MOOC platforms.

Class Central tries to catalog as many MOOCs as possible – over 7,000 thus far, but due to limited resources (and sometimes language barriers), cannot index every one of them.  Class Central adapted this list with permission from Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential, by Barbara Oakley, Tarcher-Perigee, April 2017 and included a few extra regional MOOC providers, with a focus on course providers that partner with universities and offer free online courses.

1. Coursera (United States)

Coursera officially launched in January 2012, and it was started by two Stanford professors — Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller.

With over 25 million students and $146.1 million raised in funding, Coursera is the biggest MOOC/online education provider in the world. It has over 150 university partners from 29 countries and 2,000+ online courses.

Beyond single courses, Coursera offers its own credential, which is know as a Specialization, and it also offers fully-online Masters degrees. Coursera is also expanding into B2B via its Coursera for Business product.

2. edX (United States)

Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is a non-profit organization. It’s the second largest MOOC provider in the world with over ten million students. It offers over 1,500 courses and boasts more than 100+ university partners.

EdX offers a number of different types of certificates programs: MicroMasters (which offer a pathway to credit), XSeries, Professional Certificate, and Professional Education. Earlier this year, edX got into the degree game with a new Online Masters in Analytics degree from Georgia Tech.

3. FutureLearn (United Kingdom)

FutureLearn is a UK-based MOOC provider. It is wholly owned by Open University. It was launched at the end of 2012 and now has more than six million registered users.

FutureLearn has over 100 partners creating courses on its platform. Seventy-one of those partners are universities primarily located in Europe, but it also has a few universities in other countries, including the United States, Australia, and South Korea.

FutureLearn offers its own credential program, which is known as FutureLearn Programs. Last year it also announced six completely online post-grad degrees in partnership with Australia’s Deakin University.

4. XuetangX (China)

XuetangX is China’s first and biggest MOOC platform. It was founded in 2013 by the Tsinghua University under the supervision of the China Ministry of Education Research. It’s probably the fastest growing MOOC platform.

When Class Central interviewed XuetangX’s Chairman of the Board back in October 2016, the platform had five million users. Now that number has crossed seven million registered users.

Back in October 2016, the platform had over 400 courses. It’s built upon a heavily customized version of Open edX. XuetangX also has a cloud LMS product that is used by universities across China, and which is currently used by 1.5 million Chinese students.

5. Udacity (United States) – charges for some things, not for others (beware of contracts, which go on and on and can cost more than you ever anticipate) 

Udacity is a tech unicorn, and it partners with technology companies to create Nanodegrees that train students for a particular job. In recent times, it has launched an AI Nanodegree with IBM Watson and a Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree. The co-creators of the latter include car companies like Mercedes Benz, BMW, and McLaren. These Nanodegrees cost, and they can take a few months to complete. Courses that are part of the Nanodegree are available for free, and Udacity currently has close to 200 free online courses.

Udacity has also partnered with Georgia Tech to create and launch a low cost, completely online Masters in Computer Science degree. At this moment there are more than 4,000 students enrolled in the Master’s program. Udacity was founded by Stanford professor Sebastian Thrun, the man behind Google’s self-driving car project. He is currently the president of Udacity and the CEO of a flying car company called Kitty Hawk.

6. Kadenze (United States)

Kadenze is a MOOC platform that specializes in the field of creative and arts education. It partners with some of the best art institutions and universities around the world to launch online courses.

It was co-founded by Ajay Kapur, a classically trained Indian musician and computer scientist. He is Associate Dean for Research and Development in Digital Arts at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). In October 2013 he taught a course called “Introduction to Programming for Musicians and Digital Artists” on Coursera. However, he soon realized that some of the things he wanted to do with arts education were not possible with Coursera, so he created his own platform.

Kadenze has also launched its own certificate initiative, which is called Kadenze Programs. The first course in the program is free, but the rest are not. Students can also earn academic credit for many Kadenze courses/programs.

7. Canvas Network (United States)

Canvas Network might not have the big names, but they do have a number of free online courses taught by community colleges and other institutions around the world. I have seen a few Canvas Network courses move over to big providers like Coursera. Many of their courses still offer completely free certificates. Canvas Network is based on the Canvas LMS, which was developed by Instructure.

8. Stanford Languita (United States)

Stanford has been self-hosting courses for a long time now. It uses Open edX, the open source version of edX.

9. Miríada X (Spain)

Miríada X is a regional MOOC platform that has launched over 600 courses in Spanish and Portuguese. These courses are created by its 100 university partners, which are located in Spain, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, and other Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries. With over three million students, it is one of the largest MOOC platforms out there.

10. MéxicoX

MéxicoX is a MOOC platform funded by the Mexican government, and it has more than 40 partners (universities and institutions from the Federal Public Administration). It has over one million registered learners, 85% of whom are located in Mexico.

11. France Université Numérique (FUN)

FUN is the official MOOC platform for France. The French Ministry of Higher Education launched the project in July 2013. FUN has 93 partners among higher education institutions that create MOOCs, including three universities in Belgium, one in Switzerland, and two in Tunisia. As of January 2017, it had launched 279 MOOCs and had more than one million registered students.

12. EduOpen (Italy)

EduOpen is a new MOOC provider funded by the Italian government, and it launched last year in April 2016. EduOpen is a network of Italian universities, but it is also open to EU universities. At the moment it involves seventeen universities, which include a mixture of larger and smaller institutions from both northern and southern Italy.

13. ThaiMOOC / Thailand

ThaiMOOC is one of the newest platforms in this list. It was launched early this year in March 2017. It is the official MOOC platform for Thailand. The ThaiMOOC platform is built on Open edX and currently lists around 50 courses.

14. Federica.eu (Italy)

Federica.eu is a MOOC platform created by the University of Naples Federico II. Currently it has over 60 free online courses listed on its platform. One of its courses, Connectivisim and Learning, is taught by Stephen Downes, who is credited with teaching the first ever MOOC.

15. SWAYAM (India)

SWAYAM, short for “Study Webs of Active-learning for Young Aspiring Minds,” is the official MOOC platform for India. Under SWAYAM, professors of centrally-funded institutions in India — — such as Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), and central universities — will offer online courses to citizens of India. Currently, the SWAYAM platform hosts 350 free online courses.

16. NPTEL (India)

The National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) is a project funded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) of India. It has been putting video courses online from the IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology) for a long time now. In some sense, this is similar to MIT’s OCW. In fact, The NPTEL YouTube channel gets twice the number of views that MIT OCW gets.

After MOOCs became popular, NPTEL also launched a separate MOOC-like platform on which it offers hundreds of free online courses, mostly in the field of engineering.

17. CNMOOC (China)

CNMOOC is the official website of China’s high-level university Muji Union, which is an open cooperative education platform for some high-level universities in China. The platform hosts more than 400 courses from 70+ universities.

18. Chinese MOOCS (China)

This is another MOOC provider from China. It hosts around 50+ courses from a few universities.

19. University of China MOOC — icourse163.org (China)

University of China MOOC seems to be yet another MOOC platform. According to its “about” page, it is an online education platform launched by Netease and Higher Education Society. It hosts more than 700 courses from 130+ Chinese universities.

20. ewant — Education you want (Taiwan)

eWant is a MOOC platform that was launched by National Chiao Tung University in 2013. National Chiao Tung University is one of Taiwan’s leading public research universities, and it’s located in Hsinchu, Taiwan. It hosts more than 500 courses from 80 different universities. Its goal is to educate the global Chinese population.

21. Edraak (Arabic language, from Jordan)

Edraak means “realization” in Arabic, and this is a non-profit Arabic platform for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). It launched in May 2014 and is affiliated with the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development (QRF). Edraak has more than one million learners registered on its platform.

22. European Multiple MOOC Aggregator (EMMA)

EMMA is a 30-month pilot action supported by the European Union. It aggregates and hosts courses provided by European universities that wish to provide their courses in multiple languages.

23. Zhihuishu (China)

Zhihuishu is yet another MOOC platform from China. According to Google Translate, Zhihuishu means “wisdom book.” One of the defining features of Zhihuishu is that you can also earn credits.

24. OpenHPI (Germany)

openHPI is a MOOC platform hosted by Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) in Potsdam, Germany. It offers courses in English and German. It was one of the early players in the MOOC space and was launched in September 2012.

25. gacco (Japan)

Gacco is a MOOC provider that partners with universities in Japan to offer online courses in Japenese. Gacco has over 350k students enrolled on its platform. The platform has other features like peer grading and a premium face-to-face learning service.

26. Fisdom (Japan)

Fisdom is another Japanese MOOC provider. It was launched in February last year by Fujitsu, a Japanese multinational company. Fisdom’s tagline is “Freedom is Wisdom. Knowledge is Freedom.”

27. OpenLearning (Japan)

OpenLearning Japan, as the name suggests, is a MOOC provider. It was launched by Net Learning Inc., an education service company based in Japan.

28. JMOOC (Japan)

JMOOC is not really a MOOC provider, but it is a non-profit association aimed at promoting MOOC education in Japan. It has its own certification standards process which assesses the quality of MOOCs in Japan. The courses that pass this examination process are qualified as JMOOC-certified courses.

The three Japanese MOOC providers listed above all have courses that have been JMOOC certified. As of September 2016, 143 JMOOC certified courses have been offered, and they have had 610k enrollments from 250k registered learners.

29. Open Education (openedu.ru, from Russia)

This MOOC provider was created by the Association “National Platform of Open Education,” founded by leading universities: MSU, SPbPU, St. Petersburg State University, NUST, MISA, NRU “Higher School of Economics”, MIPT, UFU, and ITMO. It currently offers 150+ courses and has more than 150,000 learners.

30. Open Education (openedu.tw, from Taiwan)

Openedu.tw is a MOOC provider from Taiwan that offers over 180 free online courses.

31. K-MOOC (Korea)

K-MOOC, or Korean MOOC, is the official MOOC platform of Korea. It was initiated by the Ministry of Education and first went live in 2015. Currently it lists 280+ courses from around 20 Korean universities.

32. IndonesiaX

IndonesiaX is a non-profit organization that offers MOOCs made by universities and companies in Indonesia. It’s a relatively new MOOC provider — it was launched in August 2015 — and it currently offers 20 free online courses.

33. Prometheus (Ukraine)

Like many other MOOC providers, Prometheus is a non-profit organization. It was launched in October 2014, and it partners with Ukrainian universities and companies to launch free online courses. It has around 50 courses and more than 250k registered users.


From Michel Bauwens and P2P Foundation

Where can you study P2P-related subjects?

Here is a provisional list of courses related to social technology, which are being updated through this link in Delicious.

Trebor Scholz monitors Media Study courses; F. Stutzman also monitors syllabi on communication and technology courses

The P2P Foundation recommends: Digital Citizens Basics, an online course on digital rights and duties, proposed by Marco Fioretti, affordable to all for 7 Euro [1]

Open Courses for Open Education

  1. David Wiley: Introduction to Openness in Education [2] [3]
  2. Alec Couros: Social Media and Open Education [4]
  3. Dave Cormier, George Siemens and Stephen Downes: Massive Open Online Course in Change in Education, Learning, and Technology
  4. Stephen Downes and George Siemens: Connectivism and Connective Knowledge [5]
  5. George Siemens: How Technology is Influencing Various Knowledge Domains
  6. George Siemens: Introduction to Learning and Knowledge Analytics [6]

Pages in category “Courses”

The following 99 pages are in this category, out of 99 total.

2 days ago


“With the increasing availability and ease of use of digital tools and systems, both in the world of fabrication, biology and design, the possibility to solve problems locally is becoming greater every day. But it is often overlooked that the tools and means to build objects destined for everyday use, or to safely use synthetic biology to locally produce energy or medicine, is not at all easy or trivial.

The Academany is a new global educational structure offering high level education all over the globe, at connected sites offering the same infrastructure to all students. Note we do not offer online courses, but that all our classes are a combination of online live lectures and locally available tools, machines and consumables as well as local instructors and gurus.

Current classes are the Fab Academany – How to Make (almost) Anything, and the Bio Academy – How to Grow (almost) Anything.

In September 2017 a new class will be added called Fabricademy, about the mix of textiles, biology and digital fabrication.

Fab Academy is based on the MIT class How to Make (Almost) Anything as developed by Professor Neil Gershenfeld from the MIT – Bio Academy is directed by professor George Church from Harvard.”

Jun 27, 2017


“4CITIES is an international, interdisciplinary, immersive master programme in urban studies. Supported by Erasmus Mundus, its perspective is European while its context is global. Students learn to see the city, to hear it, to understand it, to engage it, and to choose their role in shaping it.”
May 20, 2017


” Agile Learning Facilitators Training is an experiential training and incubator for a Network of Self-Directed Education projects in Europe.”
May 12, 2017


“The Master Program in Civil Rights, Technopolitics and Digital Culture (common goods, democracy and communication in the information age) trains active agents in the new models of strategic initiative that are taking place in the context of the information age. Multipurpose professionals who carry out new forms of organization and initiative and lead transforming sectors as well as those under transformation.

Throughout the course you will be trained in the new digital rights; you will learn the dynamics of network operation and the many options they offer; you will learn how to design, manage and lead the transformation of policies to fit the current context; you will discover new forms of communication and participation; you will learn new methodologies for the strategic design of action plans; and you will understand the possibilities of the digital context and data for perfecting abilities and skills in all professional fields.

The Master Program in Civil Rights, Technopolitics and Digital Culture is aimed at professional journalists, lawyers, political cadres, public managers, entrepreneurs, economists, activists and managers of the third sector and organizations in transformation processes as well as researchers and academics in social sciences and humanities. Also for managers in organizations and institutions that promote participation programs, networking, social responsibility and advocacy.”

May 10, 2017


“Disappointed by the one-sided and narrow approach to economics teaching at most universities, students and young scholars created the online learning platform Exploring Economics, a virtual university for pluralism in economics. The platform’s mission is to offer an alternative to neoclassical teaching by presenting theories and themes of different economic schools of thought. It has a unique way to systematise the diversity of economic approaches by comparing theories based on scientific categories, which are visualized in graphs. The platform consolidates materials such as videos, texts and dossiers which allow a creative analysis of economic issues surrounding inequality, financial crises, money and debt, and the environment and resources, to name a few. Exploring Economics strives to enrich economic teaching as well as to promote self-criticism, reflection and openness within economics. As an open educational resource, the use of Exploring Economics’s material is free of charge.”
Apr 18, 2017


“Leading Awareness-Based Systems Change – How to Sense and Actualize the Future”
Mar 13, 2017


“TRADERS Open School is a 10-day academy that brings together art and design thinkers, practitioners and various publics to critically engage in urban processes and discourses through the lenses of agency, participation and public space. The event is premised on the notion that ‘things can be otherwise’, it acts as a challenge to rethink and conceptualise potential urban futures by way of art and design. To do this, the Open School is structured as an academy, a place for learning. Accepting that knowledge is not only held in the head but being actively constructed in situ and practice, we see the academy as moving from a celebration of genius to a focus on the creation of what Brian Eno termed ‘scenius’, the intelligence that comes from a collective ecology of thinkers.”
Dec 26, 2016


“This 100+ page handbook will take you through the history of popular education while offering a step-by-step guide to developing community rooted technology workshops and curricula. Community Technology focuses on teaching strategies that make learning technology accessible and relevant. We believe sharing these teaching practices has the potential to diversify and shape technology fields to be community-oriented. The handbook introduces Community Technology as a series of educational practices. The more people know about the technology around them, the more they will be able to participate in shaping their environment.”
Dec 8, 2016


“Learn how to do great online facilitation and grow a collaborative culture. Training resources, guides, and stories.

Loomio is an online tool used by thousands of groups around the world to increase transparency and inclusion, decrease meetings and emails, and make better decisions together.”

Nov 2, 2016


Oct 13, 2016


“The Contemplative Academy envisions a humanistic educational system grounded in a contemplative approach to the whole student and teacher that honors and engages their first- second- and third-person experience. To support the development of contemplative orientations and pedagogy it offers mentoring, teaching, research and curriculum development in Contemplative Education and Studies”
Oct 13, 2016


“This study independently stems from the same educational intuition, need and philosophy as CREER (a graduate diploma dispensed by the CRI created for Fall 2016). Thus a partnership was struck between the CRI and myself to mutually strengthen both endeavours. In exchange for pedagogical supervision and mentoring – given by Dr. Vincent Dahirel – I will join the Programme’s Pedagogical Team as an External Pilot Consultant and help enrich the design and implementation of this new diploma.”
Jul 21, 2016


“The focus of the workshop will thus be to discuss the justifications and conceptualizations of different resources that should, or explicitly should not, be held in common. Here, we will analyze how the access to specific common resources could realize the human right to life and a (sustainable) livelihood. Of special interest will be the differentiation and relationships between private, public and common property, or, put somewhat differently, between the market, the state and the commons. In turn, we will discuss how commons can be democratically and sustainably governed on different scales, ranging from the local to more complex and global resources and institutions.  “
Jul 10, 2016


“ummer-School in “Political Philosophy & Public Policy”: Exploring the Commons”
Jun 13, 2016


“Welcome to Abbey of the Arts, a virtual global online monastery offering pilgrimages, online classes and retreats, reflections, and resources which integrate contemplative spiritual practice and creative expression with monastic spirituality.”
Mar 31, 2016


“Open State is a 10-day program of events exploring how open and transparent decision-making, innovation and engagement can address the complex challenges of the future.”
Mar 25, 2016


“KASK / School of Arts Ghent offers a course in Open Design
for asylum seekers and refugees”
Feb 21, 2016


“La transition de la planète et de l’humanité vers un système durable et convivial,
remplaçant le modèle techno-mercantiliste dépassé, demande la formation de millions de Trainers et Coaches Sociétaux,
basée sur une plateforme globale collaborative d’information et d’instruments standard modulables,
et devra directement mener à la création de centaines de millions d’emplois décents.
Globplex invite toutes les entités et citoyens, travaillant pour une société viable et juste,
de joindre Globplex et d’utiliser le Globplex Système Standard d’Information, Formation, Recherche, Délibérations et Socio-économique,
évitant dispersions, doublages et rivalités couteuses et contreproductives, commençant à utiliser la mème plateforme et modèle de formation.”
Feb 19, 2016


Jan 17, 2016


“The Season 1 Breaking Smart workshop is an in-depth introduction to the nature of major technological transformations, with particular focus on how “software is eating the world.” Get in touch if you are interested in bringing the workshop to your organization or group.”
Aug 19, 2015


“The aim of this Certificate of Achievement is for you to understand why and how to create, scale and evaluate digitally-enabled systems of ‘sustainable exchange’. “
Aug 10, 2015


“Globalisation and developments in technology are changing the way in which communities interact with all levels of government. Citizens expect more of their representatives – to be transparent, accountable, provide quality services and keep taxes low – all in an environment in which the ability of governments to influence social and economic forces is falling. With growing access to information, citizens have the capacity to scrutinise government actions – and critique them when their expectations are unmet. These dynamics are driving public disengagement, and creating an urgent need for ways to restore and strengthen the relationship between government and citizens.   “
Jul 12, 2015


“The Ecocity Design Institute offers on-line courses in ecological city design along with keynote presentations and consultancy by world leading ecocity architect, theorist and practitioner, Dr Paul Downton.”
Jul 7, 2015


“Annine is oprichtster en presidente van Academie PanSophia, school van Wijsheid. De Academie stelt zich onder meer ten doel de vrouwelijke kant van God, de vrouwelijke waarden en de bijdragen van vrouwen in oude en hedendaagse culturen te (her)ontdekken en uit te dragen; om bij te dragen aan het samengaan van vrouwelijke en mannelijke waarden in een nieuw en geïntegreerd mensbeeld. In de Academie wordt, zonder winstoogmerk, onderzoek verricht, voorlichting gegeven en onderwijs verzorgd.”
“This is an in-depth online programme for activists, organizers and volunteers committed to social transformation. It provides training for those wanting to become more effective change agents. The six courses are taken online but with live input; those progressing to the next part of the programme will have the option to attend a 5-day ‘Intercultural Formation Meeting’. Courses can be taken flexibly according to your needs.”



“GROWL is a pan-European project designed to form a network of trainers for degrowth. Academics, practitioners at the grass-roots level, researchers and political activists, among others, form a part of this network that aims at a plural and diverse skill and knowledge exchange, to support a major transition towards degrowth and a sustainable and fulfilling society.”
May 16, 2015


“The students’ specialization begins at the 3d year and is implemented via the special courses system /obligatory for chosen specialization and optional/. In the 3rd year each student has his or her settled research manager among the department’s professors and assistant professors. Under the research manager the student generates research in practical work and writes papers on the research. The 5th year students do production practical work, prepare and defend their diploma theses and pass the state examination on their specialty.
The 4th year students in addition to normal classes begin their internship in their field.”
Mar 30, 2015


Radical Community Manager Seminar
Transnational Institute and X-Net with the support of transform!
Friday, 10 April 2015 at 10:30 – Saturday, 11 April 2015 at 17:00 (CEST)
Amsterdam, Netherlands”
Mar 10, 2015


“Le consortium français Agreenium a présenté le 24 février au Salon de l’agriculture le premier cours massif ouvert en ligne d’agroécologie. Trois ministres ont assisté à l’évènement, pour montrer que la France donne à cette nouvelle façon de pratiquer l’agriculture, plus écologique, les moyens de se développer. “
Mar 8, 2015


“This is a workshop for people of all levels of knowledge and experience who are interested in gaining a holistic perspective of sustainability themes. It’s for people active in collective and solidarity initiatives who want to complement their practical work with a deeper understanding of the bigger picture. Indeed, it is directed to anyone who wants to become a better person and create positive change. “
Feb 25, 2015


“In my book I chose to apply hacker philosophy to the financial system. Finance, much like technology, often repels people through its apparent complexity. The way that technology hackers approach a complex, interconnected technology system is thus a useful model for thinking about how to approach a complex, interconnected financial system, too.”
Feb 14, 2015


Dec 2, 2014


“Money and Society MOOC
A free online course at Masters-level will enable you to understand the past, present and future role of money in society.

Concerned with the banking system? Bemused or fascinated by bitcoin? Starting a local currency? Whereas most courses on money are intended for people with an economics background or banking future, this course is for people who are interested in understanding money from a social innovation perspective – it prepares the ground for answering how to create a better future by reshaping money and currency.

The course is therefore highly interdisciplinary, drawing upon anthropology, sociology, history and heterodox economics. It is designed by Professor Jem Bendell PhD (IFLAS) and Matthew Slater BD (Community Forge), with additional tutoring by Leander Bindewald MA (IFLAS and NEF) and Stephen DeMeulenaere (Coin Academy).

The MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) starts online on February 16th 2015 and runs for one month, with four lessons:

Lesson One: An introduction to money: functions, forms, and fallacies
Lesson Two: The history of money and its discontents
Lesson Three: The problems with mainstream monetary systems
Lesson Four: Alternatives”

Nov 11, 2014


“Participants will learn about how to start a farm cooperative through this daylong workshop.  “
Oct 3, 2014


“Critical Making will operationalize and critique the practice of “making” through both foundational literature and hands on studio culture. As hybrid practitioners, students will develop fluency in readily collaging and incorporating a variety of physical materials and protocols into their practice. With design research as a lens, students will envision and create future computational experiences that critically explore social and culturally relevant technological themes such as community, privacy, environment, education, economics, energy, food, biology, democracy, activism, healthcare, social justice, etc. “
Apr 20, 2014


“We’re a global community dedicated to teaching digital skills and web literacy. We explore, tinker and create together to build a web that’s open and made by everyone.”
Apr 17, 2014


“This draft manifesto is intended as a statement to provide a unifying direction for those groups campaigning for economics curriculum reform in universities across the world.”
Apr 3, 2014


“Welcome to the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) program of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin. This is the first program of its kind specializing in journalism. “
Mar 9, 2014


“Responding to student interest and a growing industry demand for workers with such skills, Rochester Institute of Technology is launching the nation’s first interdisciplinary minor in free and open source software and free culture.”
Jan 11, 2014


“Lying at the intersection of social science, computer science, and engineering, the Program on Liberation Technology seeks to understand how information technology can be used to defend human rights, improve governance, empower the poor, promote economic development, and pursue a variety of other social goods.”
Jan 6, 2014


“Project Leap ran a Leap Workshop in Melbourne for a select group of organisations who had an innovation goal in December 2013. The workshop facilitators helped the participants accomplish the following activities through the use of discussion and brainstorming in a safe, high-energy space:

Define their innovation challenge
Clarify their innovation goal (‘leap’)
Source ideas and contacts as a group
Help determine the next steps needed to accomplish their leaps.”

Jan 6, 2014


“The Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS) is accepting applications for the new Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Leadership; aimed at experienced professionals seeking an academic context to explore how to increase their impact.

The course begins in May 2014, and requires two visits to the Lake District, UK, of one week each, and then a module of independent study.  “

Jan 6, 2014


“(Offered by the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS) in our London Docklands Campus, 20 credit points at Masters-level, can be part of a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Leadership).”
Jan 4, 2014


“This semester, I’ll be teaching a class called “Copyright, Culture & Commerce” at Rutgers SC&I. I used to teach a very similar course at NYU (which I inherited from Siva Vaidhyanathan), but this is basically a complete reboot. I’ve built the syllabus from scratch, and made a real effort to balance some of my own opinions with conflicting ones, and to integrate debate into the classroom experience.”
Dec 27, 2013


“By necessity, then, we have entered The Age of Sustainable Development. So I am enormously excited to be launching a free, global, online university course by the same name in January 2014. (Those interested in joining the course can register here.) I hope that people all over the world will join the course – and then join the generation-long quest to achieve sustainable development.  “
Nov 29, 2013


Nov 5, 2013


“The School of Open is a community of volunteers focused on providing free education opportunities on the meaning, application, and impact of “openness” in the digital age and its benefit to creative endeavors, education, research, and more. Volunteers develop and run online courses and offline workshops on topics such as Creative Commons licenses, open educational resources, and sharing creative works. The School of Open is coordinated by Creative Commons and P2PU, an active peer learning platform and community for developing and running free online courses”
Oct 19, 2013


“These videos are documents from two design courses taught by Bill Mollison at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose Texas in 1994 and 1995. They are a definitive selection from our original 16 part series. These tapes bear many viewings and will benefit anyone who wants to learn how to help regenerate the earth – from back yard to bio-region. Teachers of permaculture have found these tapes to be a valuable coaching tool – edited to one hour.”
Sep 30, 2013


“The CoopWorkshop has been designed to provide Workshoppers (members) with – you guessed it – workshops to build up the social enterprise sector in communities. Areas of key interest are:

The new economy, and environmental sustainability
Co-operative, employee-owned and mutual forms of social enterprise.”

Sep 29, 2013


“We live in real-time, technologically enhanced cities. Explore the sweeping changes that our cities are undergoing as a result of networks, sensors, and communication technology.”
Aug 31, 2013


 This fall, SELC is offering an 11-part workshop series for attorneys and legal professionals seeking to build skills and knowledge to meet the legal needs of the sharing economy.
Jul 24, 2013


“Economics for our times and for our shared future requires profound departures from the orthodox economics of the past. We need an economics for the 21st century. Econ4.org is your guide to new ways of thinking about economics.”
Jul 19, 2013


“Participation Now is a regularly updated and searchable archive of contemporary public participation initiatives to keep you informed of what’s new and what’s changed.

In time, we’re hoping to add multimedia resources that support reflection and debate about the possibilities and difficulties of initiatives like these.

Looking even further ahead, we’d love to build an infrastructure to help people make connections; share experiences, knowledge and research; and develop practice within this fast-changing field.”

Jul 11, 2013


“provides direct legal support to individuals and groups who are working to create new solutions for resilient local economies in Oakland, Berkeley, and beyond! “
Mar 3, 2013


The Department offers a range of innovative degree programmes designed to train versatile professional communicators for the age of media convergence and information integration. Graduates are well positioned for diverse careers in the media industry and communication sectors in businesses and government organizations.
Jan 29, 2013


The idea of a ‘Human Economy’ came out of an international movement inspired by the World Social Forum in 2001.  This brought activists and intellectuals together who rejected the dominant free market and command models of twentieth-century economy. These were based on abstract and impersonal models of human behaviour, remote from the concerns of people on the ground, and they left the vast majority of the world’s inhabitants in acute poverty and without meaningful freedom. A human economy would be one that gives priority to what people really do and think, while addressing the needs of humanity as a whole. A program has been set up in Pretoria, South Africa to develop research on the human economy from the perspective of the global South. A short talk will outline its aims and achievements before opening up a conversation about how a project whose academic outputs are still largely limited to words might engage the public in more contemporary ways.
Jan 5, 2013
Summer of Soil is a 5-week, multi-disciplinary accelerator program designed to awaken and inspire a collaborative movement to rebuild and maintain living soils.


a six week course using asynchronous forums, blogs, wikis, mindmaps, social bookmarks, synchronous audio, video, chat, and Twitter to introduce the fundamentals of an interdisciplinary study of cooperation: social dilemmas, institutions for collective action, the commons, evolution of cooperation, technologies of cooperation, and cooperative arrangements in biology from cells to ecosystems.
Dec 20, 2012


Getting the commons into school curriculum will help students understand climate change (and a lot more)
Dec 19, 2012


This is the wiki space for the definition of a shared international master curriculum in Free Technologies.
Dec 19, 2012


As you may know the Free Knowledge Institute seeks to advance the sharing of knowledge and take away technical, social and legal impediments. One of our core activities lies in education and over the last years we have established a network of universities and specialised groups working together in offering master level courses online through the Free Technology Academy. Together we want to go further and develop a shared master curriculum on Free Technologies (FT). We understand FT to include Free Software (OSS / Libre Software), Open Standards, Free Hardware. And we think it is important to include also specialised tracks on Free Culture and Peer Production, which ultimately base upon the same foundations.
Dec 5, 2012


“Mary Mellor’s Economics course – Understanding money, the route to economic democracy and a sustainable planet, is now available to watch online. Mary Mellor is author of ‘The future of money’ and emeritus professor at Northumbria University. She has worked in this area for over 20 years and published widely.
The course is a series of four, approximately one hour lectures. I”
Nov 28, 2012


“Participants will develop their knowledge of the failings of our current economic model and political system; understand the shape of a new economics; refine and develop their campaign strategies for systemic change and, importantly, build their own leadership potential.”
Nov 13, 2012


“Disciplina em nível de pós-graduação: “As formas colaborativas de produção e o comum””
Oct 28, 2012


O objetivo da visita do pesquisador Michel Bauwens ao Rio de Janeiro, organizada e patrocinada pelo Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência e Tecnologia, é fortelecer as pesquisas sobre formas colaborativas de produção, economia solidária e produção de riquezas comuns e bem-estar social.
Oct 8, 2012


Welcome to Political Science 580: The Politics of Cyberspace, a graduate course that combines printed course materials with online discussions and assignments over the span of fifteen weeks.
Sep 14, 2012


“Internet es el tejido de nuestras vidas en este momento. No es futuro. Es presente. Internet es un medio para todo, que interactúa con el conjunto de la sociedad y, de hecho, a pesar de ser tan reciente, en su forma societal … no hace falta explicarlo, porque ya sabemos qué es Internet. Simplemente … (es) una red de redes de ordenadores capaces de comunicarse entre ellos. No es otra cosa. Sin embargo, esa tecnología es mucho más que una tecnología. Es un medio de comunicación
Sep 14, 2012


“Digital rights and civil freedoms on the web, 12 basic lessons online” is the first online seminar, to be launched from September 2012 until February 2013. This webinar will give you the information, criteria and basic tools to understand key issues in our times. It will also give you  a glimpse of similar experiences in Latin America and will connect you with other fellow activists in the defense of an Open, Participative and Free Web.
Aug 31, 2012


Teleseminar keywords: commons trusts, the wealth divide, earth rights, jubilee laws, the end of poverty, earned versus unearned incomes, cooperatives, sharing the world’s resources, new land ethic, person/planet finance,  ethical markets, new economics, PROUT, resource rent and land value taxation, environmental justice, from war to peace,  from crisis to transformation.
Aug 15, 2012


We offer postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters Programs in Integrative and Transformative Studies
Aug 12, 2012


we talked with with Andrej Grubacic, the new head of the anthropology department at the California Institute for Integral Studies. Here’s the extended interview with Grubacic, where he talks more about the new Anthropology and Social Change program,
Jul 4, 2012


“Another few months have passed and a new term at the Prajna Institute starts in a few days. I’m looking forward to starting my classes with a new round of students and the older students that I’ve been working with over the last year or two. As I’ve mentioned from time to time, I’m an instructor in a distance-based Buddhist seminary called “The Prajna Institute”. I’ve lost track of how many terms I’ve been teaching and I’m feeling disinclined to double-check but it has been for much of the last two years or so.”
Jul 2, 2012


“This course entitled as “Peer Production and Commons Theory Course”. This is now just a proposal and is under construction. In this wiki you will find the course syllabus proposal. The contents, materials and the course itself would be developed once funding is allocated. “
Mar 19, 2012


“Uma rede de pessoas dedicadas à investigação sobre redes sociais e à criação e transferência de tecnologias de netweaving. “
Jun 29, 2012


“In July, Edge held its annual Master Class in Napa, California on the theme: “The Science of Human Nature”. In the six week period that began September 12th, we are publishing the complete video, audio, and texts: Princeton psychologist Daniel Kahneman on the marvels and the flaws of intuitive thinking; Harvard mathematical biologist Martin Nowak on the evolution of cooperation; Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker on the history of violence; UC-Santa Barbara evolutionary psychologist Leda Cosmides on the architecture of motivation; UC-Santa Barbara neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga on neuroscience and the law; and Princeton religious historian Elaine Pagels on The Book of Revelation.”
Jun 2, 2012


“The free wheeling heydays of paying 100s of thousands of dollars for an education while driving around with the top down screaming, “Money ain’t a thang,” times may soon be over. People are getting tired of paying an exorbitant amount of money for a quality education — and not even the best in the world. Employers are starting to care less and less about your degree, or where you went to school; but, more about the actual skills you possess. Self-learning is becoming the new way to advance your education, learn new skills, and may become the master’s degree of the future.”
Jun 1, 2012


“With very few exceptions, if any, ways of measurement are to some extent arbitrary and it is part of the scientific process to agree on which ways to use and how to use them when measuring. Measurement in Economics and in particular, measurement of individual and organizational basic aspects of society is therefore a topic that lies crucially between philosophy and economics, an area in which the Urrutia Elejalde Foundation has annually organized a Summer School.

Our proposal aims to discuss theoretical works regarding how to measure important concepts for the economic analysis (Inequality/Poverty/Welfare, Segregation/Discrimination/Homophily, Rationality/Consistency, Riskiness/Uncertainty/Information, Diversity/Conflict/Bizarreness or Intellectual Influence/Network Centrality among others). The course is structured around such central topics on which general talks and specific contributions will be discussed.”


“I had many memorable dialogues with seminar conveners and colleagues. Some of the most brilliant moments occurred with Lord Glasman on the new economics of replenishment; with Inderpaul Johar on innovative directions in social technology; with Esther Ridsdale on horizontal decison-making in business; with Tim Jenkins on the political salience of trusteeships; with Joseph Milne on the history of property ownership; with Rector Lucy Winkett on sustainability and religious covenant; and with Greg Fisher on complexity theory in economics. All of which were centered on the commons.”
May 26, 2012


“James Quilligan conducted a 12-day seminar series on the Commons, in London, May 2012. The launch event was hosted by Michael Meacher, Member of the Parliament, in the House of Commons, under the title: “Political Economy and the Inclusive Commons”. Whether you were present at the opening or not, expect to hear more about that event and what happened afterwards if you’re involved with the commons movement. Not only to hear about, but also draw on, return to, and gain strength and wisdom from it in our common work.”
Apr 15, 2012


“In collaboration with the OWS Alternative Banking Working Group.Suresh Naidu and Maliha Safri from the Center for Popular Economics answer your questions about the economy. We discuss inequality in the US and around the world, who are the 1% and what does it take to get there, what is the relationship between the banks and the Federal reserve, how the financial crisis got going, what’s happening in Europe and “Why can’t I find a good job?”. We also talk about alternatives, from coops and credit unions to open source to what a democratic economy looks like.”
Apr 1, 2012


“There is a significant need for education that elucidates the paradigm of the commons and its relationship to issues of environmental sustainability and human development. In addition, it is essential that government officials and policy makers gain a working knowledge of the commons and the promise it offers for improving human conditions and supporting the Millennium Development Goals.”
Apr 1, 2012


“A four-module online course on the commons has just been launched by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) based in Geneva, in conjunction with the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. The four modules focus on the history of the commons, the special value proposition of the commons, the dynamics of enclosure, and a survey of commons-based strategies. Officially called “Introductory e-Course to the Global Commons,” the self-paced course, taught in English, consists of videos, online readings and resource links, as well as self-test quizzes.”
Mar 24, 2012


“Wisdom University is a graduate school dedicated to catalyzing personal and professional renewal within the context of granting academic degrees. All of our courses are also open to wisdom seekers interested in deepening their learning journey in a global community setting. Wisdom University offers full spectrum transformational programs designed to engage the multi-sensory student. These combine the best of e-learning and social networking capacities with in-person gatherings and pilgrimages. The University’s uniqueness lies in the unusual way it blends intellectual discernment, artistic expression, body movement, and psychological integration, all combined to catalyze the pursuit of wisdom as a way of life.”
Mar 21, 2012


Full syllabus of a new class taught by the head of MIT’s Center for Civic Media, Ethan Zuckerman: “Rather than exploring the history of journalism and challenges to existing models of news production, this class will consider the news as an engineering challenge”.
Mar 21, 2012


Helen Nissenbaum is a Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication and Computer Science at New York University and an expert in privacy and privacy law. This syllabus from her 2010 course in Digital Media and Privacy includes readings from Bruno Latour, Karl Marx, David Brin, Richard A. Posner and Daniel Solove, as well as extracts from her own book, “Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life”.
Mar 8, 2012


“‘We know things can’t go on like this, and we can’t imagine them ever really changing.’ Welcome to the paradox of collapsonomics: the study of what happens when systems we grew up taking for granted let us down. Drawing on the inspiration of thinkers such as Ivan Illich, Gandhi and Buckminster Fuller, the course teachers will examine the early 21st century through a number of different lenses and propose strategies for a radically different future. This course aims to develop resilient thinking about what it means to live well in a time of massive social, economic and ecological disruption.

Collapsonomics combines practical lessons from engineering, systems analysis and appropriate technology, with an invitation to cultivate new habits of thinking, drawing on the history and philosophy of other generations that have lived through times of great change. This starts from a blunt acknowledgement of the depth of the mess we are in and the failure of our attempts to take control of this situation, but it is not about doomer scenarios or survivalist fantasies. “The end of the world as we know it,” as the Dark Mountain manifesto puts it, “is not the end of the world, full stop.” “

Mar 7, 2012


“We regularly host Permaculture Design Courses, as part of a global movement to bring this important information to the world. With over 200 PDC graduates and such inspiring teachers as Geoff Lawton, Christian Shearer, Richard Perkins, Ethan Roland, Christopher Shanks and John Champagne, Panya delivers PDC courses that are on par with any permaculture center in the world and at incredibly low prices.”
Mar 4, 2012
Feb 29, 2012


“6.002x (Circuits and Electronics) is an experimental on-line adaptation of MIT’s first undergraduate analog design course: 6.002. This course will run, free of charge, for students worldwide from March 5, 2012 through June 8, 2012.”
Feb 27, 2012


“This course entitled as “Peer Production and Commons Theory Course”. This is now just a proposal and is under construction. In this wiki you will find the course syllabus proposal. The contents, materials and the course itself would be developed once funding is allocated. “
Feb 21, 2012


“Over the course of seven weeks, starting February 20th, you’ll learn how to program all the major systems of a robotic car, by the leader of Google and Stanford’s autonomous driving teams.”
Jan 29, 2012


“Learnable is a growing library of online books and online courses tailored to the specific needs of web designers and developers. “
Jan 29, 2012


“a five week course using asynchronous forums, blogs, wikis, mindmaps, social bookmarks, synchronous audio, video, chat, and Twitter”
Jan 21, 2012


“Connectivism and Connective Knowledge is an open online course that over 12 weeks explores the concepts of connectivism and connective knowledge and explore their application as a framework for theories of teaching and learning. Participation is open to everyone and there are no fees or subscriptions required. “
Jan 14, 2012


Lots of free learnin’ going on 2012 is shaping up to be a good year for open online learning experiences (Sanford is actively promoting open courses, David Wiley is running an openness in education course, Alec Couros will likely be doing his EC&I831 again, etc.).”
Jan 14, 2012


“online learning festival at no charge to all participants. The theme of this year’s conference moves beyond educational technology to examine knowledge development and exchange across the disciplines. “
Jan 14, 2012


“This course will introduce participants to the major contributions being made to the field of instructional technology by researchers today. Each week, a new professor or researcher will introduce his or her central contribution to the field. “
Nov 20, 2011


“This workbook supports scholarly role playing in the arena of global diplomacy and human system planning. Audiences include students, faith-based groups, and community members who like to grapple with the big picture — arguably the biggest picture — of our times: global sustainability. The modular 4 or 5 week course can be extended as different groups might choose. Audiences will collaborate with others by authentically engaging the world’s complexity through participatory democracy. This experiential learning opportunity has the power to change lives, and the promise to save the planet.

Oct 1, 2011


“Over this ten week MOOC (massive open online course) we will be using Promethean tools to explore technology integration concepts. I am sure that the #1 question is, “How does a MOOC work?” Click here to see some videos about how to succeed in a MOOC.

The first 5 weeks will be tailored for people just beginning to use Promethean tools. Though there will be other technology concepts available during weeks 1-5 for participants who know the basics of the Promethean software. Weeks 6-10 will focus on the more advanced tools and features of the Promethean software and technology integration concepts.

Apr 4, 2009


This advanced small seminar explores the impact of information and communication technologies on social and political life. Under the proposed syllabus,we will all read two recent and influential books on this topic. In the final two sessions (weeks 9 and
Mar 30, 2009


This course introduces a number of well known theories that support the analysis of group interaction and performance at different levels. The course will consider macro-group level theories at the sociological and institutional levels, mid-level theories
Mar 30, 2009


The £4,400 MA in Social Media will also explain how to set up blogs and publish podcasts. The one-year course at Birmingham City University will consider social networking sites as communications and marketing tools.
Mar 21, 2009


Mozilla, P2PUni and CCLearn teaming up to offer a free course is interesting.. I wonder if this sort of thing is set to grow? Last year a less formal international group teamed up on Wikiversity and ran the free course, Composing Free and Open Educational
Mar 18, 2009


Illawara Institute of TAFE has an open MediaWiki running for their course developments. Its looking pretty tidy, with some interesting uses of categories to manage the content. In a chat with Steven Parker, he told me that uptake by staff has been good, c
Mar 9, 2009


C.R.A.S.H – A Postcapitalist A to Z brings permaculturists and activists, artists and young precarious/unemployed workers together to share skills for resistance and self-resilience in a time of economic and ecological collapse. Taking place in June 2009,
Mar 5, 2009


Exploring Web 2.0: Tools for Classroom Teaching and Professional Development ED 689 or CEED 866
Feb 24, 2009


the frontierism of the early Internet provoked regulatory responses, followed by various attempts to develop collective control via emergent structure. This course asks: what now is the balance between these forces, and what, if anything, should be done?
Feb 16, 2009


In my graduate seminar on the politics of design at the San Francisco Art Institute we are just now shifting gears from discussions of green design discourse (we’ve read Janine Benyus’s Biomimicry, McDonough and Braungart’s Cradle to Cradle, and David Hol
Feb 14, 2009


Special Topic: Digital Cultures and Social Media Syllabus: English 654 – Arizona State University Instructor: Assistant Professor Alice J. Robison
Feb 12, 2009


On the one hand, this course is a mix of direct skills instruction combined with project-based learning and collaborative problem solving. The course employs a progression of increasingly complex problems with supportive information, and requires students
Feb 1, 2009


A course on technology-enabled activism outside the United States and Europe by Trebor Scholz, spring 2009
Feb 1, 2009


Slideshow of Trebor Scholz’ course using social media classroom
Jan 21, 2009


Check out these Open CourseWare resources that can offer much in the way of a social media education.
Jan 21, 2009


This course serves as an in-depth look at literacy theory in media contexts, from its origins in ancient Greece to its functions and changes in the current age of digital media, participatory cultures, and technologized learning environments.
Jan 21, 2009


Sears was the first retailer to apply both a visual search and virtual model to an entire catalog online.
Jan 20, 2009


This course explores how digital technology changes both the mode and the meaning of democratic participation. We will conduct this inquiry through the exploration of case studies and readings and put an experimental social networking application to the t
Jan 20, 2009


As mentioned in a previous blog entry, my colleague Joshua Goldstein and I are teaching a new full-semester undergraduate course on Digital Democracy. The course is being offered as part of Tufts University’s interdisciplinary Media and Commincation Studi


In this guide, you’ll find courses on linux, open source philosophy, legal issues, and more.
Nov 6, 2008


Download this course or reuse in OpenOCW.
Oct 26, 2008


Map the financial ecosystem of a rural community start and finance a regenerative business, attract and engage with local investors You’ll be part of: Designing a business plan, including: permaculture design legal structure financing plan pitching the pl
Oct 23, 2008


an online community of open study groups for short university-level courses. Think of it as online book clubs for open educational resources.
Oct 17, 2008


“Openness” which has become a hallmark of the new Web has long been a mission in libraries. The philosophy of free and open access to information and technology has become a critical subject for information and technology leaders and practitioners. This c
Oct 15, 2008


a free and open-source (Drupal-based) web service that provides teachers and learners with an integrated set of social media that each course can use for its own purposes—integrated forum, blog, comment, wiki, chat, social bookmarking, RSS, microblogging,
Oct 4, 2008


This course is an introduction to complex networks within the context of the arts. It focuses on understanding the structure and dynamics of large-scale networks and expanding the individual’s thinking about the network as a creative medium. Emphasis will
Sep 3, 2008


Connectivism and Connective Knowledge is a twelve week course that will explore the concepts of connectivism and connective knowledge and explore their application as a framework for theories of teaching and learning.
Sep 1, 2008


The way she build her course is a great example of combining several relevant Social media to enhance a course.
Aug 25, 2008


This course has been developed by staff in the Educational Development Centre of Otago Polytechnic and is designed to help both formal and informal learners access and interpret models, research and professional dialog in the facilitation of online commun
Aug 13, 2008


fall ‘08 graduate class, Networked Knowledge. I thought I would post here about the syllabus, which I am currently working on, and attempt to elicit feedback and suggestions from others
Aug 13, 2008


a professor at the University of Texas at Dallas hopes to try to offer even more of his course to a wider audience this fall by allowing outsiders to participate in course discussions online.