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  • Udacity

    Udacity is a for-profit educational organization offering MOOCs in the field of technology. Each course consists of short video lectures, integrated quizzes, assignments, and a certificate after course completion. It offers some paid courses that give students access to projects, code-review, feedback, a personal coach and verified certificates. Through partnership with Pearson VUE, Udacity gives students the option of taking a proctored exam for a fee, and issues certificates. Udacity partnered with San Jose State University in early 2013 to offer three MOOCs for college credit. But the project was suspended after most students performed poorly in their final exams.

  • Coursera

    Coursera is a for-profit MOOC provider. It works with universities to make their courses available online. It offers courses spanning a range of science and humanities topics. Coursera offers proctored exams, verified certification and employment assistance. Coursera's Signature Track allows students to earn official recognition for their studies. For a fee, students can have their identity verified, and receive an electronic certificate for the course completed. They can share their course record with employers and educational institutions through a secure URL. The American Council on Education has approved five Coursera courses for college credit. As of Nov 2013, it has 107 partners, offers over 540 courses, some of them in languages other than English, and has over 5.2 million students. Coursera has teamed up with the US State Department to create learning hubs all over the world, where students can go to get Internet access to free courses, supplemented by weekly classes and discussions with local teachers.

  • edX

    edX is a MOOC platform founded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. It hosts online university-level courses provided by universities from around the world. The courses are free and open to all. The courses span a range of subjects covering science and humanities. Courses offer videos, virtual labs, books, quizzes and peer-to-peer social learning tooks. Some edX courses offer ID verified Certificates of Achievement. As of Nov 2013, edX offers over 100 courses from 29 schools, and has 1.6 million students.